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The Recalcitrant Cook – An Old School Recipe from Yesteryear

Sausage, Bean and Onion Pie I confess to having forgotten all about this recipe until someone from my school cohort mentioned it on social media. Naturally, I had to try it out again. So thank you to Mrs Finegan, my … Continue reading

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The Recalcitrant Cook – Lockdown Chicken

As those who are close to me can confirm, I’m not exactly a culinary goddess but now and again I share a recipe on the blog for other like-minded souls who would really rather not go anywhere near the kitchen. … Continue reading

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Supper on a Shoestring – Pork and Parsnips

To be honest, I struggle with pork. I have a few recipes for leftovers but definitely less in my repertoire than with other meat.  One rather nice combination which works well, is honey and cider vinegar and I often use … Continue reading

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Supper on a Shoestring – Indonesian Pork/Turkey

This cost-saving recipe is based on something I first cooked years ago from an old M&S recipe book (in the days when it used to be called Marks and Spencer).  It’s evolved over the years but basically, it’s a ‘throw … Continue reading

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Supper on a Shoestring – Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie

In response to those who have asked when Supper on a Shoestring is returning; well it’s back with an old favourite that my nan would have been proud of. I’ve never been a great fan of pies but Mr JH … Continue reading

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A Blast from the Past

About once every two years we have a large get-together which can involve anything from twenty to forty-odd extended family.  I usually pray for fine weather, clean my house (the bits that show) and try to think of a buffet … Continue reading

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Supper on a Shoestring – Love it or Loathe it, Today it’s Liver!

I’ll admit I’m no fan of liver, however Mr JH enjoys it so every now and then, I indulge him. There’s no doubt that it’s a very cheap meal. I bought a pack of lambs liver to feed four for £1.23 in the … Continue reading

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Pushing the Boat Out with Sea Bass

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that this recipe is a variation on a previous one but it’s rather more indulgent. This time I’ve used a whole filleted fish for each person, so no chance of bringing it in as a ‘shoestring’ … Continue reading

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A Dinner Menu from the Diffident Hostess

We’ve all done it – accepted dinner invitations from fantastic cooks and had wonderful meals.  Then reality hits home.  At some point we have to invite them back … horrors. TIPS: manage the  guests’ expectations by mumbling about an informal rustic meal select a … Continue reading

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A Quickie from my Post-Christmas Menu

Salmon Risotto As usual this year we ate far too much.  In fact our glutinous excesses were shameful even if my latest cholesterol ratio is only 2.5.  Anyway, as the whole family was together on Christmas Eve (twelve) we had a huge … Continue reading

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