Chicken and pumpkin with soy & star anise

Chicken and pumpkin with soy & star anise

Don’t call it a comeback – LL Cool J (Mama Said Knock You Out)

Two interesting facts for you:

1) That is the second time LL Cool J has featured on this blog.

2) That whole ‘posting once a week’ thing hasn’t really worked out for me that well.

I could make excuses but it feels better simply to adopt the mantra of a famous British Kate – never complain, never explain.…

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Lemon Chard Aloo

Lemon Chard Aloo

“The unfortunate thing about working for yourself is that you have the worst boss in the world” – David Eddings

When I started this blog I had this rather grand expectation that I would post two or three times a week. That’s what they tell you, the internet people. It’s what they say you need to do to get anybody to read it. Something about search engine optimisation (yeah, like ANYONE actually understands what it is they do at Google.

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Fig & Blueberry Maple Compote

Fig & Blueberry Maple Compote

Tediously enough, I can’t eat most fruits unless they are cooked or meticulously peeled. This is a relatively new development in my life and while I don’t expect any sympathy (as medical conditions go it isn’t exactly that terrible, is it?), it is still really bloody annoying. Especially so for somebody who is trying to hit their 7 a day target but who is also pathologically lazy.…

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Duck & Honey Plum Sauce

Duck & Honey Plum Sauce

“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath” – Michael Caine

Two hours I spent this week experimenting with cauliflower pizza bases. Two hours of my life I shall never get back. I knew it was a bad idea. The first time I saw the recipe I archived it in the “That Sounds Revolting” file in my brain (the mental equivalent of the B1N file that 80% of my son’s “artwork” gets filed to).  It fell squarely into the same category as courgette spaghetti and kidney bean brownies: novelty food items dreamed up to pander to whatever the ‘on trend’ diet fad is that quarter.…

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Spicy Sichuan Stir-Fry

Spicy Sichuan Stir-Fry

“China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese” – Charles de Gaulle

I have always been slightly skeptical of those introductory sections in cookbooks on how to stock one’s ‘larder’. The ones that pretend that if you maintain a decent supply of pulses, anchovies, soy sauce and jarred sun-dried tomatoes, you will always be able to rustle up something utterly delicious with whatever decaying detritus you had in your fridge.…

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Beetroot, Courgette & Feta Fritters

Beetroot, Courgette & Feta Fritters

There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you” – Peter Vries

I don’t tend to write much here about what I feed my son. This is very much a deliberate thing. Nutrition is a minefield at the best of times but talking about feeding kids is, in common with 97% of all parenting related matters, just so intensely political that I vowed not to do it here.…

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News!

News!

“Just because it’s in print doesn’t mean it’s the gospel” – Michael Jackson

This? Oh, it’s nothing. It’s just the Buckwheat Adventure in real life hard copy print. In a real life magazine. No big deal. 

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Buckwheat’s Back!

Buckwheat’s Back!

“Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy” – Joseph Campbell

It took pretty much all of my resolve not to add ALRIGHT to that post title. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Not because it would have been terribly cheesy (because why would that stop me?) but because the Backstreet Boys and I aren’t on great terms right now as I was rudely awoken by some nice chap belting out “I Want It That Way” at 2am on our street recently after the BST festival thing in Hyde Park.…

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A Thai Salad Template

A Thai Salad Template

“I’d say the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand” - Simon Cowell

I bought an orchid at Bangkok airport once. And then got on the plane and proceeded to spend the next eleven hours in a panic that I was going to be arrested at Heathrow for bringing prohibited plant contraband into the country.…

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