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The English Lake District holds many happy childhood memories for me.  Each summer we visited my grandparents who lived at Arnside on Morecambe Bay, in what was then called Westmorland (a county name that is sadly no longer used, being part of Cumbria since 1974).  We had many day trips to the lakes and fells for picnics and walking.  A few […]

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This is a very simple and creamy risotto and the cooked cucumber is a revelation! The recipe breaks the normal rules of risotto making as you can add all the liquid together rather than the usual rule of adding it gradually.  If you want an extra special dish then you could use Carnaroli rice, but I think […]

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This recipe was scribbled down from the television while I was watching Delia Smith‘s new How to Cheat at Cooking series when it first aired last year.  I have the original 1971 How to Cheat at Cooking paperback but there is nothing as posh as smoked salmon in it, as far as I can remember! […]

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This recipe is rather rich, but very tasty – a useful dish that can be made in advance and cooked just before you are ready to eat. I was a bit nervous about what seemed like a large quantity of fennel required (500g/1lb) when I made it first time, so substituted half the fennel with onion.  The dish […]

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I once bought a jar of caramelised onion chutney at a fayre and promised myself that one day I would hunt out a recipe and make some myself.   It is a really useful addition to the store cupboard: delicious with cheese or cold meat, so especially good around Christmas when there are plenty of cold […]

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Goulash is a soup, or sometimes a stew, with its origins in Eastern Europe, primarily Hungary.  The flavours of paprika and caraway seed, both which are used in this recipe, are particularly associated with the cuisine of the region.  (Paprika is available in many forms: variations of hot, sweet and smoked.  It is also widely used in Spanish cooking.)  There are a number of variations of basic […]

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January ’Meanderings’ … At the start of the month I shared the dessert I served at our family New Year get together (see further down) followed by a few ideas for using up the last of the Christmas turkey meat and stock.  Then I put Christmas firmly behind me for another eleven months.  Here in London, according to the BBC weather […]

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December ’Meanderings’ … December was, as usual, a busy month not least because I spent part of it in hospital. This rather lessened my chances of trying some new ideas this year.  Sadly the Pannetone I had planned will have to wait for another year and our mince pie supplies were rather short but we […]

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I am the person who avoids the sausage rolls at parties, at least the cold mass produced variety.  I have never been able to work up much enthusiasm for them.  However, a freshly home baked sausage roll – or plait, which is just a larger version of the same item – can be delicious.  There are […]

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November ’Meanderings’ … At the start of the November I was putting the final jars of pickles and chutneys from this year on the shelf: we have quite a collection which should see us well through the next few months.  I decided to make some special pickles to serve at Christmas, particularly to accompany cold meats and cheese at the seasonal […]

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