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Chicken wings can provide both meat and amazing stock

Posted in Chicken | 13 comments

Chicken wings can provide both meat and amazing stock

We can’t buy chicken wings in the Newmarket Waitrose. Some people think that wings are a waste of time. Even my mum says “They have so little meat on them. The other day I was given two at a lunch party. We were all scraping about politely for the meat.” I agree with the Min Pins – I like chicken wings. Danny does great wings on the Kettle barbecue with hickory chips (lid on). Crisp and smokey tasty. Unbelievably good. A few weeks ago I wondered why Waitrose didn’t sell chicken wings and came up with a possible answer. They must use...

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Easy, chic and cheap recipes: delicate cauliflower leaf and pecorino soup

Posted in Starters and Soups | 23 comments

Easy, chic and cheap recipes: delicate cauliflower leaf and pecorino soup

For years it has hurt me to throw away the green outer leaves of the cauliflower. I have simmered them for the chickens in the past but mainly they are added to our kitchen compost bin. Having had the tip from John Coe – that all the leaves on the sprouting broccoli plant are edible – I decided to experiment with the cauli leaves this week. I chopped up the main stalk and tore the leaves away from the fibrous stems. Then I simmered them for about twenty minutes in vegetable stock. They looked really unappetising when I lifted the lid....

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