FoodSweets and Desserts

A Few Good Gingerbread Men

Remember that childhood rhyme “Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man”? This cheeky chap with a broad smile embodies the spirit of the festive season for me, especially the night before Christmas, when kids are running around with cheer and excitement for the surprises to come. It’s a time when families spend quality time together and…
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Blissful Blackberry Mousse

Best Banana Bread

Pickled Onions

Mouth-puckering Lemon Curd

FoodSide Dishes

The One And Only Potato And Cheese Bake

Potatoes are such a versatile vegetable, delicious no matter which way they’re cooked. From baked – for a quick, satisfying meal when you don’t have much time – to mashed potato, that tummy-hugging side dish, to rosti or gnocchi to duchess potatoes and still many more ways to explore. Someone once said that a meal is not a meal without potatoes. They must’ve been…
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Rich Butternut Soup

Rosemary And Sea Salt Focaccia

FoodSweets and Desserts

A Sweet Little Plum And Almond Pudding

This plum pudding is easy to make and even quicker to eat. Slightly sweet, a little tart, and altogether very moreish, the mix of the nutty almond flour and the sour plums is a perfect match. Heavenly even, if you add a dollop or two of double thick cream. But the hardest part – and absolutely essential if you want to enjoy this pudding at the right texture – is to let it cool for a…
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Blissful Blackberry Mousse

Rosemary And Sea Salt Focaccia

FoodMeat

Slow-roasted Lamb Shanks That Just Fall Off The Bone

Slow-roasted lamb shanks must be one of the most satisfying meals. Cooked right, there’s nothing better to warm the soul on a cold winter’s night. As it bubbles away, roasting in its own juices, the flavours intensify while the sauce reduces and the meat gently softens. But you don’t have to wait until winter. This is a dish that’ll stick to your ribs any time of the year.
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Sticky Finger Licking Spare Ribs

Lasagne Has To Be The King of Soul Food

FoodSweets and Desserts

Madeleines Are Enchanting French Tea Cakes You'll Fall In Love With

Madeleines are small, dainty, delicate, fluffy and delicious little butter cakes shaped like little seashells. They are so easy to eat and will disappear like magic once you serve them. They are best served just out of the oven and will only stay crisp on the outside for a day or two, if they last that long. Madeleines can be made in many different flavours, like Earl Grey tea, blueberry, orange…
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Blissful Blackberry Mousse

Rosemary And Sea Salt Focaccia

FoodStarters

You Can't Make Chicken Liver Pâté Without Sherry

Chicken liver pâté is one of those dependable standbys that’s quick to rustle up the day before, leaving you more time to be with your family or guests. It’s a really affordable brunch meal or snack for the weekends, served with some melba toast, and goes a long way with toasted ciabatta, matzo biscuits or thinly-sliced fresh baguette. For some reason, many shops these days only…
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Salmon Gravlax Appetizer

Salmon Rillettes

FoodHints and Tips

Roma Tomatoes Are Ripe For Preserving

There seems to be a glut of plump little roma tomatoes at the moment. These beauteous oblong red globes are sweet as plums and it’s tempting to just stuff a couple into your mouth when you walk past the fridge. But besides slathering a salad with these scarlet gems, you might not realise how perfect they are for preserving too. Put in some time one weekend and you’ll be rewarded with…
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Pickled Onions

Mouth-puckering Lemon Curd

DrinksFood

Make Coffee Cool Again With A Coconut Milk Frappe

This is one of those drinks that was born to soothe our souls on a hot day. Thick, decadent, thirst-quenching and filled to the brim with the same coffee kick you’d usually be sipping from a flat white or long black. But with a rich coco twist that makes it something really special. Best of all, it can be made in minutes. So if the first one doesn’t touch sides, just rinse and…
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Tangy Passionfruit Iced Tea

Mint Cordial

FoodSauces and Condiments

The 5 Sauces You Can't Live Without

Ah, sauce! The secret weapon of cooks everywhere, with the power to make or break even the tastiest of meals. They’ve been used since cooking began to add flavour, moisture and visual appeal to a dish. Just think how integral they are to famous pairings: Eggs Benedict and hollandaise sauce, lasagne and bechamel, pasta and tomato sauce, lamb with mint sauce, and peri-peri chicken. The list…
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Pickled Onions

Mouth-puckering Lemon Curd