June, 2016

May, 2016

April, 2016

  • 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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November, 2015

October, 2015

September, 2015

August, 2015

July, 2015

  • 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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31 days hath (dry) January

Helen Barker-Benfield
19 January, 2017

If your enthusiasm for being alcohol-free in the long, cold month of January is waning, we have 5 easy ideas to help you keep on track until Feb 1.

1 Embrace the mocktail

Aussie food writer Kate Bradley gave up refined sugar, gluten and all processed foods as early as 2012, so her book Kenko Kitchen is full of inspiration for anyone looking to get healthier this year. And as you’d expect, her Hangover-free cocktails are so good they’ll guarantee that you stick to your dry Jan plan. 

2 Keep warm

Really chocolatey hot chocolate or Masala chai tea latte, from food stylist and writer Fern Green not only taste great they’re like an encouraging hug in a mug. Taking time out to sit and enjoy a hot choc or an Indian-spiced milky tea will help to strengthen your resolve.

3 Spice it up

Homemade lemonade tastes like nothing you can buy – and the ginger in this fresh ginger lemonade gives it a bit of a kick without being too sweet. The authors of The Detox Kitchen Bible say it’s good for summer but we would happily drink this at any time of the year.

4 Take your inspiration from the kids

We promise you’ll get just as excited as the children do when faced with this retro winner. Rob Kirby’s Classic coke float is fun and serves as a pudding as well – result! For a more grown-up taste try the Virgin Mary, a delicious concoction of tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. 

5 Avoid beer with a takeaway

If you’re a fan of Indian food but are steering clear because you think a beer is all you can drink with a curry? Think again. Vivek Singh’s Cumin cooler is mint- and spice-infused water with a deliciously intense flavour. Or why not try Cyrus Todiwala’s Limbu pani? It’s a zesty limewater with a pinch of cumin that can be made with still or sparkling water. For a creamier drink try his Plain lassi


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