Cider-braised Pork Belly with Mustardy Cabbage and Haricot Bean Hash

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Another Sunday, another roast. Every now and then I crave pork belly. I just do. This was one of those days. Lucky for me, Jamie Oliver came to the rescue with a great cider-braised pork belly recipe with cider mustard sauce.

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Pan-fried Salmon with Coconut and Lemongrass Lentils

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This dish is sort of baffling. It’s filling and satisfying, but not heavy. It uses dried lentils which have probably been sitting in the cupboard since winter, yet it has a summery freshness. It’s healthy, but feels extremely indulgent. I think we can agree that all those things are very, very good.

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Meatless Monday: Okonomiyaki

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This past week has been a bit of a washout cooking wise. We had the big birthday party and with it overnight guests and the obligatory sore heads the next day and then a wedding which seems to have eaten up the entire weekend − although I can’t think of many better ways to lose a weekend than in celebrating the union of two very special people. The result of all this is that I didn’t make any meatless dishes this week worthy of the blog, so I’m rehashing a previous vegetarian dish that I posted before I started the weekly Meatless Monday series.

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Italian Picnic Sandwich

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It looks like summer has finally arrived in England. Thank goodness. As I write I’m looking out the window at blue skies and sunshine; it would be a great day for a picnic. Thursday evening was forecast to be a good evening for a picnic, too. From 5pm onwards it was supposed to be glorious sunshine and a balmy 18ºC (64ºF) − yes, in England 64ºF is considered balmy. The pleasant forecast was very welcome for Thursday because we had tickets to an open air showing of Richard III at Dover Castle. It was a “Bring chairs and a picnic” kind of deal and we were really looking forward to enjoying a bit of evening sun and taking in some culture.

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Spatchcocked Chicken with Herb Butter

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Another Sunday, another roast. We hadn’t planned ahead for this one, so the options were limited to the supermarket offerings. As we browsed the meat aisle the leg of lamb bleated longingly at me, but our wallets insisted we have chicken – although with Easter just around the corner and a beautiful lamb post on Cooking in Sens which definitely got the roasting juices flowing, lamb may be on the menu yet!

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Rainbow Vegetable and Bulgar Wheat Salad with Feta

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This multicolored salad is so packed full of vegetables that it is sure to keep the doctor away for a good long while. It was partially born out of leftovers, but I’ve made several versions of it over the past year or so using whatever vegetables I have. The bulgar wheat and feta are the common ground. A complex carb and a protein, both helping to keep those afternoon hunger pangs away – and boy do I suffer from the post-lunch nibbles.

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