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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

Hoppin’ John and Yorkshire pudding…not so far apart

I recently read an article by Robert Moss on Seriouseats where he discussed the challenges with making a New Year American favourite – Hoppin’ John. I’ll confess that, as a Briton, I’ve never tasted it and had no idea what … Continue reading

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Les Fables de la Fontaine – exquisite cooking in Paris

  After the joys of L’Os a Moelle and the warm glow it left behind we went to the Michelin-starred Les Fables de la Fontaine in Paris. Set in a pretty courtyard close to the Fountain near Ecole Militaire first … Continue reading

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L’Os a Moelle – a lovely little place around the corner (in Paris)

I love the French and their food. Its all so intuitive and natural – like language itself. We recently visited Paris and made a trip to the little bistro L’Os a Moelle in the 15th Arrondisement. The surroundings are six- … Continue reading

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The Miele event which has me more than just imagining

As a surprise my wife bought us a visit to try the Just Imagine event at the Miele customer centre in Abingdon. We are planning a new kitchen and things have moved on a little since our last kitchen adventure … Continue reading

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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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