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How to make the ultimate roast potato

Forget the turkey and stuffing, the pigs in blankets and the cranberry sauce.<p>Isn't the best part of a Christmas lunch, in fact any roast, the humble potato, fluffy and piping on the inside and roasted to crunchy perfection on the outside?<p>Here's a fool-proof recipe for delicious, crunchy roast …

Shakshuka

Cropping up a lot on café brunch menus in the last year or two, this Middle Eastern egg dish is equally worthy of a place in your kitchen on a weekday evening. The eggs are gently poached in a rich and smoky tomato sauce with plenty of herbs and spices.<p>It’s a perfect sharing dish. Serve it at the …

Tom Shippey · Footpaths

Footpaths<p>Tom Shippey<p>England and Englishness: Ideas of Nationhood in English Poetry, 1688-1900 by John Lucas<br>Hogarth, 227 pp, £18.00, February 1990, …

Tom Shippey · The Best

The Best<p>Tom Shippey<p>Alfred the Great by David Sturdy<br>Constable, 268 pp, £18.95, November 1995, ISBN 0 09 474280 4<br>• King Alfred the Great by Alfred …

Tom Shippey · Star-Gazing

Star-Gazing<p>Tom Shippey<p>Stonehenge: Neolithic Man and the Cosmas by John North<br>HarperCollins, 609 pp, £25.00, July 1996, ISBN 0 00 255773 8<p>What is the …

Tom Shippey · Not so much ‘Unready’, more ‘No-Idea’

Not so much ‘Unready’, more ‘No-Idea’<p>Tom Shippey<p>The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle edited and translated by M.J. Swanton<br>Dent, 364 pp, £20.00, June 1996, ISBN …

Tom Shippey · When being in thing was the in-thing: Iceland in the Middle Ages

When being in thing was the in-thing<p>Tom Shippey<p>Viking Age Iceland by Jesse Byock<br>Penguin, 448 pp, £9.99, April 2001, ISBN 0 14 029115 6<p>‘Viking Age …

Tom Shippey · The Most Learned Man in Europe: Anglo-Saxon Libraries

The Most Learned Man in Europe<p>Tom Shippey<p>The Anglo-Saxon Library by Michael Lapidge<br>Oxford, 407 pp, £65.00, January 2006, ISBN 0 19 926722 7<p>The …

Tom Shippey · I lerne song: medieval schooling

I lerne song<p>Tom Shippey<p>Medieval Schools: From Roman Britain to Renaissance England by Nicholas Orme<br>Yale, 430 pp, £25.00, June 2006, ISBN 0 300 11102 9<p>…

Tom Shippey · Gloomy/Cheerful: Norse mythology

Gloomy/Cheerful<p>Tom Shippey<p>From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths by Heather O’Donoghue<br>Tauris, 224 pp, £20.00, April 2007, …

Tom Shippey · Act like Men, Britons!: Celticity

Act like Men, Britons!<p>Tom Shippey<p>The History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth, edited by Michael Reeve, translated by Neil …

Tom Shippey · Bardism: The Druids

Bardism<p>Tom Shippey<p>Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain by Ronald Hutton<br>Yale, 491 pp, £30.00, May 2009, ISBN 978 0 300 14485 …

Tom Shippey · Widowers on the Prowl: Britain after Rome

Widowers on the Prowl<p>Tom Shippey<p>Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400-1070 by Robin Fleming<br>Allen Lane, 458 pp, £25.00, August 2010, ISBN 978 0 …

Tom Shippey · Rough Wooing: Queen Matilda

Rough Wooing<p>Tom Shippey<p>Matilda: Queen of the Conqueror by Tracy Borman<br>Cape, 297 pp, £20.00, September 2011, ISBN 978 0 224 09055 1<p>Queens and female …

Tom Shippey · Troll-Descended Bruisers: ‘Njal’s Saga’

Troll-Descended Bruisers<p>Tom Shippey<p>‘Why Is Your Axe Bloody?’: A Reading of ‘Njal’s Saga’ by William Ian Miller<br>Oxford, 334 pp, £55.00, July 2014, ISBN …

Tom Shippey · Worse than Pagans: The Church v. the Fairies

Worse than Pagans<p>Tom Shippey<p>Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church by Richard Firth Green<br>Pennsylvania, 285 pp, £36.00, …

Amelia Freer's roasted peppers with baked eggs

SERVES<p>1<p>INGREDIENTS<p>1 large fresh pepper, washed, halved, seeds removed<br>• olive oil, for drizzling<br>• 8 sun-dried tomatoes, finely chopped<br>• 2 tsp harissa paste<br>• handful (approx 20g) fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped<br>• 2 eggs, preferably free-range or organic<br>• small handful of fresh basil leaves, finely …

Slow cooked Hunter's chicken

This classic Italian dish is renowned all over the world and often seen on the menus of Italian restaurants.<p>The title alla cacciatora (“in the style of the hunter”) suggests it was probably first made with game birds or rabbit. However, as with many Italian dishes, it also has roots in the cucina …

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

The Danish Conquest, Part 12: Otford

<i>Harold Godwineson takes the English crown (CUL MS Ee.3.59, f.30v)</i><p>We are currently right in the midst of commemoration season for the 950th …

Colin Burrow · On Alice Oswald

On Alice Oswald<p>Colin Burrow<p>It would be very easy for Alice Oswald to get stuck. She had great and deserved success with <i>Dart</i> (2002), a poem that …

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