Succulent double salmon fish cakes

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The challenge of family cooking My kids are like chalk and cheese, in that one will like chalk and the other will like cheese. One likes art, the other science. One wants his eggs fried, the other scrambled. Marmite? Yup, you guessed it. Finding food … [read more]

Halloween-o-Peppers

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I’ve never been a fan of edible art. Experimenting with new tastes is one of life’s great pleasures, but my personal belief is that food is for eating, not decorating. Also, Mum always told me not to play with my food. I know the argument put … [read more]

Basic bread baking: what you knead to know

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As the evenings draw in, I’m seeking out the kind of ‘hygge‘ food you can serve in a bowl and eat with a spoon: stews, soups and casseroles. The kind of food that makes you sink a little deeper into your chair and warms you … [read more]

Everdine: clean meals delivered

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I recently experienced fine dining at Paris House, a restaurant in Woburn Park which Michelin needs to sort out with a star or two. We had an eight course taster menu with a flight of wines. It was a feast for the tastebuds and the … [read more]

A restorative weekend in the New Forest

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I’ve just returned from a relaxing weekend with my oldest friend, a rare event indeed. The last time we were away together without partners or kids was in 1990, when we spent a week with a group of Mormon lads in Turkey. The Mormon bit … [read more]

The ultimate hygge night in

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It is now deep winter. The days are short and the nights are long. Tonight, we will be hunkering down for a cheese fondue with our friends from Switzerland. The kids can watch a film, while we put the world to rights in the kitchen. … [read more]

The alternative Christmas dinner menu

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I have a confession to make. I hate Christmas dinner. Turkey, to be specific. I love Christmas Day and being with our extended family, but what is it with the turkey? It’s not exactly traditional fare in Bethlehem. It’s not seen on menus for the remaining 364 days … [read more]