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Nigel Slater's classic hot chocolate recipe

Hot chocolate, the sort you get in Demel in Vienna, is little more than grated chocolate, sugar and milk, and yet, even served in tiny cups, it manages to warm and nourish in a way no cup of tea or coffee could ever dream of.

Britain's DIY food producers

Depressing though it is, the recession has brought some unexpected benefits for Britain's food lovers.  With commercial property prices dropping, independent restaurateurs and producers find they can now afford premises, and young cooks have been trying themselves out in projects with low entry costs – pop-ups and street food, for example – but some are exploring a new direction. There has been a noticeable movement of food lovers researching complicated processes, building their own equipment and even developing businesses fuelled by little more than enthusiasm and ingenuity.

Nigel Slater's classic treacle tart

Treacle tart appears to be something of a misnomer until you realise that the word treacle refers to all forms of syrups made during sugar refining, from golden syrup through to black molasses.

How to make perfect chicken soup

The problem with all the diets that are plugged at this time of year – drop a dress size by Valentine's Day! Real secrets of Cheryl Cole's blood type diet! – is that they all, without exception, involve salad.