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7 Restaurant Dishes That Other Restaurants' Chefs Love

Chefs request the recipes of their most memorable meals<p>Some chefs work tirelessly to make their restaurants extraordinary, obsessing over everything from staff uniforms to the position of an herb on a plate. But just like us, they like to enjoy nice meals out on their days off, retreating to dining …

Roast potatoes with poppy seeds recipe

Add poppy seeds to your roast potatoes for a delicious crunch.<p><i>Serves 4</i><p>Poppy seeds give the first properly floury potatoes of the season an extra earthy crunch. Serve with roast partridge and buttered carrots, or alone with thick and creamy yogurt.<p>1kg large red-skinned or white floury potatoes, cut …

TripAdvisor row between chef and customer viewed thousands of times

A chef whose restaurant was criticised on TripAdvisor chose to reply, launching a 1,000-word defence of his business and staff.<p>When a diner felt aggrieved by the level of service and quality of food at a Berkshire restaurant, he decided to post his feelings, and some words of advice, in an …

Readers' photos of grim hospital food

<b>NHS hospitals have been accused of hiding patients' dissatisfaction with the standard of food. There are plenty of complaints about taste but how much is lacklustre "presentation" to blame?</b><p>Surveys of patients have found that nearly half were not happy with meals. Hospital trusts might point out the …

The new baker: Fig and fennel loaf

Made with dried figs and cherries, fennel and pumpkin seeds – the perfect bread to serve with cheese.<p><i>Makes two loaves</i><p>1 tbsp golden caster sugar<br>2¼ tsp active dry yeast<br>225g (8oz) dried figs, halved and quartered<br>50g (1¾oz) dried cherries<br>375g (13oz) strong bread flour<br>60g (2oz) rye flour<br>60g (2oz) …

Annabel Karmel's back-to-school family recipes

Lacking inspiration for after-school suppers? Family food expert Annabel Karmel has designed five quick and healthy family-friendly meals for the new term.<p><b>Monday – Chicken yakitori with noodles</b><p><i>Serves 4</i><p>3 tbsp mirin<p>3 tbsp honey<p>3 tbsp soy sauce<p>2 tsp rice wine vinegar<p>1 tsp grated fresh ginger<p>1 clove …

Angela Hartnett on the best cookbook shops

The chef shares her favourite bookshops that specialise in cookery books.<p><b>Joanne Hendricks, New York</b><p>This great shop stocks unusual and out-of-print cookbooks – I bought my very first first-edition Elizabeth David cookbook there and now I have three or four. Joanne is in the shop all the time and you …

Protein-enhanced food: the latest health craze

Can you hear that strange whirring sound – like a food processor getting to work on a pile of woodchips? That's Stanley Green (aka the Protein Man) spinning in his grave. For the uninitiated, Green spent a quarter of a century pacing up and down Oxford Street in London, extolling the evils of one …

Rose Prince's Baking Club: potato, cheese and bacon pie

Our weekly column shows you the path to beautiful bread and perfect pastry. Today: a potato, cheese and bacon pie perfect for packing into lunch boxes.<p>Just say “lunch box” and you’ll hear a sigh so deep it feels like I’ve exhaled from my boots upwards. If only, if only I had my time again I’d …

11 New Tea Sandwich Recipes (PHOTOS)

The sandwich crust is the bane of many children's existence. It's dry and doesn't have any of the good-tasting sandwich filling. Some kids are forced to eat it for the sake of nutrition, but others have parents who comply and cut off the crust -- those were the lucky kids in the school cafeteria. …

My favourite dish: Tom Kerridge's lemon posset with biscotti

A classic English dessert of lemon posset, with fennel-flavoured biscotti.<p>“This is one of the first recipes I learnt to make: a beautiful, quintessential English summer dessert,” says Tom Kerridge, whose Buckinghamshire pub, The Hand & Flowers, is the first in Britain to hold two Michelin stars. …

101 things to do in London

The best things to do in London<p>1<p>RBG Kew<p>Attractions, Parks and gardens<p>Wander around Temperate House in Kew Gardens<p>Kew<p>The return of the newly restored …

Observer Food Monthly's 20 best recipes | Life and style

The five best meat recipes from Observer Food Monthly

Almond lamb curry: Atul Kochhar<p>This dish derives its main flavour from a spice blend called vadagam, which can be a little tedious to make. In this …

The psychology of menus

It's not always easy trying to read a menu while hungry like the wolf, woozy from aperitif and exchanging pleasantries with a dining partner. The …

Followers of Atkins diet more likely to doze off in the afternoon, study finds

It may help you lose weight, but after lunch in accordance with the principles of the Atkins diet you can expect a pronounced postprandial slump in energy levels, a study has found.<p>That sleepy feeling after lunch has long been the enemy of office workers, and now scientists believe it may be down …

The five best pudding recipes from Observer Food Monthly

Mascarpone rice with blueberries: Nigel Slater<p>The mention of blueberries in May won't please the more xenophobic cook, but our own season is absurdly …

The new baker: quick cheese loaf with streaky bacon and Gruyère

A teatime loaf made with parmesan, Gruyère and smoked streaky bacon.<p>A wonderfully quick yet flavoursome loaf for those who fancy something savoury for tea. Leftovers (if there are any) are gorgeous toasted and buttered for breakfast.<p><i>Makes one 23x12cm (9x5in) loaf</i><p>90g (3¼oz) parmesan, grated<br>140g …

Food presentation: how twee is too twee?

Anyone who's ever iced a cupcake or considered making canapés for a party will know that the path to making elaborate-looking food is a slippery …

Off to Harvey Nichols for a Great Gatsby afternoon tea

To celebrate the new Great Gatsby film, Harvey Nichols are offering a 1920s-themed afternoon spread. Olivia Parker went to channel her inner flapper.<p>There must have been a moment, shortly after the announcement of the latest <i>Great Gatsby</i> adaptation, when the green light of forthcoming profit dawned …

The rise of the internet supper club

New online supper clubs reject the idea that the internet has created an atomised society. Charlotte Metcalf gets her feet under the table.<p>It is with timidity that I arrive at a Camden tower block in north London one Saturday night to take up my first-ever online invitation. Katie, in her …

Kids' restaurant menus: does it have to be chips with everything?

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. And chicken nuggets on children's menus. For a nation glittering with awards for the quality of its …

Kitchen Nightmares Restaurant Freaks Out on Facebook

On last Friday night's episode of <i>Kitchen Nightmares</i>, shouty chef <b>Gordon Ramsay</b> quit after the delusional owners of the Scottsdale restaurant <b>Amy's Baking Company</b> proved to be beyond saving. After receiving a social media spanking — see, for example, the deluge of one-star rankings on Yelp or the …

The Foodist

Sometimes, the best food and drink are also the simplest. Here's what wowed...<p>By Andrew Knowlton<p>From banishing the kids table to drinking dessert, these are the Thanksgiving dinner...<p>By Rochelle Bilow<p>Here's The Foodist Andrew Knowlton's Thanksgiving rules, from football-watching...<p>By Andrew Knowlton<p>…

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Great Gatsby cocktail recipes: drink like it's the 1920s

To mark the release of Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby, six decadent Prohibition-era cocktails to try at home.<p>Booze, booze and yet more booze. It’s a funny thing, but when we think of Prohibition – America's ill-fated attempt to ban alcohol in the 1920s and early 30s – we end up picturing a drinking …

Speedy weeknight suppers: coconut chicken curry recipe

Flavours of coconut and tamarind permeate this brightly-coloured chicken curry<p>This bright, fragrant curry may have a long list of ingredients but once you’ve arrived at home with everything in tow, it takes no time to put together. A bowl of steamed rice or warm Indian bread will act as the perfect …

'Secret recipe for Coca-Cola' for sale on eBay for $5m

A US man has offered to sell what he claims is the secret recipe for Coca Cola.<p>Cliff Kluge, an antiques dealer from Georgia, told ABC news that had found the 1943 recipe in an old box of letters he bought at an estate sale around four years ago for about $100.<p>"Whoever had typed this letter had seen …