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Cinnamon and Salt: Cicchetti in Venice by Emiko Davies

Cinnamon and Salt: Cicchetti in Venice by Emiko Davies

Cinnamon and Salt: Cicchetti in Venice: Small Bites From the Lagoon City by Emiko Davies is a cookbook reader’s book, a title for those who are as eager to read about the culture, history and stories of a cuisine as they are to make the recipes. Cicchetti (pronounced chi-ke-tee) are small morsels of food served alongside ... Read more »

How to Make a Jelly Bean Cocktail

Jelly Bean Cocktail from Olly Smith's Home Cocktail Bible

This Jelly Bean cocktail recipe is from Home Cocktail Bible by Olly Smith, and recommends a round of jelly beans as an accompaniment – sounds great already, doesn’t it? This unusual cocktail combines Pernod and Crème de Mûre, creating a cocktail that’s subtly aniseedy, and full of rich berry flavours. Be warned that Pernod becomea ... Read more »

Whole Burnt Aubergine with Charred Egg Yolk, Tahini and Chilli Sauce

Whole Burnt Aubergine with Charred Egg Yolk, Tahini and Chilli Sauce

The first time you grill a whole aubergine on the barbeque or over open fire is a revelation! Such a very simple cooking method somehow transforms this vegetable into the very best it can be. In this recipe from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, each aubergine ... Read more »

Chicken Shish in Sweet Confit Garlic Marinade

Chicken shish in sweet confit garlic marinade

Although this delicious Chicken Shish in Sweet Confit Garlic Marinade recipes goes heavy on the garlic, the flavours are sweet and gentle, thanks to the way the garlic is gently cooked in oil until it becomes soft and mellowed, before going into the marinade. This dish is another barbeque winner from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over ... Read more »

Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter

Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter

Grilled cabbage is one of those dishes that’s surged in popularity over the last couple of years, and this fantastic Grilled Cabbage with Chilli Garlic Butter (from Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich) is no doubt part of that phenomenon, very much the kind of food Sarit ... Read more »

Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant by Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich

Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are the husband and wife chef duo behind the very successful Honey & Co  in London, sometimes affectionately referred to as the Honeys. Hailing from Israel, their food is full of the vibrant colours and flavours of the Levantine region that encompasses Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey, amongst others. Their ... Read more »