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An A to Z guide of the delicatessen

The deli is a foodie’s paradise, filled with mouthwatering produce from around the globe. Follow our A to Z guide of all the gourmet foods and wine you can buy there They’re packed with the freshest, most vibrant ingredients. The aromas that emanate from them alone are enough to leave you salivating – we can, of course, only be talking about the vast number of delicatessens that have been popping up on high ...

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James Martin – interview: Cream of the crop

Popular chef, James Martin, continues to attract nearly three million viewers to his flagship BBC cooking programme, Saturday Kitchen. With his work ethic and determination, the ambitious Yorkshire lad cooked his way to the top, but how did he become such a recipe for success? There is something reassuring about Saturday Kitchen – whether it is the delicious food being made in front of your eyes that sets y ...

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Five tasty facts about James Martin

Tuck into a few bite-sized morsels of foodie trivia. We dish up some tasty facts about James Martin He got through to the semi-final of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing back in 2006 and lost 3½st in four weeks during the process! James still holds the world record for carrot chopping, in which he peeled and cut up 22 (515g) whole carrots in just one minute. The TV chef once dated film producer, Barbara Broccoli ...

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At Home Christmas 2012

There’s no other day of the year quite like Christmas – especially when it comes to a big family extravaganza with food and alcohol taking centre stage. And while we might not all be cooks, let’s face it, we’re definitely all eaters. This is the occasion to go all out, to try new recipes in advance, to have fun with your cooking and to find your inner Nigella! If you’re stuck for ideas or looking for a turk ...

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Festive kitchen novelties

We love... GETTING FESTIVE. The tree's gone up and the ornaments are out; why not continue the Christmas theme in the room that makes it all happen - the kitchen! Crank up the Crimbo spirit with this collection of kitchen novelties. [gallery link="file" columns="5" orderby="rand"] Buy them here: Yes Deer mug: http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/shop/yes-deer-mug ...

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Christmas dinner is a disaster, help!

When you’re hosting on the big Day, you need to keep your cool if a culinary catastrophe happens… The classic scenario of a terrifyingly large, frozen turkey being ‘defrosted’ in the bath might be a scene worthy of a sitcom, but it’s a real life nightmare that’s happened many a time, too. Cooking a successful Christmas dinner can easily be done without committing murder, but it does take planning and carefu ...

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How to become a master chef

Follow our 10 culinary cues and you’ll be cooking up a storm for all the family this Christmas. 1. Invest in your toolsFlimsy knives, worn utensils and unnecessary gadgets do not make for professional kitchen tools. Buy some quality knives (and blade sharpeners) and heavy duty cooking pots, such as Le Creuset cast iron casserole pots. They may set you back a little in terms of cost, but the longevity and qu ...

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What’s new on the food trend menu?

The UK is riding a wave of exciting culinary delights, and the nation is hungry for more. Britain is fast becoming a nation of foodies: from the burgeoning pack of food bloggers to the rise of food markets, exotic restaurants with increasingly long waiting lists, online specialty shops and dedicated TV channels, the fascination with food is greater than ever before. So, with the constant smell of something ...

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From the chefs’ mouths: their guilty food pleasures

Ten celebrity chefs reveal their foodie favourites, guilty pleasures and regular restaurant haunts. James Martin Earliest food memory‘My gran, who’s now passed away, used to have an old enamelled gas grill, you know, one with the little red knobs on it. She used to make a bacon sandwich with bacon from Scott’s Butchers in York, which has shut down now, and bread from M&S. It was just the best bacon sand ...

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James Martin’s Top Restaurants: Purnell’s Birmingham

Where does a top chef go to eat out? Our guest editor, James Martin, reveals the eateries that he can’t get enough of. Today: Purnell’s Birmingham Purnell’s Birmingham Location: 55 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 2DH Phone: 0121 212 9799 Website:  www.purnellsrestaurant.com This fine establishment was set up by Glynn Purnell in 2007. The chef’s reputation for bold and innovative cooking has earned him a ...

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James Martin’s Top Restaurants: The Hand & Flowers, Marlow

Where does a top chef go to eat out? Our guest editor, James Martin, reveals the eateries that he can’t get enough of. Today: The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. The Hand & Flowers Marlow, Buckinghamshire Location: 126 West Street, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 2BP Phone: 01628 482277 Website:  www.thehandandflowers.co.uk Opened in March 2005 by Tom and Beth Kerridge, The Han ...

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James Martin’s Top Restaurants: The Kitchin Edinburgh

Where does a top chef go to eat out? Our guest editor, James Martin, reveals the eateries that he can’t get enough of. The Kitchin Edinburgh Location: 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX Phone: 0131 555 1755 Website:  www.thekitchin.com Located on Edinburgh’s stylish waterfront, The Kitchin showcases the culinary passions of husband and wife team, Tom and Michaela Kitchin. The restaurant opene ...

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Table Talk: The Landau

Want to try something new? We’ve tested out what these top restaurants have to offer. The Landau Cuisine: French Location: 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA Phone: 020 7965 0165 Website: www.thelandau.com An atmospherically-lit hallway – the wine corridor – welcomes guests, while at the same time showcasing the calibre of wine hand-selected by connoisseur and sommelier, Zack Saghir. The resta ...

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Cocktail o’clock: B52

A stunning, colourful shot guaranteed to wow your guests – it not only tastes divine but looks effortlessly cool, too. Serves 1 You will need: ● 10ml Tia Maria ● 10ml Baileys ● 10ml Grand Marnier To get the layered effect, pour each spirit slowly and carefully (in the order of the ingredients above) over the back of a teaspoon straight into a shot glass. This article was first published in at home with Jame ...

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James Martin’s Top Restaurants: The Cinnamon Club London

Where does a top chef go to eat out? Our guest editor, James Martin, reveals the eateries that he can’t get enough of. The Cinnamon Club London Location: 30-32 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BU Phone: 020 7222 2555 Website:  www.cinnamonclub.com The Cinnamon Club is set in the historic Grade II listed building that formerly housed Westminster Library. The restaurant opened its doors 10 years ago, wit ...

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Cocktail o’clock: Margarita

Forget tequila as a shot you gulp down double quick with your mates. Instead, serve your guests a tequila cocktail that’s worth lingering over. Serves 1 You will need: ● 35ml tequila ● 15ml Cointreau ● 25ml lime juice, freshly squeezed plus 1 slice to garnish before serving● 12.5ml sugar-cane syrup ● Ice cubes Moisten the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with lemon or lime juice and dip the rim in a plate of ...

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James Martin’s Top Restaurants: The Seafood Restaurant Padstow, Cornwall

Where does a top chef go to eat out? Our guest editor, James Martin, reveals the eateries that he can’t get enough of. The Seafood Restaurant Padstow, Cornwall Location: Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8BY Phone: 01841 532700 Website:  www.rickstein.com/the-seafood-restaurant.html At the helm of Rick Stein’s culinary empire in Padstow is The Seafood Restaurant. Far from the pretentious gastronomic te ...

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James Martin’s Top Restaurants: Restaurant Sat Bains Nottingham

Where does a top chef go to eat out? Our guest editor, James Martin, reveals the eateries that he can’t get enough of. Restaurant Sat Bains Nottingham Location: Lenton Lane, Nottingham NG7 2SA Phone: 0115 986 6566 Website:  www.restaurantsatbains.com With a focus on the quality and traceability of its produce, multi-award winning Restaurant Sat Bains promises menus that take you on a journey of taste, ...

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Raspberry Pavlova

Pavlovas always make an impressive dessert, yet they’re surprisingly easy to make. The sharpness of the berries contrasts temptingly with the sweetness of the meringue. Serves: 4 You will need:For the meringue:● 6 medium egg whites● 300g caster sugar● 1tsp cornflour● 1tsp white wine vinegar For the filling:● 250ml double cream● 150g melted white chocolate● 1kg fresh raspberries, or a selection of mixed berr ...

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Blackened tuna with apricot jam and spiced chilli salad

This is a novel and exciting way to savour a strong and meaty fish too often dismissed as a sandwich filler. Serves: 4 You will need:For the tuna:● 4 x 200g fresh tuna steaks● 110g apricot jam● 1tbsp soy sauce ● 1tsp coriander seeds, lightly crushed● 1tsp cumin seeds, lightly crushed● Salt and freshly ground pepper For the salad:● 400g mixed Chinese leaves, roughly chopped● 75g mooli, finely sliced● 200g Fr ...

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