Brains for cooking – Cooking for your brains

Posh Pork: My slow-roasted pork belly.

slow roasted porkbelly (1 of 1)Succulent meat that falls apart by just looking at it. A salty and crunchy crackling. An aromatic sweet sauce, with a hint of good ale that is what it takes to turn any Sunday great. My slow-roasted pork belly is as easy as making toast – it just takes a little longer. So, while you enjoy a relaxed morning – or a hard-earned evening wait with excitement as your kitchen and your house will fill with the aromatic scent that only a good roast can bring.

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Breaking Bread: Bruschetta two ways – tomato & grilled mushroom.

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Crispy, aromatic bread for the right chew. A soft and silky layer of creamy ricotta or rich and smoky bacon grease. And two different subtle but delicious toppings. This take on the italian classic might not be quite conventional, but who really cares when it is so delicious and simple to make. Sweet tomatoes, the comfort of garlic and the vibrance of basil for one, savoury and slightly smoky mushrooms, with depth of grilled onions and the punch of parsley. The secret to this dish is in the bread – and a little bit of patience. But who if not yourself is worth a little treat every now and then.

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Brilliant Baking: My lemon cheesecake.

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A almost golden yellow, slightly burned top, slightly crumbly base, and a rich an moist filling. Cheesecakes are a special kind of treat. Add to that the freshness that lemon brings and you end up with my little sneaky lemon cheesecake. Done in about an hour, requiring almost none of your time, this treat is just the right thing for a day that can’t really decide if it is summer or spring. 
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Sneaky Salads: My split chickpea and parsley salad.

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The comfort that comes with a good plate of food is like no other. Warming the heart and filling the stomach. Soft chickpeas, warming chilli, vibrant cilantro, aromatic parsley, sharp spring onions, tangy feta, and the sourness of lemons really tie this little salad together. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to something nice today.

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My Godly Greens: Braised celeriac and carrot matchsticks.

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Celeriac really is no-ones favourite vegetable. A strong taste, a weird texture and a bad reputation. We rarely have it on its own – occasionally we serve it with something, mash it up, or add it to give flavor; but only rarely do we appreciate it for its own sake. But when we do, it is worth it. Given a bit of time it will melt right on your tongue, leaving behind an intense note of umami, without a single ounce of meat to it. It is the combination of rice-wine and soy-sauce, the sweetness of the carrot and the intensity of the celeriac, that makes this dish special. And it is the warmth of chilli that will bring it home.

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Busy Bites: My grilled tofu with grilled greens.

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Smoky firm tofu, spicy spring onion, and savoury mushrooms. My grilled tofu with grilled greens might not sound like much, but they are the perfect light snack. Low in carbs, high in flavour. And the best thing? They are done in a couple of minutes.

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Brilliant Baking: My dark chocolate and cherry cake.colate

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Dark and rich, creamy and moist. My chocolate and cherry cake has it all. Mixed up in about 10 minutes, done in under an hour – this cake is the perfect lazy Sunday treat. All you need to do is to say yes. Yes to chocolate. Yes to butter. Yes to cherries. And, “yes, baking is pretty easy”. Because it is. What’s not as easy is taking pictures of brown and white things. 

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Breaking bread: My Salmon and Dill Bagel.

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Smoky salmon. A rich and golden mustard and honey dressing, a thick comforting spread, and a silky and runny poached egg. Breakfast allows indulgence like few other times of the day. And it only takes little to transform your mediocre morning meal into a chance to treat yourself. My Salmon and Dill Bagel is done in a couple of minutes and, despite its look, require almost no skill at all. So make the choice, today, to treat yourself. 

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Super sneaky salads: My mango and cucumber salad.

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Light and crips. Sweet and savoury at the same time. My sliced mango and cucumber salad is the right pick for a quick dish. Done in a little over five minutes, bursting with flavor, and amazingly yumm – this salad will win over your heart. It stores well, if you add the dressing right before digging in. There is little more to say than this: you are a fool, if you don’t give this a try.

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Cheeky Chicken: My Stuffed Chicken Breasts in a Courgette Coat.

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Tender and juicy chicken. Smoky bacon. Dill. And crème fraîche. Served on a bed of arromatic farro with slowly roasted shallots. My stuffed chicken breasts in a courgette coat might not look like a spring dish, with all it’s autum colours, but it is so light and fresh that it would not fit any other season better. The key is in slowly roasting the chicken breast – allowing it to just loose the last hint of faint pink. This 20 minute dish might look rather un-assuming, but it is packed full with flavor.

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