Food and drink, recipes and cooking

Recipes and cooking, ranging from simple and easy to something a little more challenging.

Roast figs with honey and Marsala

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Here's a ridiculously simple dessert for two: Make two cuts in the shape of a cross in each of eight figs, plump them up a little so that they open up slightly, and fit them snuggly into a small ovenproof roasting tin or dish with a lid. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of honey over the top [...]

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Press Coffeehouse

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Press Coffeehouse, Harrogate

There are a lot of subscription coffee services around at the moment. It's quite the thing, and a definite sign that more people are waking up to the complexities and intricacies that separate a mediocre cup of coffee from a good cup of coffee from a truly superb one. The idea is simple - hook into [...]

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Pane di Como, or Italian country bread

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Como bread, traditional Italian country bread from Lake Como.

Most of the bread I bake follows a fairly standard pattern. I've got a couple of staple recipes, one for an everyday loaf that works well for white or whole grain and any variation in between and a couple of ways with sourdough, too. The everyday loaf is the most versatile, and it can easily [...]

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Chicken Chukka

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Chicken chukka – chicken curry, made with coconut and spices

On the way home on Saturday, I stopped off at an Asian supermarket close to where we live. It's a ramshackle, haphazard kind of place, piled high with a huge range of things. There are sacks of rice piled high, fruit and vegetables - big bunches of coriander, five for a quid, coconuts, curry leaves, [...]

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How to make pulled pork

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How to make easy pulled pork in a slow cooker

I'm one of those people who take photos of  food to post on Instagram. I make no apologies for this - it's what Instagram is made for, but sometimes the application of a vintage filter on a perfectly normal photograph makes it look a little ... different. Just take a second to look at the picture [...]

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