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THE BEAUTY OF BALSAMIC

THE BEAUTY OF BALSAMIC

Back in the 90s it was de rigueur to serve a small dish of olive oil and balsamic vinegar with bread at the beginning of every restaurant meal. It became so popular (and we were so addicted to it, too) that even those places that weren’t serving cucina rustica Italiana would offer it. It may have dropped off the culinary[Read More…]

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A SOFTER-TASTING AIOLI FOR PAN-FRIED FISH

A SOFTER-TASTING AIOLI FOR PAN-FRIED FISH

Garlic mayo, otherwise known as aioli, is simply made with egg yolks, garlic and olive oil. Here a splash of vinegar is also added at the end to stop the sauce tasting too oily. The garlic is cooked lightly at the beginning so it gives a softer flavour than the traditional recipe         Makes enough to serve 8         250ml olive oil[Read More…]

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3 CLASSIC (ISH) SALADS AND THEIR DRESSINGS

3 CLASSIC (ISH) SALADS AND THEIR DRESSINGS

Sometimes the most simple marriages of ingredients are the most rewarding. Knowing how to knock up a great salad means you’ll never be short of supper ideas on those nights when time is short and all that’s to hand is a jumble of ingredients. Slicing, dicing and chopping them into uniform-sized pieces and tossing in an aromatic dressing will transform[Read More…]

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STUFFED COURGETTES – ASIAN-STYLE

STUFFED COURGETTES – ASIAN-STYLE

A glut of homegrown vegetables is both a gardener’s delight and despair – it’s brilliant to have grown so much successfully but how to find yet another inventive way to use up the crop? Here’s a twist on an old favourite that calls for very little prep, leaving the oven to do all the work. Stuffing courgettes and roasting until[Read More…]

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RED PEPPER, CHICKPEA AND HARISSA DRESSING FOR PAN-FRIED HAKE

RED PEPPER, CHICKPEA AND HARISSA DRESSING FOR PAN-FRIED HAKE

Sherry vinegar is made from the fortified wine, sherry, and has a slightly higher acidity than other vinegars, so it is an ideal match for sweet Mediterranean vegetables such as peppers. There’s lots of flavour going on in this sauce, thanks to a dash of the spicy Moroccan chilli paste, harissa. The splash of sherry vinegar helps to cut through[Read More…]

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PORK VINDALOO

PORK VINDALOO

It’s no surprise, bearing in mind its long history, that there are many variations of this Christian Goan dish. It’s thought to be a riff on carne de vinho e elhos, the Portuguese dish which is a simple offering of pork cooked long and slow in wine vinegar and garlic until tender. Apparently the Portuguese brought chilli to India during[Read More…]

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FIVE-HOUR PULLED PORK

FIVE-HOUR PULLED PORK

Here’s a recipe that needs very little work. Just marinate the pork then leave it to cook slowly in the oven until the meat can be pulled apart with two forks. The marinade turns lovely and caramelised on the outside as it cooks. There’s a quick salsa to go with it at the end, too, with a sharpener of white[Read More…]

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BRAISED LAMB WITH ROSEMARY AND RED WINE

BRAISED LAMB WITH ROSEMARY AND RED WINE

Have you ever checked the seasoning of a casserole only to find it tastes a bit flat and needs something to bring all the flavours together? Stir in 1–2 teaspoons of sherry vinegar to sharpen it, leave for 5 minutes, then taste again to check the balance of flavour. Try this simple oven-braised recipe, scented with rosemary. Serves 4         1[Read More…]

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SPECIAL SLOW-ROASTED TOMATOES

SPECIAL SLOW-ROASTED TOMATOES

Yes, you can roast tomatoes a quicker way – in the oven at a high temperature – but give them a little more time, at a much lower setting, and you’ll be rewarded with these jewels. A splash of vinegar is used here in the dressing and also added at the end, and it’s this magical touch of acidity that[Read More…]

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FRIDAY NIGHT STEAK AND SIDES – TWO WAYS

FRIDAY NIGHT STEAK AND SIDES – TWO WAYS

Rib-eye steak is the cut to choose for these recipes, the one where the fat is marbled all the way through the meat, which melts into the flesh as it cooks and gives it lots of flavour. One thick steak weighing around 300g will stretch to serve 2 and becomes even more of a bargain if you can find a[Read More…]

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TREATMENTS FOR HEALTHY-LOOKING HAIR

TREATMENTS FOR HEALTHY-LOOKING HAIR

FANCY GOING ‘POO-FREE’? This sounds weird, but this is the phrase given to those who give up washing their hair with shampoo and other haircare products – not what you might be thinking! The idea is that the longer you go without using shampoo, the better the natural oils in hair can build up and condition your hair. Washing your[Read More…]

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SILKY SKIN SOLUTIONS

SILKY SKIN SOLUTIONS

SCRUB FOR GARDENERS Here’s a quick-to-mix scrub that will clean dirty hands after a weekend spent in the garden weeding and pruning. Put 5 tablespoons of coarse sea salt into a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar, a few dashes of lavender oil and 1 teaspoon of olive oil and mix together, then pour into a jam-jar – this[Read More…]

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