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Nov 06

Ask the Family

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At this time of year, we’re all thinking about planting a few spring bulbs and protecting our tender plants from the winter frosts. But let’s forget I’m a telly gardener for a bit while my supposed avuncularity is awkwardly slotted into a teatime quiz show. Eric’s been out and about with his camera again so it’s time to play another close-up picture round. Eee, you’d never see Monty Don doing this…

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Sep 06

Food Science Day Two: 2 – The Culinary Art of the Bad Pun Continued

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An ongoing Food Science Day enquiry is to determine whether tasty recipes can be derived from appalling puns. Previous experiments such as Lychees on Toast and the almost legendary Thymey Calaloo Dow’s Port have shown that there is much potential in this bold new approach. Our explorations continued this year with the creation of PERRY PERRY CHICKEN.

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9
Aug 06

FT Ask the Family – Part 3

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Dick: OK! So yesterday we showed you one of those close-up picture questions from the old, boring Ask the Family. Do we reckon anyone got it right, Dom?

Dom: Well let’s take a look!

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8
Aug 06

FT Ask the Family – Part 2

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So! Yesterday we left you with a poser in the form of one of our magnified pictures. Marianna was first to buzz in with the suggestion that we were looking at a pork scratching, so let’s see if she was right.

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7
Aug 06

FT Ask the Family – Part 1

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Aah, and as the strains of Acka Raga fade, we begin this week with our picture round. What our families are about to see is an everyday object viewed extremely close-up. Their job is simply to tell us what on Earth it can possibly be!

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13
Apr 06

Easter Food Science

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Are Creme Eggs a man-made substitute for Nature’s eggs? Evidently not but I’m impressed that the dude’s commitment to using chocolate eggses as real eggses extends as far as throwing away the shells.

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Apr 06

Lose Pounds Eating Steak & Foie Gras

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Ha ha ha, the BBC. Not quite sure where Mr. Venters got the idea that a sandwich with about 3 layers of fat is ‘healthy’. Also, it’s spelled ROCKET.

9
Apr 06

A Morning After

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A friend of mine once opined that there is no such thing as an average black pudding. True enough, once the blood and guts are poached, it’s a sublime and magnificent sausage that would take an act of rank foolishness or carelessness like overcooking to ruin but thoroughly ruined it will be.

We were sat in Lou Lou’s, a pleasant continental-style café on one of Portsmouth’s posher thoroughfares with somewhat optimistic outdoor seating, art for sale on the walls and a Waitrose opposite. It was a Sunday morning following a birthday bash and our group required some hardcore lard. While full Englishes and massive omelettes were ordered, I scanned the menu and my eyes settled on the magic words. Easiest decision ever.

My friend chose this point to explain his Grand Unified Theory of Black Pudding, possibly to insert a little drama into our breakfast. After all, we’d never been here before. Would they get it right and remember that the key word is ‘pudding’ or would I just be presented with a miserable blackened lump of coking lard? An entire Sunday was at stake here. However, within a few minutes, our hungover eyes lit up at the arrival of a vast platter piled high with toast. Fears of a charred sausage subsided cos this was a place that clearly knew what it was doing.

Breakfasts duly arrived. In middle of the plate amid the bacon, egg, mushrooms and tomatoes was a lovely generous slice of pud from a really thick sausage. Perfectly soft as I sliced a chunk away, it proved deliciously meaty, sweet and velvety. Hangovers faded and Sunday was saved. The omelettes were gorgeous too but that’s a whole other theory.

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Feb 06

Missed Marketing Opportunities – #2

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Jan 06

Missed Marketing Opportunities – #1 in a series that probably won’t last

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