UK Taste

This Week I Ate...Texture and Eggs

William Sitwell | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Aggi is from Iceland, by the way, cooks in red trousers, has a fruity smile and looks just like Anders Behring Breivik. Which, when mixed with the fact that he shares a name with one of Britain's celebrity cleaning ladies, is an alarming combination. Still one should judge a plate of food not by the chef's trousers...

Recipe of the Week: Seabream With Tomatoes, Olives and a Fennel Salad

Theo Randall | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

The tomatoes will add lots of flavour but will also keep the fish juicy and their sweetness and acidity will complement the fish. Do not squeeze lemon on the fish though - it will clash with the tomatoes.

Spicy Beer Can Chicken

Linda Duffin | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

Apparently this is also known, for obvious reasons, as beer butt chicken but I think we'll stick with the slightly more euphemistic title. The idea is that a half-drunk can of beer, inserted into the chicken in a sadly undignified manner, will create steam inside the bird during cooking, keeping it moist and juicy.

This Week I Ate... Chiltern Firehouse

William Sitwell | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

You nip to the loo, get lost, then find it downstairs and see people walk through the room and through a secret door. This is where the smokers can hang. It's some kind of sexy underground smokey hangout. It makes smoking seem cool, which is seriously naughty.

This Week I Ate...Maramia, Lisa's and Tom's

William Sitwell | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

Some of these guys won't last and will be forced to relinquish their little joints whose offerings give the local community considerably more than another wretched fashion outlet churning clothes whose sequins and buttons were doubtless sewn on by grubby fingered urchins comfortably several oceans away...

Recipe of the Week: Tagliarini With Brown Shrimps and Zucchini

Theo Randall | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is such a simple pasta dish but very delicious. When you make it you will definitely want to make it again. The brown shrimps have a very unique flavour and combined with the zucchini butter and garlic taste even better.

Lamb Meatballs With Fava and Minty Yoghurt

Lucy Parissi | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Parissi

I've lived in London for most of my adult life - longer, in fact, than I lived in Athens where I grew up. I don't get nostalgic about Greece very often, but I do miss the food, especially when it's sunny. My mind wanders to the island of Skiathos and having mezedes at a favourite harbour taverna washed down with an ice-cold Amstel...

Great Wine From Old Vines: Odfjell Carignan 2011

Tom Cannavan | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

The tannins are fine and give some structure, the juicy cherry acidity adds some freshness, and all in all it is a natural, unforced wine that doesn't need to try too hard: that natural old vine character has been deftly handled in a terrific wine for drinking now, or cellaring for a decade.

This Week I Ate... Too Much Chocolate

William Sitwell | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

I shunned restaurants this week, devoting myself instead to chocolate. I tasted cookies, mousse (is the plural mousses? It's clearly not mice), tarts, hot drinks and sauce. And then I judged a new chocolate competition before judging I'd eaten enough chocolate and should lay off the stuff for a while...

This Week I Ate: Ape and Bird and a Squashed Pain Au Chocolat

William Sitwell | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
William Sitwell

I then remembered that the girl who served me had asked if I wanted my coffee and pastry to take away. So as she kindly poured the coffee into a cardboard cup, perhaps she also, in her mind considerately, grabbed a small child that she had hidden behind the counter and pressed its bottom onto the pain au chocolat.

Easy Cadbury Creme Egg Chocolate Flapjack Recipe

Holly Bell | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Bell

If I see one more creme egg brownie picture in my facebook feed I'll scream. It's time to break out, try something new. I know they're good, I know. But a change is as good as a rest. And these babies are a little less guilt inducing. They've got oats in them for goodness sake. Slow release carbs combined with an Eastery sugar fix.

Recipe of the Week: Rigatoni With Zucchini and Pesto

Theo Randall | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

I love this dish because it is so easy and very tasty. The great thing about using a pasta shape like Rigatoni is that it will hold the sauce well and has a lovely chewiness when cooked properly. You can make this dish in the same time as takes to cook the pasta so it really is delicious health fast food...

Women - Beer Is a Libation for You to Drink and Brew Too

Jane Peyton | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Peyton

To celebrate International Women's Day 8 March, let's raise a glass of something that our female ancestors invented. Yes - women were the first brewers of beer.

How to Get Your Kids into Cooking

Fiona Hamilton-Fairley | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hamilton-Fairley

In my work with young children I'm often asked what you can do to keep kids interested and make cooking fun for them, the good news is it is possible! Therefore I thought it would only be right to share some tips with parents on how to get your kids into cooking and enjoying good fresh delicious food .

Recipe of the Week: Minestrone With Cannellini Beans

Theo Randall | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is the best soup to warm you up. Its healthy, filling, vegetarian and very easy to prepare. The swiss chard adds an earthy sweetness to the soup and you can use the cooking water as stock. If you puree half of the soup you get a lovely creamy minestrone that has great texture and flavour.

Recipe of the Week: Pappardelle with Clams, Prawns and Swordfish

Theo Randall | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

I have had a similar dish to this in a fantastic restaurant in Puglia, southern Italy. The town is Ostuni and the restaurant is called Aqua Sale. They used a pasta called pacceri which is a large tube pasta that flattens when it is cooked and therefore traps all the sauce.

Recipe of the Week: Gnocchi With Spinach, Ricotta, Parmesan and Sage Butter

Theo Randall | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is such a simple recipe but is also very impressive. The trick to a good gnocchi is to make sure they are as light as possible and they do not break up. Make sure the gnocchi have sage butter on top as this will make them really delicious. Have a good week!

Recipe of the Week: Fusilli With Broccoli, Chilli, Anchovies and Garlic

Theo Randall | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Fusilli is a brilliant pasta to use because the little spirals get clogged up with the sauce so every mouthful tastes delicious.

Winter Warmers, Super Soups

Linda Duffin | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

It's dreary weather but the perfect day to be making soup. I'd eat these as a meal in themselves but they work as starters too.

Ham Hock and Mushroom Deep Dish Pizza With a Honey Mustard Drizzle

Sam Stern | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Stern

This pizza is big, packed full of toppings and incredibly delicious. It makes a fabulous meal to share and is equally tasty cold. It requires surprisingly little effort and is a great thing to cook on a lazy weekend.

Recipes: Five Wonderfully Warming Winter Cocktails

Andrew Matthews | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Based on my work as a mixologist, I've put together five of my favourite winter cocktails for you to quaff and add some bloom to your collective jowls. So take note, because the best time to enjoy these drinks is right now, in this weather.

Recipe of the Week: Porcini Mushrooms in Pancetta on Sourdough Bread

Theo Randall | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

Porcini are the most delicious mushrooms and with the addition of pancetta they taste amazing. They can be hard to get hold of so you could use portobello mushrooms instead but they won't be as tasty.

Recipe of the Week: Fennel, Artichoke and Puntarelle Salad With Anchovy Sauce

Theo Randall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Theo Randall

This is a really simple recipe that has amazing flavour and texture. The addition of the anchovy sauce makes all the difference. Make sure you use a mandolin to slice the vegetables so you get a consistent thickness. This salad is delicious on its own or could be served with a whole roast fish as an accompaniment.

Californian Ultra Foraging Adventure

Colin McQuistan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Colin McQuistan

In California they love their diets and one of the most popular is the ultra foraging diet where you can only eat what you find. So this got me thinking "I wonder if I can forage around my home-style chef friend's garden and the local neighborhood and come up with something ultra amazing,

If Only it Was Handed to Me on a Plate

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

When did civilisation come to believe that plates were just so passé? How have restaurateurs not realised that despite great 'props' to make their meals more hipster and instagramable, they don't actually make the food better, just more high maintenance.