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

North African chicken and butternut squash tagine

North African chicken and butternut squash tagine

The best types of recipes use just one pot, the same one right through from the moment the first dice of onion hits hot olive oil right through to its placement at the centre of the table. It’s efficient, streamlined, but to work properly, the pan itself is important, and that’s where heavy, solid cast [...]

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And what should I do with that octopus?

How to cook octopus

I spend a lot of time wandering around the market in Leeds. I go there at least a couple of times a week, mainly at lunchtime as an excuse to get away from my desk and see the city at its best. I’ve shopped there for a while – getting the right things is a [...]

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How to make Limoncello

How to make Limoncello

We went on holiday to Sicily this year. It was roasting hot, in the mid forties most of the time. The Italians sweltered, and complained that they’d never experienced anything quite like it. We were thankful for an air-conditioned apartment and hire car. One day, we drove out of Cefalù to a town in the [...]

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Skånsk mustard

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Skånsk mustard comes from the south of Sweden, and it’s commonly found smeared all over hot dogs, as well as serving as a traditional accompaniment to a Christmas ham. It’s a coarse-grained condiment, made with a mixture of seeds supported by a sweet underbelly of honey. It’s excellent with anything strong and robust – sausages, [...]

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Beef jerky

How to make beef jerky

People have dried meat to preserve it for thousands of years. The practice seems to have arisen independently in both South America and Africa, with the two traditions cross-pollinating with the Spanish conquests of the Americas. The Native Americans eventually adopted the Spanish word for their dried meat, ‘charque‘, changed the inflection and morphed it [...]

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