Cabbage & Chorizo Risotto


…and a donkey

My apologies for having gone quiet lately; I certainly haven’t forgotten RMR — it has been weighing heavily on my conscience, I assure you!  I’ve been playing around with a few different ideas to share, but until now I’ve only had time to get one of them up to scratch: a multi-cultural comfort dish, Cabbage & Chorizo Risotto.

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Yes, this includes the last two or three weeks of holiday-based gastronomic indiscretion – but I’m really thinking about all the things we accumulate without really trying, and what happens when we actually start looking at them, one by one, with a critical eye.

The New Year, and moving house.  Time to face up to stuff.

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A Cheese Board with Pear & Chive Compote


One of the most welcome parts of a European celebration meal, or even just Sunday lunch, is the cheese board: a selection of three or more fine artisan cheeses, perhaps with some biscuits, nuts, fresh fruit or fruit compotes as accompaniments.  In England, the cheese comes after the sweet dessert – a slice of Stilton and a glass of port after the pudding is as traditional as one can get — but in France, the cheese comes before the dessert.  Or the cheese can take the place of the sweet entirely.

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