Let’s get our pulses racing

Let’s get our pulses racing

Hi I love eating meat. It’s great and I am not going to apologise for it. At the same time however, I appreciate a varied and balanced diet and I am well aware of the stark reality: there is no way the planet can sustain all of us eating like the average American or Brit. No matter how horrifically dystopian and efficient our ‘processing’ of animals from gamete to carcass to polythene wrapped product, no matter how technologically advanced, no…

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Belatedly, to the great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!

Belatedly, to the great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!

So, yesterday was Burn’s Night: an event which became a mild obsession ever since I was fortunate enough to taste this iconic Scottish dish: I’ve always loved Scotland and the Scottish people and this has further fuelled my enjoyment and recognition of this day. I don’t profess to know much about Robert Burns except that he was in effect the national poet of Scotland. Burns Night, held on his birthday, celebrates his life and work and Haggis (with¬†tatties and neeps¬†–…

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A Resolution isn’t just for January…

A Resolution isn’t just for January…

A Resolution isn’t just for January… Let me get this one off my chest: as laudable as the art of New Year’s resolution forming is, it’s statistically doomed to failure. January is the worst time to try and effect change in our habits: we are exhausted from over doing it in December, and it is cold and dark and pretty depressing all round! Also, don’t get me started on New Year’s ‘detoxes’. Please! Personally I know there will be fall…

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Healthy New Year! Kimchi and Aubergine Chicken

Healthy New Year! Kimchi and Aubergine Chicken

Happy New Year everybody! Right, it’s that time of year. We have left huge excesses of consumption behind us: both in terms of material goods and of gluttony. In front of us lies atonement for our sins, where we screech on the brakes at least for a short while before normal service commences until the next festive splurge. It’s only right then, that I focus on some healthy and delicious food which is easy to knock up. I hate the…

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In defence of the humble sprout

In defence of the humble sprout

In defence of the humble sprout Hello everyone I hope you had a great Christmas: a time of much eating, drinking and making merry! In all cultures, the various holidays, festivals and celebrations around the world are steeped in tradition and food is very much at the core. At Christmas in the UK, our traditional Christmas meal is turkey with all the trimmings: a tradition which became established in the Victorian era (Edward VII made it fashionable – so we…

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Cruciferous Me

Cruciferous Me

The Cauliflower. I’ll be honest: me and the humble cauli have been far from the best of buddies over the years, but of late I’ve tried to make amends (as well as cousin sprout, but more on that another day). I’m not alone either: just as kale (yet another cousin) was huge a few years ago, one could well argue that 2015 was the year of the cauliflower. Here’s a salad recipe which puts our friend on centre stage. Credit…

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The morning after the night before

The morning after the night before

So, it’s been two heavy nights of Christmas partying, and I woke up a little tender, but surprisingly well considering… This (late) morning’s breakfast was cobbled together from things in the fridge, and bits of inspiration from my head. We have some tangy spices here, soft yielding potato, crispy bits, creamy cheese to contrast with the chilli heat, and the sunny yolk oozing out gloriously to bind everything together. It’s definitely a winner. It’s a rough and ready recipe, so…

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Welcome

Welcome

Hello everyone. So, after years of thinking, hmmm, wouldn’t it be nice to have a food blog, I finally did it and pulled an exploratory finger out. Welcome to this playground of the gustatory senses: flavour, smell, texture, sound even. I’ll muse upon food, provide recipes, look at some great taste combinations and travel the world. In doing so I will also be looking at health and nutrition. Sometimes the two are mutually exclusive, and that’s fine I guess, but…

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