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Recipe: quick egg and beans breakfast on the go

Ingredients 125g egg whites 1 whole egg half a tin red beans Instructions grease a microwaveable bowl with a teaspoon of olive oil whisk eggs in bowl stir beans in cover loosely with a plate microwave for three minutes (or

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Sunday lunch: microwave Mexican slow carb omelette

I thought I discovered something extraordinary last week, when I put three egg whites in a bowl, loosely covered it with a saucer and stuck it in the microwave at full power for two minutes. Egg white omelette with no

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Sunday lunch: Marmite courgettes

I love courgettes, I love Marmite. Once I tried mixing a teaspoon of Marmite into stir-fried thinly sliced courgettes, and it was yummy. It works well with a bit of garlic and pepper but make sure you do not add

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Sunday lunch: tapas

A few weeks ago we invited over some friends we went to Sitges with three years in a row, and we cooked a selection of tapas. The dinner proved to be a success, firstly because of the lovely ladies and

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Sunday lunch: Fish in tomato sauce

I love fish, but cooking fish is smelly. As we often have our laundry to dry in the open space kitchen/dining room/living room (i.e. the only room in the flat big enough to open the clothes drier), I have been

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Sunday lunch: Dr B.’s porridge recipe

Often, especially if I haven’t got time, I enjoy making ‘mock-porridge’ by pouring hot water on oats, giving it a stir and eating it straight away. Unorthodox but speedy. Lately however I have tasted Dr B.’s porridge and it’s so

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Sunday lunch: Xató

A typical salad from Cataluña. I had it several months ago on the last day in Sitges before leaving for the airport, but it is best eaten during the colder winter months (January and February in Cataluña). Xató recipe at

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Sunday lunch: Icelandic pepper cookies

I love these cookies. They are very spicy (among the ingredients are black pepper and cayenne pepper) and gingery. Last year I used some as Christmas tree decorations. Icelandic pepper cookies recipe at allrecipes.com Ingredients 1 1/4 cups butter, softened

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Sunday lunch: no-hassle boiled rice

About one year ago Dr B. felt like making curry. He seldom cooks, so I welcomed the idea with enthusiasm and sent him off to the market. He came back with two kilos of brown Basmati rice, made two curries

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Sunday lunch: chicken Caesar salad

There was a time when I used to make this every Thursday night. Then Tesco’s Healthy Eating ready meals made my cooking redundant. The other night I offered to relieve Dr B.’s grumpiness and frustration at not sleeping much because

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Sunday lunch: bacon butty

Most often enjoyed on Sundays at lunchtime, this simple British classic recipe goes very well with headaches, queasiness, the need to maintain a horizontal position, bad (yet compelling) TV and other signs of a hangover. This sandwich is such an

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Sunday lunch: coq au vin

Another French-themed dinner last night, this time in honour of Bastille Day (and to reciprocate on two dinner invitations received well over two years ago – what took us so long?). We had the baked camembert with home-made bread as

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Sunday lunch: bangers and mash with red wine gravy

British cuisine is quite special. Often, the name of the dish is the recipe itself. Cheese and beans on toast. Scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam. Ok, I’ll grant you these are not the most elaborate of recipes, but

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British Sandwich Week 2007

We are in the middle of British Sandwich Week 2007. Unfortunately, we are also in the middle of our ‘ZOMFG we only have three weeks to squeeze back into last year’s swimsuits’ week. There’s no way I’m buying a larger

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Sunday lunch: tarte Tatin (upside-down French caramelised apple pie)

Today the French are electing their new president. I hope they make a good and wise choice (hint: she would be France’s first female president), I fear they won’t. Update: the French elected Sarkozy instead. In their honour, here is

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Sunday lunch: Pulla (Finnish sweet bread)

I have absolutely no idea how I came up with the idea of making a Finnish sweet bread for a picnic with friends on Hampstead Heath. I seem to remember waking up at stupid o’clock, wanting to impress people with

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Sunday lunch: fish and chips

I always find that whenever I put together a meal with the only few ingredients I can find at home, it turns out quite well. So on Friday night, after a short but hard week at work, the last thing

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Sunday lunch: Dalek cake

Three days ago (April 5th) was Dr B.’s birthday and I made him a cake in the shape of a Dalek. By coincidence a few days earlier I had come across a BBC Blue Peter Dalek cake recipe that was

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Sunday lunch: Jamie Oliver feast gone wrong

We recently acquired a new dining table (our first) and can now finally have people over for proper sit-down meals. As a first dinner party, I insisted that the five friends who helped us move come round. We are very

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Sunday lunch: Thai chicken soup with udon noodles

I know, it’s not Sunday. But believe me, once you try this, every day is going to be Thai chicken soup day for you too. I think Dr B. first picked up this soup a few weeks ago. It;’s hot

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Sunday lunch: Spinach and mushrooms salad with goat cheese and pine nuts

A variation on the basic goat cheese and walnut salad we often have. Adapted from a BBC h2g2 salad recipe Ingredients Washed baby spinach leaves Goat cheese Lemon juice Pine nuts Sliced mushrooms Garlic Olive oil Salt and pepper Preparation

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Sunday lunch: Trinity

I love cheese. I adore bread. I go gaga for a sharp taste. This is why the most common meal round here is some combination of these three elements. Ciabatta, ham and a squirt of Daddy sauce. In France I

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Sunday lunch: Ginger and coriander seared tuna steak

This was one of Jamie Oliver’s ads for Sainsbury’s in which he effortlessly throws a couple of unusual ingredients together, it looks scrumptuous and it ends with him repeating the campaign’s slogan ‘Try something new’. We tried. And liked. So

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Sunday lunch: Grilled goat cheese and walnuts salad

This grilled goat cheese and walnuts salad has something in common with the great British tradition that is cheese and beans on toast, namely that the title of the recipe is the recipe itself. It is one of our favourite

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Sunday lunch: French beans and Parma ham bundles with balsamic vinegar

This is one of our favourite recipes. We call it ‘Nigella beans’ or simply ‘Nigella’, because we first saw it on one of Nigella Lawson’s cooking TV shows. I think we originally saw it made with asparagus, but tried replacing

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Sunday lunch: tiramisu (Wednesday Valentine edition)

This is the very first dessert I ever made for Dr B. It was Valentine’s Day and it was the first time I was cooking for him. The menu made entirely out of Dr Atkins’ worst nightmares, also featured breadsticks

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Sunday lunch: spinach and sweetcorn lasagna

Continuing the anniversary theme, here is the main course I cooked for my first Valentine’s dinner with Dr B. (twelve days after we met) four years ago. At the time I served it with a side salad and I made

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Sunday lunch: Thai beef salad

I made this last night for Dr B. while I was having hearty British food (leeks, potatoes, sliced green beans and beef). I have adapted the quantities and part of the preparation from the Thai beef salad recipe at iVillage.co.uk,

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