Rye Banana Bread with Homemade Nutella

Jump straight to the recipe → "To be honest, I think bananas are a pathetic fruit" - Andy Murray (Hitting Back, 2008) Baking with whole grains is one part of this healthy eating thing that I have been studiously ignoring. White wheat flour makes the best cakes. FACT.  The absence of gluten in most alternative flours more often than not results in cakes that are dense and heavy, or dry and overly ...

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Bream No.2 – The One Without the Eyes

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully" - George W. Bush (2000) I had intended to put both bream suggestions in my first post today - a sort of "Bream Two Ways" as it were  - but that got rather long. So here is Bream 2.0 - this time using just the fillets - the easiest and quickest thing in the world to cook and two great vegetable ideas ...

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Bream No.1 – The Balearic Baked One

"It's OK to eat fish 'cause they don't have feelings" - Kurt Cobain (Something in the Way, 1991) I always thought I was pretty cool about eating fish. I didn't much like whelks, anchovies or sardines but I ate most shellfish, lots of smoked haddock (i.e. kedgeree), cod, tuna and tons of sushi. But was I one of those people who could just swing into the fishmonger, ask what was good that ...

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Radicchio & Red Onion with White Bean Purée

"Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once." - Paul McCartney (2009) We have been doing Meat Free Monday for a few months now, albeit with varying degrees of success as I seem to have a blind spot as to the proper classification of chorizo and ...

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Nigel Slater’s Fennel, beetroot & sour cream salad

Jump straight to the recipe → "You don't win friends with salad" - Homer Simpson (1995) I was a very late convert to the merits of a salad. Because, you see, a good salad is not a simple thing. It is something that requires an understanding of flavours, texture and balance. It is a culinary dark art. In her book, The Art of Simple Cooking, Alice Waters (the undisputed Californian queen of ...

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