Best meal of 2015: Ellory

Ellory exterior

I’ve come across some baffling menus recently. It throws up this recurring scene which plays in my mind. It begins with a one-arm bandit being wheeled into the kitchen one morning – a kind of gourmet fruit machine, which is put in charge of recipe development. The chefs gather round it, and pull the handle…… 

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Christmas gift guide

Top row, left to right – Petty knife, £100, Blenheim Forge – Karasuba-iro ramen bowl, £16, Sous Chef – The Marmalade Collection, £15, The Modern Pantry (1x lemon, ajowan & turmeric marmalade, 1x pink grapefruit, rose & pink peppercorn marmalade, 1x clementine, black cardamom & saffron marmalade)

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Royal Mint’s Christmas Pudding

I was lucky enough to be approached by The Royal Mint to help them develop a recipe for ‘Stir Up Sunday’ – the final Sunday before advent, when families traditionally make their Christmas pudding.


Chocolate semifreddo and coffee ice cream loaf

I don’t remember my first taste of coffee. I remember my first taste of tea – plastic mugs of weak PG Tips served at 4pm tea at school – part of what I now recognise to be a wartime rationing themed spread. Packet mashed potato was administered with potato scoops, and slices of spam were… 

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Balsamic fig and whipped goats cheese crostini

Scroll to the bottom for competition details to WIN a heritage set of Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer A few years ago I had a conversation with Omar Allibhoy which stuck with me. The Spanish chef and founder of Tapas Revolution was, unsurprisingly, talking tapas. Or the lack of. When he first came to Britain, he was taken aback… 

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