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Tangerine Cream Speculaas (2) by ben

Ok, so it doesn't have to be tangerines - any christmasy festive citrus fruit will do (clementines, mandarins etc). I just like the idea of 80s electro biscuits for some reason. Here's a fascinating fact to impress people with on Christmas day: "Speculaas" has the same etymological root as spectacl...

Added on 15 December 2009

  • Serves 40
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  • Difficulty: Unknown
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Pheasant Rillettes (1) by ben

My Mum's visits at this time of year are generally accompanied by a brace of pheasants. Whilst this is great (I am all for a free meal), the freezer quickly fills up and I'm left wondering what to do with the things (it's even worse if they haven't been dressed). This cooking method is a French cl...

Added on 29 November 2009

  • Serves 6
  • Prep: 30m
  • Cook: 4h
  • Difficulty: 2-Pretty easy
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Peas with herbs and feta (1) by ben

Not sure of the provenance of this, I suppose it's a bit mezze. Oddly comforting though and a useful store cupboard standby.

Added on 21 September 2009

  • Serves 4
  • Prep: 5m
  • Cook: 10m
  • Difficulty: 1-Piece of cake
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Patatas Bravas Salad (1) by ben

...well, kinda. It's patatas bravas ish because of the potatoes (obviously) and the paprika in the chorizo. Initially thought oloroso sherry might be a good idea, but didn't have any so used balsamic vinegar and vermouth, though it may have been a better alternative anyway. Someone fork it and rep...

Added on 6 July 2009

  • Serves 0
  • Prep: 5m
  • Cook: 10m
  • Difficulty: 1-Piece of cake
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Vin d'orange (1) by ben

Ok, so here it is, the orange booze experiment as mentioned in a previous ramble. The recipe originates from Lucy's Kitchen Notebook, but calls for eau de vie nature, which I've swapped for vodka, as the 90% proof spirit is hard to find (and likely illegal) in Britain. It could so easily have all ...

Added on 21 March 2009

  • Serves 80
  • Prep: 15m
  • Cook: n/a
  • Difficulty: 1-Piece of cake
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Scallops with orange and whisky (1) by ben

The other day, in a moment of madness, I bought a job lot of Seville Oranges from the market and I've been wracking my brains how to use up 25kg of buttock clenchingly bitter citrus fruit ever since. After freezing a load, making a ton of marmalade (using a Delia Smith recipe) and steeping some Vi...

Added on 7 March 2009

  • Serves 2
  • Prep: n/a
  • Cook: n/a
  • Difficulty: 2-Pretty easy
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Pigeon & Parsnips (2) by ben

Roast pigeon with parsnip crisps and spinach. Yum.

Added on 22 February 2009

  • Serves 2
  • Prep: 15m
  • Cook: 20m
  • Difficulty: 2-Pretty easy
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Liver & chorizo (1) by ben

Meat out! The chorizo recipe here is unapologetically copied verbatim from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. Try it. It really bloody works. And is really bloody good. Different paprikas are more available than you might think, especially on the web. Of course being the big foody ponce I am, I stocked...

Added on 12 February 2009

  • Serves 2
  • Prep: 45m
  • Cook: 10m
  • Difficulty: 2-Pretty easy
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Thai mussels (1) by ben

Loosely based on a recipe in David Thompson's magnum opus on Thai food called (bafflingly) "Thai Food", which I've just started getting into again. It's essential reading if you're into that sort of thing, he spent years traveling around Thailand documenting the cuisine, coming back with some recipe...

Added on 8 February 2009

  • Serves 0
  • Prep: 10m
  • Cook: 10m
  • Difficulty: 2-Pretty easy
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Winter Minestrone (1) by ben

"Only the pure in heart can make a good soup" I came across this quote from Beethoven the other day and I'm not entirely convinced he wasn't merely flapping his mouth, it just sounds like a vacuous platitude, probably designed to placate a long suffering house keeper or something. The sentiment he...

Added on 2 February 2009

  • Serves 4
  • Prep: 10m
  • Cook: 30m
  • Difficulty: 2-Pretty easy
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