Nutty seedy half-n-half bread.

Regular readers will know that I used to bake a lot of bread, but for one reason or another my bread-baking has fallen by the wayside in recent months. Working away from home a lot, writing a large book, and a very busy work schedule meant it somewhat slipped a few notches down the priority [...]
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Garlic jam.

This started out as a curious thought in the back of my head – I know garlic softens and sweetens the longer you cook it, so could I make garlic jam? I scribbled some notes based on what little I know about jam making, dug out an old onion marmalade recipe to use as a [...]
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This year, we grew ‘family radishes’ in the garden in a little patch of soil, scattering a mixture of Bright Lights and French Breakfast seeds from the garden centre for a mixture of long fuschia delights, and tiny red and purple and yellow balls of crisp, fresh goodness. I wanted to firstly grow something that [...]
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Radish fattoush

A fattoush is traditionally a bread salad, made from toasted or fried pieced of pitta bread, mixed with seasonal vegetables and a sour dressing. The best fattoush I’ve ever eaten was at Palomar in Soho, where it came with generous dollops of creamy home made labneh (yoghurt cheese), which has set off an ‘I-must-learn-how-to-make-labneh’ alarm [...]
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Radish tops pesto

You know me, I love a pesto as a useful receptacle for all things green – and the peppery tops of my radishes are no exception. Radish tops don’t stay fresh for very long, so once separated from the little pink or purple radishes, bag them up or wrap them in slightly damp paper, store [...]
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Summer odds and ends cooler

This hardly qualifies as a recipe, falling more into the ‘ideas’ camp, but it’s so yummy I just want to share it with you. Basically this morning I was rooting around in the fridge and came across some straggly old mint, a withered half a lemon and a quarter of a cucumber that had gone [...]
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Glastonbury 2014…

I was having a pint with Billy Bragg after a busking session in February when he asked me if I wanted to come to Glastonbury. “I run a stage there, the Left Field. You could do a talk, we could sing together, if you like,” he said. I remember opening and closing my mouth like [...]
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Sorry I’ve been quiet lately….here’s some exciting news!

So I blinked and suddenly it had been two weeks since I’d written anything at all on my blog. TWO WEEKS. Which is fairly unprecedented since I started this whole thing in February 2012 or thereabouts. But I’m BACK, hello! And I have some news that I think is fairly exciting so I’m just going [...]
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Radish, broad bean and mint risotto

The broad beans in this recipe can be replaced with little green peas, green beans, or mangetout or sugar snaps if you’re a bit of a fancypants – just something crisp and green and fresh to complement the crunchy tangy radishes and the soft, buttery rice… Bliss. And it looks pretty gorgeous too. Serves 4 [...]
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  Baba ghanoush is a popular Middle Eastern dish, often served as a dip with pitta breads. I sometimes add cooked chickpeas to mine for a simple, flavoursome curry, or toss it through pasta with fresh mint for an easy lunch. I highly recommend cooking the aubergines over an open flame for a deep, smoky [...]
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