Lamb belly stuffed with parsley and lemon

We’ve all heard about pork belly, but lamb belly? Yep, lamb’s have bellies too and they make a great, cheap pot roast. Just because lamb belly is cheap (like pork belly used to be, before it got hip), doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. Like pork, the lamb belly is from the bottom of the animal…

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Rhubarb and marzipan vegan tart

Isn’t rhubarb brilliant? Every spring I hold my breath, awaiting eagerly those flashes of pink nestled amongst the dull cabbages, potatoes and roots of early spring. Then I go a little crazy, tying to get my hands on as much as I can. I bottle it, make it into compote (and freeze it), jam it,…

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Lime pickle chicken with cumin roots and cauliflower puree

I could write love poems to lime pickle. I bloody adore it. It’s salty, piquant, sour taste just sends me wild – there’s always a jar of it in my fridge. As a kid I hated lime pickle. Always choosing sweet, sugary mango chutney as my curry accompaniment. It wasn’t until I moved north and…

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Smoky pepper vegan tacos

Ok, I’ll level with you, these are in no way traditional tacos. But they are bloody delicious and are quick, easy and most of all, very tasty. I’ve made a pledge to eat as seasonally as possible this year, which means I’m having to be very inventive with greens and roots at the moment (I’m…

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Wake up and smell the coffee chocolate cake

I like chocolate. I like coffee. I like cake. And more than anything I like chocolate cake. It seems all the best things come in ‘C’s’… This chocolate cake was created for Bake Face, a monthly baking club I run. The theme for January’s meet-up was ‘Smash Your Resolutions’, so I included as many things…

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February – what to eat this month

February is the month when the chill really sets in for me. November is never really that cold, December is kept warm by a continual blanket of rich food and celebratory drinks, January I haven’t really woken up… By the time February gets here I’m sick of the long, dark days and the all-pervasive damp…

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Taking time to brunch

Brunch – it’s one of those words I’ve grown to hate. Not quite, breakfast, not quite lunch, ooh let’s skip down to the Northern Quarter and spend our house deposits on avo on toast. It’s not that I don’t do brunch. It’s become a necessity when seeing friends who’ve procreated. It takes the pressure off…

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Five spice chicken and pickled sprouts wraps

I am one of the many people who don’t like sprouts. And before you tell me I haven’t had them the right way I’ve done boiled, fried, stir-fried, gratin-ed, shredded, cooked in butter, with spices, you know name it… However, this year I’ve been working towards eating a lot more seasonally, so I’ve been looking…

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One to one butcher course – Butcher’s Quarter

Have you ever been stood in the butcher shop wishing you were on the other side of the counter? I have. Even as a small child I was fascinated by where meat came from (we lived next to a lamb farm) and how animals were butchered.  I believe that if you eat meat, you should…

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