Read more about my eating in adventures and what I have been cooking at home in Sheffield.

Spanish fish stew

Watching Rick Stein’s culinary tour around Spain on BBC2 inspired me to cook a Spanish inspired dish, as I love all those Mediterranean flavours. I decided to do a hearty fish stew using Hake (a member of the cod family). This is a versatile fish which has firm, meaty flesh that works well in a stew. You could use other white fish like Pollock, Coley and Whiting.

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Summer crumble

This time of year provides sumptuous summer fruits like peaches, plums and raspberries. The colours and tastes make me feel like summer is here, even if the skies outside are grey.

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Orange and honey polenta cake

It is the tradition in most workplaces to take in cakes on your birthday and as mine has just been round it was time to do some baking. I wanted something summery and so I chose Nigel Slater’s orange and honey polenta cake. It was a slightly risky strategy as I hadn’t tried the recipe before and I wouldn’t find out if it was any good until one of my colleagues tried a slice. Eeek.

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