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  • The six rules of barbecuing

    28 April, 2016 The six rules of barbecuing

    Even the best cooks can be stumped when it comes to cooking to perfection over coals. We ask Ben Tish to tell us the six most important rules of barbecuing so we can grill with confidence over the long weekend.
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  • Eat like an Italian

    20 July, 2015 Eat like an Italian

    If you’ve ever been on holiday to Italy, like us, you’ve probably eaten classic pizzas, pastas and risottos until you’re fit to burst. While sticking with what you know isn’t always a bad thing, delve a little deeper and you’ll find the true heart of the region; eating cotoletta in Milan, beans in Florence and artichokes in Campania will open up a whole new world of Italian cooking. We spoke to three Air B’n’B hosts about the food of their region, must-eats while you’re there, and asked about the best-kept secrets when it comes to eating out.
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  • Michelin Stars in Your Eyes

    06 July, 2015 Michelin Stars in Your Eyes

    With so many Michelin-starred chefs on the site, we challenged Cooked writer Imogen Corke to test her mettle on some of the trickier recipes. This week, she cooks Atul Kochhar’s cod in nilgiri korma gravy from his latest cookbook, Benares.
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May, 2015

  • Q&A with Rosie Birkett

    22 May, 2015 Q&A with Rosie Birkett

    We ask our authors ten questions about their life long love of food. This week, we speak to Rosie Birkett, author of A Lot on her Plate, about roast dinners, tuna tacos, and why you should never run your finger through hot caramel.
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  • The Lunchbox Edit: Spring Greens

    01 May, 2015 The Lunchbox Edit: Spring Greens

    Each week, we take some of our favourite recipes and give them a little tweak to make perfect packed lunches.
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What to cook on Father's Day, with Rob Kirby

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
13 June, 2016

Thinking about what to cook on Father's Day? Take some advice from Cooked author and chef Rob Kirby about what treats your dad will really want to see on the table.



Has the way you cooked changed since having kids?

When it was just us, we had more dinner parties, with lots of posh cheffy plated courses... now it’s much more relaxed, family-style service. The food is put in the middle of the table - something like homemade pastas and delicious salads. It’s much more interactive and makes for a casual and low maintenance night, leaving much more time for fun.




What’s the biggest misconception about ‘family’ cooking?

Probably that there’s no time for it people’s mad-busy lives! It’s so much easier to make time than you think. Even if it’s just making pancakes - all you need is flour, milk and eggs - you can really kids get kids engaged in picking sweet and savoury toppings and fillings, so everyone will be happy.





What are your kids’ favourite things to cook?

Homemade pizza’s so much fun; everyone’s favourites in my house are the Chelsea pizza buns in my book Cook with Kids.





What would be your ultimate three-course dinner for Father’s Day?

Sweetcorn fritters are one of my favourite starters; so flavour-packed and fun to make, great for vegetarians, too.  As a main, I’d love chicken katsu curry, jasmine rice, and pickled cucumber salad. It’s a real family favourite, and again, so easy to follow. It can be made in advance, too, so all you have to do is pan fry the chicken at the last minute,which will mean plenty of family time around the table. For pudding, my perfect picnic possets are nice and fresh, and great to eat outdoors if you have a picnic planned.


As a busy Dad, what’s the biggest help in the kitchen?

A keen washer-upper is always great, even if it costs you!





If you could be given any present for Father’s Day, what would it be?

A jar of salted caramel and shortbread is the perfect homemade present; so good for dunking!





If someone wanted to spoil their Dad, which meal would you advise them to make?

To be honest, it’s hard to beat a good steak and chips for a Saturday night treat, or a classic English breakfast brought up on a Sunday morning with the papers - perfect!





Father’s Day is obviously a special day, but year round, what’s the easiest and most productive way of getting the whole family in the kitchen?

Involve them; get each member to do a course for dinner, or before any special event such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas or birthdays, get all the family to make edible gifts that everyone will love.

 


    


What’s the best meal your family have ever cooked for you?

A Sunday roast lunch. It’s less about the food, more about how it gets us all around the table with laughter and lots and lots of love.


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