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When Life Gives you Oranges, Make Arancello


We all started January with good intentions, but while mine included eating more fruit, I may have overestimated my enthusiasm for it.  Yes, I’ve definitely eaten more fruit this month, but I’ve also bought far more than I needed.

So now I’m looking at a fruit bowl full of oranges, and wondering what to do with them…

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Buttermilk Scones


Breakfast.  The most important meal of the day.  I’ve pretty much settled on a bowl of oatmeal for some time now.  I find it can carry me to lunch much better than other cereals I’ve tried.  Although I tend to like strong flavours (curries, chillies, mustards, spices, etc.), I tend to avoid them at breakfast, so oatmeal’s reputation for being a little boring doesn’t bother me.

Until today.  It’s the weekend, and I want something more interesting for breakfast.  So today, I’ve decided to use up some leftover buttermilk to make some Buttermilk Scones for breakfast.  Nothing beats a hot cup of coffee, and a warm from the oven scone, smothered in melting butter.

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Damson Ketchup


It’s barbecue season again, and when I have friends around, they’re sometimes surprised to see that tomato ketchup isn’t on the table.  I’ve nothing against tomato ketchup, I just haven’t been bothered to buy any since I’m sitting on several liters of Damson Ketchup from last year’s damson harvest.

Once they get over their initial reaction of, “Damson what?”, and try it, most are pleasantly surprised by the tangy fruity flavor.  So open your mind to a burger sauce with a difference!

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American Meat Loaf


Meat loaf was one of the family favorites during my childhood until one day, in our eagerness, we took it from the oven a little too early, and all ended up with food poisoning for the next few days. So by all means, cook it and enjoy it, just give it the time it needs. Read More…

Roast Beef


It’s hard to beat a good Sunday roast.  It’s a time to set aside our hectic lives and spend time with the ones we love over some good food.  So if you’re going to be entertaining, then you’re going to want a quick and simple roast recipe, and this is just the ticket.  Just don’t forget the gravy!

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Pasta with Spicy Beef Ragu and Capers


Tagliatelle with Spiced Beef Ragu and Capers

Tagliatelle with Spiced Beef Ragu and Capers

Time to slow down and relax. Kick this off, and seeing as you’ve already opened a bottle of wine, pour yourself a glass and put your feet up while the beef stews.

In a while you’re going to have an awesome beef stew, with some chunky manly carbs stirred through. It’s Friday night. It’s Man Food night…

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Moroccan Braised Chicken


As I get older, my enthusiasm for chilli heat is beginning to reduce and I’m starting to experiment with the pleasures of food that is spiced, but not necessarily ‘hot’.  I find that I’m not going through paprika and Tabasco as quickly, but I’m making more use of ground cumin and coriander more.  I guess you could describe my tastes drifting to more North African spices.

With that in mind I can recommend trying this recipe for Moroccan Braised Chicken.  The ground coriander does the talking in the spice sense to provide some warmth to this hearty dish…

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