preserving

How to preserve lemons

How to preserve lemons

I have this theory about people who cook. It involves their cupboards. I think that you can tell if somebody is serious about cooking, and I mean really serious, after a quick rummage through their kitchen cupboard. That might sound obvious, but it’s not the weird and the wonderful I’m looking for. Everybody has barely [...]

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Kimchi for beginners – how to make Korean fermented pickles

David Chang’s kimchi – Korean preserved vegetables

Kimchi isn’t very common in the cities of Yorkshire. Not surprising, as there isn’t a large Korean population in these parts, but still no reason why their national dish shouldn’t get an airing. I’ve made kimchi once. So far. It seems to be one of those things with infinite variations, where no two batches are [...]

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On Seville oranges and marmalade

How to make marmalade

This is a great time of year to cook. Yes, we’re in the depths of winter, but the first signs of the year to come are starting to appear in the ground and in the shops. The first stalks of forced rhubarb are out, straight from the groaning sheds of West Yorkshire, and it’s the [...]

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Messada di bue – Italian-style cured beef

Messada di bue – Italian beef cured with herbs and garlic

I’ve said this before, many times, but it bears repeating – the best thing about cooking is the transformation of unpromising ingredients into something better. Take this dish… normally, I’d never dream of eating a piece of brisket without at least a couple of hours on a low heat, let alone raw, but here it [...]

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