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To rediscover real food, regain the habit
of cooking from scratch with locally sourced
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General observations and blog news.

Keeping the kitchen stocked

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April 30, 2020

It's been a while since I last posted (except for the minor rant a moment ago). I keep meaning to get this blog going again and put some effort into it. Anyway, on everybody's mind at the moment is Covid-19 and how it affects the weekly shop.
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Pasta Evangelists

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April 30, 2020
Pasta Evangelists

So, Pasta Evangelists. Fresh, artisan pasta at artisan prices, by post. I've ordered this twice before, the last order in March. I have to say, the pasta is really nice and the sauces great. But last time, when I should have gotten 3 pots of parmesan and 1 pot of (similarly coloured) bechamel, I ended...
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Improved Recipe Layouts Are Here

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August 10, 2019
The header for a recipe in mobile mode

Two years ago, I added a recipe module to the food adventure website.

I did this partly to kickstart me into posting some useful content on there, as my tendency to post to social media instead has seen the site withering on the vine.

But the main reason was to make a...
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Being even thriftier with the pizza habit

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June 13, 2019

Back in January, I posted about buying Dominos pizza using their lunchtime 2-for-1 deal; eating a slice or two, then freezing the rest. This gives me a choice of pizza on hand, easily (and tastily) reheated, for £1 a slice.

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Being thrifty with the pizza habit

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January 14, 2019

As some of you will know, I have a fondness for Domino's Pizza. Naughty, I know! :)

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Cold Smoking Again

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May 28, 2018

I became aware that many people use the CSG in a normal BBQ, and decided to give it a try. But I never did. I use a pellet grill, which would be switched off during this process (we are talking COLD smoking). The cardboard box was a vertical arrangement with ventilation by the tray...
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Naked Ham: Not terrible, but not ham

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March 17, 2018

People are worried about nitrites in food. By "people", I mean article-writing doctors, and tabloid newspapers. It's become a fairly repeated thing that the presence of nitrites in foods such as bacon, ham and pastrami can lead to an increased risk of cancer. This isn't just an old wives' tale - there has been...
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A nice find

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October 6, 2017

Popped into a friend's today, for a cuppa and a chat. On the way home, I had time on my hands, so I drove into Sleaford, to the Design and Craft Centre there - I've driven past the signs many times, and always wondered what it was. It was interesting, but not what I...
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And recipes too…

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February 7, 2017

Recipes By SimmerOver the last year, I've been experimenting with various ways to put my recipes online, mainly for myself, but also with a degree of sharing, if possible.

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The Christmas Duck

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December 25, 2015

I bought a duck for Christmas, it was oven prepared and looked great. The instructions were to roast it at 180℃ (350℉) for an hour and forty-five minutes. I decided to cook it in my pellet grill at a lower initial temperature - 82℃ (180℉) - to give it some smoke, before turning up...
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