Soy marinated flank steak with banh mi salad

When the weather is hot I crave crunchy, sharp food – cornichons and salami, caper pasta and any Asian pickles I can get my hands on. Having eaten an excellent tofu banh mi at Common in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, I decided it was time to make some for myself. Banh mi pickles are great. They’re…

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British asparagus – a light salad for warm weather

It’s almost the end of the British asparagus season, which means it’ll be another ten months until we get to eat those tender green British spears and means butter consumption in my house will drop by at least half. I love British asparagus and eat it by the plate load during May and June. I know…

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Hanger steak with green olive tapenade sauce

Hanger steak, or onglet as it’s sometimes called, is not normally a cut I cook with. I’ve ordered it plenty of times at restaurants, but I’m more likely to stick to a cut I know if I’m at the butchers. Taken from the centre of a cow it’s a muscle that does nothing more than…

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A warm salad of lamb, asparagus and root veg

It’s asparagus season, which can only mean one thing, I’m going to spend the next month eating as much as the stuff I can get and consuming copious amounts of butter in the process. I’m quite a traditionalist when it comes to asparagus. I like it British and I like it in butter. Ever since…

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Blue cheese and pumpkin pasties #lovecheesechallenge

I love this time of year. Born in October, I’m a true autumn child. To this day I still collect conkers, marvelling at their shiny, marbled sheen that turns…

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Chocolate Cranberry Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free Cookies

In the past few months I’ve had to prepare for and adhere to a low-iodine diet as part of preparations for radio-iodine treatment (radiotherapy). I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of what’s prescribed, but it does put massive restrictions on your diet – an overview is no eggs, dairy, soya, fish,…

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