Mushroom & Tea Bourgignon, 41p (VEGAN)

Now don’t freak out, but here’s a recipe for tea bourgignon. Like bourgignon for tea, but a little more exciting. The pedant in me thinks I can’t exactly get away with calling this vegan heap of deliciousness a ‘bourgignon’, given that it doesn’t have any beef or wine in it, but the rebel in me […]
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I can’t even open my own front door.

This is an article that I wrote for the Guardian in December that I didn’t post on my blog, because I hadn’t done anything ‘political’ on here for so long that I didn’t want to scare people away. But I am who I am, and this is a very big part of who I am, […]
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Allegra’s American Pancakes

There’s room in our lives for both the classic British flattie and the airier stackables that come from over the pond. Makes eight decent-sized pancakes plain flour 150g caster sugar 3 tbsp salt a pinch baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda ¼ tsp buttermilk 250ml egg 1 butter a knob In a big bowl, […]
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Allegra’s Rolly-Up Pancakes

Unless you’re very deft with your pans, don’t try cooking more than one at a time. Just fling them out to the troops as soon as they’re ready, or keep them warm on a heatproof plate over a pan of gently simmering water. Makes 10 or so eggs 2 salt a pinch plain flour 120g […]
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Jack’s Porridge Pancakes

If, like me, you never get the porridge quantities quite right in the mornings, these are a great solution to the problem of what to do with the leftovers. Credit where it’s due: the idea was Allegra’s initially – one day, looking at all the porridge still in the pot, she mused out loud, “I […]
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Jack’s Silver Dollar Pancakes

The recipe for these tiny, American-style pancakes was in my book, A Year In 120 Recipes. I like mine with traditional maple syrup and crisp bacon, but have them as you will. Makes around 20 mini-pancakes,to serve 4 plain flour 200g baking powder 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp salt a pinch eggs 2 butter 30g, […]
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Choux pastry hearts

I first made choux pastry last summer, in the kitchen at Blackfoot, in Exmouth Market, ad hoc and accidentally. I did a few shifts to fill in some gaps in the rota and learn some new skills in a restaurant environment, rather than pottering around at home, and it was quite the baptism of fire. […]
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Raw broccoli and courgette pesto, 17p (NUT-FREE) (VEGAN) – Or ‘How to smuggle as many greens as possible into the children’

So, the two delightful four year olds in residency have both announced recently that they ‘don’t want school dinners any more’ ‘because they make us eat lots of VEGETABLES.’ News to me, this one, as they have both been fairly consistently good Vegetable Eaters throughout their childhood – albeit *different vegetables*, which means we have […]
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Penne Pappa al Pomodoro (VEGAN), 21p

After yesterday’s culinary adventure with old bread crusts and tinned tomatoes (which turned out to be one of the nicest, bowl-lickingly-good things ever), I spooned the leftover portion of soup into a jar and stored it in the fridge, intending to make a soupy lunch out of it today. I opened the fridge about 12 […]
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Pappa al Pomodoro (Italian Bread Crusts And Tomato Soup), 32p – VEGAN

I love a good tomato soup, and quite often with the humble tomato, simplicity is key. So imagine my delight, yesterday evening, idly leafing through the iconic River Café Cookbook (Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers), and finding a recipe for Pappa al Pomodoro. I’d never heard of it, but fell in love instantly – garlic, […]
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