Food and recipes

Food and recipes

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Valentine’s Day

We have all been suffering from the flu in our household over the past week so I thought that I would make some restorative French onion soup for lunch.  As I was weeping into my sliced onions I suddenly remembered this fabulous Valentine’s Day poem by Carol Ann Duffy. Not a red rose or a satin heart.…

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What’s for tea Tommy? Sausage pasta!

Regular readers to The Pixel Chef will know that I have a teenage son, Tom, who is at University in Lincoln. I have to say that in spite being brought up in a house where there has always been lots of home cooking, Tom has yet to embrace catering fully for himself. From what I…

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Sticky good life pork belly

This is a fantastic tasty and very economical roast which will have your whole house smelling just wonderful! As with all of my recipes I only use good quality, high welfare meat sourced as close to home as possible from local butchers.  I bought the piece of belly that you see above from B W…

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Huzzah for the great British bake off

Huzzah the Great British Bake Off is back on our screens!  I have to admit that I watch very little telly these days – probably because I spend far too much time than I should in front of my computer – but last year I (like most of  of the country) I became completely hooked on GBBO (as…

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Feta and lemon dip

This feta and lemon dip is lovely and tasty! It is salty, lemony, with a hint of hotness and perfect on salads, on new potatoes, with pittas or as a dip at a summer buffet. The inspiration for the recipe came from Sweet Paul (one of my absolute favourite food Bloggers! – check out his…

Herby cheese scones

Herby cheese scones

You can’t beat a good scone!! I’m particularly partial to a cheese one – there’s something so lovely about their soft warm cheesiness dripping with butter! This is a very straightforward recipe but with the addition of a lovely herby mixture that just adds a top note to the flavour. My favourite is a pizza…

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Easter roast lamb

This is a lovely and simple way to cook lamb. The herbs and lemon cut through the fattiness of shoulder of lamb and zing on the palette – especially with the addition of the caper mint sauce! In case you’re interested this is locally reared lamb from Jen-Dee farm under two miles away.  You can…

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Little fish

On Sunday I was going to cook a cassoulet but then it  was 19 degrees and the menu changed to souvlaki.  We had white bait in the freezer so I cooked those too! Sadly there was no retsina…

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Dryathlon day 15: lovely kale!

Just to prove that I’m not spending all of my alcohol free days scoffing chocolate I though I’d show you something healthy that I’ve been eating! Kale seems to be the super food of the moment – lush, green and full of nutrients. I haven’t quite braved juicing it yet – in fact I have…

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Dryathlon day 5: I poured some wine!

Yes I poured some red wine – it smelt so lovely! But don’t worry not a drop passed my lips instead it went in with the roast lamb where after a couple of hours it turned into a lovely rich gravy! This was the hardest day of the Dryathlon so far. I do so love my…