A Little Survey on Ready Meals versus Home Cooking

A Little Survey on Ready Meals versus Home Cooking

I read a blog post recently where the writer had just eaten their first – their very first – ready meal. I think the blogger was in his or her thirties. I was utterly flabbergasted! For some reason, I’ve never spent much time wondering whether other people do or don’t use ready meals. I naively [Read More...]

Sweet Potato & Ham Dauphinoise

Sweet Potato & Ham Dauphinoise

You know that thing when you come up with an original recipe idea, and it’s utterly brilliant, and you’re so so pleased with yourself, and it’s so damn tasty, and you’re really excited about sharing your genius new idea with the world… …and then you search the internet and realise that the old adage “there’s [Read More...]

How to Make Mamta’s Delicious Lucknowi-Style Lamb Biryani

How to Make Mamta’s Delicious Lucknowi-Style Lamb Biryani

I love biryani! I mean the real deal, with beautifully spiced meat between layers of fragrant basmati rice… NOT stir-fried rice with a few bits of meat thrown in, served with a side of sloppy vegetable curry, that is sold as biryani by so many curry houses across the UK. *rolls eyes* Incidentally, if you’re [Read More...]

The Sous Vide Steak: How, Why and Is It Worth It?

The Sous Vide Steak: How, Why and Is It Worth It?

After my introduction to sous vide –  in which I explained what sous vide means, its history, how it works and the advantages and disadvantages of this cooking technique – I was planning to share a clever, inventive recipe with you… something to show off the cheffy possibilities… something unusual and impressive. I’ve been admiring [Read More...]

Demarquette Does It Again: Caramel Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs (+ Competition)

Demarquette Does It Again: Caramel Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs (+ Competition)

I love Demarquette chocolates! Run by talented (not to mention warm and cuddly) chocolatier Marc Demarquette and lovely partner Kim Sauer, this award-winning London chocolate company produces utterly delicious and beautiful hand-made chocolates. Not only do the chocolates taste fantastic and look stunning, they are made with carefully chosen high-quality ingredients, many of which are [Read More...]

Making Japanese Yakiniku at Home & New Zealand Grass Fed Wagyu Flat Iron Steak

Making Japanese Yakiniku at Home & New Zealand Grass Fed Wagyu Flat Iron Steak

During our two recent holidays to Japan, we discovered a real love for yakiniku.* I was determined to recreate this indoor barbecue experience at home. But there were obstacles: no smokeless charcoal; no indoor barbecue container; no working extractor fan in the kitchen (it died and we’ve not had it fixed); and it can be [Read More...]

Vote in the Just Eat Tried & Tasted Awards

Vote in the Just Eat Tried & Tasted Awards

Just Eat, the online takeaway ordering service I reviewed a few months ago, have asked me to share their Tried & Tasted 2014 Awards with you. They are calling for votes to decide the best Just Eat Chinese, Italian, Turkish (and so on) in each region of London. They have created shortlists based on customer [Read More...]

Paul A Young’s Port & Stilton Truffles

Paul A Young’s Port & Stilton Truffles

I’ve written before about my addiction to Pinterest. I think it’s a super tool – fun to use and hugely useful too. Recently, Pinterest UK have formed a community of keen UK pinners and have been busy facilitating discussions and organising events to engage with the group. Recently, I attended a delightful evening with Paul [Read More...]

Win Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggs (Closed)

Win Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggs (Closed)

It’s that time of the year again when the supermarkets line shelf after shelf with Easter eggs, bunnies and chicks. But although there are some decent quality items on the shelves, much of the chocolate is cheap, full of vegetable oil (rather than cocoa butter) and ultimately pretty unsatisfying. The chocolate eggs are often so [Read More...]

Chinese-Style Braised Ox Cheek

Chinese-Style Braised Ox Cheek

The generation of cooks before me bemoan the price of lamb shanks. Lamb shanks were once a really cheap cut, they say, but chefs made them trendy and demand and costs went up and, oh no, now they are just so expensive. And I nod, because I didn’t discover them in the days when they [Read More...]

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