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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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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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Top tier tips for making a wedding cake

25 April, 2017

With the current trend for natural, homemade wedding cakes still going strong, we teamed up with flower delivery company Bloom & Wild to show how easy it is to use your flowers for inspiration to create the most gorgeous cakes if you’re making a wedding cake for a friend or someone special in the family.

Stay seasonal

If your flower arrangement pops with the colours of the season, whether that is joyful spring pastels, like The Cora, or bright clashes like The Cecilia, which pairs lime green and pale pink with deep dark purple, then use that as inspiration for your cake too.

Pick your flavours

From a simple Victoria sponge, lemon or chocolate to a floral-themed flavour (lavender layer cake or rose maybe), what the cake tastes like is as important as it looks. If you decide to keep your cake simple, why not add chocolate curls to add interest from another flavour like this sponge cake from James Martin? Though follow James’s advice and order the curls to give you plenty of time to get ready for the wedding too…

Be inspired by your arrangement 

From crystallised petals to edible flowers, there’s a host of pretty natural-looking embellishments that will turn your cake into a show-stopping masterpiece. These rose petals are so easy and can be made in advance, and tie in nicely with a bunch that contains roses like The Madeline. Adorn the cake with seasonal berries as well to continue the theme.

Embrace ombre

If your flowers aren’t pesticide-free they may not be suitable for decorating the cake, so why not do as April Carter suggests and serve a simply decorated cake or a collection of cakes alongside arrangements of flowers in small jars, tins or vases. A scan through Instagram will show how on trend this is for 2017. April’s delightful white rose cake is perfect for this.

Get ahead

Most of the natural-style cakes are better made as close to the day as possible, so to save unnecessary stress bake a trial run of the cake ahead of time. Practice your buttercream mixes so that they blend beautifully to a natural colour using your flowers as a guide and order all of the equipment you will need to keep your cake standing proud. If you're organised, you'll be relaxed when making the cake, and will enjoy your part in the special day.

For more floral inspiration, go to bloomandwild.com.


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