Anna Jones’s recipe for home-made energy bars | The modern cook

For those of us who need a little snacking support between our three square meals a day, these chocolate chip bites, sesame and green olive bars and brownie energy bites offer a powerful pick-me-up without the sugar rush – and crash I am something of a snacker. I marvel at people who stop at three […]

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The 20 best one-pot recipes: part 1

Observer Food Monthly’s recipe selection, from Nigella Lawson’s roast chicken to Anna Jones’s magic veg spaghetti • Part 2 of this series launches tomorrow at 8am I am back to familiar territory with this: the smell of chicken roasting with lemon, rosemary and garlic has always seemed to me the essence of all that is […]

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Bad fad – Ruby Tandoh on how clean eating turned toxic

The backlash against a ‘wellness’ diet is in full swing – and leading chefs and writers associated with it are doing their best to ditch the term. It’s time we called it what it is ‘I think we have an obsession with diets. With fad diets.” This was Ella Mills, the food writer behind Deliciously […]

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Chefs’ Picks: Soups

Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast. Few remedies for killing that winter chill are as satisfying as spoonful after spoonful of piping-hot soup. Chefs across the country share their favorite spins on this versatile staple, including a vegan version, a beer-laced bowl and one wild-card pick […]

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Home-grown is best | Letters

What has been hit is the cost of indulging in imported, out-of-season crops with air miles (UK vegetable prices hit by rain in Spain, 21 January). On the allotment here, the leeks are still going strong while the purple sprouting is showing signs of a bumper crop that will continue to delight the palate well […]

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Vermouth is New Again

If you ever snuck a swig from that dusty bottle of vermouth in your grandfather’s liquor cabinet, you may have decided vermouth is not for you. But it’s time to give vermouth another taste. Not only is the herbaceous cocktail ingredient totally on-trend, but the low alcohol-by-volume (ABV) of vermouth makes it a low-calorie sipper […]

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Nigel Slater’s dried fig and marsala tart, and clementine and ginger butter recipes

Flip your baking over and make an impressive upside-down tart. Just be careful not to burn yourself… I like the idea of the upside-down tart, where the fruit is revealed, like a rabbit from a hat, from under its upturned baking tin. A classic tarte des demoiselles tatin perhaps, or maybe something of our own, […]

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Flora Shedden: simple twists on cranachan and shortbread for Burns Night 

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Lucy Worsley: the 20 best historic houses to visit

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Tandoor Chop House, London: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

There’s no sign of any flock wallpaper, but this concept-heavy clubby new Indian should concentrate on the food Tandoor Chop House, 8 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ (020 3096 0359). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £110 High up the wall at the Tandoor Chop House, just off London’s Strand, is a place where […]

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Three fine pinot noirs from Chile and Argentina | David Williams

World class, best value and decidedly elegant wines from a fickle grape variety Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir, Chile 2015 (£14.99, Noel Young Wines) It’s taken him a while. But Errázuriz winemaker Francisco Baettig may finally have cracked the code when it comes to making world-class pinot noir in a country, Chile, that has tended […]

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