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French Onion Soup with Garlic Butter Croutons

Unapologetically rich, boozy and indulgent, French Onion Soup asks nothing of you but time, but gives back a thousandfold in flavor, warmth and comfort. It may become your new winter BFF. (2018 update: We're busy this weekend working with Beacon Farmers Market's...

Arepas with Pulled BBQ Chicken, Cheddar, Pickled Onions and Avocado

Crispy on the outside, pillowy and creamy in the middle, Arepas make the best sandwich ever, with easy BBQ Chicken, shredded Cheddar cheese, pickled Red Onions and Avocado.

Roll in the Hay: A Valentine’s Day Cocktail with Vodka, Grapefruit, Thyme and Rosé Champagne

In need of a little pizzazz to brighten your February? Why not celebrate with our Valentine's Day cocktail, Roll in the Hay: a sophisticated combination of vodka, fresh grapefruit and thyme, topped with dry Rosé Champagne. It's a combination you'll fall in love with....
Home to roost

Home to roost

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When I was a teenager living in Wateringbury, Kent, we kept chickens. We had a moderate garden behind the house, which I was proud to have helped to plan and build (I designed the curved patio area – to this date probably my only piece of landscaping), and my mum and stepdad set up a chicken house alongside it. At any one time, we had up to six chickens – I’m fairly sure we lost several along the way to foxes and dropsy, but I remember we had them for a good few years. They had free run of the garden and, if the bottom part of the kitchen door was left open, they’d wander in and investigate the house. I don’t remember having any real responsibility for them, other than a bit of cleaning and feeding; the clearest memory I have is of chasing them down as they ran, single-file, out of the garden gate and down Pizien Well Road. I don’t know where they thought they were going.

A few tips n’ tricks

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These are a few things that I’ve found to be game-changers. Simple things that make cooking better, easier and tastier.

1. Never use iodized table salt. It’s yucky and tastes like chemicals. Use kosher salt for cooking and sea salt for finishing. My very favorite salt of all time is Maldon Sea Salt. It has a wonderful briny, not-too-salty flavor and a great crunch.

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