For those dreading the back-to-school lunch box, try a pasta frittata. Cook off some pasta, dump into a casserole dish with a few beaten eggs and fridge finds (cherry tomatoes, bits of cheese, bacon, herbs, leftover sausage – anything tasty, basically) and cover with cheese. Cook the whole thing in the oven until set, cool and slice into wedges for lunch. … [Read more...] about Raid the pantry: why now is the perfect time to reassess your store cupboard
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So immersed was I in my own consumption of dakos, in fact, that I completely missed the making nearby of the world's largest ever specimen. In the town of Kolymbari, the Fourakis Bakery created one in the shape of the island that measured 7.45m in length and contained 160kg of dough, 50kg of mizithra cheese, 100kg of tomatoes, 20kg of olive oil, plus an awful lot of chopped oregano. It was only after my return home – where I started banging on about dakos to anyone who'd listen, not to mention slipping a rusk under any tomato that came my way – that I even heard of this great feat. … [Read more...] about It’s a cracker: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes for Cretan dakos and a brilliant one-pot chicken dish for winter
Ana’s first rice memory is of eating her mother’s arroz de cabidela (chicken and blood rice), with its addictive, velvety sauce and topped with plenty of fresh coriander and vinegar. This is a Portuguese classic, and her family ate it whenever her grandparents, who lived in a little village called Azere near the former capital of Coimbra, killed a chicken. When she moved to London, Ana was well-versed in Portuguese rice varieties, like carolino – used for the wet, loose and saucy rice dishes typical in Portuguese cuisine – and agulha, a more structured grain akin to basmati used for oven-baked dishes – but Asian rice was a new world to her, something different altogether. In China, rice is steamed with just enough water, which eventually all evaporates, while the Portuguese way is to boil it in generous quantities of liquid. We often exchange stories, memories and, of course, recipes; and although rice remains a common thread, the types of rice and ways we … [Read more...] about Two raw fish dishes to serve on top of the perfect bowl of rice
At Burger King, for the first two weeks of August, customers can buy a Whopper for just £1, rather than the usual £4.49, if they combine the chain’s in-app deal with the Government scheme. The same goes for the Chicken Royale. JD Wetherspoon has also signed up to the scheme, and will be selling meals for as little as £2. The pub chain announced that, under the scheme, breakfasts in its boozers will cost £2.24, a pizza £2.75, and other meals £2.37, with kids’ meals costing £2.08. At McDonald’s cheeseburgers are 50p and entire value meals are £2.30. Highlights of the new price menu include a Breakfast Meal for £1.75, Happy Meal for £1.30, a Big Mac Medium Extra Value Meal at £2.30, 20 McNuggets for £3 and a McFlurry at 50p. Costa has said customers will be able to buy a coffee from just 32p. That is down 68% on a couple of weeks ago. It is also slashing prices of sandwiches, breakfast baps and sweet … [Read more...] about Eat Out to Help Out: All you need to know – and which restaurants are involved
You might see in all this a metaphor for Britain, or a story replete with material (wounded trees, derelict farms, decamped nobility) for a state-of-the-nation novel. In fact, though Bute is a handsome pastoral island, its dominant tone changed from rural to urban in the early-19th century when the world's first steamer fleet sailed down the Clyde from Glasgow. Businessmen with money to spend on summer villas were its early Victorian colonists, followed soon by holiday influxes of the industrial working class. Rothesay, with its castle and harbour, became to Glasgow as Margate was to London. Most of Bute's 7,000 people still live in the town, though the holiday industry has largely disappeared and the island's population has shrunk by a quarter over the past 50 years. What Bute exemplifies, more than agricultural decline, is seaside decay. … [Read more...] about Could rebranding Bute as a middle-class holiday haven halt its decline?