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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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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A lighter Christmas Cake

It’s come to my attention that not many people like Christmas cake. Or Christmas pudding for that matter. I (without boasting) can personally eat my weight in both and look forward to a post-December 25th supermarket sweep for marked-down Christmas cake and pudding. I love Christmas – it’s not the present giving, but the seasonal…

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Taleggio lasagne bianca

Taleggio is a semisoft cheese and I love it. It’s soft and best of all it’s stinky. With a pinky/orange rind it smells like a farmyard, but get it in your mouth and you don’t taste pigsties, you get fermenting fruit and cream. At this time of year, as the damp cold begins to settle…

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Pumpkin spice millionaire’s no bake marshmallow squares

Pumpkin spice isn’t something we’re that au fait with in the UK, mainly regarding it a naff flavouring used by well-known coffee chains and wondering what all the fuss is about. And I was one of the ‘what is that’ crew until last week. Wanting a Halloween bake (or no bake as it turned out)…

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