Reining it in with a Caponata


When cooking a piece of meat or fish, it’s second nature to reach for the potatoes as an accompaniment. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes as much as the next person. But seeing as I’m reining it in, I thought it was a good time to share one of my favourite potato-substitutions: a caponata.… 

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Reining It In with Aubergine


My brother is on the ‘High Fat Diet’. He says it’s working. But I’m sure that being a professional sportsman has something to do with it. Sure, you can smash through Hollondaise sauce if your day is packed with sit-ups and squats and shuffles . But can you really get away with it if your day is spent in front of a computer? I don’t really want to find out…… 

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Seasonal Eating: Aubergine Pate

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It must be funny living in a country without seasons. Take somewhere like Los Angeles. The thermometer hovers round 28°C in August, and plummets to a still-pretty-balmy 19°C in December. When Londoner’s bodies are begin to shut down mid-January with just eight hours of sunlight, those pesky Californians are basking in a full ten hours of not just sunlight, but actual sunshine. No wonder they look so good.… 

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Ottolenghi’s Roasted Butternut Squash with Burnt Aubergine and Pomegranate Molasses


1 large butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp green, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
1 tbsp black sesame seeds
(1 tsp nigella seeds)
10g sliced almonds
basil leaves, to serve
sea salt, freshly ground black pepper… 

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