Food

Stock up on claret before it goes east

By Richard ehrlich, February 28, 2013

When the Chinese wine market first started taking off in earnest a few years ago, there were reports of consumers who mixed classed-growth claret with Sprite or Coca Cola. I’ve never been able to verify just how widespread that practice was, but things have moved on since then – thank goodness.

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Basil and garlic macaroni cheese

By Tom Aiken's , February 28, 2013

Very few things can compete with macaroni cheese for warming, homely comfort food and it’s perfect for cold winter nights. I infuse the milk for my cheese sauce with bay and thyme in this simple recipe. It gives the dish a wonderfully herby aroma, and is a delicious twist on a family favourite.

Serves 4

Ingredients
250g macaroni
600ml milk
2 bay leaves
6g thyme
45g butter

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Top baker with a new role

By Victoria Prever, February 28, 2013

At a time when many are wondering where their next crumb is coming from, you could be forgiven for wondering about the business sense — or indeed the sanity — of someone behind another new restaurant.

But the track record of Ran Avidan, co-founder of luxury bakery Gail’s, shows him to be not only in full possession of his marbles, but very much in touch with London’s foodies.

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Purim should be shaken and stirred

By Richard Ehrlich, February 21, 2013

When I was young, Purim engendered a modest amount of excitement at the thought of eating hamantaschen. But hamantaschen were as nothing compared with the kreplach soup we had for lunch. The dish marked the beginning of my lifelong love affair with dumplings.

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All you need to know about hamantaschen

By Denise Phillips, February 14, 2013

With Purim approaching, our thoughts turn to colourful costumes, cocktails and baskets of edible goodies.

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How to eat well: foods that fail the pregnancy test

By Ian Marber, February 13, 2013

Pregnancy is often a time when more attention is paid to the nutritional content of a diet as opposed to its calories.

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A wine-maker's tale (tears included)

By Victoria Prever, February 8, 2013

Wine can lead men to ruin. It led Jeff Morgan to religion.

Morgan makes what Robert Parker — one of the world’s most the most respected and well-know wine critics — has described as “the best kosher wine in the US”. His wines are served in world-famous restaurants, such as The French Laundry, Spago and Chicago’s Trump Tower.

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‘The greatest kosher wine i’ve ever tasted’

By Richard Ehrlich, February 7, 2013

Jeff Morgan is responsible for Covenant Cabernet Sauvignon, widely regarded as the greatest kosher wine made in the United States – and sometimes the world. It is certainly the greatest kosher wine I have ever tasted. So he seemed an ideal person to answer questions about kosher wine-making.

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A wine-maker’s tale (tears included)

By Victoria Prever, February 7, 2013

Wine can lead men to ruin. It led Jeff Morgan to religion.

Morgan makes what Robert Parker — one of the world’s most the most respected and well-know wine critics — has described as “the best kosher wine in the US”. His wines are served in world-famous restaurants, such as The French Laundry, Spago and Chicago’s Trump Tower.

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Honey, it’s cold outside. Fill your glass

By Richard Ehrlich, January 31, 2013

I’ve just come in from half an hour down the high street, and the soles of my feet feel like ice-cube trays. My fingers are still stiff. I’ve just had the last of the mushroom barley soup and still I feel like walking permafrost. The thought of a warming drink with supper (it’s always braised meat at the moment) is almost enough to make me stop shivering.

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