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Make Your Garden A Healthy Outlet For Stress

What do you know about organic gardening? Do you have some gardening techniques? If you do, do you wish to improve upon them? Is what you’re using working with your organic garden or against it? If you cannot answer these questions confidently, look at the tips below to help grow a better organic garden. The […]


Pork skewers and Vietnamese chicken: Genevieve Taylor’s barbecue recipes

The most important technique to master is an understanding of how to set up different heat zones on your barbecue. For indirect cooking, put lit charcoal on one half of the barbecue and leave the other half empty. This allows you to cook on three zones: directly (over the fire), indirectly (off the fire), and […]


Liam Charles’ recipe for rhubarb, apple and almond turnovers

These pockets of goodness are seasonal, tasty and relatively simple to make. The flaky pastry will make people think you’ve spent hours upon hours creating the turnovers filled with tart rhubarb and apple. Nope, not you. You’re smart. Enjoy with a bit of double cream on the side, or maybe even some custard – up […]


Notes on chocolate: spring eggs to make you sing like a thrush

Just as Christ was shaking off his shroud to rise from the dead (remember I am Catholic, I can make these jokes; you can’t), I tested some Chocolate Detective ‘mini’ eggs. They came too late for my Easter roundup. But that’s OK because, despite being eggs, they are really a celebration of spring. Chantal Coady, […]


I fled Syria with just £12 … now I have my own restaurant in Soho

When Imad Alarnab, a Syrian chef, arrived in the UK as a refugee five years ago, he could barely afford to eat. Meals were regularly skipped and a Snickers bar could be eked out over a whole day to help him survive. On Monday, the 43-year-old father of three will be celebrating lockdown rules easing […]


Nigel Slater’s recipes for a spring vegetable tart, and ricotta stracciatella dessert

I bring radishes home, two bunches at a time, snowy tipped and bushy leaved, and plunge them, leaves and all, into deep, icy water. It feels like the start of something. And so it is, with those late-spring, early-summer trips to the greengrocer, coming home with peas and broad beans – tiny, like doll’s house […]


My secret ingredient: Sichuan chilli bean paste

Sichuan chilli bean paste is one of the most important and distinctive ingredients of Sichuanese cookery. It’s often called Pixian chilli bean paste because it’s made in Pixian, just outside the capital Chengdu. Usually it’s made with broad beans – not soya beans – and a particular variety of local chillies called er jing tiao. […]


Welcome to May’s Observer Food Monthly

It seems like forever since someone handed me a menu. (And when they do, the urge to hug them will be irresistible.) I cannot wait to fill that big restaurant-sized hole in my life. Those places that have survived are still wondering what the future holds for them and with tomorrow’s full opening of indoor […]