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What Dad Cooked write for Time Out London the Local Guardian. Dad discusses food, local sourcing and hidden foodie destinations in the City.

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

Sweet Corn Memories

Growing up in Southern California in the 60s, our family was fussy about its corn…

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Posted on: March 15, 2017

Notes on Quick and Easy Cooking

I’ve recently posted a series of ‘quick and easy’ 30 minute recipes which have unexpectedly made me think again about the hyped-up online food industry – and my own cooking.

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

British Pie Banquet at The Thomas Cubitt

In case you didn’t know, this week is ‘British Pie Week’ – a fact that might have inspired The Tomas Cubitt gastro-pub to celebrate by hosting a British ‘Pie Banquet’ earlier in the week.

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Posted on: February 21, 2017

Pass the Gravy Please!

Gravy is a perfect sauce; meaty, smooth, stimulating to the palate – and it makes our food taste better.

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Annatto, the Most Versatile – and Unknown – Seed in the World

Annatto is a jewel of a seed. It’s used for just about everything and red as red can be…

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Posted on: February 5, 2017

Why a foodie should walk down… Clerkenwell Road

Clerkenwell Road is part of a route linking east and west London, yet with its quiet passages and historic square it has the character of an intimate neighbourhood. It’s also home to a variety of foodie venues serving Clerkenwell’s creative community. Here’s some of our favourites.

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Why Has Pho Become So Popular?

Vietnamese market stalls and restaurants are cropping up everywhere – and with them the hugely popular pho soup.

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

And what, exactly, are you supposed to do with a thousand-year-old egg?

This was one of many questions I had on my mind during my latest foray into London for January’s Time Out article.

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Posted on: December 31, 2016

Ode to an Omelette Pan

Those of a certain age will remember the post-Elizabeth David halcyon days of home gastronomy…

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

10 Coffee Shops to Stop by on your Foodie Travels

We’ve been searching for the top foodie streets in London, but all that walking around requires a coffee break (or two)! Here’s What Dad Cooked’s top 10 favourite coffee shops.

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

Eggnog – the Elixir of Life

Making eggnog is an essential ritual for Americans during winter celebrations. But beware – it’s dangerously delicious!

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Posted on: December 17, 2016

A Kerfuffle of Parma Ham…

Whilst shopping at the farm shop, I went to the delicatessen counter to buy some Parma ham for an antipasto. But there was a problem…

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Making Cheese in a Bottle

I was aware of the basic principles of cheese making as a child. The micro cultures and chemical reactions did not exist in petri dishes or test tubes, but right inside our daily pints of milk.

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Posted on: December 5, 2016

Who Remembers a Time Before Houmous?

When I was at school, the only way to eat houmous was either by going to Greece on holiday, or visiting a Greek restaurant…

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Posted on: November 30, 2016

A Thanksgiving Day

‘A Thanksgiving Day at the Williamson’s house.’

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Posted on: November 24, 2016

A Waffle is Not Just For Breakfast!

North Americans usually associate waffles with breakfast. These crispy indented batter cakes are interchangeable with pancakes and generally served with butter and maple syrup.

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

The Art of Perfection

Japanese cultural behaviours are steeped in ancient Japanese traditions. One of these traditions is ‘kaizen’…

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Part Two: A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s Thanksgiving on the 24th November. Here’s the low-down on WDC’s traditional American Thanksgiving dinner.

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Posted on: November 13, 2016

Six Foods to Forage in London this Autumn

Some of the most rewarding forages can be collected this time of year, there’re berries, hips, haws and nuts galore. Here’s six of our favourite…

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Wagamama and the Rise of Katsu Curry

The Wagamama in Wigmore Street opened in 1998 and was the chain’s third London restaurant.

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Posted on: November 10, 2016

Fish Friday

Last Friday I was passing the fish counter in my local supermarket when I noticed festoons of bunting announcing ‘Fish Friday!’

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

Shanks, Hocks, Knuckles, Shins and Legs

We all know about lamb shanks – they’ve been mandatory dishes on gastropub menus for years. But what about the same joint in pork and beef?

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Posted on: November 3, 2016

How Many People will a Salmon Feed?

It’s a Friday and Darren Poulter, the fishmonger is plying his wares: ‘Lovely wild sea bass today, beautiful Cornish mackerel, line caught cod….’

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Part One: What is Thanksgiving?

I am an American but I moved to the UK with my family when I was in my mid-teens. We have celebrated Thanksgiving here every year since. It’s a tradition that we keep alive with WDC’s extended family and friends…

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Posted on: October 10, 2016

Garsons Farm, Esher’s Best Kept Secret

Esher town has something for everybody; but venture off the beaten track and you will find many attractions, including Garsons – a pick-your-own farm, garden centre and farm shop.

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Posted on: September 2, 2016

Corned Beef & Hash

Love it or loathe it, corned beef has been an essential food for centuries.

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Posted on: August 14, 2016

A Night At The KERB

What a great night out! WDC was invited by Time Out to attend a preview for the KERB in Camden Market – they promised a night of free food from 35 affiliated street traders.

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Why You Should Try Octopus: A Pro Octopus Blog Post by Dad

Octopus will divide your audience – it’s a ‘Marmite’ type of food: you either love it or hate it. But why all the fuss? We eat all manner of odd things from the sea. So here’s why you should try octopus…

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An Insight into Recipe Copyright Law: Who Owns Piedmont Peppers?

Can you own a recipe? What is recipe copyright? Mr WDC looks into the confusing world or recipe copyright law in a quest to find out who owns piedmont peppers.

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Posted on: August 6, 2016

Can a Brownie be Healthy?

Dad explores the question, can a brownie be healthy? Reducing fats and replacing sugars with Xylitol and Stevia in an attempt to make an indulgent brownie.

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Posted on: May 30, 2016

Why a Foodie Must Walk Down: Seven Dials

Seven Dials is a charmed oasis that’s not just about shopping – it’s home to merchants, artisans and cooks from all over the world.

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Posted on: May 26, 2016

WDC Wins at Estimation Nation Baking Challenge!

On 19th May WDC was invited to participate in the Estimation Nation Baking Challenge at the Open Kitchen in Hoxton. All part of Smart Energy GB’s Estimation Nation Campaign for the Smart Meter rollout.

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

Why a Foodie Must Walk Down: Bermondsey Street & Square

In the shadow of the Shard lies Bermondsey Street and Square – two strips full of restaurants, bars and cafés. Hyper-trendy but still rough round the edges.

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Posted on: March 6, 2016

Why You Must Walk Down Lower Marsh

Tucked beside the tracks of Waterloo is one of the capital’s most interesting little places. Lower Marsh is full of unassuming gems worth checking out.

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Why You Must Walk Down Berwick Street

From the one-time seedy heart of Soho, this is one of the area’s finest quarters. Here’s why…

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Posted on: January 4, 2016

Making Chocolates

Making chocolates is a labour of love. They need time and patience – and practice. But just like any kitchen skill, the more you do it the easier it becomes. So persevere. They are great fun and very rewarding to give as presents.

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Posted on: December 22, 2015

10 Ways to Cook a Turkey

‘A guide through all the options we know… One these should be just the trick you need this Christmas’

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Posted on: November 21, 2015

How to Cook Like Claude Bosi

Saturday Morning Kitchen is a great start to the weekend for any aspiring home cook. I’m often inspired by the show and adapt many of it’s recipes.

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Posted on: November 18, 2015

The Secret of Eating in a Chinese Restaurant

After a day out in London with the family, we will usually wander up Shaftesbury Avenue to find a small unassuming Chinese restaurant we know. This place is consistently busy with…

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Avocadogate

I must admit to enjoying some satisfaction over the backlash to Nigella’s ‘avocado on toast’ feature in her new television series, Simply Nigella. The furore caused by exaggerated twists and eulogies over a recipe that is as simple as…

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