Food & Drink

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...

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...

Cocktail of the week: Bo Bech’s bittersweet ginseng

Once you’ve acquired a taste for it, there’s no going backServes 130ml Kamm & Sons (see introduction)20ml red vermouth – I use Punt e Mes10ml orange curaçao liqueur – I use Giffard’s5ml Campari

Annabel Crabb’s Sri Lankan butternut and cashew curry recipe

Spice up summer entertaining with a rich curry served with a traditional sambolThis dish is the product of Wendy’s patient, repeated attempts to get into a particularly popular London restaurant specialising in...

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...

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....

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...

I enjoy airline food, but in a restaurant? Pass the sickbag

AirAsia is to open an eatery serving its dishes. It seems crackers – who would choose to eat plane fare on terra firma?People harrumph more at 38,000ft. It’s a sort of iron...

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