Food & Drink

Using chilli-infused tequila gives the classic drink a bit more of a kickTo make the infused tequila, use any brand you have to hand. It’s preferable to use fresh jalapeño, because you want it good and spicy. Failing that, just slice any...
A luxurious white wine aperitif with fig liqueur, whisky and bubbles that is sure to cheer up any dark February eveningServes 150ml Lillet Blanc15ml fig liqueur – Figaro, ideally, but if you can’t find that, try Briottet or even pedro ximénez sherry10ml...
The Duchess of Argyll | Fortnum & Mason shoppers | Bird spotting | Sugar content of jamI assume that if the BBC drama about the Duchess of Argyll is screened (Report, 31 January) it won’t be billed as A Very English Scandal...
A dal buzzing with spices topped with sweet charred cabbage, guaranteed to revive you when you’re feeling sluggishThere are dals to comfort and dals to revive. Rasam is a reviver, the kind of thing I want to eat when I’m feeling sluggish....
A twinkling 1940s Hollywood movie set that doubles as a glitzy brasserieAlmost everything about Brasserie of Light, a new restaurant at Selfridges in London, sounded atrocious. My mistrust of fancy restaurants hastily tagged on to shops is not unfounded. Who wants to pay...
Given the range of delicious options, why not find alternatives to your regular tipple?I was chatting to a friend the other day and discovered that he only ever buys one wine (the Wine Society’s Duo du Midi at £6.25, in case you’re curious), works...
Shunning the booze this month? Luckily, supermarket shelves are now stacked with tasty alternatives to keep you on the wagonSo how is it going for those of you who are doing dry January? Struggling? Getting bored with soft drinks? Although I’m not...
If you’re planning a Chinese meal to mark the beginning of the year of the pig, here are the wines to go forChina may be the most high-profile example, but it’s not the only country celebrating its new year next week: Korea,...
It’s just about putting a few quality ingredients in a pot and simmering it all for as long as possibleMy chicken stock always ends up looking more like pale, insipid hot water than the golden stuff you see on TV cooking shows....
Ditching CerealI love cereal for breakfast — to me it tastes like milk and cookies. Unfortunately, when I realized that it also has roughly the nutritional value of milk and cookies, I figured it was time for a change. Oatmeal seemed like a reasonably...

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