Food & Drink

Thomasina Miers’ recipe for chickpea, black pudding and spinach ragu

This peasant-style dish uses humble ingredients of the best qualityThe origin of this dish is a tapas bar in Barcelona’s Boqueria food market, Pinotxo (named after its twinkly-eyed owner). For me, it...

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...

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...

The end of small plates: why the dinner-ruining dishes may finally be over

The trend for small-plate menus in restaurants has tested friendships and defied logic. They have to go – here’s whyThe news that Russell Norman’s Polpo restaurant group is in financial trouble (unpaid £550,000 VAT...

Gilpin Spice, Windermere: ‘Determined to hit every sweet spot’ – restaurant review

A vivid fusion of Chinese and Indian cooking makes for an unexpected haven in CumbriaGilpin Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NP (01539 488818). Snacks and small dishes £5-£12. Larger dishes £12-£17.50 Desserts...

Does every box of eggs contain a potential chick?

A schoolboy has hatched a duckling from a Waitrose egg using an incubator he bought on eBay. It’s enough to put anyone off their boiled egg and soldiers …Fourteen-year-old William Atkins has put the...

Dunkin’ lovers tie the knot in Las Vegas with doughnut bouquets

Tying the knot just got a little sweeter.With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Dunkin’ took over a wedding chapelWednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, offering lovebirds the chance to get hitched alongside their favorite...

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for aubergine fesenjan

Woo your loved one with these roast aubergines in a rich, sweet-sour walnut-and-pomegranate sauceThe first thing I noticed about my now-husband Hugh when we met wasn’t his beautiful face or wit, but...

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for lentil rasam with roast red cabbage

A dal buzzing with spices topped with sweet charred cabbage, guaranteed to revive you when you’re feeling sluggishThere are dals to comfort and dals to revive. Rasam is a reviver, the kind...

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for lemon risotto

The fruit cuts through the starchy rice, butter, stock and cheeseWhile they are as much a year-round fixed kitchen component as milk, flour, forks and washing-up liquid, lemons particularly come into their own...

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