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If like me two weeks ago, you have never tasted carp and you think it would be interesting to give it a go, my advice to you is please don’t bother. Along with voting Tory, ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ and felching, it is an experience best avoided. There is a reason why carp is an anagram of crap

Butternut Squash, Spinach & Mushroom Lasagne

My sister gave us a pair of homegrown, slightly hen-pecked squashes this weekend. Whether the culprit was Dolores, Fifi, Jolene or Daphne, we’ll never know. Roj Blake models the ‘Item du jour’ in rebel chic. A bat-winged action-jerkin with ruched cuffs, peek-a-boo neckline and casual below-paunch cummerbund. Generously tailored in easy-care non-shrink chantilly, this garment offers multi-season comfort both in …

Spicy Lentil Soup

Now there’s a thing. If you go to you just get a crappy illustration of ‘Lenny the Lentil’ and an email link, doesn’t seem to have been registered, and is the blog site of a senior network engineer called Robert Lister. I mention this only because I can’t think of an introduction to this recipe.

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Flippin’ eck Tucker, one of the shops on the High Street is selling seven corn-on-the -cob for a pound and that is a bloomin’ bargain. Of course, sweetcorn is delicious eaten just as it comes, boiled or barbecued and simply accompanied with a knob of slowly melting butter, however tonight we decided upon this smoked haddock chowder.

‘Falafel’ Burger

If you like falafel and you like burgers, you’ll love this ‘falafel’ burger. Although perhaps as it is technically neither a falafel nor a burger it should be written ‘Falafel’ ‘Burger’ or perhaps ‘Falafel’ (Burger) or even “{‘Falafel’ [‘Burger’]}!”. 2 ‘falafel’ burgers relax on a plate – not particularly photogenic, but very tasty.

Hot Stuffed Avocado

It has to be said that the avocado is one of my favourite vegetables (sorry fruit), so much so that whenever asked to supply a username for a website, I invariably type in RicardoAvocado. However, I had never cooked one having always assumed that it would turn instantly to an oily green liquid as appetising as canal water. Poor Louie …