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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GBBO on C4

The editor
22 August, 2017

As we swap Mel and Sue for Sandi and Noel and get ready for a brand-new series of Great British Bake Off, we are once more looking forward to learning how to be better bakers, from the comfort of our sofas of course...

Here are our top 5 favourite things about everyone's favourite cooking show. 

1 The technical challenge

As befits a recipe site, we at Cooked love to see the bakers get to grips with the precise level of baking that is required for the technicals. From perfectly uniform macarons to correctly filled choux pastries this is the one task that each week, causes problems for every level of baker. 

2 Paul Hollywood

We will wait with baited breath to see how Paul copes without his TV wife Mary - however, we think Prue Leith, with her calm, no-nonsense approach will help him settle in to his new home at Channel 4 in no time - and as a former cookery school owner, she is sure to have the Bake Off ship-shape and with Paul eating out of the palm of her hand in no time. We hope Paul will remain just the way he's always been. 

3 Soggy bottoms

Just like everyone else, we watch the show for the failures as much as the successes. The kitchen dramas, tantrums and failed bakes make us love the contestants even more. Who will lose their cool this series? And who will rise above the rest to be crowned champion? 

4 Tips and tricks

The tips we pick up are also what makes us keep coming back for more! Even expert bakers can expect to learn a handy shortcut or quick tip that they'd never thought of. And with Prue and Paul keen to show off their baking knowledge to each other, this series might provide a few more than usual. 

5 Bread week 

Fingers crossed that this remains as it's one of our favourites. From a top-notch sourdough, to an intricate plaited loaf there is always a recipe we want to try. A great leveller: breadmaking can trip up those contestants who excel at cake decorating, or those who keep their cool with pastry. And that quiet novice baker you've not really noticed before can suddenly swoop in and steal Star Baker from under everyone else's noses - and open up the competition once more. 

Bake off's back - and we can't wait for it to get started. See you on the sofa!



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