A Slice of Pie

Pork Pie

I’d originally planned to take it easy on the cooking front over Easter, and just have a long, quiet weekend. Then, as I was making some last minute adjustments to my Ocado order, I decided, somewhat randomly, that it would be a good idea to make a pork pie. I added a shoulder of pork […]

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Bones, Meat and Vegetables

Meat Glaze

Meat Glaze doesn’t warrant its own listing in The Prawn Cocktail Years, but it is used as an ingredient in quite a few of the recipes. It takes a while to make, so they recommend that you make it in advance and freeze it. Instructions for making it are found as part of the recipe […]

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Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes sound like a nice easy thing to make for a weekday meal, I thought. We can have those on Monday. They won’t take very long to make, especially if I cook the salmon in advance. Well, that was the theory. So, Sunday afternoon whilst making the Beef Stroganoff, I wrap a piece of […]

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Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

I haven’t had a Beef Stroganoff in years. I can’t even remember if I’ve ever cooked this particular recipe. Saturday night is the last night of Sue’s play, so this will make a great evening meal for Sunday evening. Apparently the tail end of beef fillet is the preferred cut for stroganoff. I’m not sure […]

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Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is is one of those things I often throw together after having a leg or shoulder of lamb. It’s a good way to use up the remains of a roast, and is invariably tasty. I was interested to see how The Prawn Cocktail Years’ version turned out. Sue’s been out at the theatre […]

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Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese, Oranges in Caramel

Sue is out in the evenings a lot at the moment, helping out with the current production of Steel Magnolias at the Loft theatre. Sunday, however, is a night off, so I thought I’d push the boat out and cook two things from The Prawn Cocktail Years for dinner. Spaghetti Bolognese, followed by Oranges in […]

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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

I think I’ve only been to IKEA once in my life. My overriding memory of the visit is that on leaving the store, we spent a few minutes in the car park watching a couple trying to push a very large sofa into the back of a very small car. It didn’t seem to be […]

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Celeriac Remoulade with Prosciutto

Celeriac Remoulade

Lunches can be difficult. I work from home, and the nearest shop is about three miles away. The house is invariably full of food, but somehow there never seems to be anything quick and easy to grab for lunch. If I’m lucky, I’ll have made some bread recently, so a sandwich is possible. If I’m […]

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Prawn Cocktail

The Great British Meal Out

The Great British Meal Out consists of that iconic British culinary triumvirate: Prawn Cocktail, Steak Garni and Chips, Black Forest Gâteau. The Prawn Cocktail Years describes it as “the favourite British meal out for as long as one can remember”. For a long time, you were pretty much guaranteed to find all those three things […]

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The Prawn Cocktail Years

The Challenge

For many years now, I’ve claimed that my favourite cook book of all time has to be by Simon Hopkinson and Lyndsey Bareham. It’s true, I love that book. It’s not just that it’s full of delicious, well thought out, recipes; I love the underlying premise too. There are so many dishes that we once […]

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