June, 2016

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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

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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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Make time for tea

Helen Barker-Benfield
01 March, 2017

With Fairtrade Fortnight underway, this year we’re being encouraged to put Fairtrade in our break, or in other words, reclaim your tea break and support Fairtrade too by making the swap to Fairtrade products – we didn’t need asking twice. Below, is our pick of the best cuppas, and our ideas of what to make to serve alongside.

99 Fairtrade Tea Blend £1.19 The Co-operative

This classic tea blend from doesn’t disappoint, it has a subtle oomph and is just right served first thing in the morning or during the day – just like this Banana cake with banana frosting from bespoke cake creator Peggy Porschen.  This cake is an easy win here as you can use Fairtrade bananas, plus it’s a brilliant way to use up any overripe ones that have been lurking in the fruit bowl.

Taste the Difference English Breakfast Fairtrade Fine Tea £1.50 Sainsbury’s

We’re staying with breakfast tea with a pot of loose leaf. While you may not be organised enough in the morning to make a brew, why not indulge in the ceremony of taking tea, which we love, later in the day? If you’re sharing a pot with a few friends (which is a good way to spread the word) then these sophisticated Chocolate madeleines will go beautifully.

Moroccan mint tea £2.89  Waitrose 

We know that not all tea breaks are created equal and caffeine may not always be the boost you’re looking for, so if anyone’s looking for a refreshing treat for a post-lunch boost, this one is for you. Made with a small amount of Chinese green gunpowder tea blended with peppermint and spearmint, it has an aromatic scent that is guaranteed to soothe and revive. Leave the bag in and add a sprig of fresh mint for a more authentic experience, then help yourself to a slice of Moroccan honey cake.

Super Green £1.99 Clipper clipper-teas.com

Clipper teas have created a range of three green teas that are designed to support your lifestyle – whether you need an energising, detoxing or relaxing cup. For our tea break we’ve picked the energising ginger, mint and turmeric – with a slice of Parsnip and ginger cake.

Grumpy mule coffee from £4.99 grumpymule.co.uk 

Chocolate and coffee go together like, well, chocolate and anything in our book. This Fairly traded, roast-to-order coffee comes in beans or ground and is guaranteed to cheer you up. We’ve also noticed that coffee does magical things to the taste of chocolate so these Mocha mud cakes, are ideal. Plus, they can be made with Fairtrade chocolate, sugar and two types of coffee.  


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