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Adventures into Oxtail Ragu and Polenta


I didn't take a proper photo of this because I wasn't planning to blog it. Then I decided halfway through eating I would...which is why the photo looks like this.

I wasn’t going to post this recipe, because really it didn’t quite go to plan. Then I thought sod it, this blog is supposed to be about the cooking and crafting messes I get myself into, and that really ought to include the times those messes go wrong. At least then perhaps others might learn from my mistakes, even if I rarely do.

So, what did I do wrong? Well, buoyed by my recent slow cooking success with pork cheeks I’d decided to try my hand at some of the other less familiar, tougher cuts of meat. This time, my thoughts turned to oxtail; although I did almost switch to some less adventurous beef shin on the bone, my butchers didn’t have any in. Clearly I thought, the oxtail was meant to be. Continue reading


First post; some soup that I made.

Red Lentil, Butter bean and Vegetable Soup.

So this is my first blog post, scary.  I’ve been thinking about setting a blog up for months now, but what with one thing or another I never really got round to it; although I would occasionally cook something and think, “that would make a good blog post”, the fact of not having a blog to post on meant that the thought never progressed into actual blogging.  So a couple of weeks ago I made a decision and set this one up, so that when the thought next occurred to me I’d have no excuse not to start blogging.  What I hadn’t counted on was the added pressure of knowing that I now had a blog lurking, empty, with nothing posted on it and the growing need to come up with something to post just to fill the space. Continue reading