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Slow cooked pork chops with apples and dates

slow cooked pork chops with dates

I find pork chops quite uninteresting, even though pork is my favourite meat. Of the cuts, I think the chop is the least excitingáand I often find myself shallow frying it and adding interest by means of a mustard sauce of some sort. This time I decided to treat the chop as any other cut that can be slow cooked (think pulled pork…).

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Game sausage croquettes

Game sausage croquettes

I love croquettes, they take me down memory lane and remind me of when I used to walk home from secondary school and stop at the local grocery to get some, which I would finish off by the time I got home. They were the best croquettes I have ever eaten but sadly that grocery store is no more. The memory lives on, however,áand I will continue making croquettes in search of that perfect taste and texture.

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Easy prawn curry

Easy prawn curry

This easy peasy curry is inspired by a recipe by Mimi Spencer – one of the authors of The Fast Diet. Mimi’s purpose was to create a low-calorie delicious meal for fasting days. Here I have removed that restriction and made my own version, which is not particularly fattening but probably not suitable for thoseádays, if you happen to be following theádiet.

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Wellington burger parcels

Wellington parcel ready to eat

I love Beef Wellington! Quite frankly anything inside (or outside, for that matter) puff pastry tends to meet with my approval. But Beef Wellington is hard work. Something I tend to let hard-working chefs cook for me in exchange for money. But I wanted to evoke the Wellington-ness of this classicáand make my own easy version using burgers. I’m not sure if I can call this dish Wellington at all but I guess it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that these were d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s. And really easy. Nothing the mere mortal cook can’t make.

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Sweet potato and chickpea soup

Sweet potato and chickpea soup

Once again I turn to my faithful soups. I know it’s still summer (just about!), but as I grew up all meals started with a soup and I want my kids to haveáthe same healthy habit. The truth is I never tire of making soups and madeáthis one this week because I had a chickpea craving. I love chickpeas! (I know I’ve said this before…). And they are healthy too, which is a huge bonus.

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Salted cod with cream and prawns

Salt cod and cream with prawns

One of the staple foods of Portugal is salted codáor ‘bacalhau‘, as we call it. It may well be THE staple food. The tradition of eating salted cod is at least 500 yearsáold and we pride ourselves in preparingásalted cod in hundreds of different ways.áLiterally hundreds, and some claim thousands. Cod is the only fish the Portuguese don’t eat fresh and somehow the tradition has stuck to the point that buying fresh cod in Portugal is hard if not impossible but buying any other fresh sea creature that can be eaten is easy. We love our fresh fishábut we wouldn’t have our cod any other way!

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‘Migas’ with chickpeas, chorizo and cabbage

Migas with chickpeas and cabbage

‘Migas’ are a traditional Portuguese and Spanish dish that was created by shepherds who, as they went to the fields to look after their flock,áhad little more than stale bread and wild garlic to cook with. The story goes that the tradition stands and that they still cook the dish today.

This is so traditional Portuguese/Spanish, even the sterner connaisseur of Iberian foods would agree. And it’s proper peasant food! Is there anything more authentic? As usual, garlic and olive oil feature abundantly and it is surprisinglyásimple to make.

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Pulled pork hash with feta cheese and egg

Pulled pork hash with egg and feta

Nothing can go wrong when you use pulled pork in a dish. Nothing.

And this is no exception. I wanted to use leftover pulled pork (which freezes really well, by the way) without making the usual sandwich with slaw on a brioche bun. I remembered my favourite breakfast in one of my favourite London breakfast places – The Breakfast Clubáin Hoxton. I always have the same and even though their menu is extensive I just can’t resistátheiráChorizo Hash Browns. It’s a potato, onion and pepper ‘hash’ with chorizo, eggs on the side andáfeta as an optional extra. It really works! So I thought if I used pulled pork instead of chorizo it shouldástill work. Oh and it worked.áIt really really worked.

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Boozy and gooey chocolate and rum cake

Gooey chocolate and rum cake

A dessert on my blog?! A cake?! Even I am surprised. The truth is I am not a cake baker by any standard. And I am immensely jealous of people who bake cakes with effortless grace. In fact, I can’t bake a cake to save my life and every time I na´vely embark on doing itáI fail miserably… but I can bake this! A gooey, oozy and boozy chocolate indulgence. Oh yes.

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