Food and drink, recipes and cooking
Recipes and cooking, ranging from simple and easy to something a little more challenging.
A few years' ago, I did a one-day crash course in baking all things French and croissant related at the wonderful Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite. It was a lot of fun, and the batch of croissants I came away with were the best I've ever managed, mainly because of the expert guidance on hand to [...]
So, it's January, and it's very, very cold at the moment. That means that now is the perfect time to cure some meat and hang it out to dry in a shed, outside of a refrigerator, without too much fear of death from botulism. I exaggerate slightly - botulism is very rare, and basic hygiene [...]
So, it's Christmas again, and that means it's time to bake something fittingly seasonal and rich. This year, that's panforte di Sienna, an Italian dessert loosely resembling a cake that's packed with fruit and nuts. Panforte originated in Sienna in the 12th century, and is supposed to contain seventeen ingredients, to reflect the number of districts [...]
Cooking Indian food can be something of a trial. Lists of ingredients a mile long, complicated techniques, extended cooking times ... It's always worth the effort, always worth the satisfaction of sitting down to a rogan josh that's been simmering away for a couple of hours, the spices blending together with unfathomable complexity. But sometimes, [...]
In my quest to crack the ongoing puzzle of eating well at lunchtime when lunchtime slips to about twenty minutes at most, I've started to experiment. This all began when this article popped up on Facebook. It reminded me of something Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall had done a few years ago, that thing I'd made a note to have a [...]