Innovation and Failure – Recreating a ‘Scandinavian’ Dish – Smoked Hake with Raggmunk

Smoked hake scandinavian style

Smoked Hake with Raggmunk, Prawns and Cream: Occasionally I get invited to take part in a cookery challenge.  A bit like a simplified version of Masterchef but thankfully all in the safety of my own home, I get sent a batch of ingredients and invited to make something.  On this occasion I was sent a […]

Delish Fish Hits the Jackpot – Smoked Fish Trio

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Smoked plaice goujons with cheat aioli: When my friend and fish supplier, John at DelishFish told me his colleagues at the Amity Fish Company had just won an award for their trio of smoked fish in the Grampian Food Forum Awards, I wasn’t particularly suprised.  Though I’d actually only tried one of the three fish […]

Blogger cooking challenge – Spicy Roast Lamb

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Roast Lamb with Spiced Chickpea: I was challenged to re-create a dish created by Davide de Croci, chef for Millennium’s Bailey’s Hotel using British lamb.  His version is shown below. The recipe can be found here. Be careful about the oven temperature – don’t read this as celsius or your pieces of lamb will end […]

Cooking with Quorn – Meat Free Tarragon Chicken

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One Pot Tarragon ‘Meat-Free’ Chicken: Quorn is a healthy substitute for meat.  In addition to preprepared replacements for a whole range of dishes including sausages, chicken escalopes, steak pies, burgers and chilli, there are also packets of quorn ‘meat’ which you can use as a substitute for beef or chicken in a range of dishes. […]

Soup Story – Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup for #Jumpstart15

Creamy Leek Soup

Low Calorie Creamy Leek Soup – experimenting with Raw Food: I should be doing the 5:2 Diet. I know I should be – I’ve put on a bit of weight and I’ve discovered that the 5:2 diet is a way that works for me – if I fast (500 calories) one day a week I […]

Overdone it at Christmas and New Year?

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Healthy Soups for the New Year: It’s the 1st of January; I had a lovely Christmas with family and friends and brought in the New Year with some style (luckily not captured on camera!). Like many of us I suspect, I’m now dreading stepping on the scales and facing the damage! One way that I […]

Truffled Cream of Mushroom and Cauliflower Soup

truffled cream of mushroom and cauliflower soup

A 5:2 Diet Staple and Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe: Some time ago I tried making cauliflower cream.  The idea is to create something that has all the consistency of cream but none of the fat content or calories.  Or at least, FAR fewer calories. Blitzing an entire cauliflower actually makes rather too much for […]

Stocking a Freezer – and a Fish Recipe – Smoked Cod

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Smoked Cod with Dill, Peas and Potatoes – a simple supper recipe: Moving house, with a plethora of things to remember, it was easy enough to overlook the fact that my normally well stocked freezer would end up needing a complete refill. Normally I have a good supply of fish, something that can be cooked […]

WorldFoods at the School of Wok – Masaman Roast Poussin

WorldFoods Masaman Roast Poussin

Wok Skills with WorldFoods and a Recipe for Masaman Roast Poussin: I’m a huge fan of the School of Wok.  Jeremy Pang’s compact cookery school is perfectly located on the edge of China Town and, having been to one or two events there previously, I’ve always come away with new skills and with recipes that […]

Gressingham Duck – A Special Dinner

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Gressingham Duck Feature by Sarah James: Duck is a hugely underrated meat, and I can’t think why really. If you like beef, and you like chicken as well then duck is not exactly a mix of the two but trust me, you’d like it! The meat is also very low in fat, so if you […]

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