This was supposed to be a recipe for festive coffee. It’s not. I spent all afternoon trying to make the perfect Mint Mocha. I made a delicious little peppermint syrup, which was sweet and light and pleasingly not like toothpaste at all. To go with my syrup I brewed some proper coffee, and added the most expensive cocoa powder I’d been able to source. The result was entirely tasteless. I don’t understand why. The components were all flavoursome, together they cancelled eac...
19 Nov 2012 14:00 GMT
Tis the season for the onslaught of new cookbooks from "celebrity" chefs.
There are books that claim easy ways to cook complicated recipes, books full of recipes that you can allegedly make in 15 minutes, recipes that will make you thin and take only 90 minutes to prepare... the list is never ending.
16 Nov 2012 14:30 GMT
While I'm no advocate of soup, I fully support the odd restorative broth. Try this if you’re feeling a little delicate from the night before, if you've succumbed to the inevitable surge of viral infections of the upper respiratory tract, or if you just need an injection of simple fresh food into your life. Hey, even I need a break from all the cake sometimes.
15 Nov 2012 12:30 GMT
In my humble opinion, you can't beat a novelty biscuit to raise a smile. I have not only made these for house warming parties and small get togethers, but naturally children love them, too.
The recipe is simple and because I don't own scales I measure everything by eye and using cups. The biscuit dough holds well and this makes it suitable for any size or shape of cutter.
14 Nov 2012 15:00 GMT
I was rather excited to discover that a new publication will be launching in December dedicated to the fine art of boozing. Living in a city that boasts more pubs per square mile than any other city in the UK, I have always felt a kinship for small independent watering holes and producers.
12 Nov 2012 16:45 GMT
Remember when Britain was hot? It definitely happened. For a couple of days in May, or something.
I spent the warm weather mainly craving fish & chips and curries. Now it’s freezing cold out there, I want nothing more than ice cream. Preferably eaten while wrapped in a blanket on the sofa, with the heating firmly on. Though not content with simple milkshakes on a weekday, and with a certain election result to toast, I decided to add alcohol.
12 Nov 2012 12:00 GMT
Maybe it was the etiquette that my mother instilled in me from an early age, but I never arrive at a party empty handed.
Whether it is a bottle of wine or a cheese platter, there is just something special and important about saying "thank you".
I stumbled upon these Banana Coconut muffins by accident. It was a lazy Sunday (the very best kind) and I had been invited over to a friend’s house for an impromptu film and a catch-up. Not being one to show up ...
09 Nov 2012 12:00 GMT
Toffee apples aren't that great, really.
They’re pretty, yes, and the first delicious crack of the sugar coating is always a pleasure. But once you've eaten the shell you’re just left with an apple on a stick. And not usually a particularly great apple, at that. Toffee apple cake solves this problem. Not only is the apple baked, which makes even the most end of season fruit taste instantly better, but it’s sandwiched betwe...
07 Nov 2012 10:18 GMT
Organised firework displays generally involve a lot of waiting around. Much as it would be nice to pass the time with warm snacks, it isn't particularly feasible. Who wants to fiddle with tin foil wrapped food if it means taking off their gloves? So, if you can’t have warm food, the next best thing is spicy.
05 Nov 2012 12:30 GMT
Brew Dog is steadily taking over the world with its rock and roll approach to real ales and craft brewing.
The Aberdeen-based “libertine” brewery started back in 2007, brewing small batches of beer to sell at local markets. From there they went on to brew the world’s strongest ever beer, packaged ale in road kill and established a unique “anti-business” shareholder ownership system called Equity f...
02 Nov 2012 17:00 GMT