Artichokes with browned butter and Hilopites noodles

You know how sometimes a cooking method can escape you time and time again, and then one day you read one more account of how to do it, and it all makes sense? Today I had that with artichoke prep.Not the big globe ones, but the smaller, purple ones. Perfect little flower heads that, nonetheless, …

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From Mamushka to Kaukasis

The cookbook world can be a hectic one. It seems that every week there’s a New! Shiny! thing exploding on to our shelves and Kindles, each chef or cook with something to say about their own food, stuffed chock full of ridiculously pretty photos and sparkles.Many of these books also make the food seem almost …

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Madeleines or playing with my new Christmas Present.

My lovely Karen bought me a silicone madeleine mould for Christmas. Because I didn’t have one. See? That’s what friends who love food and cooking as much as you do, do. I kept meaning to bake them, but never got around to it because Life, but today I worked from home, and in a gap …

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Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower–Chef Dan Doherty

  It’s not often you get to look down on the Gherkin – sorry, 30 St Mary Axe – but believe me, when you do, it takes a while for your brain to adjust. It certainly takes a while for your brain to settle after the 24 seconds of “OMG!” as you ascend to Duck …

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Talking Turkey with Cyrus Todiwala

Yes. Cyrus. He of The Incredible Spice Men fame that’s sweeping the nation. The one without the kilt and who sings Calypso. Of course, he has been around for a lot longer than just this series. He’s been in this country 20 years now, is a chef of great renown and even has an MBE …

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Brasserie Vacherin – Croydon

A Sunday night in south Croydon may not seem like a very romantic thing to you, but I can assure you there are two places which make this entirely possible. One is Albert’s Table, reviewed by your heroine on these pages before, and assuming the status of a very firm favourite. Now we have Brasserie …

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