Guanciale Carbonara

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I’m mortified that there has been such a long gap since I last posted.
Bad blogging.

It seems like such a long time ago that I was cooking shin of beef. Partly because it was, but also because I’ve been cooking so many other things in between….because I’ve got a new job – which has liberated me from a desk, and launched me into a kitchen. So thank you, dear readers for being so supportive, because it’s partly through your encouragement with this blog that I’m now cooking and writing as a real-life job. Dreamy!… 

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Green Sauce

Usually I make a bit of effort with the photographs of the food I eat…but on this occasion I failed.
I blame it on the fact that this sauce is so intensely delicious, it disappeared before I could get the lens cap off my camera, so you’ll just have to make do with this unappetizing photograph I took before it was put it on the table which doesn’t do it justice at all!… 

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Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash with Burnt Aubergine and Pomegranate Molasses

Ingredients

1 large butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp green, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
(1 tsp nigella seeds)
10g sliced almonds
basil leaves, to serve
sea salt, freshly ground black pepper… 

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Moules marinière

Moules marinière is a real treat – most of all though, it’s not crazy expensive and  it’s so easy to make.

The trickiest part by far is finding the mussels to cook. I live in the East End – home of the eel and mash…but no mussels – yet when I visit my parents in Leicester (surely one of the furthest places from the sea in all of Britain) then there seem to be mussels aplenty. Weird…. 

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