Pork with garlic, chilli, coriander and lime

Thai Pork

It’s hard to make pan-fried pork mince look good. But I think that’s its only downside. It’s so tasty, cheap and  you can pick up extra-lean packs, which make you feel pretty saintly.

Having said that, when I whooped “isn’t pork mince great?!” Thomas thought about it quite seriously, and replied “mm…well, it’s not in my top five types of meat.” But I know him well enough, and I recognised his expression of concentration, to know that he was struggling to rank ‘rib eye steak, leg of venison, fillet of beef…’ in his head…. 

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Ceviche: South American in Soho

Just as the fashion industry decided that tribal prints were coming back in many, many seasons ago, so the movers-and-shakers in the food world predicted, mid-2011, that South American cuisine was going to be big in summer 2012.

And sure enough, with the first sniff of spring, half-Peruvian and half-English restaurateur Martin Morales has launched the much-anticipated Soho restaurant Ceviche, bringing pisco, tiger’s milk and lúcuma to central London…. 

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Pheasant curry: from bird to bowl

My family don’t shoot.

A few years ago Dad killed quite a few tadpoles by turning on a water pump that pumped them out of the pond (though Mum transported most of them back to safety in a tea strainer), and he did once tentatively tread on a paving stone he’d put on the head of a rabbit which had been badly mauled by a dog…. 

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Salmon and avocado parcels

Passover was a bit of a fiasco in my final year at university.

As the only one with a car, I drove my Jewish housemate to the shops to help him stock up with easy-to-prepare food. It would be fair to say that cooking was not his strong point, so I helped him find some really idiot proof meals: fish fingers, chicken dippers, breaded cod – the sort of thing that he could pop in a medium oven for 10 minutes, and not entirely screw up…. 

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