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About justaukcook

/kʊk/ Not a chef, not an epicure, not a foodie. Just one who likes to prepare food – What really happens in the kitchen and on the high street is what I write about. Follow me on Twitter @Justaukcook and on https://www.facebook.com/justaukcook

Gingered Puy Lentils for when the weather turns

Sometimes you can’t beat an old favourite. The weather recently took a turn and mentally I craved something a bit more autumnal rather then “summer fresh”.   A recipe I keep going back to is the rather fabulous gingered puy … Continue reading

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What makes a ‘local’ – Harringtons on the Hill

Its nice to have a “local” restaurant – a place which you can afford to go to quite often, where the welcome is good and where the food is pretty decent too. Its a place where you can take friends … Continue reading

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The best food is ‘Our Food’

I don’t claim to be anything more than a food enthusiast. I love eating good food and I attempt to cook it. There are two types of food however which rises above all the others in terms of how it … Continue reading

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Griddled peach, avocado and feta salad

I’ve never had much luck cooking with either pears or peaches. We struggle to get great fruit in season anyway in the UK and I’m not the most delicate of hands. There is something about fruit which makes it hard … Continue reading

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Afternoon Tea at The Edgbaston

As a person who prefers the savoury flavours afternoon tea would not be on my bucket list of meals. As a Wedding Anniversary treat this weekend we went to The Edgbaston in Birmingham to sample their version. Its not that … Continue reading

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Smokestak enlightening

I love the idea of a smokehouse. It’s like a barbecue on steroids and, like barbecues, I’ve had some good and bad experiences. I’ve had some fabulous juicy and sticky ribs but also some horribly dry brisket which should have … Continue reading

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Modern Brick Lane: Modern Britain

I’ve read the eponymous Monica Ali novel and I had an impression of Brick Lane by reputation but I’d never actually visited. My recent visit was a real eye-opener of modern London and what a wonderfully vibrant and exciting place … Continue reading

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A double helping of Parsi cafe

Over a thousand years ago a small group of Persians made the journey to seek their fortune in India. Many settled in Southern India but a small group eventually made it to Hindustan in the prosperous city of Bombay. They … Continue reading

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In praise of lunch… and The Cross

On our recent lunchtime visit to Carters of Moseley my wife and I observed how refreshing it is to eat a lighter but tasty meal in the middle of the day compared to having a blowout in the evening. Back … Continue reading

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Fabulous modern British cuisine (and just right on the ‘ponciness’) – Carter’s of Moseley

  For my wife’s birthday I planned a surprise day of events beginning with lunch. She loves good food she also wants to eat healthily and doesn’t want to worship it in the process. The word she uses to describe … Continue reading

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