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Steak night by Dan Doherty

Pan-fried steak SERVES 8 Preparation time none Cooking time see method, plus 10–30 minutes resting 1kg (2lb 4oz) bone-in rib eye steak 1kg (2lb 4oz) bone-in sirloin steak vegetable oil knob of butter sprig of rosemary handful of garlic cloves, bashed sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper Allow the steaks to come up […]

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Oxtail Cottage Pie

Quite simply, the tastiest, most indulgent cottage pie you will ever eat. Rain is pounding the windows, and a gale is blowing outside. The dog walk can wait while you focus on filling your home with fabulous cooking aromas. The marinated oxtail is ever-so gently braised in the oven so that it falls from the bone, and creamy Duchess potatoes add a layer of extravagance.

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BREAKFAST SHAKSHUKA

This is my go-to recipe for a lazy Sunday morning. It’s got everything you could want in a breakfast. I love spicy lamb merguez sausages, but if you can’t find them, replace them with uncured chorizo sausages. By the time this is ready, the aromas wafting through the house will be making everyone ravenous. Bring […]

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OLD FASHIONED

It should come as no surprise that Ian Fleming and James Bond were devotees of this classic cocktail. In its simplicity, it is a drink in which the choice of ingredients is paramount. In Live and Let Die, Bond is careful to specify his choice of whiskey: Old Grand-Dad, a traditional bourbon with a high […]

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Peach Melba with Raspberry Compote & Lemon Shortbread Shards

The esteemed French chef Auguste Escoffier claimed to have invented the Peach Melba in the early 1890s at the Savoy Hotel in London, in honour of the Australian soprano Nellie Melba, who was a guest at the hotel while performing at Covent Garden. Conjuring up images of Abigail’s Party, it’s as cute and kitsch as […]

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Prawn & Coconut Soup

Serves 2 351 calories 16.3g saturated fat 1 tbsp vegetable or groundnut oil 1 hot red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 garlic clove, chopped a small knob of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated ½ lemon grass stalk, finely chopped ½ x 400ml (14fl oz) can coconut milk 800ml (1 1/3 pints) ready-made fish stock […]

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Top Five Hot Chocolates

As the weather begins to turn, it’s time to rekindle your love for hot chocolate. We’ve put together our list of the top five spots in London for when you need to escape from the cold. Choccywoccydoodah No trip to Choccywoccydoodah is complete without a mug of their famous hot chocolate. Pure molten Belgian chocolate […]

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Handpicked: Coffee Shop Tour

To celebrate International Coffee Day next Friday, we’ve rounded up our top five coffee spots in London. Espresso yourself in a different one everyday next week and let us know what you think and drink on Twitter @octopus_books. Start your Monday in Allpress Espresso Bar on Redchurch Street. In an area famous for pop ups […]

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Handpicked: Edith’s House

Tucked just off Crouch End high street, Edith’s House is the perfect spot to escape from the hustle and bustle of London. As you step through the door, you’re whisked back in time to a cosy living room filled with chintz armchairs, sepia-toned family portraits, floral wallpaper and mismatched crockery. You may be tempted to […]

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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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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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The aliens are here: Introducing Something Coming Through

In February we’re thrilled to be publishing the latest novel from Paul McAuley, Something Coming Through. Paul has been with Gollancz for many years now, and has consistently produced some of the most exciting, awe-inspiring and frankly brilliant SF. His new book is all of those things, but also marks a bit of a new […]

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The Rivers of London Rap is here!

If you’re enjoying Ben’s new book, Foxglove Summer, or are just embarked on the Peter Grant series or are even just wondering what all the fuss is about we think you might enjoy this music video for The Rivers of London. It comes with lyrics and music by Ben “Doc Brown” Smith and Mikis Michaelides. […]

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Cityread London announces Rivers of London as its 2015 book

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz) has been chosen as the focus of Cityread London’s 2015 campaign. The title will be the centre of a month-long celebration of reading in the capital, starting on 30 March and running throughout April, which aims to engage London’s residents, workers and visitors with reading for pleasure, focused […]

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Joe Haldeman signing

World Fantasy Con 2013 in Brighton is almost upon us, and the great and the good of the genre are on their way to the UK. Which means signings! Lots and lots of signings. We’ll give you some more information about who’s where when in the next few days, but first I wanted to flag […]

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