The Challenge

Week 10

The final week! Again, not the best planning ahead I’ve ever done, in terms of allocating my time to cook the last final recipes in between Christmas prep and the last few manic days of work before the break. Still, I got ahead of the game early on by making Nicky Grant’s Rose and White […]

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Week 9

Baked Miss Muffett Slow-roast Shoulder of Cornish Lamb Blush Cider & Raspberry Jelly After a couple of fairly difficult weeks – in terms of ingredient-sourcing, recipe-ease, and generally finding the time to cook anything – I had an amazing time with the recipes I’d scheduled this week, all of which I allocated to a big […]

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Week 8

Steak and 1913 Stout Pie Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Fillets of Megrim Sole with Salsa Verde Roast Duck with Cardamom and Carrot Puree We’re into a hearty, indulgent phase of the Great Cornish Food Book Challenge – perfectly timed for the week when the “Winter Bomb” hit the county, bringing strong winds, horizontal rain and […]

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Week 7

Portreath Bakery’s Saffron Cake First attempt at Rick Stein’s Megrim Sole I made a festive resolution  this week. Following a minor meltdown in the office last Wednesday about undertaking the Great Cornish Food Book Challenge with so little thought to seasonality or how it would affect the ever-elusive work/life balance, I had a bit of […]

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Week 6

Cornish Splits Scallop Tartare Mussels in Cider After my issues last week with tracking down shellfish in its various forms, I was determined to make this week one that counted. With the tides and the weather on my side (sometimes a miracle on the windswept November North Coast), I didn’t think anything could go wrong, […]

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Week 5

Trials and tribulations were about the only things in abundance this week, as I faced a few difficult decisions in the Great Cornish Food Book Challenge. Firstly, what do you do when one of the county’s most celebrated seafood chefs suggests – nay, demands – that the scallops you use are, and I quote, “The […]

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Week 4

Been a bit of a slack-Alice on the blogging front, due to lots going on at Cornwall Food & Drink HQ (we don’t just run a food festival, you know – there’s lots more to it than that!) That said, it was a week of interesting firsts, new flavours and controversial methods in my week […]

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Week 3

Fish and Chips Ragout of Game Birds The Perfect Crab Sandwich What I thought might be a slightly simpler week in fact turned out to have a few bumps in the road with regards to Game birds (no references to road-kill intended there). Did you know that Game – in particular birds like pheasants, grouse […]

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Week 2

Strawberry and Elderflower Frozen Nougat Cauliflower and Black Pudding Soup Paprika and Oregano-stuffed Sardines Confession – my cookery skills, as extensive as I think they are, are incredibly limited. I have never gutted a fish. Or descaled a fish. Or really done anything at all with a fish that didn’t involve just eating it. I […]

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Week 1

Cornish Garden Frittata Hedgerow Muffins Full Cornish Breakfast Pork Cassoulet I may have deliberately made Week 1 as un-daunting as possible – choosing some nice, convenient dinners to look forward to as the week went on. However, there are some obvious scuppers to the brilliant plan of cooking through the Great Cornish Food Book in […]

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