Monthly Archives: January 2017

Perfect Crackling


If you like roast pork, chances are your favourite bit will be the crackling. It’s the thing people fight over in my house and you have to be on your toes to beat my husband to it, especially as he always gets the job of scraping away the soft excess inside fat to leave the thin, bubbly, salty, crunchy outer layer.

There’s a knack to getting the perfect crackling every time and it doesn’t matter Continue reading

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Jim Lahey’s No Knead Bread


Every once in a while recipe comes along and becomes an immediate game changer. Jim Lahey’s no knead bread recipe is one such recipe. Since reading about it I’ve barely made a loaf by another method. The results are just SO good and it simply couldn’t be easier. Even if Continue reading

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Zesty Orange & Coriander Infused Gravadlax


When I first read Nigel Slater’s recipe for Gravadlax I realised that you need no special equipment to make the cold-cured version of smoked salmon and furthermore, the  Continue reading

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Perfect Poached Eggs


How many times has your poached egg dissolved into a mass of frilly white fronds with barely any egg white clinging to an under to over cooked yolk? So disappointing when you’ve been looking forward to it and can’t be bothered to make another. For perfect poached eggs every time there are three essentials, which are Continue reading

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January 3, 2017 · 4:19 pm

Hong Kong Style Steamed Grouper Fish


The array of fish and seafood available in Wing Yip stores is absolutely mind-boggling and never fails to enthrall me, not least because it includes a big tank of live lobsters. Both fresh and frozen, it is always as reasonably priced as one could hope for. One of the very best things to do with a whole grouper fish is to steam it Hong Kong Style. It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s  Continue reading

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January 3, 2017 · 4:17 pm



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January 3, 2017 · 4:15 pm

Lapin a la Moutarde (Rabbit in Mustard Sauce)


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January 3, 2017 · 4:13 pm