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As many of my friends know, there aren’t many days that go by that I haven’t got a stock on the boil.  I was brought up in a home that would never be short of a good gelatinous stock in the fridge.  It didn’t always come without its mishaps.  My gran, who lived with us, often infused our home with the unforgettable smell of burnt chicken bones (to compliment the smell of boiled cabbage) as she’d often forget she’d left them on the stove.  But her aim was always to make the best of very little.

Stock is an important part of our diet and there should always be some in our fridge or freezer.  I love knowing that I always have a nutrient-laden base for a...

My dad has been known to turn a little ‘Alf Garnett’ with regards to certain things and one of those that he has a particular, irrational dislike of is quinoa.  I try to secret it under delicious stews, soups and curries but he can seek it out a mile off.  A rant soon follows about how it’s taking over the work of perfectly good grains such as rice and wheat and has no place on the table!!

I, however, love the stuff.  I like the way it pops slightly in your mouth and the way it soaks up the flavour of delicious stocks and stews to give them a hearty punch.  I also love the fact that it is a protein and not a carbohydrate.  It satisfies the need in me for a bit...

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