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Chicken and Leek Pie

Now we’re almost done with spring and hurtling headlong towards summer it’s time to get the lighter recipes on the go. Out with winter casseroles and comfort food, in with salads and spring greens. One veg that’s abundant in spring is the humble leek. There are loads of great uses for this relative of the onion but I really love it in a simple chicken and leek pie. Continue reading “Chicken and Leek Pie”

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Courgette Hash

We’re deep into courgette season now and after the dismal haul of last year we’re now being over-run by masses of the things. Which just means I need to think of new ways to cook them!

I came home from a run this morning and wondered what I could eat for lunch. Cupboards were pretty bare but there was a couple of courgettes in the fridge, some old spring onions and I knew we had a few tatties ready in the garden. All those ingredients were just begging to be turned into a hash. Out came the frying pan and half an hour later I had a pretty awesome weekend lunch. Continue reading “Courgette Hash”

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Veal Milanese

Every now and then I like to try and replicate a favourite restaurant dish. This time round it’s the turn of that Italian restaurant classic – veal milanese. I’m a big fan of veal – low in fat, high welfare (if bought from the UK) and it tastes great.

This dish is pretty simple. Blitz up some herby breadcrumbs, coat and cook the veal then leave somewhere warm while you cook the pasta with some sage and tomatoes. The whole thing can be cooked in under 20 minutes if you’re organised so it’s perfect for a mid-week meal Continue reading “Veal Milanese”

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Strawberry Souffle

I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m not much of a baker. Nor do I spend much time making desserts (although I spend a fair bit of time eating them). So it was with some trepidation I decided to chance my arm at that famously tricky creation – the soufflĂ©. Continue reading “Strawberry Souffle”

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Panna Cotta

Time for another dessert post! It’s been a while.

Some of the best puddings are the most simple and Panna Cotta is about as simple as it gets. Essentially just warm cream, set with gelatine and usually flavoured with vanilla. For the recipe I had a look around the internet and my books for some good examples then cobbled together something I figured would work for the quantity I wanted to make. This is mostly based on the always excellent Felicity Cloake “Perfect Panna Cotta” recipe in the Guardian but I left out the buttermilk (didn’t have any or wanted to try to find any) and used semi-skimmed instead of full-fat milk. Continue reading “Panna Cotta”

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Summer vegetable tart

Over the summer I get through loads of courgettes, tomatoes and peppers in various dishes so there’s almost always a couple of each lurking in a corner of the fridge waiting to be used. Most of the time I’ve also got a lump of puff pastry in the freezer as I rarely need to use a whole block. The other week I was stuck for ideas for a Sunday lunch and decided to use up some of the leftovers.
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Pigeon with Roast Beetroot

My fiance loves pickled beetroot. She’ll munch through jars of the stuff as a snack but I’ve never been all that fussed by it. It’s too overpowering and annihilates whatever is unfortunate enough to share a plate with it. That’s not to say I don’t like beetroot. It’s the second best root vegetable in the packets of root veg crisps you can buy these days (obviously parsnip is the best) and I’ve had some pretty good beet experiences in the past.

Recently I’ve noticed roast beetroot appearing on cooking programmes and menus more often. I picked up some pigeon breasts at the farmers market and decided it would be a good time to try roasting beets. Continue reading “Pigeon with Roast Beetroot”