Central heating in a bowl

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Rose Prince describes her Green Lentil & Okra soup as ‘central heating in a bowl’ and she is absolutely right. This soup is one of our favourite weeknight suppers in winter. It tastes delicious, is incredibly warming and is a doddle to make. Just fry some garlic, a chopped onion, some celery, 250g green lentils… Read more »

Forgotten cuts

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Waitrose recently introduced their new range of ‘forgotten cuts‘, a selection of lesser-known beef, lamb and pork cuts, with the tag-line ‘economical and tasty’. Although many of these may have gradually gone out of fashion in favour of rump, sirloin or loin, they are all too familiar to most mothers and grandmothers across the country…. Read more »

Take me back to 1982

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Mexican food is my weakness, so when I was asked to check out Café Pacifico, London’s original Mexican cantina, I was running for my Sombrero.   The minute I stepped inside there was a buzz in the air, and rightly so. Looking around the restaurant I felt I had been transported to Mexico itself, the walls… Read more »

Tuk Cho

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On a cold Friday night in London, what’s better than visiting a restaurant that makes all the memories of that exciting, tropical holiday in South East Asia come flooding back? Tuk Cho’s menu is vast; with street food, noodles, curries and stir fry’s hailing from Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Japan and Vietnam. Myself and Thailand-loving guest… Read more »

Chai and chocolate meringue frangipane tart

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Traditional British textures combine with Indian aromatics to delicious effect in this multi-layered tart. Crumbly pastry, bitter orange chocolate, a moist vanilla chai-spiced frangipane and a crisp, billowy cardamom meringue topping- a culture clash of the tastiest type.   For the pastry: 125g plain flour 55g butter, chilled and cubed pinch of sea salt 2-3… Read more »

Are you bored?

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My friend has had me in stitches from the minute we sat down, I’ve just eaten some perfectly cooked scallops with blood orange and endive and a man is playing piano. I’m many things, but there’s not a whiff of ennui about my person. The man next to me however is bored and wants to… Read more »

Union Jacks

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I’m a big fan of casual dining chez Oliver. Jamie’s Italian has firmly dethroned Carluccio’s on our visits to Kingston. So it was with some excitement that I headed to Jamie’s new venture Union Jacks in the jazzy, new Central St Giles Piazza to try his British take on pizza – the flatbread.  In truth,… Read more »

The Fabulous Baker Brothers

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The Fabulous Baker Brothers’ “Henry’s steak pie” comes thoroughly recommended. I cooked it yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. You need to give yourself a good 4 hours, so that the steak can get really tender. I didn’t have any bone marrow, and I struggled cutting up beef cheeks, which were really really tough! Maybe… Read more »

Meat Liquor

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I had been desperately trying to find an excuse to visit Meat Liquor, the name alone suggesting a winning combination, so when an old uni friend suggested eating out, I jumped at the chance to finally visit it. We decided to start with the ‘dangerous’ House Grog, which comes with a safety warning, whilst we… Read more »