Archive For September 2017

Champ

Champ

From BBC Food   Looking for an easy mashed potato recipe? James Martin’s creamy champ is perfect with sausages or pork chops.   Ingredients 1.35kg/3lb potatoes, well scrubbed and left whole in their jackets 290ml/½ pint milk 85g/3oz butter salt and white pepper 1 large bunch spring onions, finely chopped   Method Boil the potatoes…

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Celery Bites with Roasted Red Pepper Cream

Celery Bites with Roasted Red Pepper Cream

From Whole Foods Market   Makes 24   Cool crunchy celery is the perfect carrier for delicious, dairy-free roasted red pepper topping.   Ingredients 4 ounces extra-firm silken tofu 2 green onions, chopped 1 roasted red pepper (water packed), drained and chopped 1 cup cooked no-salt-added white beans, rinsed and drained 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard…

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Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal – review

Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal – review

Christmas isn’t far away. The ads on TV herald the coming season and offer the threat of Yuletide gift giving. Men are famously difficult with regard to pressies but for those chaps and indeed ladies who have a passion for whisky then the problem is solved. Whisky – The Connoisseur’s Journal is the must-have accessory….

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The Flavours of Andalucía – review

The Flavours of Andalucía – review

A cookbook laced with personal narrative and charm This is a full-colour illustrated cookbook but there isn’t a single photograph. This is The Flavours of Andalucía by Elisabeth Luard and she is a European food expert and an artist. Her work is displayed here in every element of this beautiful book. Ms Luard has long…

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Porto – Harry Potter was born here – travel review

Porto – Harry Potter was born here – travel review

Yes, it’s true, dear reader! The boy with the lightning scar was conceived and born in Porto. This city is also known as Oporto and is the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. In 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency. It is an ideal city…

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Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

Port, Porto and culinary culture – travel review

You might have visited Porto in Portugal before but it’s worth another look, and perhaps with food and drink in mind this time. There has been more investment lately in this vibrant town, which exudes character and charm. During the 15th and 16th centuries Portugal was a leading European power, ranking with England, France and…

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Carrot Cashew Spread

Carrot Cashew Spread

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 8 This spread is also delicious for breakfast or a snack on toasted slices of Health Starts Here whole grain bread, instead of on crackers.   Ingredients 3 carrots, chopped 1 cup raw cashew pieces, divided 15 dried apricots, quartered (about 1/2 cup) 32 Whole Wheat Crackers (from 1…

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Caramelised Onion Tartlets with Goats’ Cheese and Thyme

Caramelised Onion Tartlets with Goats’ Cheese and Thyme

From Delia Smith   When we made these tartlets for the photography, we couldn’t stop eating them! Crisp, light pastry with such a luscious filling – and also lovely as a first course at a supper party.   Makes 24 Ingredients For the pastry: 6 oz (175 g) plain flour 3 oz (75 g) butter,…

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Chotto Matte, Soho – restaurant review

Chotto Matte, Soho – restaurant review

Chotto Matte is Japanese for ‘please wait a minute’. No, dear reader, don’t go thinking that this is a veiled threat of slow service. It’s surely more a statement that dishes are freshly prepared. It’s not a matter of waiting but more like allowing yourself a little time to anticipate. Having said that, Chotto Matte…

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