Food & Drink

A cheap, cheerful, colourful and quick dish that’s tasty tooCut half a large red cabbage into 4 wedges. Tuck the cabbage into a large pan and pour over 500ml of dry cider. Season with 10 black peppercorns and 3 bay leaves then...
Smoky slabs of pork with puréed beans and fried green veg for a heartwarming night inThe recipeLightly season 2 thick slices of smoked gammon with black pepper. They need to be about 250-350g each in weight. Wash...
A warming, wholesome, nutty and seedy soup for cold winter nightsPeel and halve 1kg of butternut squash and cut into large chunks. Put the squash into a large saucepan with 1 litre of vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Cover with...
A quick and tasty fish and ham supperThe recipeCut 300g of smoked pancetta into small dice, each piece measuring roughly 2cm. Warm 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan, add the pancetta and let it...
A hearty salad of onion, swede and parsnip, roasted till slightly caramelised, with a smoky, salty dressingThe recipeSet the oven at 200C/gas mark 6. Peel a couple of red onions, cut them in half and then into...
Seasonal blood orange adds zip to a succulent dish of steamed white fish and braised lentilsBlood oranges, with their sharp acidity, sweetness and stunning colour, are one of winter’s gems. I buy them whenever I see them and have space in my...
A blushing pink, tequila-spiked jelly with a seductive cream topping that’s sure to make anyone swoon, whether lover or friendI love to eat in on Valentine’s night. If you are dining à deux, it means you can choose your version of romance –...
Smoked fish and earthy grilled broccoli are offset by a sharp, spicy-sweet dressingThank goodness it’s February: only a month or so until we can start looking forward to spring. This punchy, fresh and healthy salad will get your month started in the...
This peasant-style dish uses humble ingredients of the best qualityThe origin of this dish is a tapas bar in Barcelona’s Boqueria food market, Pinotxo (named after its twinkly-eyed owner). For me, it epitomises the kind of peasant-style food I love, using humble...
Follow a rich lunch with this light, tangy dessert and tasty wafersNow that I have settled into the rhythm of 2019, I’m looking to the weekends for some gentle entertainment to get me through these winter months.A long, leisurely lunch often does...

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