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Cookbook Confidential

Weekend Recipe: Black bean chilli-filled baby pumpkins with coconut rice from Mildreds

A filling and flavourful main course packed full of bright colours to cheer up your autumn table. You can make the chilli in advance to cut down on the labour involved here, while if you can’t find baby pumpkins you could always use the round bottom part of a butternut squash. V GF SERVES 8 […]

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Halloween treat: Lima’s Cuento del Diablo cocktail

Serves 1 25ml pisco Quebranta infused with chillies (see Virgilio’s Tip) 35ml Triple Sec 20ml ready-made strawberry purée 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice 10ml grenadine syrup 3–4 ice cubes, for chilling the glass 2 small red chillies, to garnish 1. Add all the ingredients except the ice cubes to a shaker glass or Boston cocktail […]

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Top 5: Olia Hercules’ top tips for Instagram

1. Find your ‘USP’. What makes you go crazily enthusiastic? What makes you different? For me its always been my ancestry, heritage, history.                 2. Find a fun way to take food photos. I love my converse and my brogues and my love must come through as those […]

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Top 5: Kay Plunkett-Hogge’s Top Tipples

The Martini Really — why wouldn’t you? The Negroni Slow-sipping stunner of a drink The Margarita Good times in a glass The Old Fashioned Classic, grown-up and simply delicious The Tom Collins Long, tall, cool and sharp: need I say more? Recipes and more featured in Make Mine a Martini by Kay Plunkett-Hogge available here.

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Weekend Recipe: Richard H. Turner’s Sticky Toffee Pork

I enjoyed a dish called sticky toffee pork in Hong Kong, but unfortunately I couldn’t discern the ingredients and my Cantonese is non-existent. Having played around with a similar preparation and using some classic sticky toffee ingredients, I came up with this – it’s not identical to what I had but very much alike and tasty nonetheless. 20g Maldon sea […]

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Top 5: Dan Doherty’s Top 5 Ingredients for Autumn

We asked Duck & Waffle’s Executive Chef, Dan Doherty, for his top five ingredients for Autumn. Jerusalem artichokes Roasted with garlic and thyme, the nutty, earthy flavour gets me every time. Guinea fowl Pot roasted with pancetta and lots of onions, it’s the perfect autumnal dish Wild mushrooms This is when there is an abundance of […]

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Behind the Scenes: Sirocco Cover Reveal

This week we revealed the cover for Sirocco: Fabulous Flavours from the East, the new cookbook from award-winning Sabrina Ghayour. (more…)

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Weekend Recipe: Gizzi Erskine’s Black Velvet Cake

  SERVES 10–12 Preparation Time 20 minutes, plus chilling Cooking Time 50 minutes Ingredients 250g unsalted butter, chopped into cubes, plus extra for greasing 250ml chocolate stout or Guinness 100g plain chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces 35g cocoa powder 400g golden caster sugar 2 eggs 142g natural yogurt 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 275g plain flour 2½ teaspoons […]

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Recipe: Gizzi’s Harissa Prawns with Cauliflower Couscous & Roasted Vegetables

Gizzi Erskine shares a recipe from her brand new book Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite. Serves 2 Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus marinating Cooking time: 50 minutes (more…)

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Olia Hercules – Music to cook to…

In the run up to Cookbook Confidential, Mamushka author Olia Hercules shares her ‘Music to cook to’ playlist. See Olia in person on Saturday 5 September in London’s Southbank Centre. BOOK TICKETS https://open.spotify.com/user/octopusbooks/playlist/5p6kvX2pfQPJSx3scWNftm

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Recipe: Diana Henry ‘A Bird in the Hand’

Mustard chicken, black beans and avocado salsa Hot, spicy chicken, avocado, black beans and cheese too… almost a chicken version of a great chilli.  Different, but glorious. Serve with tortillas, soured cream and feta, Wensleydale or mild goat’s cheese. (more…)

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