Category: Food for Friends

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A few Christmas favourites

I was digging through the archives this week to find my recipes for Christmas Muffins and Mincemeat and Polenta Shortbread – much better ways of using up mincemeat than trying to make fiddly mince pies with my pair...

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Brunch special: Sweetcorn Fritters

I’ve got two words for you: Sweetcorn Fritters. Sunshine on a plate. I always associate them with cafés in New Zealand, eaten outside in the morning sunshine, sunglasses on and a long black, aka a...

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Sunday morning pikelets

A lazy Sunday morning. Outside our new draft-proof windows it’s solidly pouring rain but indoors at the cottage, the fire already lit, we’re all warm and still sleepy. The Husband’s parents have spent the...

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Sausage and Potato Bake

No matter what the weather – even if it’s a grey and gloomy July day  – you can’t go wrong with a dinner that you toss together, plonk into a couple of large baking...

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A bit cheeky: Beef, Mushroom and Red Wine Pie

I hadn’t intended on cooking beef cheeks for a family lunch but a chance trip to the English Market to meet Clare and her MM on Saturday morning gave me an unexpected opportunity. Queuing at Tom Durcan Meats, there was a bit of banter with the man ahead of me about the lamb’s liver for one that he was picking up – like myself at the cottage, no one else in his house will eat it – and then, rather than ordering a kilo of stewing beef, I asked the butcher what would he recommend for long, slow cooking. “I have an idea,” he said, “but I’m not sure you’ll like it. How do you feel about beef cheeks?”