June, 2016

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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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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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Lucky foods for the Lunar New Year

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17 February, 2018

The Lunar New Year is upon us and among many of the traditions associated with this time of year are a number of food ones – our favourite kind! The following foods are said to bring you luck in the so we’ve brought together some recipes from the library to ensure that the year of the dog brings you health, wealth and prosperity.

Noodles

Noodles are said to bring happiness and longevity if eaten at this time of year, which is great, as there are ample recipes in the library that make the most of this staple ingredient. Fuchsia Dunlop's Zhajiang noodles serve as a whole meal in one bow and are absolutely delicious.



Dumplings and spring rolls

The ultimate accompaniment to any East Asian cuisine and also brilliant just as a snack or starter, dumplings and spring rolls are said to bring you wealth in the new year. We’ve gone for a traditional dumpling recipe from Fuchsia Dunlop and James Martin’s Crab & sweetcorn spring rolls, served up with that all important sweet chilli dipping sauce.

 


Tangyuan (sweet rice balls)

Start by organising a feast for your loved ones and ensure the family togetherness continues throughout the year by serving up tangyuan (sweet rice balls). Fuschia Dunlop’s voluptuous rice balls with their fragrant black sesame filling are the ultimate crowd pleaser!


Niangao (glutinous rice cake)

Luke Nguyen’s Pan-fried rice cakes with tiger prawns and caramelised pork is our recipe of choice to bring you higher income or status this year. The rice cakes are the traditional aspect of this dish, though the additional tiger prawns and caramelised pork make it truly irresistible, whatever the time of year.


Tangerines and oranges

Promising fullness and wealth for the year ahead, tangerines and oranges can be found in a number of East Asian dishes. Hunan orange beef from cookbook The Real Food of China is particularly popular among the Cooked team, however Jeremy Pang’s Marbled tea eggs are a more recognisable recipe that makes the most of the tangerine.



Fish

It’s over to Jeremy Pang for the main event, whose latest cookbook, Hong Kong Diner, is full of amazing fish recipes, which are said to increase your prosperity in the new lunar year. We simply couldn’t pick one, so we settled on three: Wonton braised noodles with tobiko, Classic curried fish balls and Crispy fish crackling.


THE LUNAR NEW YEAR

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