Food and drink, recipes and cooking

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

Chicken sofrito

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A lot of the food I cook at the moment is about convenience. Not 'convenience' in the sense of 'piercing the film on some ready meal and throwing it into a microwave', but convenience in terms of getting the best results with the least effort. That doesn't mean that my food is becoming 'bad' - there's a [...]

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Beetroot and thyme baguettes

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Beetroot and thyme French baguettes

In common with a lot of people, I buy big bunches of beetroot because I feel good about buying something that's quite evidently been yanked straight out of the ground and that comes complete with leaves and dirt. I rarely have a clear idea about what I'm going to do with it, but still I buy [...]

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Roast figs with honey and Marsala

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Roast figs with honey and Marsala

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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