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 Harak Osbao (lentils and pasta with tamarind, sumac and pomegranate)


Harak Osbao (lentils and pasta with tamarind, sumac and pomegranate): This is one of Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's contributions to Cook for Syria a brilliant fund-raising book of middle-eastern inspired recipes from top food writers which was conceived and curated by instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy*.

Feb 11 Read more

 Mampuku, Bordeaux


Mampuku, Bordeaux: My heart usually sinks when I’m recommended an Asian-fusion restaurant in France. It generally means a mishmash of dishes devised by a chef who’s never set foot on the continent.

Dec 15 Read more

Top food pairings with Barbera

Top pairings

Top food pairings with Barbera: Barbera is a versatile red that will happily partner pretty well any meaty dish you throw at it. It is more robust and typically drunk younger than its Piedmontese counterparts Barolo and Barbaresco.

Feb 21 Read more

Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 2015

Drink discoveries

Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 2015: As I pointed out in my Guardian column this week Australian wines are fetching some pretty steep prices but to drink a Hunter Valley semillon of this quality it’s absolutely worth it.

Feb 18 Read more

4 New Orleans cocktails for Mardi Gras

Spirits & cocktails

4 New Orleans cocktails for Mardi Gras: If you want to celebrate Mardi Gras in style you can do no better than go for one of the classic New Orleans cocktails which, according to my learned friend Jared Brown of Mixellany, are the Ramos Gin Fizz, Hurricane, Vieux Carré and the Obituary.

Feb 15 Read more

6 of the best drinks to pair with tacos

Beer & cider

6 of the best drinks to pair with tacos: It’s a little ironic that just as Trump is planning a wall to keep the Mexicans OUT we cant get enough of Mexican food at the moment. Especially tacos.

Feb 16 Read more



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