Lockdown cookbook

You’re in social isolation and opportunities for shopping might be limited. But you have a well-stocked store-cupboard and freezer and it’s still possible to get most food if you look in the right places. 

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Turkey Patties

Turkey Patties

Minced turkey thigh is cheap and has more flavour than turkey breast. You can use it for any pasta sauce that calls for meat, or, as here, in lightly spiced patties. Use any of your favourite spices, adding hotter chili powder if you wish. The recipe here is mild...

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Chicken legs with ginger and soy

Chicken legs with ginger and soy

The River Cottage website has a wonderful sounding recipe for slow-cooked shin of beef with ginger and soy https://www.rivercottage.net/recipes/shin-of-beef-with-ginger-and-soy.  I’ve never made it because I’m not keen on beef, but the ingredients sounded intriguing...

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Roast chicken legs with roasted cabbage

Roast chicken legs with roasted cabbage

This recipe was inspired by my friend Jane. I had no idea you can roast cabbage, but yes you can! This dish is simple and quick – you can do the whole thing in just over an hour and there are only 7 ingredients. The chicken legs have some cunning flavouring tucked...

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Proper lamb Biryani

Proper lamb Biryani

Way back in the distant past, I was the producer of Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery – the first time Indian food had had a proper airing on British TV and I also commissioned and edited the book that accompanied the series. I tested every recipe in that book. My copy...

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Richly flavoured lamb casserole with mint

Richly flavoured lamb casserole with mint

Wonderful quality lamb is one of the glories of British ingredients. But it does need the help of other flavourings to bring out its natural depth. This is my best-ever lamb casserole recipe. The twist is adding what may feel like a lot of fresh mint, but during the...

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Coq au sauvignon

Coq au sauvignon

There was a half bottle of Sauvignon lurking in the fridge along with some nice plump chicken thighs and some good quality fresh stock. Why not try a variant of Coq au Vin? Nothing like a fancy French title to give a recipe some oomph when really it’s just chicken in...

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