Foolproof One-Pot by Alan Rosenthal

Foolproof One Pot by Alan Rosenthal

Alan Rosenthal is a chef, food writer and cookery teacher who has been cooking stews and one-pot meals at farmers’ markets across London since 2008. Foolproof One-Pot is Rosenthal’s third book following the success of “Stewed!” and “Ultimate One-Pot Dishes”. The book contains ‘60 simple and satisfying recipes’ that can all be cooked in a ... Read more »

Middle Eastern Courgettes Baked in a Cheese Sauce

Homebaked Courgettes baked in a cheese sauce (kousa bi gebna)

Courgettes (zucchini) baked in a cheese sauce (kousa bi gebna) may sound like a very basic dish and yet this recipe was the surprise winner of all the food we cooked when reviewing Ghillie Bassan’s The Lebanese Cookbook. Described as a typical family dish, it consists of sliced courgettes baked in cheesy egg mixture reminiscent ... Read more »

Palestinian Upside-Down Rice, Lamb & Aubergine

Whole Rice with aubergine (maklubeh bajinjan) turned out on a serving plate

Palestinian Upside-Down Rice, Lamb & Aubergine (Maklubeh Bajinjan) is an impressive dish to serve – a turned-out-from-the-dish dome of rice and lamb wrapped in slices of silky aubergine – and a delight of really simple flavours that adds up to far more than the sum of its ingredients. The recipe is from Ghillie Bassan’s The ... Read more »

Lebanese & Syrian Meat and Bulgur Balls in Yoghurt | Kibbeh Labaniyya

Homecooked Meat and bulgur balls in yoghurt (kibbeh labaniyya)

This delicious recipe for meat and bulgur balls in yoghurt (kibbeh labaniyya) is a real change from the tomato-based European (Italian) and South Asian (Indian and Burmese) meatball recipes we have made before, and has a pleasingly tangy flavour profile from the natural yoghurt. The recipe is from Ghillie Bassan’s The Lebanese Cookbook and is ... Read more »

How to Design The Perfect Travel Itinerary

Hand writing onto a note pad the text "how to design the perfect travel itinerary"

For over 25 years, I’ve been planning and booking independent trips, creating the perfect travel itinerary to suit our personal interests, available time and budget. For me, this process is an absolute joy, and something that really adds to the enjoyment of a trip — the more I research and pull together the itinerary, the ... Read more »

Salted Caramel No-Bake Cheesecake (Gluten Free)

Salted Caramel No-Bake Cheesecake (Gluten Free)

As gluten-free digestive biscuits are now readily available, this no-bake salted caramel cheesecake is quick and easy to make and impressive to serve. The recipe is from Becky Excell’s How to Make Anything Gluten Free , a cookbook full of proven recipes and methods for making gluten-free versions of recipes that usually feature gluten. Read ... Read more »

GF Proper Pork Pies made with Gluten-Free Hot Water Crust Pastry

Gluten-Free Pork Pie

Once you are diagnosed with coeliac disease, gluten ataxia or any other condition that requires you to cut all gluten out of your diet, there are certain foods you start to hanker for now that you can no longer buy them easily – pastries, cakes, breads, pizza, pies, and so much more. When Nicky reviewed ... Read more »

How to Make Anything Gluten Free by Becky Excell

How to Make Anything Gluten Free by Becky Excell

We’re brought up in the Western world with very definitive views on what comprises “comfort” and “easy” in food terms. A slice of bread slathered in butter, a biscuit with a cuppa, a slice of cake, a takeaway pizza loaded with anchovies and pineapple (yeah, sorry not sorry), a hot, crisp sugared doughnut from the ... Read more »

Date Cake With Caramel Sauce

This delicious Date Cake with Caramel Sauce is the invention of cookbook author Anas Atassi’s mother, and is one of the recipes in his book, Sumac. Soft, sticky dried dates provide both body and sweetness in the cake and reduce the volume of refined sugar needed. The result is a cake that is light and ... Read more »