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A Winter Coleslaw

Coleslaw's have been around since the 18th century and gets it's name from the Dutch koolsla or cabbage salad. For me it is a Winter dish, the delicate scent of cabbage reminding me of frost covered fields of swedes being munched by sheep. It makes a fresh and crunchy alternative when the usual salad greens are not available and without fail at some point during every Winter I develop a longing for it. Different countries have different ingredients and dressings, this one is a simple side dish of red cabbage, pear and walnuts dressed with a mustard vinaigrette. Slice a quarter of a red cabbage, the thinner the better. Slice a crunchy pear into strips roughly the thickness of a...

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White Bean and Celery Soup

Every now and then I get the urge to make some particular thing. Today it was something pure, delicate and white. A brief look in the pantry and fridge revealed a small collection of white things - a tin of cannellini beans, some ground almonds, celery, garlic and white onions. Oh, and some white bread. And the result? A white bean and celery soup. I did not use everything I had found and the soup was not even very white, but it was delicious . . .  In a tablespoon or two of olive oil, gently fry a peeled and chopped onion, a couple of clove of garlic, three or four sticks of celery and a sage leaf. Once they...

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Mushroom and Mascarpone Soup

There is chill in the air. The morning is misty and damp. Quiet. Still. Autumn is here again. This is the time of year when I feel most connected to the natural world. It is a time of woodlands and fields, rich earthy smells and the sight of your misty breath coiling away into the air. 

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