A is for Asparagus

"Marriage? It's like asparagus eaten with vinaigrette or hollandaise, a matter of taste but of no importance" - Francoise Sagan  So first up in the 7 a day series is asparagus. Not because it is alphabetically expedient but because it's brilliant and because it has an extremely short season and will be gone again by the end of June. Asparagus basically screams Spring. Arriving after the UK "hungry gap" of March/April where there is ...

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Cinco de Mayo – Tequila & Tacos

"Why did the Mexican push his wife off the cliff? Tequila!" Yes, I do write my own material and yes, I am here all week (try the veal) etc. Anyway, it's 5 May! And because 90% of you reading this are European, that will mean absolutely nothing whatsoever! It's just the day after Star Wars Day, right? But those of you in the US, or unbashed Americophiles like me, will know ...

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Zuni Café Roast Chicken & Bread Salad

“Los Angeles? That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco” – John Lennon Why am I telling you about a roast chicken?  BORING! Well, we are having this chat for three reasons as it happens. First, this really is the ultimate home-cooked roast chicken - perfectly tender meat, brown crispy skin - the best us mere mortals can achieve unless we have a brick oven in the ...

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Salmon Tartare & Rye Crackers

"In 1998 a poll revealed that 54.4% of Icelanders said they believed in elves"  - Michael Booth, The Nearly Almost Perfect People I had intended to introduce this recipe with something about the prevailing mania in the UK for all things Scandinavian, when I came across this statistic in Michael Booth's recent book about the supposed "Nordic miracle". And how could we possibly talk about Borgen, minimalist furniture, Angry Birds, cinnamon buns and Lordi when we ...

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Jamie’s Rescue Me Kedgeree

"In England, you're allowed to have an opinion - as long as it comes out of your mouth" - Jamie Oliver I hadn't intended to put a Jamie Oliver quote on this post but there really haven't been many great witticisms uttered about smoked fish. Odd, huh? It did make me remember though how much I bloody love Jamie Oliver. He's not everybody's cup of tea I know, and he does have ...

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Pippa Middleton’s Smoked Chicken Salad

"It is a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of 30 on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom" - Pippa Middleton Sunshine! Quick! Stick a salad recipe up before they take it away again!  This one is almost topical too what with all the hoopla going on down under with K-Mid and HRH Baby Prince George.  I also said hello to Father Middleton ...

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Chicken Satay Brown Rice Bowl

"Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it's tuna, but it says "Chicken of the Sea" - Jessica Simpson I really can't think of anything to say about these wise words from Jessica (what is there to say?) so let's get straight down to business today. Bowls of brown rice with something stuck on the top have become quite a regular feature in our house, principally ...

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Gwyneth’s Carrot & Ginger Dressing

"I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can" - Gwyneth Paltrow (2011) It occurred to me today, while queuing in the Post Office for the fourth time, that I wouldn't have the first clue where to buy crack or cheese in a can. Is this what it means to be truly middle class? Seriously, what even is cheese in a can? Is it an American thing? If we are talking about this ...

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José Pizarro’s Sautéed Squid

"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways" - H. Jackson Brown Jnr Octopus can recognise and remember humans. TRUE ACTUAL FACT OF SCIENCE. They can also do puzzles, respond to their own name and have friends and nemeses. According to this article in the Daily Mail, Octopus are probably going to be ...

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Baharat Lamb & Tabbouleh

"Eating what stands on one leg is better than eating what stands on two legs, which is better than eating what stands on four legs" - Chinese Proverb I came across this little bit of traditional Chinese wisdom in Michael Pollan's brilliant book Food Rules (which I have been meaning to do a proper post on and will do soon, but in the meantime buy it and read it. It is ...

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Malted “Milk” Shake

"My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they're like, it's better than yours" - Kelis (Milkshake, 2003) I had intended to do a proper post today about smoothies and how to make green ones that don't taste like dirt but then somebody pointed out that Elle McPherson turned 50 this week (FIFTY FFS!) and so I am going to go back to bed and weep for a while instead. But before ...

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Singapore Noodles & The Art of the Stir-Fry

"Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles" - Kung Fu Panda (2008) Do grapes grow in the Black Forest?  This has been vexing me. It's all Waitrose's fault. I noticed this week that their Black Forest frozen fruit selection is 25% grape. GRAPES!  Naturally, I was outraged at such blatant supermarket cost-cutting duplicity. But then a quick look on the internet told me that Tesco and Sainsburys were up to the very same thing. Only Asda ...

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