Two Days in Venice

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From inside the Bridge of Sighs

At the end of June my husband and I went to Venice with one of his friends/colleagues, M, who grew up in Veneto, the Italian county in which Venice lies. It was a really quick visit – we flew out on Friday night and back on Sunday night, so we were really glad to have a Venice expert showing us around and helping us make the most out of our time there.

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Free-form Rhubarb & Blueberry Pie

This past weekend I took a flying visit to my parents’ house in Somerset, to deliver a birthday cake for my best friend’s grandma (90) and great-aunt (95)! They were having a joint birthday party in the local pub :) While I was down there I swung by my Nanna and Grandad’s house, and then my Grandma and Grandpa’s! Both sets have always had amazing and bountiful vegetable patches, and I managed to get my hands on some harvest! I came away with beetroots, carrots, lettuces, a cucumber, a courgette and some rhubarb.

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Recipe: Coconut Rocher

Oh my goodness, it has been about a month since my last post!

My excuses: I have been busy helping set up and run a French boulangerie, then we were in Venice for a whirlwind weekend, this week I’ve been working on a wedding cake and a 90th & 95th birthday cake… whew! I have a half-written blog about the food in Venice that I just need to sit down and finish – it’s been waiting for about three weeks…

But at work today I made these delicious and very simple Coconut Rocher, so I thought I’d fit in a quick post this evening.

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Chunky Beetroot and Chorizo Hash with Easy-Poached Egg and Asparagus

Photo - Harriet Hutton - GH Cookery Writer Work Placement

This is one of my favourite dishes of late. Earthy beetroot and meaty chorizo topped with egg and dill! This was my submission to a Good Housekeeping food writer apprenticeship programme, but it’s been a month and I’ve not heard anything so I’m assuming I wasn’t successful. But that’s OK, I will just post my recipe here for you guys instead :)

The easy-poach egg is a Delia technique and the eggs end up looking more like fried eggs, but they are cooked in water, not oil, so are much healthier. It’s a great method if you haven’t mastered the traditional swirly-poachy method, and you can just leave the eggs to cook with no supervision.

My beetroot and chorizo hash is a great midweek meal as it is quick, nutritious and delicious, and should please the whole family.


Hands on time 20 minutes. Cooking time about 25 minutes. Serves 2.

You will need

– 250g new potatoes
– 1 small onion (around 100g), roughly chopped
– 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 250g vacuum packed pre-cooked beetroot in beetroot juice
– 60g chorizo
– a handful of dill, roughly chopped
– 2 eggs
– 8 asparagus spears

1. Rinse and chop the new potatoes into small dice, around 1cmx1cm. Bring a pan of water to the boil and boil the potatoes until tender, around 5 mins. Drain well and allow to steam dry.

2. Chop the beetroot to the same size as the potato, and the chorizo into large chunks, and set aside.

3. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil. Gently fry the chopped onion over a medium heat until it is soft and translucent.

4. Add the potatoes, beetroot and chorizo to the frying pan, turn the heat up and fry until the pan is almost dry and the potatoes and beetroot are crispy, stirring occasionally to release any caramelised bits from the bottom of the pan (approx 15 mins).

4. Meanwhile, bring another frying pan containing 1 inch of water to a very gentle simmer. Break two eggs, well-spaced, into the pan and leave for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and leave on the hob for a further 10 minutes.

5. Steam the asparagus until tender, around 4 minutes from boiling.

6. Once the hash is crispy, add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then stir through half the dill and pile onto two serving plates.

7. Remove the eggs from the pan using a slotted spoon and place one egg on top of each pile of beetroot hash. Garnish with the remaining dill and black pepper, and serve alongside the asparagus.

Per Serving: 531 calories, 20g protein, 24g fat (7g saturates), 43g carbs (13g total sugars), 4g fibre. 

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