How To Use Your Freezer to Prevent Food Waste


Food waste is a massive problem for our pockets and for the environment. This article will give you tips on how to make better use of your freezer, how to keep your food for longer, how to stop food waste and will help you save you money. Shiny Smeg or crusty old appliance-manufacturer-unknown, let's get lovin' that humble freezer! There is much speculation surrounding the … [Read more...]

Recipe: Prawns With Feta

Prawn & Feta

Tonia Buxton's recipe for prawns with feta is super quick and easy, and more importantly is basically the Mediterranean on a plate. Enjoy! Ingredients (serves 2) For the Sauce: • 1 small tin of peeled and chopped plum tomatoes • 1 small white onion, chopped • 1 tbsp of olive oil • 1 sprig of chopped fresh dill • ½ tsp tomato puree • 1 tbsp white … [Read more...]

Recipe: Scented Alphonso Mango Pavlova

Scented alphonso mango pavlova from Seasonal Baking by Fiona Cairns

To me, the appearance of Alphonso mangoes in the shops signals the arrival of the very earliest part of summer. During May in our house we devour this unrivalled fruit, with its creamy texture and heady perfume. They are simply delicious on their own (my husband believes there is no other way), but I’ve blended the Alphonso here with the flavours from one of my favourite … [Read more...]

Recipe: Lamb Kleftico

Lamb Kleftico

Lamb kleftico - literally meaning 'stolen lamb' - is a traditional Greek dish, dating from the time of the Turkish occupation. Tonia Buxton's recipe uses inexpensive but flavourful lamb shoulder, slow-cooked to melt-in-the-mouth perfection. Recipe (Serves two.) • x2 pieces of lamb shoulder with bone (300g per piece) • 2 bay leafs • 4g cinnamon • 100ml olive … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dill Pesto

Dill Pesto

I knocked up this dill pesto yesterday and had to share it. It's very possibly the tastiest pesto you'll ever try. And it uses up old dill, which is why it got invented. Ingredients: Bunch of dill 50ml olive oil Grated rind of half a lemon Tbsp of whole or half a tbsp of ground almonds (whole almonds with skins on give a nice rough note) Two anchovy fillets Dash of … [Read more...]

Recipe: Spanish Baked Eggs

Spanish Eggs

These Spanish baked eggs have become pretty much a weekly feature in my kitchen - they're delicious, healthy and cheap to make. I adapted this recipe over time from various other Spanish and Mexican dishes. It’s ideal either as a weekend brunch or weeknight dinner, and can be amended to use up whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Ingredients (serves two): 4 eggs 1 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Whisky Tablet

Tablet 2

A lovely Scottish take on fudge, with added spirit This whisky tablet recipe is perfect for serving with coffee, or after a meal. A lot of fudge and tablet recipes contain condensed milk; I like that this one uses normal milk instead. I find this slightly takes the edge off the intense sweetness, and is also more convenient as I always have milk in the house. Ingredients: 2 … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cranachan


A traditional Scottish dessert, perfect for a Burns Supper. Cranachan is a mixture of cream, raspberries, oats, honey and whisky. As long as you include all these things you will have something delicious - however you choose to mix them up! Quantities are dependent on taste and how many people you’re feeding. The first step is to toast the oats, either in a heavy-based pan or … [Read more...]

Cocktail Recipe: Broken Negroni

Broken Negroni Recipe

Campari is having quite a time of it at the moment, flaunting its herby, bitter-orange Italian swagger in pop-up bars all over the place. Over at Bookshelf Boyfriend, it has mostly been popping up in the form of a Negroni – which has the double benefit of being ridiculously delicious AND ridiculously quick and easy to make: equal parts Campari, gin, sweet vermouth, in a glass, … [Read more...]

Salted Peanut Rocky Road Recipe

Rocky Road

This adaption of the classic Rocky Road is perfect for whipping up at last minute - especially during this time of year when you’ve already got plenty of work on your hands (or are just too full up from all other festive indulgences to do any proper baking!). This is the ultimate treat for anyone who enjoys a hint of saltiness in their chocolate. Still embracing the standard … [Read more...]

How Propagate Your Own Rosemary

Grow Your Own Rosemary

Propagating rosemary is a really great way to get value for money out of shop-bought herbs. It’s also an excellent way to keep it fresh – no more forgotten bags of damp, brown rosemary at the back of your fridge. It will happily live in a glass of water like this for ages and ages. Take a stem of rosemary (or multiple stems, if you like) and pull off the leaves from about … [Read more...]

Zoe’s Hot Buttered Rum

Zoe's Hot Buttered Rum

This is a gorgeous recipe for a hot boozy drink to warm up a winter party. It makes a nice change from mulled wine or hot toddies, and manages to taste refreshing, fruity, rich - and like maple syrup all at the same time. Pretty special! You will need (makes 2 litres): 1 bottle of aged dark rum 3-4 teaspoons of butter Demerara sugar Maple syrup Mixed spice (or … [Read more...]

Recipe: Purple Coleslaw

Purple Coleslaw

A bright and fresh winter side dish, great for perking up leftover roast meat.   You could make this dish a bit creamier by substituting some of the yoghurt for crème fraîche, but this fresher yoghurt version cuts through the richness of leftover roast lamb or beef in a very pleasing way. The fennel really makes this, and if you’re a fan you could double the amount to a … [Read more...]

How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

Eteaket Tea Rooms Edinburgh

How to brew and serve a 'proper' cup of tea Choose a ceramic tea pot as metal ones don't hold the heat as well and can affect the taste. Run the tea pot under hot tap water before pouring in boiling water so it doesn't hit cold ceramic and cool quickly. Fill your kettle with fresh cool water, preferably filtered and bring to the boil. Add the tea leaves to the empty … [Read more...]

An Introduction to Wine


Wine is undoubtedly gorgeous and great at lifting the spirits, but knowing how and what to choose can be a minefield to the uninitiated. Different people take different approaches to choosing a wine: for some, grape variety is paramount; for others, region takes priority; many select by style, for example, a "light, fresh, fruity white", and others simply by price. Once you … [Read more...]

How to Enjoy Chocolate


Ok, you might think you're enjoying your chocolate already! But are you experiencing it so that it truly indulges every one of your senses? Sight – Your chocolate should be glossy, rich, uniform in colour and smooth. Sound – It should make a clean snap sound and have clean break. Smell - Inhale deeply and appreciate! Taste - Allow to melt on your tongue and fill the … [Read more...]

Health Benefits of Chocolate


Chocolate must be good for us. Time to use science as an excuse proof! (Note it must be good quality dark chocolate – unfortunately, you don't get same benefits if you scoff down a whole box champagne truffles.) Minerals: Iron, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, potassium, calcium. Chocolate even contains fluoride (so potentially it's good for your … [Read more...]

Which celebrity chef’s book to buy?

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You will no doubt be aware of the multitude of cookbooks making shelves in modern bookshops groan. Celebrity chefs are responsible for many of these titles; fundamental to today's viewing schedules - each has their own inevitable spin-off book. Every week we are bombarded with a new 'definitive' guide to cooking: a tome promising to change the way you cook and look at food. But … [Read more...]

Credit Crunching Cooking Advice and Recipes


By applying some common sense to your cooking choices and ingredient purchasing you can eat like a queen on even the smallest of budgets. Claire Palmer tells you how with some inspirational recipes. Tip 1- Store cupboard essentials Stick to store cupboard essentials and avoid pre-packaged foods. When you have returned home after a long day, and want to whip up a … [Read more...]

Chocolate Recipes


Indulge your taste buds with these scrumptious festive recipes with a chocolatey twist! Mole Turkey Here's a chocolate take on the leftover Christmas Turkey. Ingredients: 2 pounds cooked turkey, cut into small pieces (1-inch strips) 1 cup chicken broth 2 corn tortillas 2 tablespoons cayenne 2 tablespoons ground almonds 2 tablespoons raisins 1 ounce unsweetened … [Read more...]

Kitchen Gadgets

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We've all got one – a kitchen drawer stuffed full of gadgets, that is. The contents looked attractive enough in the shop: shiny, seemingly indispensable and apparently easy to use. The catch being, they take up space. Every time you reach for the can opener, the drawer refuses to open because that stainless steel egg slicer you got from Auntie Mags is lurking at the back and … [Read more...]

How to Taste Wine


There are ways to get the most out of the smell (nose/bouquet) and taste (palate) of wine, by agitating the liquid and mixing it with lots of air once it's poured. It's amazing how much more vivid the smells and tastes become. Smelling 1- Pour a small amount of wine (around 1-2 cms) into a wine glass – to the widest point, which should be less then half way up. 2- … [Read more...]

Wine: Tasting Guide to Different Grape Varieties


Grapes come in many varieties which are used in a number of ways to make different wines. Particular countries and regions have realised their suitability to growing certain grape varieties. Not all wines state which varieties they contain. While this shouldn't put you off (some of the best wines reveal only the name of the chateau where they are made), below is a guide to the … [Read more...]

Guide to Wine Regions

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Where grapes are grown makes an enormous difference to their flavour, as does how the wine is made. Grape varieties can be better suited, or develop certain flavours, in particular climates and soils. It is important to remember that, apart from with single vineyards, there is a huge range of wines within each of the categories below. OLD WORLD WINES France, Italy, … [Read more...]

How to Choose Wine

By Quinn Dombrowski

What did you drink the last time you went out for dinner? If "red" or "white" is the answer, then it's time to take charge of ordering the wine in a restaurant. The power of the internet has forced any serious restaurateur to develop a website reflecting the restaurant and more often than not, the wine list is available to download. By taking advantage of this you can browse … [Read more...]