Linda Duffin
Linda Duffin is a writer and journalist who has variously worked as a war correspondent, a news reporter and presenter and a business reporter. Her c.v. is now so absurdly long that she leaves off the first 15 years. She has worked in newspapers, TV and radio and online, and runs her own media company based in Suffolk and London.

As a self-confessed food fiend and all-round (we use the phrase advisedly) greedy person, she writes a food blog called Mrs Portly's Kitchen, where she shares recipes, rants and random musings about her favourite food producers and products.

The website is

Entries by Linda Duffin

Lemon Yoghurt Ice Cream With Limoncello

(0) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (17:21)

2014-08-18-DSCN8273.JPG My food blogging friend Jane, from Fromage Hommage, came to visit recently for a tour of various cheesy venues in Suffolk.

Although she writes about British cheeses, her foodie interests are wide-ranging and she gave us a...

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Smoked Salmon With Spicy Cucumber Salad

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2014 | (17:20)


Some people bring a bottle of wine or bunch of flowers when they come round for a meal. Our friends Jill and Bruce did both - and topped it with the munificent gift of a large piece of home-smoked salmon.

Bruce has a...

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Roast Rack of Pork With Miso and Honey

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2014 | (19:50)

This is a hotch-potch of a recipe but the umami flavour of the miso paste works really well with the traditional English ingredients of honey, apple and sage.

I was wandering round the butcher's counter and fell for a seductive rack of free-range Berkshire pork: that's the pork loin with...

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Pork Chops With Spiced Blackberries

(0) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (17:16)


If you've been brambling and have an armful of scratches and only a small bowl of blackberries to show for your efforts, this is a good way of getting your own back.

Tangy and fruity with a touch of warm spice, this sauce...

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A Tale Of Two Tagines

(0) Comments | Posted 31 July 2014 | (18:26)

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."
(Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities.)

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Kickin' Smoked Chicken

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (17:12)


Chorizo crisps are something I discovered recently and I think they're probably mildly addictive. Easy to make, they are a fantastic addition to this main course summer salad. It's something you can throw together very quickly, with the delicate smoked chicken given a...

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Herby Ravioli With Pangrattato

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (18:12)

Our friend James came to stay last week and said he wanted to try his hand at making ravioli. I think he'd read my recent post describing my first attempts at pasta making and thought he could hardly do it worse.

So we made the pasta dough, whipped...

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High on the Hog in Peasenhall

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (17:13)


I've been racking my brains but I can't for the life of me remember which murder mystery it was that I read where the victim's last meal had been Suffolk Black Ham.

It's hardly the sort of thing a ham producer would use...

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Summer Chicken - a One-Pot Meal

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (10:33)


This is my version of the French classic, poule au pot. I wanted to showcase the fabulous summer vegetables from our garden, although that was partially scuppered by the discovery that something had wormed its way through all of my beautiful baby turnips.

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Fresh Apricot Conserve

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (21:42)


This is a French-style conserve, which means there are chunks of luscious fruit suspended in it, and it's the most popular jam I make by far.

It helps to have fruit that is ripe but still firm, so the halved apricots don't disintegrate...

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Lemon Syllabub and Lemon Finger Biscuits

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2014 | (20:08)


Syllabub used to be made, it's said, by the milkmaid milking her cow directly into a jug of cider. I don't know if that's true but I hope so.

In its original form - it goes back at least as far as Tudor...

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Elderflower and Buttermilk Pannacotta

(0) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (22:08)


I think the best pannacotta I ever ate - in fact I think it was the first I ever ate - was years ago in Italy when I was doing a television feature on the Slow Food movement.

The lovely Slow...

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(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (21:30)

I haven't been this excited about a cookery book since I first got my hands on Yotam Ottolenghi's. Are you sniggering at the back again, Portly Minor? Take 100 lines.

Persiana, published by Mitchell Beazley, is Sabrina...

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Butter Chicken - The Vish Puri Version

(0) Comments | Posted 29 May 2014 | (17:34)

2014-05-24-DSCN6548.JPG I missed a trick recently. A friend of ours, the talented Mr Tarquin Hall, is the author of a hugely entertaining series of books about a plump, food-obsessed Indian detective called Vish Puri.

Vish's third published outing was...

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Celebrating Asparagus

(0) Comments | Posted 22 May 2014 | (17:11)


You've got to love a food festival that starts on April 23 and continues until June 21. None of that namby-pamby "one weekend only" stuff for the Vale of Evesham asparagus growers.

They're onto a good thing and they know it. According to...

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Liz's Luscious Chocolate Mousse

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (18:46)


This is a recipe given to me by my sister Liz. It's quick, easy and absolutely scrumptious. Certain family members have been known to eat two portions at one sitting, so if you have serious chocaholics as guests you might want to make...

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Spring Vegetable Risotto

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (18:44)


My vegetarian friend Pippa came for a visit the other weekend, lured from the fleshpots of Oxford by the promise of gorging herself silly on asparagus.

As I've mentioned before one of the first things we did when we bought our...

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Roast Venison With Cherries

(0) Comments | Posted 1 May 2014 | (18:05)

I was lucky enough recently to be given a haunch of venison by my friend and former colleague Keith, aka The Red Chef.

As Keith owns enough weaponry to start World War III, I'm a bit nervous to confess here that I overcooked it lamentably.

It was still...

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Hello, Ducks

(0) Comments | Posted 24 April 2014 | (17:52)

I bought half a dozen duck eggs in my local deli the other day. Then I sat and looked at them.

Yes, my life is one long dizzy social whirl. Having got them I couldn't decide how to cook them.

I'd like to have done a simple dish of fresh...

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Really Quick Canapes

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2014 | (18:29)


Whoever first thought this up deserves culinary canonisation.

Instead of going to all the trouble of making puff pastry vol-au-vents or shortcrust shells, just buy the sort of white sliced loaf that would, I'm sure, never normally sully your lips.

In less than...

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