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Guest spot: Quick Banana Chutney recipe for Christmas and beyond by Kate(uk)

Posted in Christmas, Chutney and Pickles | 48 comments

Guest spot: Quick Banana Chutney recipe for Christmas and beyond by Kate(uk)

“Fiona, would you be interested in a recipe for banana chutney? It sounds odd, but I can assure you that it is the very, very best chutney with cold turkey and if made this week will be ready for use on boxing day. As long as it is kept secret or you will find family members standing with empty jar in one hand, dessert spoon in the other and a guilty look on their faces” “Yes please.” Just reading her email made me desperate to get my hands on the recipe. A superb chutney that only takes 10 days to mature. This would be...

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Mike Murphy’s Spicy Mexican Coffee Syrup recipe

Posted in Cordials and Syrups | 7 comments

Mike Murphy’s Spicy Mexican Coffee Syrup recipe

I must admit that if I’d heard the ingredients of Mike’s favourite childhood café Saturday morning breakfast, I don’t think that I would have tried his spicy Mexican syrup in my first mug of Sunday Saffron Walden coffee. Luckily chill con carne omelette hadn’t been mentioned at that point. Mike has a small chic espresso making machine that makes coffee to kill for. He usually makes an espresso in a mug for me, tops it up with water, sugar and milk. Yesterday he gave me a sideline glance. “You usually have sugar,...

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Smoked cod with egg and crème fraîche sauce recipe

Posted in Fish and Seafood | 1 comment

Smoked cod with egg and crème fraîche sauce recipe

I love the combination of smoked fish and hardboiled eggs. I’m a sucker for kedgeree especially the fragrant recipe at the back of Rich Stein’s Seafood Lovers’ Guide. A couple of days ago I retrieved some smoked cod from the freezer and dallied momentarily with the thought of making kedgeree. Laziness was the inspiration for this dish. I’m pleased with this recipe. It is very quick, tasty and rather classy. Both the fish and the sauce took just minutes to cook. The chips were a bit naughty but worked well with the...

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