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Shakshouka! (Middle Eastern Spicy Eggs)


These eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce are great for a weekend breakfast or brunch when want to knock something up out of store cupboard staples (they also sort your hangover out as well). You can dial the chilli up or down to suit your tastes and sprinkle parsley, coriander or chives over instead of the mint. The limes to squeeze over add a nice touch but they’re not essential. Eat it with any type of bread you have in to mop up all those fragrant juices.


1 large onion, chopped

2 tins of tomatoes, mashed with a potato masher

4 or 5 eggs

1/4 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tablespoon paprika

1 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp chilli powder plus chilli flakes to sprinkle over

1 tsp tamarind paste (or a dash of cider vinegar if you don’t have tamarind)

Pinch of sugar

3/4 tsp salt



Gently fry the onion in a little oil until softened but not browned, then throw in the spices. Cook over a gentle heat until the spices are cooked out, stirring all the while. Add a little water if they’re sticking to the pan. Add the mashed tomatoes, sugar, salt and tamarind. Simmer for 10 minutes. Make an indentation for each egg and carefully crack them into them. Cover and cook on low until the eggs are just poached.

Sprinkle over a few chilli flakes, some chopped herbs of your choice (but don’t worry if you’ve haven’t got any in). Serve the pan straight to the table with lots of bread.



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Surf & Turf: Twice Cooked Belly Pork and Butter Poached Lobster with Mango and Wasabi Sauces



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February 9, 2019 · 8:10 pm

Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese


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February 5, 2019 · 8:49 pm

Perfect Crackling


To get top quality crackling there’s a few things you have to do. First, make sure the skin is bone dry before you cook your joint. I find slow cook joints like shoulder and leg give the best crackling. Next, score the skin thinly. I do mine with a razor blade. It then needs to be both oiled and well salted, preferably with good, crunchy rock or sea salt.

Get your oven really hot and put the joint on the top shelf for 15 mins, then turn the oven down to low and put the meat on the bottom shelf. Cook it like that for around two and half hours then take it out. Slide a very sharp knife under the skin and separate it from the joint. Scrape out the jelly-like fat, sprinkle some salt in the inside of the crackling and put it back in the oven (skin side down first to dry out the inside) and this time back on the top shelf and turn it back up to high. Keep a close eye on it as can burn quickly at this stage. It takes a bit of effort but this is crackling we’re talking about here. It’s important.

When the inside is dry and crunchy, if the skin side needs a bit longer turn it over and cook for a bit longer. Cool it on a wire rack when it’s done and then get in quick, because if you’re house is anything like mine you have to be if you want to get any.


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Small-but-tall Yorkshire Puddings for British Yorkshire Pudding Day

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February 3, 2019 · 12:38 pm

28 day aged sirloin steak, medium rare.

Steak & Chips

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February 2, 2019 · 8:53 pm

Full English Breakfast


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February 2, 2019 · 9:24 am