Pete & Leo

What Dad Cooked is a collection of our dad’s recipes, thoughts, tips and cooking hacks that simply need to be shared with all you foodies!

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A Wygashi Birthday Treat

June 3, 2018
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Pear, Watercress, Spinach and Rocket Salad

June 2, 2018

This is a great little appetizing starter. It works best with pears that are just under ripe.

Mr WDC
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Hake in Green Sauce

June 2, 2018

This is a staple of the Basque region of Spain. It seems in every way a bit foreign or difficult. But it’s basically fish in a parsley flavoured sauce. It’s a good recipe to learn as you can swap around the ingredients endlessly to suit your taste and budget.

Mr WDC
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Asparagus Vinaigrette with Soft Egg and Parmesan

May 31, 2018

A really easy and tasty starter or light lunch or supper. Make during summer when home-grown asparagus might still be available.

Mr WDC
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Strawberry Flan

April 22, 2018

This is based on an Erdbeer-Biskuit-Kuchen recipe from a German fruit flan cookbook. I was given the book during a recent trip to Germany by our hosts during ‘Kaffee und Kuchen’ (traditional coffee and cake social just after lunch). This flan was served with the coffee and I was surprised that the base was homemade. So I found my own special sponge tin, did some translating and started baking. There are many quick cheats for this recipe which means it can be knocked up in no time. Or there is the full WDC method which will take a little longer…

Mr WDC
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Pappardelle with Parma Ham

April 8, 2018

Another ‘leftover’ from an Easter anti pasto and another recipe worth posting.

Mr WDC
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Quick Lasagne with Tuna and Sliced Vegetables

April 6, 2018

This is one of the best things I have made. A moment of serendipity, just when you can’t imagine what to cook, something rather good comes out of nowhere…

Mr WDC
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Beetroot Salad

March 29, 2018

You can’t go wrong with beetroot and goats cheese – so I make no apologies for another version of this tasty combo.

Mr WDC
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Kohlrabi Asian Salad

March 23, 2018

Kohlrabi has a faint taste of coconut. It’s crisp and crunchy, so I thought it would be perfect in an Asian salad.

Mr WDC
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Monk fish and Prawn Methi, Marsoor Dal, Lemon and Chana Dal Pilaf with Paratha and Chutneys

March 22, 2018

I happened across an unusual fresh herb at the market: ‘Fenugreek!’, the stall holder calls out. I asked if I could taste some – definitely interesting. I then asked the man how he cooks with it. ‘How would I know,’ he said, ‘we don’t cook with it, we’re from the Middle East – only Indians cook with it – they call it methi.’ And so, my cooking everything methi phase begins…

Mr WDC
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A Cake for Easter

March 10, 2018

Inspired by the ricotta tarts made in Naples at Easter.

Mr WDC
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Rhubarb Crumble – Deconstructed

March 8, 2018

Rhubarb is brilliant – it’s got a silly name, it’s vegetable that tastes like fruit, and its pink! My ‘deconstructed’ crumble keeps the shape and the beautiful colour of the rhubarb and transforms a homely pud into a something special.

Mr WDC
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Celeriac and Cyprus Potato Gratin

March 7, 2018

Celeriac and potatoes have a wonderful affinity, but the real delight of this recipe Cyprus potatos – their nutty taste and texture is perfect in a gratin.

Mr WDC
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Roast Haunch of Venison with Roast Vegetables

February 28, 2018

Venison is a rich, lean, healthy and very tasty meat. A small haunch cooks very quickly and is a great alternative to beef.

Mr WDC
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Five-Spice Glazed Gammon with Five-Spice Sauce

January 10, 2018

Pete always liked my Asian-flavoured sweet glazed ham. So here is a version based on five-spice flavourings.

Mr WDC
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