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Kedgeree

Kedgeree

There’s a place for a perfect fillet of fish, cooked to perfection. But when you can’t be bothered with all of that, there’s not much better that can happen to a fillet of smoked haddock than pride of place in a plate of kedgeree.

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Panzanella

Panzanella - another staple leftovers dish

As I’ve said before, the key to reducing your home food waste is having a number of staple, easy and quick dishes that are a natural home for the sorts of things you often have left over. For me, that is frequently bread, olives, capers and basil.

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Vietnamese caramel chicken

Vietnamese Caramel Chicken

The idea of salty fish sauce mixed with a palm sugar caramel and livened up with a hint of chilli - well, I couldn’t conceive of how that wouldn’t end up being one of the most delicious things ever.

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Salted caramel chocolates

Salted caramel chocolates

About eight years ago I saw a programme that featured the famed chocolatier William Curley. It was informative, it was fascinating and - well, all that chocolate of course meant that I wanted to jump straight in and try it for myself.

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Suffolk spice company stall

The spice of life

Lots of people find selling hard. The ones that don’t are the ones that have found a product that they love, that they’re personally inspired by.

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Mackerel with orange romesco sauce

Mackerel with orange romesco sauce

Mackerel is on the sustainable list, particularly if line-caught and landed in the UK. It’s also a great fish that is often overlooked, in spite of (or maybe because of) its full flavour.

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Miso soup

Japanese Miso Soup

I’ve had a couple of great meals at the Japanese restaurant in Norwich, Soyokaze, so when I was at Aldeburgh food festival, I was certainly open-minded to see former Masterchef winner Tim Anderson demonstrating recipes from his new book Japaneasy.

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Squirrel braised in red wine

Squirrel braised in red wine

Yes, you read that correctly. At the Aldeburgh food and drink festival this weekend I made the acquaintance of the good folks at the Wild Meat Company, who sell all sorts of locally caught game.

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