Italian Pork Cooked in Milk with Cloves

As I’ve never really understood the appeal of bread sauce served with roasted meat, I strongly identified with Letitia Clark’s story about her boyfriend Luca’s horror at the idea of it. Bread sauce isn’t a tradition in Italy, but cooking meat in milk is a much loved classic, with the milk turning into a sweet, ... Read more »

Sardinian Slow-cooked Flat Beans with Tomato, Pancetta and Chilli

Sardinian Slow-cooked Flat Beans with Tomato, Pancetta and Chilli

These Slow-cooked Flat Beans with Tomato, Pancetta and Chilli are the first dish our cookery book reviewer Jack cooked when putting Letitia Clark’s Bitter Honey to the test. Although the book focuses on Sardinian recipes, Clark points out that similar recipes are cooked all over Italy, and across the Mediterranean region. Jack really enjoyed its ... Read more »

Quick Pesto Mayonnaise Potato Salad

Quick Pesto Mayonnaise Potato Salad

Potato salad is such a versatile and summery dish, perfect as a side for barbeques and picnics. I also like it with sausages, burgers, fish fingers, chops, roast chicken…. I still love my decadent Heart Attack Potato Salad in which bacon takes a starring role, but today’s quick pesto mayonnaise pesto salad recipe is incredibly ... Read more »

Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Kaarage aka Japanese Fried Chicken is one of the under-celebrated dishes of Japanese cuisine overseas – it’s a popular dish in izakayas (pubs) and small casual restaurants across Japan but it’s over-shadowed by dishes such as ramen, sushi, tempura, teriyaki and tonkatsu when it comes to Japanese food available in the UK. This classic kaarage ... Read more »

Homemade Atsuage (Fried Tofu) with Cherry Tomatoes

Homemade Atsuage (Fried Tofu) with Cherry Tomatoes

I am surprised by how many of my friends turn their nose up at tofu, insisting that it’s bland and slippery and they don’t get it at all. But tofu is incredibly versatile and has become one of my favourite ingredients over the years, especially when it’s fried. This Homemade Atsuage (Fried Tofu) with Cherry ... Read more »

Japanese Food Made Easy By Aya Nishimura

Japanese Food Made Easy By Aya Nishimura

There’s a real disconnect between how complex many Brits perceive Japanese cooking to be, and how difficult it actually is. In reality, the majority of every day Japanese food is straightforward to make, especially if you have a clear, easy-to-follow recipe. That’s where Aya Nishimura’s Japanese Food Made Easy comes in, a cookbook to help ... Read more »

A Guide to Making Ice Cream and Ice Lollies At Home

Burnt Apple Bourbon Ice Cream

If the weather holds, we’re in for a great summer, which means ice creams and ice lollies are the order of the day. They are so easy to make at home, and there are recipes to suit you whether or not you have an ice cream machine. Contents Quick and Simple Recipes for Ice Cream ... Read more »

Three-Pea Tagine

Three-Pea Tagine

You’ll know from guest author Jack’s review of review of Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East, by Sally Butcher that he was a real fan of the Three-Pea Tagine recipe. He described the spicing as beautifully layered, lifted by the bright note of mint. It works well as one dish ... Read more »

Afi’s Lamb Roulade

Afi's Lamb Roulade

Today we are sharing another recipe from Meze: Snacks, Small Plates and Street Food from the Middle East, by Sally Butcher, one that hails from her mother-in-law Afi. A minced lamb casing is wrapped around two different fillings, one being whole eggs, carrots and herbs, and the other a mix of spinach, walnuts and dried ... Read more »