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tommy1

London

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I like cooking and beautiful things.

All recipes feed two unless otherwise stated.

Honey Roast Duck on Rice

Honey Roast Duck on Rice

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Duck is scary for most people to cook because of the fat, but it is so delicious! Save the oil it makes and use it in other recipes.

Tofu in Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar

Tofu in Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar

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This recipe is adapted from Carina Cooper's The Notting Hill Cookbook. The original called for chicken slow-cooked with sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and rosemary but I made it into a vegetarian version and tweaked the seasoning. The dish has quite big flavours so if you enjoy vinegar, try it out.

Buttermilk Scone

Buttermilk Scone

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Please don't balk, I ate the freshly-baked scones for breakfast today with yogurt and strawberry purée. And they are based on an American biscuit recipe from Betty Crocker. Clotted cream and strawberry jam would be nice too for a more traditional Devon approach.

Moroccan Flapjacks

Moroccan Flapjacks

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I have to own up, I didn't dream up the Moroccan-themed ingredients. I first had a similar flapjack at Leon, and have wanted to replicate it at home ever since. The base recipes I used are from Sue Lawrence's Book of Baking and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's & Fizz Carr's The River Cottage Family Cookbook.

Kabocha and Baby Spinach Fried Rice

Kabocha and Baby Spinach Fried Rice

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Easy lunchbox food and rather healthy too. You can use any squash you like, but I prefer kabocha as it cooks quickly and its green skin is edible, so no peeling.

Pasta and Broccoli Frittata

Pasta and Broccoli Frittata

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I've never thought of using pasta in an omelette until I had a similar frittata at Chelsea Market in New York. I made this a mini version and added more vegetables as the combination of pasta and egg can be quite filling.

Buckwheat Pasta With Avocado-Tofu Cream

Buckwheat Pasta With Avocado-Tofu Cream

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I only know two ways of eating buckwheat pasta: the classic Northern Italian dish of pizzocheri, and this one which I made up. Still looking for other sauces or ingredients that would go nicely with buckwheat, other than the Japanese ways of cooking soba. This dish is best served chilled and is good for packed lunches.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

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Please pardon the unsightly honey puddle, I took too long to get a picture. This recipe makes 6 mini pancakes.

Veg Box Soup

Veg Box Soup

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I have a vegetable box delivered once a week and this recipe is good for using up the bits left over towards the end of the week. The ingredients can also be varied to reflect your personal tastes and the local seasons, the only constants being potatoes, carrots and onions.

Asparagus and Egg Wrap

Asparagus and Egg Wrap

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English asparagus is in season! After bringing home a bunch from the local farmers' market, I made them into this quick, simple lunch.

Asparagus Pasta

Asparagus Pasta

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A very simple and quick recipe. Good for lunchboxes, weekday dinners and picnics.

hourensou no goma-ae

hourensou no goma-ae

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This simple, homely recipe of spinach in a sesame dressing is one of my favourite Japanese dishes. I could eat this every day! The Japanese mortar and pestle (suribachi and surikogi) works most effectively but you can also use a food processor to make the dressing.

Spinach with Garlic and Pine Nuts

Spinach with Garlic and Pine Nuts

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Simple and quick way with spinach. Try with a fried or poached egg on toasted sourdough bread.

scrambled tofu and egg with beans

scrambled tofu and egg with beans

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Today's high-protein breakfast. Silken tofu adds a creamy consistency to the eggs, so the butter and cream won't be missed. For those on a permanent diet.

Bubble and Squeak Cake

Bubble and Squeak Cake

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Traditionally made with leftovers, this dish is definitely tasty enough to justify the efforrt of whipping up a fresh batch of mash. Instead of dusting with flour, I used polenta instead so that it adds a crunch to the cakes. Makes about 6 - 8 cakes.

caramelised onion omelette

caramelised onion omelette

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This is not the French-style omelette that is a meal in itself, but omelette like my mum used to make it, best to eat with rice. Parsley sprinkles are unnecessary. I was just desperate to use up some in my fridge.

Potatoes in Butter and Soy Sauce

Potatoes in Butter and Soy Sauce

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Essentially sautéd potatoes, but flavoured with soy sauce instead of salt. The result may be slightly less crisp potatoes, but with the added stickiness factor that I love in my food.

Baked Kabocha Croquette

Baked Kabocha Croquette

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Takes a while to make and the sink will be piled up with dishes, but I think it's worth the effort and a nice variation to the usual potato croquette.

Courgette With Dill and Feta Cheese

Courgette With Dill and Feta Cheese

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This time of year we need to get rid of so many courgettes. This recipe is sort of like pasta and I think it's delicious.

Bacon and Squash Penne

Bacon and Squash Penne

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Enjoy this unique pasta dish with squash flavors.

Banana Muffin with Nuts & Seeds

Banana Muffin with Nuts & Seeds

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Although I wouldn't call this "healthy", it's a lot better than shop-bought muffins as the recipe doesn't use highly refined ingredients. Makes 12 muffins.

Sesame Soda Bread

Sesame Soda Bread

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No kneading, no waiting, no proving... this is a quick bread fix if you're hard up for time. The texture is more scone-like than bread-like though, and soda bread is best eaten on the day it's made.

Toasted Muesli

Toasted Muesli

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When I need a baking fix without the drama, I make toasted muesli. It fills the kitchen with that familiar aroma, but is extremely quick to make and almost impossible to fail. The result is actually good for you too, as there is no sugar! This recipe makes quite a bit, so you can store it to eat over a few days. Delicious with yogurt and soy milk.

Wholemeal Cheese Bread

Wholemeal Cheese Bread

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The beauty of this recipe - no kneading and only one rising time! This wholemeal cheese bread is adapted from a bread recipe in The Cranks Recipe Book that is, in turn, adapted from Doris Grant’s famous 1944 recipe. I guess you can say that it is a copy of a copy, but I’d like to call it a tribute to a tribute. Makes one large or eight mini palm-size loaves or baps.

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