Is there anything better than soup? I could live on it. Soup is a sustaining staple in every culture, versatile, economical, nourishing and - when done well - very delicious. Here are some of my favourites.
Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean burnt toast in bed and bad soap from school stalls. If you are a mum, you can steer the family towards these menu suggestions, and if you have a mum, please enjoy these suggestions for Mum-friendly dishes and tasty gifts that keep on giving.
Master butcher Gary McBean helps us get a fork around pork in this informative 'meat chat'. Learn what to do which which part of the pig and how to get the best crackling
Homemade gifts are the best! As well as the deliciousness, the recipients can taste the love that you put into them. My 10 gift ideas include versatile condiments, chocolatey treats and an emergency dinner pack for the time-poor. These really are gifts that keep on giving!
Father's Day doesn't have to mean power tools, sixpacks of beer and random golf gifts. I'm much more about the food, so hopefully any fathers in your life are too! Here are some ideas for treating Dad at any time of day: there's breakfast all the way through to a nightcap.
Life goes better with Basque cheesecake, a lockdown #2 love affair. I became obsessed with this cake about five years ago when I ate it in San Sebastian at La Viña pintxos bar. It was perilously wobbly and jiggly, somehow both light and rich, creamy white and custardy within but with a bitter edge from the dark, caramelised perimeter. I mumbled, “It’s a miracle,” and I meant it.
Australia's Christmas is in summer so stories of Santa's sleigh zooming through snowy forests are a faraway fantasy. Many Australians still pine for a white, wintry Christmas though, so the concept of 'Christmas in July' is quite popular. I've put together a warming and festive menu to suit. Make merry and enjoy!
Let's make winter sweet! I've gathered together some of my favourite puddings, pies, desserts and cakes for you here. Make them for a special occasion, because you DEFINITELY deserve a treat or as a fun cooking project.
Have you got an hour? Ask a Middle Eastern person about their favourite hummus and be ready to listen long and hard! Hummus is an everyday traditional food all the way from Yemen to Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Turkey but there are as many variations as there are eaters! At its simplest, hummus combines chickpeas and tahini, then there's the potential addition of salt, pepper, spices, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and water. Plus, there's the question of texture. Should it be smooth or sturdy? We dig in...