Food & Drink

Why it pays not to tip beer dregs down the sink

Stale beer adds oomph to stocks and cakes, while any lingering bubbles help make a beautiful batterIf I have a beer in hand, pouring some into my food is a habitual process....

The Easiest Way to Instantly Ripen Bananas, According to a Chef

One of the trickiest fruits to shop for are bananas. Why? Well, they can take multiple days to ripen after you purchase them, especially when they’re still green and firm to touch. So much for eating or cooking...

Dry January is almost over – time to try a new wine

Given the range of delicious options, why not find alternatives to your regular tipple?I was chatting to a friend the other day and discovered that he only ever buys one wine (the Wine...

Say it with shortbread: Liam Charles’ recipe for love biscuits

Hit that sweet spot on Valentine’s Day with these heart-shaped shortbread sandwiches with royal icing and a white chocolate fillingValentine’s Day was a bigger deal when I was at primary school than...

Liam Charles’ recipe for power-up bars

Honey, bananas, apples and melted dark chocolate – a fibre-filled end-of-January treatThe end of January approachesand, while you might still want to be healthy, I’m sure you’re due a treat. With natural...

Wines to drink with your Chinese new year feast

If you’re planning a Chinese meal to mark the beginning of the year of the pig, here are the wines to go forChina may be the most high-profile example, but it’s not...

The Battle Between Smoking And Grilling Meat

When the summer period approaches, people get to enjoy cookouts and barbecues. To prepare meat accordingly, you must learn more about grilling and smoking. These techniques are different regarding the preparation time, the equipment, and the preparation...

Milk Coke: another classic from the nation that invented Cheeky Vimto

The faddy eater column is ending not with a bang, not even a whimper, but an unlikely concoction of dairy and Coca-ColaThe idea of ending things on a high always seems like...

Kim-Joy’s recipe for bear biscuits: a cardamom, orange and chocolate delight

In the first of a new weekly series of recipes for the Guardian, the Bake Off star presents biscuits that children will loveThese bear biscuits are very simple to make and kids...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for red cabbage, sausage and white bean soup

A multilayered and warming dish based on the mountain soup-stews of eastern PiedmontAfter Christmas and new year, and three large batches of braised red cabbage, a disproportionate amount of which – due...

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