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How to eat: a cream tea

Scone Cream Tea

Is it jam or cream first? Clotted or whipped cream, strawberry or raspberry jam? Are fruit scones ever acceptable? And do we really need to eat it off vintage crockery?

Verdi, Royal Albert Hall

Verdi Italian Kitchen

The best concert that I ever saw was by ‘The Reverend’ Al Green. It wasn’t just his angel-like voice, or extensive back catalogue of soul classics, but the setting – three rows from the front, in the beautiful Royal Albert Hall – that made the experience somewhat akin to a musical epiphany.


Hello, Hooters!

I grew up in Tampa, FL, across the bay from the original Hooters. With Hooters landing on our shores, it makes London feel even more like home. Never mind I've only been to one - it's always been around me, and not because I have them, either. *

How to cook perfect beef stew

Ever since humanity first began to upgrade its culinary skills from cremating mammoth steaks over an open fire, slow-cooking has been a vital part of the thrifty cook's repertoire, transforming chewy, hard-working cuts of meat into melting, flavourful tenderness.

Turkish Delight

How to make the perfect Turkish delight

We all have fond memories of nabbing one from a box of Roses, but authentic, gummy lokum is labour-intensive. The question is: should you roll these sugary creations in icing or dip them in chocolate?

Food At Piquet

Pick Piquet

Not so long ago, I read this incredibly laudatory review by a famous restaurant critic of a new restaurant near…Tottenham Court Road? What a funny area for a smart new place.

Champagne Jean Scheijen

Champagne Cocktail, Darling?

While nothing beats it straight, sometimes you want to up the festive ante. Ergo, we bring you five cocktails made with Champagne, to ensure your coming days are particularly, um, sparkling.


How to make the perfect tzatziki

Full-fat yoghurt is at the heart of this classic Greek dip, but the additions are up for grabs: should you dice your cucumber or grate it? Is punchy dill or cooling mint the perfect garnish? And how much garlic is too much?


Chana Masala

How to make the perfect chana masala

Whether eaten as a snack, main meal or even for breakfast, this tangy chickpea curry is arguably the most popular vegetarian dish in India. But should you used dried pulses or tinned, add or omit fresh coriander – and can you really eat it with pasta and parmesan?