Food

Here's how to give your baking a makeover

By Victoria Prever, October 25, 2012

STYLE: Who better to accompany you into the kitchen to whip up a batch of scones than the National Trust? It’s like having your grandma patting you encouragingly on the back. The cover is as beautiful as a National Trust garden.

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The way to beat pinot grigio fatigue

By Richard Ehrlich, October 25, 2012

We don’t hear about chardonnay as much as we used to. Good. In the 1980s, chardonnay was nearly synonymous with white wine. In restaurants and bars customers would ask for “a glass of chardonnay” as if it were a single product, like Coca Cola or Heineken.

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Our Euro Kosher Meat Mission

By Lara Platman, October 25, 2012

Eight years ago, my parents, Frances and Bernard Platman, left their antique maps and lithographs stall on the Portobello Road for a gap year. “A good friend of Bernard’s passed away, which inspired us to take up the offer from a fellow market trader of a stay in his farm house in Carcassonne,” says Frances.

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Learning the art of French Cuisine at London's Cordon Bleu Institute

By Amy Goodwin, October 18, 2012

Review of Cordon Bleu one-day taster.

Expectation: The pre-course blurb lists a dazzling array of skills, including French chopping techniques, dry fish curing and sugar syrup preparation.

On Offer: Behind a period stucco facade, the ultra-modern Le Cordon Bleu School offers a one-day taster course for both beginners and experienced cooks.

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‘Like a book club — only with cake’

By Victoria Prever, October 18, 2012

Baking is sexy.

Cake-, bread- and biscuit-making is no longer bubbe’s domain. A series of whisk-wielding lovelies, headed up by Nigella Lawson and ex-model Lorraine Pasquale, have given it some serious glamour.

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Beating the French at their own game

By Richard Ehrlich, October 11, 2012

Are you sitting down? Good. Then you will not faint in horror when I tell you about someone who owned a house in south-western France and who took with her, every time she drove to stay there, cases of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

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Hate olives? Here's the cure

By Anthea Gerrie, October 11, 2012

Olives are the marmite of fruit. There is no middle ground — either you love them or you hate them.

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How to eat well: Is fasting the key to a longer life?

By Ian Marber, October 11, 2012

Trends in nutrition and dieting come and go as quickly as those in fashion, and thanks to tweets and messages I receive online, I can get a clear idea of what people are talking about, and what’s coming soon in the world of nutrition (Twitter affords me the equivalent of a front-row seat at a Burberry show).

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Uncorking a wine revolution

By Stewart Price, October 4, 2012

In the past year, the number of kosher wine merchants in north London has almost doubled. Previously, the choice of kosher wine was limited to that sold in supermarkets and delicatessens or from the three existing stores — Sussers in Temple Fortune and The Grapevine’s two branches in Hendon and Stamford Hill.

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How to eat well: Beware brand extension

By Ian Marber, September 27, 2012

In the age of the savvy consumer, brands offer a shorthand way of knowing what you are buying. Familiarity allows us to make a quick decision to purchase based on what we understand about the brand’s values, such as quality, consistency, provenance or history.

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