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Cookbook Confidential

Robert Burns: Dave Broom’s favourite poem

Scotch Drink by Robert Burns (1785) Gie him strong drink until he wink, That’s sinking in despair; An’ liquor guid to fire his bluid, That’s prest wi’ grief and care: There let him bouse, an’ […]

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Weekend Recipe: Deep-fried Chocolate Bar with Malt Ice Cream and Oat Crunch

We gave this a go on Burns Night and it went crazy. Naturally it went on the menu, but after a few weeks we had to take it off again. Sounds strange, but we couldn’t keep up […]

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Top 5: Scotch Whiskies

Lagavulin 16 Years Old: A fantastic smoky single malt from the island of Islay, off the western coast of Scotland. It is the quintessential peated whisky with notes of rich toffee, bonfires and warming spiced […]

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Weekend recipe: Diana Henry’s roast pumpkin, labneh, walnut gremolata and pomegranates

One of my favourite dishes. Instead of pumpkin you can use carrots or beetroots (or a mixture of the two) and you can also replace the spinach leaves with watercress if you prefer. Serves 4 […]

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Dry January: Spiced Honey Lemon alcohol-free cocktail

SERVES 1 500ml (18fl oz) water 1 sliced lemon grass stalk 5 black peppercorns 2 cardamom pods 2 cloves slice of fresh root ginger 10ml (2 tsp) clear honey  GLASSWARE Teacup ICE None GARNISH Lemon […]

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Top 5: How to eat yourself to energy

Eat lots of good-quality protein Protein is required for the production of energy and keeps you going for longer than carbohydrate foods. It is beneficial to eat protein before exercise and it doesn’t cause the […]

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How To: Andrew Wong’s noodle-pulling step-by-step

Place your rested dough on a lightly oiled work surface. Gently pull the dough between your hands outwards to check its elasticity. If there is lots of resistance and the dough breaks easily, you have […]

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Weekend recipe: Salmon, Coriander, Mint, Walnut, Hummus

The inspiration for this came from a recipe I saw for a pasta salad with salmon and hummus. The combination really resonates, because of the Middle Eastern vibe with a sort of wacky Australian-hybrid approach. […]

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Top 5: Kay Plunkett-Hogge’s top five bars in the world

The Formosa (Los Angeles) My spiritual home… walking into the dimly lit room from the bright LA sunshine makes you blink, makes you a little giddy. Then your eyes adjust and you realise that you’ve […]

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Merry Christmas: Midnight Snack cocktail

This flip-style cocktail is the perfect wintertime drink. The whole egg creates a wonderfully creamy texture and the combination of bourbon, port, almond and coffee make this the ideal cocktail for sipping next to a […]

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Christmas treat: Classic Bourbon Mint Julep

Among the greatest bourbon-based cocktails is the Mint Julep, which originated in the Southern state of Virginia, probably as a direct result of the huge bourbon production in the area. The cocktail’s simplicity is the […]

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Weekend Recipe: Baked Alaska with Strawberry Juice

This is one of my all-time favourite desserts. It requires a bit of preparation, but once the elements are done, it’s relatively straightforward to make and have ready in the freezer for whenever you need […]

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