Recipe, Thoughts

Lamb with aubergine sauce


Before I went on holiday I bought a new recipe book. I think I’ve built up a decent repertoire of skills and can execute a recipe pretty well now; especially after starting the blog almost a year ago. However there are a few things I really could improve. Like sauces. So when I saw someone recommend Michel Roux’s Sauces as being just about the perfect book on the subject I immediately added it to my shopping listk. Continue reading “Lamb with aubergine sauce”

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Pheasant in a cream sauce


With a month to go until the City of Aberdeen Bakery Hughes 10k I’m out running most evenings to get the miles under my belt. I’m determined to try to get a 10k time below 50 mins this year so I’m aiming for sub 55 minutes next month. That doesn’t leave a lot of time during the week for cooking but I was able to get this pheasant dish together on Thursday. Continue reading “Pheasant in a cream sauce”

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Haggis, neeps and barley risotto – when good ideas go bad


It all started because Oliver at Salad Days, Offal Nights made a St George risotto using English ingredients (which seemed to contain mostly leeks!?). That’s a good idea I thought so I started thinking about a St Andrews version.

Neeps (swedes) would work quite well with the barley and my first thought was to roast some small joint of lamb or venison to go with the risotto. Then I remembered about the haggis in the freezer. Continue reading “Haggis, neeps and barley risotto – when good ideas go bad”

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Pea and bacon risotto


This is the second post I’ve written about risotto. The mushroom risotto I posted before was fantastic and I wanted to do another one to show how easy it is to take the standard risotto technique and adapt it for different flavours.

I’ve always got half packets of bacon in the freezer and almost always have a packet of frozen peas as well so this was a simple, quick and cheap meal that will easily feed four people or two over a few days (I’ve just finished the leftovers for lunch as I type this). Continue reading “Pea and bacon risotto”