Smoked Bacon Carbonara with Parmesan Garlic Toasts


Sometimes you get an idea in your head and you run with it, no matter how strange it seems. On Sunday evening, walking home from work in the blazing sunshine, I suddenly wanted carbonara. Did I mention the sunshine? I should have bought a pack of burgers, settled down on the grass with a cheap… 

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How to Cook the Perfect Risotto


When I cook risotto, my favourite five minutes lie in the final stages before plating up. Swirling in a cool pat of butter. Grating in a large lump of parmesan cheese. Folding in each ingredient into the pan, one by one, until they melt and combine together to make a great, oozy risotto. Apart from… 

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Rosemary and Garlic Mushroom Vegan Soup


Mushroom soup isn’t exactly renowned for being an extraordinarily pretty thing. It’s usually grey, the type of grey that lines the skies just as you step out your flat in a great Spring outfit ensemble. Ominous, dark and depressing, grey isn’t a nice colour. But this soup is different. It is completely and utterly vegan,… 

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Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Review


Let’s get one thing clear; ALL of us can make a meal in well under 30 minutes. Boiling water, pasta, reheat sauce, place in bowl, done (as another chef quips). But Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, the foodie’s equivalent of a concept album, requires a little more creativity than that. And an extra arm. True the… 

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