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Yotam Ottolenghi’s lamb recipes

It’s hard to beat a leg or shoulder of lamb, roasted for many hours in the oven with a bunch of your favourite vegetables and herbs. But the same qualities that make lamb so ideal for long and slow cooking – the rich meat, high in fat and flavour – also work their magic when you cook it for a much …

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Nigel Slater’s pan con tomate and focaccia recipes

The open-textured breads – sourdough and ciabatta – toast splendidly, their rough edges catching and crisping in the heat and their generous holes allowing the butter or olive oil to trickle teasingly through to your fingers. Torn rather than sliced, those jagged edges are sharp enough to grate a …

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Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for sweet cherry and marzipan buns

Making bread at home can take a while, but if you’ve got a lazy afternoon at your disposal, it’s well worth the trouble: most of the time it takes to nurse these breads from heavy little dough lumps to magnificent, sticky buns is spent just waiting for the yeast to do its work, during which time …

Baking

How to cook the perfect ... peach melba

For a dish described by none other than Jane Grigson as “the most famous and travestied of all fruit puddings”, peach melba crops up surprisingly seldom on modern menus: you’re more likely to find it as a flavour of yoghurt or ice-cream than as a dessert in its own right. Originally created by the …

Ice Cream

Nigel Slater’s pâté recipes for summer picnics

Suddenly, there is barely a meal that isn’t eaten in the garden, or a cup of coffee that didn’t find its way to the kitchen steps. Sometimes this has been planned, but we do it with impromptu fridge-raid suppers, too: a dish of chicken liver pâté eaten in the shade with a pile of toasted sourdough …

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Michele Curtis's pistachio, white chocolate and raspberry blondies recipe

I have a love affair with blondies, and this particular combination of pistachio nuts, white chocolate and raspberries is a match made in heaven.<p>Pistachio, white chocolate and raspberry blondies<p><i>Makes 12</i><p>200g soft butter<br>400g white chocolate melts (buttons)<br>220g caster (superfine) sugar<br>4 eggs<br>2 tsp …

Dessert

Cocktail of the week: bakewell fizz

This favourite from our afternoon tea menu combines the sweet, nostalgic flavours of a childhood favourite, Bakewell tart, with a touch of indulgence and fizz. It’s dead simple, too.<p>Serves 1<p><b>2 maraschino cherries</b> (Luxardo, for preference)<b><br>25ml</b> <b>Disaronno</b><b><br>15ml kirsch</b> <b><br>Rosé prosecco</b>, to top<p>Put the cherries …

tea room

Has wine gone bad?

If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been crowned as the “best restaurant in the world” – you might have been served one of its signature dishes: a single, raw, razor clam from the North Sea, in a foaming pool of aqueous parsley, topped with a dusting of …

Wine

How to make the perfect rhubarb crumble

If the proof of the pudding is in the eating, then crumble is comfortingly solid evidence that the best desserts aren’t delicate or even pretty: this isn’t a dish to stun social media, but it will momentarily silence the table. I can confidently say I’ve never, even in the darkest days of school …

Baking

Yotam Ottolenghi’s weekend breakfast recipes

Good morning. Making breakfast together as a family on the weekend isn’t for everyone – there’s definitely more washing-up and clearing-up than when one adult is in sole charge – but it is a fun way to get everyone involved in a “project”. Whichever way you choose to do it, these three weekend …

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s pork recipes

Pork lets you play with a range of ingredients that other meats simply won’t tolerate. It’s the fattiness of some cuts versus the relative leanness of others, allied to pork’s rather neutral flavour – it’s not beef, and definitely not lamb – that opens it up to ingredients as diverse as whisky, …

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Nigel Slater’s kimchee and roast chicken breast with cabbage pickle recipes

Blame Branston. Or perhaps the well-meaning mum of a school friend: the one who sneaked a line of the sticky brown condiment into a perfectly good cheese and Wonderloaf sandwich without warning – the first bite of which I spat out, never to touch “pickle” again for the best part of half a century. …

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Thomasina Miers’ recipe for pork belly with chilli, fennel and bay

Although this takes a few hours to braise in the oven, it is by definition a quick dish if you look at how little time it takes to put together: a light browning of the pork belly and a gentle saute of the leeks and fennel. The result is an unusual and delectable Easter feast. Experiment with …

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Theo Randall’s recipe for spaghetti with courgettes, onions and basil

I was told about this recipe by a friend who comes from Naples. He described this dish with such passion that I had to cook it that same evening. You don’t have to use courgette flowers but it does look great with them. Spaghetti works really well but you could use a short pasta like penne rigate …

Italian Food

Tamal Ray’s recipe for chocolate fudge tart

This is a chocolate tart like none you’ve ever had before. The caramel in the ganache filling makes every bite a glorious, gooey celebration of chocolate. And, in one of those happy but rare coincidences, the taste is matched by its simplicity: just 20 minutes of preparation. The hardest thing is …

Dessert

Yotam Ottolenghi’s chicken recipes

In my house, where the children forever negotiate what they’ll be given at mealtimes while the grownups keep pledging (in vain, obviously), “I’m not getting into this conversation”, chicken is the one food that unifies the family ranks. It appears on our table in endless configurations, the simple …

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Anna Jones’s chocolate recipes

Ankles wet from dewy grass, a basket filled with foil-wrapped eggs, a sugar high by 10am ... the Easter-egg hunt was an annual highlight when I was little. I’ll be recreating it for my son this year, but there’ll be some grownup offerings, too: squidgy-centred brownies and the easiest chocolate …

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s Easter recipes

Like many other religious festivals, with their food traditions that stand on very feeble historical legs, Easter is, for me, simply an excuse to eat things I wouldn’t normally indulge in. Chocolate-soaked bread? I’ll have that as a morning snack. A rich shoulder of lamb with lots of lemon and …

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Nigel Slater’s pork knuckle and salsify recipes

The butcher is telling me about pork knuckle – in particular about the cut’s value for money, the meat’s habit of falling sweetly from the bone after a long, slow cooking and the way it effortlessly produces a satisfying broth for a cold evening. He tells me of the succulence that ensues from a …

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St Patrick's day cocktail: Irish goodbye

Serves 1<p><b>An ode to the craftsmanship of the Emerald Isle, and a play on that old pub favourite, Guinness and black. The weight of the whiskey is alleviated by the fruity cassis; throw the velvety mouthfeel of Guinness into the mix, and this makes a perfect St Patrick’s Day aperitif.</b><p><b>20ml Irish …

Cocktails

Masterclass: chow mein recipe

Chow mein, or stir-fried noodles, may not feature on many menus in the People’s Republic of China, but, authentic or not, it remains a staple of Chinese restaurants from Kolkata to Kentucky. Slick with soy and crunchy with veg, chow mein is quick, easy and infinitely more delicious hot from the wok …

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Soulshakers’ blood orange mimosa

Blood orange mimosa<p>Blood orange season is in full swing right now, so it’s only common sense to make the most of these ruby-red beauties while we can. After all, they’ll be gone for another year soon enough.<p>Serves 1<b><br>15ml Solerno blood orange liqueur</b> (you can get it in some supermarkets, or try a …

Bitters

Six of the best birthday cake recipes

<b>Grandma Ptak’s red velvet cake (main picture)</b><p>Prep: 30 min<br>Cook: 1 hr<br>Serves: 8-10<p>For the sponge<b><br>600g caster sugar</b><b><br>1 tsp fine salt</b><b><br>5 eggs</b><b><br>250g vegetable oil</b><b><br>5 tbsp red food colouring</b> <b><br>2 tsp vanilla extract</b><b><br>50g cocoa powder</b><b><br>560g plain flour</b><b><br>100g cornflour</b><b><br>500g buttermilk</b> or plain yoghurt<b><br>2 tsp bicarbonate of soda</b> <b><br>2</b> …

Dessert

Felicity Cloake’s masterclass: spaghetti carbonara – recipe

A big plate of bacon and eggs for dinner – little wonder that this Roman classic is so popular in the UK. Yet the fear of ending up with a pasta omelette puts many carbonara fans off making it at home, though once you know how, it is in fact far quicker and easier than even our own dear …

Italian Food

Nigel Slater’s zesty pudding recipes

Sometimes, on a peaceful, grey winter’s day, I take a citrus fruit from the fridge – a lemon, a clementine, a yuzu if I can find one – pierce its skin and squeeze. Not enough pressure to send a bead of juice running down its peel, but just enough for its scent to float, briefly, brightly, on the …

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Ruby Tandoh’s recipe for cherry blondies with bay cream

Usually I like to take a recipe straight to its basest form: opera cake? Make that a chocolate sponge. Towering croquembouche? Serve ‘em a nice eclair instead. These blondies are unusual for me, then, because for once I’ve taken something a bit saccharine and naff and made it classier. Brought to …

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How to make the perfect dan dan noodles

If you’re not familiar with dan dan noodles, or if you’ve had this fiery, aromatic and addictively savoury snack in a restaurant but never made it yourself, this column will change your life. Named for the cry of the itinerant vendors who once roamed the streets of Chengdu with the tools of their …

Food & Dining

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for pasta cacio e pepe

Of all the classic Roman pasta dishes, cacio e pepe was the one I tasted first – and still the one I like best. It has just three ingredients: pasta, cacio (aka pecorino romano) and freshly cracked black pepper. In cooking, though, the pasta creates another ingredient: the cloudy cooking water …

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Six of the best pancake recipes

<b>Ricotta pancakes with sour cherries, clotted cream and honey (pictured above)</b><p>Prep <b>10-15 mi</b><b>n</b><br>Cook <b>2 min per pancake</b><br>Makes <b>18</b><p><b>100g dried and sweetened sour cherries</b> (or cranberries), whole or roughly chopped<b><br>6 tbsp water</b><b><br>2 tbsp caster sugar</b><b><br>A few knobs of butter</b><b><br>1 large egg</b><b><br>150g self-raising flour</b><b><br>250ml milk</b><b><br>1</b> …

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Cocktail of the week: the flu-fighter martini

This alcohol-free bug-buster is the perfect tipple for cold evenings, and a great one to get you through the last weekend of dry January.<p>Serves 1<p><b>80ml coconut water</b> (preferably raw)<b><br>50ml fresh orange juice</b><b><br>15ml fresh lemon juice</b><b><br>15ml fresh lime juice</b><b><br>20ml elderflower cordial</b> (organic, for</b> …

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