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Use your ‘loaf’ and make the best seeded bread ever!

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Seeds for Bread Is there anyone who doesn't go weak at the knees when confronted by the sensational aroma of freshly baked home-made bread? For almost sixty years we have...

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The weird and wonderful uses of spice

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Spices and herbs are a staple of every kitchen providing interest to many dishes by enlivening the taste buds. Not only have they played a role in cooking but, historically,...

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Boosting your immune system – Top 10 healthiest spices and herbs

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Throughout history, herbs and spices have been used not just to flavour dishes, but also for their medicinal properties. Even small doses of herbs and spices can pack a punch...

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A brief history of spice in Liverpool

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If you take a walk along the world famous waterfront of Liverpool, you cannot escape the past. For mile after mile, along the shores of the River Mersey, a vast...

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What is a Vindaloo?

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Vindaloo is a popular Indian curry originating from the Goa region on the west coast of India. It’s a hot, fiery and tangy dish made with meat, vegetables and plenty...

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What is Korai?

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Have you ever had a Korai curry? It’s a classic Indian dish, served up in Indian restaurants around the world. Or how about a karahi? A kadai, or a kadhi?...

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Meet the Expert – Jill Norman

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Please could you tell us about yourself? Hello, I am a former publisher and food and wine writer. I’ve lived in London for most of my life, with spells in...

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How to make a Curry

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Let's Curry a Little Flavour! Although curries have become an integral part of the British way of life and one of the most popular dishes consumed in restaurants and 'take...

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What is Dopiaza?

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Do you like onions and big, bold spices? If the answer’s yes, chances are you’ll love Dopiaza curry. While not quite as renowned as classics such as the Balti or...

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What is a Dhansak?

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A Dhansak is a popular Indian dish which combines elements of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. It consists of meat cooked with lentils and vegetables. The dish was introduced to India...

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Meet the Expert – Christine McFadden

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Please could you tell us about yourself? Hello I’m Christine McFadden. I’ve been involved with food one way or another for the past 25 years. I write cookbooks and magazine...

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What is Balti?

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No matter which Indian restaurant you’re eating at, we can guarantee Batli is on the menu. You can bet your house on it. We all love to see that beautifully...

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What is a Bhuna?

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If you’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant or ordered Indian takeaway, then it’s likely you’ve seen bhuna on the menu. But what exactly is it? And how is it...

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Meet the Expert – Glynn Christian

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Please could you tell us about yourself? My blood pounds with pioneering. Is this because I am a gt-gt-gt-gt grandson of Fletcher Christian, leader of the 1789 mutiny on Bounty...

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Meet the Expert – Manju Malhi

About Manju Malhi Manju Malhi, a TV chef and a cookbook author, was born in England to Indian parents. She grew up in West London surrounded by Indian culture, traditions...

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The story of rum

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Rum is one of the most popular spirits in the world, consumed by millions every week. Whether it’s a straight shot of the good stuff or a delicious cocktail at...

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