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At this time of year where late summer drifts into early autumn and warm, sunny afternoons are punctuated by misty mornings and a slight chill in the air I find myself feeling very happy and content with my lot. I’m looking forward to snuggly winter which will bring a family wedding, my birthday and, hopefully, a finished kitchen. But I’m jumping ahead; there’s so much to enjoy in these harvest months. The squirrels I can see from the window are busy scampering about preparing for winter. Veggie boxes are brimming with goodies and the hedgerows are laden with hazelnuts, sloes and blackberries which I need to hurry up and pick before the Devil spits on them on the 29th!

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Whilst sounding like a simple meal to prepare, roast chicken can often turn out to be more of a challenge than first thought. It can be hard to achieve a perfectly cooked balance of moist, tender white meat and properly cooked thigh despite the countless methods and recipes there are floating around the ether. Butter under the skin, lemons in the cavity and bacon bandages are all helpful and add lots of flavour but a sure-fire way to keep your bird juicy is to pot roast it in a pool of flavoursome ingredients. While the chicken wallows in a nice warm bath it soaks up the flavour of any seasonings and vegetables you add and it’s bath water turns into fragrant stock, perfect for a good gravy or soup. (more…)

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Party season is almost upon us and I’ve been busy trialling recipes for the Christmas crowds. My first party is this weekend but, I think fortunately, I’m not playing host just yet. It’s going to be one of those wonderfully out of character parties where you get to see a totally new side of your friends. On Saturday I’m going to feast on dustbin lid-sized pizza, garlic bread and chocolate fudge cake with my running group which mainly consists of a bunch of fairly health-conscious ladies. I think we’re going to give the restaurant a run for their money in terms of how much we can eat!

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