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Cauliflower as ugly duckling: a history Cauliflower is the ugly-duckling-turned-swan of the food world. This is indisputable. You may be thinking, “Whoa, hang on a sec. Isn’t kale still king? Aren’t we still talking about kale?… Hey, should I be making cauliflower crisps now?” Yes, yes and here you go. But, whereas kale is a relative newcomer to …

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This post is part of a blog collaboration on healthy comfort foods and recipes, as well as thoughts on comfort beyond the kitchen. Links to the other participants’ articles are below my recipe.  Comfort food is always a buzzword in the cooler, darker months. Go to any restaurant and there will be a section marked ‘comfort foods’ to choose from: sticky …

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The arrival of a new Jamie Oliver cookbook on the bookshop shelves (or in Amazon, if you must) is always cause for excitement. Usually its supporting TV show (this time, the 6-part Jamie’s Super Food, on Channel 4) has us all clamouring for pasta (Jamie’s Italy), grits and collard greens (Jamie’s America), or ready-cooked chickens (Jamie’s …

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Poor old cucumber. Not a serious contender nutritionally (all that water you see), an afterthought for the salad bowl, grudgingly eaten as batons and dipped into no-fat dip as a dieter’s punishment. In other words, a bit low on the food totem pole. But it has been getting a bit more love recently. Not big love, like freekeh, …

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The eagle-eyed among you (all of you?) may have noticed the absence of any small, black-skinned oval beans in this pot. Do you feel cheated? Were you hoping to see dots of creamy, ebony-skinned beans caught up in a tangle of saucy pasta and wholesome greens? Well, even if you were – and that is another direction this …

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It is an unassailable fact that citrus fruits are perfect: as tart-sweet shreds suspended in amber and spread on toast; gently stewed with vegetables in spiced tagines; magically thickening with coconut butter to make raw key lime pie – or with eggs, butter and condensed milk for the real deal; blitzed into creamy submission in green smoothies; as sparkling slices in breakfast bowls. …

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Many of us make risottos, but how many of us throw convention to the wind and bake them?  Until recently I had not, but as I already bake rice I just thought, what the heck. What’s the worst that could happen? I know it is no big deal to ‘feed’ a risotto its stock and …

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This simple pasta, black bean and butternut squash dish is something that I have been making off and on for over 25 years. I’m not sure where I first got the idea, but as it has stood the test of time I thought I might share it. There is little skill involved, just a willingness …

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I hope you don’t mind this simple little soup popping into your inbox or feed. I realise that other food bloggers are posting elaborate year-end round ups of their best recipes, and laying out plans for improving blog and blogger. I wish I had got around to the former, to be honest. I will however be …

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