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The radiant rhubarb

The Radiant Rhubarb Illustrated by Lilly Louise Allen  As we stride into rhubarb season it's important to remind ourselves that this mineral and vitamin-packed colourful vegetable is not just for crumbles. Hot and sour rhubarb and crispy pork Ingredients 1kg higher-welfare pork belly, boned, rind removed, cut into 3-4cm cubes Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Groundnut...

Leek and 2 Cheese Pasty

Leek and 2 Cheese Pasty By Editor, Christian Warren Me and my little brother would make these with our Nan - often using leeks from Grandpa's allotment. Fresh from the oven wrapped in foil they would keep out pockets and hands warm until we were hungry. Nan would of course make...

Mumma’s Cakey Bars

Mumma's Cakey Bars By editorial assistant Chloe Gwinnett A lunch box staple, these were so popular that we would take spares to school which would then be divided into tiny morsels amongst our friends. The tray bake has the advantage of being a 'throw it all in the bowl bake' and...

Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie By Deputy Editor Amber Beard When I was growing up in Ireland in the seventies, there wasn't much choice in the way of food available in the shops and there were very few supermarkets, so classic dinners were what my mum prepared. Cheap to make and with the ever...

Gypsy Tart Reminiscences

Gypsy Tart Reminiscences With Chef Robert Thompson  Robert Thompson recalls the Gypsy Tart of his youth. A school dinner staple, he has reinvented it and elevated it to a pudding that we'd all be delighted to have on our New Year table with a few easy updates. Gypsy Tart is a tart...

Take One Turkey

Take One Turkey By Phil Gilbraith, Inns of Distinction The traditional Christmas Turkey can daunt the most assured of family cooks so following these useful tips for a slightly less stressful time in the kitchen. How many times have we sat down on Christmas day looking forward to a classic feast...

The Ultimate Turkey Sandwhich

What to do with that left over Turkey. Curry, chilli, maybe even a pie? Or how about this ultimate sandwich recipe from Phil Gilbraith, Inns of Distinction. In these eco friendly times recycling has become the norm, and rightly so, but we should remember we have all been recycling food...

Salmon Pate

Salmon Pate by Mark Horton, French Franks Quick, easy, fresh and luxurious. Pates are a regular feature around Christmas and French Franks, quick pate is also a great was to entertain at Christmas withith fresh canapes or create delicious light bites for a festive supper. It really is quick and easy as...

Cupcake decorating ideas from Gladys May Cakery

Christmas Cupcakes by Cara Lucas, Gladys May Cakery What you'll need: - Any flavour cupcakes (as long as they're delicious!) - A good dose of Christmas spirit Snowman decorations Water icing/fondant for snowy base (cut off the cupcake's tops first) Giant marshmallows for the body Mint chocolate or chocolate orange Matchmakers for arms Orange fondant shared into...

Viennese Mincemeat Tart

Viennese Mincemeat Tart By Andy Holloway, The Bistro Ventnor The tart was inspired by Andy's time working in Austria with a pastry chef called Alfred where it was a classic dish served in the restaurant at Christmas time. It is great served hot or cold with whipped cream but particularly good...