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Green Couscous With Prawns

Couscous is an excellent alternative carbohydrate to rice, potatoes and pasta when you’re looking for a change. This delicious and simple recipe for green couscous with prawns combines prawns, peas, spinach, preserved lemons, olives and parsley with couscous to create a colourful, delicious meal. The recipe comes from Rosie’s latest book, Roasting Pan Suppers which ... Read more »

Edd Kimber’s Slab Scone

Edd Kimber's Slab Scone Recipe

If you know anything about food writer Edd Kimber, you’ll already know to expect a beautifully considered set of delicious recipes in any cookbook he creates. That’s certainly proved to be the case in his latest title, One Tin Bakes from which this delicious Slab Scone recipe is taken. What’s a slab scone, you ask? ... Read more »

Edd Kimber’s Chocolate Cream Pie

Edd Kimber's Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

This decadent Chocolate Cream Pie recipe is another delicious treat from One Tin Bakes, the latest cookbook by Edd Kimber. The first step is to create and blind-bake a sweet pastry case. Next, is to make a thick chocolate custard filling, and top with sweet vanilla cream and chocolate curls. Think you might enjoy this book? ... Read more »

One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber

One Tin Bakes (book jacket)

I first met Edd Kimber shortly after he won the first ever series of Great British Bake Off in 2010 (which I loved), and have really enjoyed seeing his career in food writing, food photography and recipe development grow and grow and grow. By any measure, he’s established a hugely successful career during the last ... Read more »

Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe

Sweet Chilli Sauce (from Condiments)

Sweet chilli sauce is eaten as part of many East and South East Asian cuisines but is perhaps most strongly associated with Thai food. Traditionally combining red chilli peppers with garlic, vinear and sugar (or honey). The resulting sauce is sweet, hot and tangy, and makes a great dipping sauce for a wide range of ... Read more »

Sweet and Spicy Mustard Recipe

Mustard is one of the world’s most popular condiments, yet sometimes it can be a little harsh and one dimensional. This recipe for sweet and spicy mustard turns it into more of a ketchup-style condiment, balancing the heat and fire of mustard with the sweetness of honey and sugar plus a little white vinegar acidity. ... Read more »

Hoisin Sauce Recipe

Hoisin Sauce Recipe (from Condiments)

Hoisin sauce is surely one of the best known condiments to come out of Chinese cuisine. Commonly enjoyed in the UK as part of the customary garnish for crispy aromatic duck, it’s more widely used as a dipping sauce for meats, as a marinade, and as a flavouring ingredient in stir fries. Thick, dark, sweet ... Read more »