How To Make: The Perfect Full English Breakfast

The full English is a mainstay of British breakfast tables, but what is the recipe for the perfect plateful? According to new research, the ultimate fry-up contains two sausages, two rashers of bacon, fried eggs, mushrooms, toast, beans and fried tomatoes and red sauce, with fried bread and black pudding also considered essentials. But settling the age-old sauce argument, ketchup was the most popular condiment, with 42 per cent saying this is a key ingredient in a cooked breakfast, compared to just...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Behind This Wall’s ‘Vieux Over Manhattan’

Smoked cocktails have become increasingly popular over the past year, and with Bonfire Night just around the corner – there’s no excuse to avoid getting involved with the trend at home. This twist on the classic Manhattan, from Dalston's Behind This Wall, combines rye whisky, sweet vermouth, pisco and herbal liqueur with cold apple cedar smoke. It’s by no means the simplest drink to recreate at home, though the extra effort is guaranteed to impress guests this weekend. Alternatively, the...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Harry’s Bar’s ‘Bats Blood’

With plenty of Halloween celebrations taking place across the weekend, this week’s themed cocktail recipe is from Harry’s Bar in Edinburgh. Having teamed up with R&B Distillers, the bar has crafted a cocktail inspired by the colony of rare Brown Long Eared Bats living on the Isle of Raasay, the site of R&B's first distillery. A rich blend of crème de cacao brun, Chambord, plum bitters and R&B Distillers’ single malt ‘While We Wait’, the cocktail is garnished with a bat...

How To Make The Perfect… Feta & Buckwheat Hotcakes with Bacon & Manuka Honey

A healthy take on classic, thick pancakes – these hotcakes are made with buckwheat flour and feta cheese, topped with crispy bacon. What’s more, they’re simple to make and relatively healthy, with an additional drizzle of Manuka Honey bringing some natural sweetness to the dish. ‘Everyone loves pancakes, but they can be overloaded with carbs and sugar sometimes, and aren’t actually that good for you. This is a healthy alternative that still tastes delicious and is great for people who...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Blixen’s ‘The Vermillion Botanist’

Created in collaboration between The Botanist (the first and only Islay Dry Gin) and Blixen bar in Spitalfields, 'The Vermillion Botanist' is this week’s cocktail recipe. Following an immersive foraging expedition with an expert forager and The Botanist’s Brand Ambassador – Abigail Clephane, Blixen’s bartenders were challenged to produce an innovative cocktail that would ‘reflect their wild side’, as well as challenging other bartenders from across the country to create their own foraged cocktails. Each participating bartender foraged their own...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Hoxton Gin ‘Hoxton Cooler’

Having previously launched bars that include The Hoxton Pony and Baroque at the Playboy Club, Gerry Calabrese – son of world-famous barman Salvatore Calabrese – has created Hoxton Gin. Distilled with coconut and grapefruit, it would be fair to say that his riff on gin is exotic and somewhat wildly contemporary. Combining Hoxton Gin with Aperol, Sauvignon Blanc, lemon and grapes, the ‘Hoxton Cooler’ is one of the signature libations associated with the spirit and we have the very simple...

Our Best National Curry Week Recipes

With the 19th annual National Curry Week taking place this week (10th-16th October), we’ve compiled a selection of curry recipes from a number of chefs and London restaurants. In addition to the many events taking place across the country, these home kitchen-friendly dishes are the ideal way to celebrate National Curry Week at home. Prawn Malai Curry from Shrimoyee Chakraborty, Founder of Calcutta Street Ingredients Makes one portion King prawns, 200g Onion, 1, blended Garlic, 1 large clove, coarsely chopped...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Calcutta Street’s ‘Bengali Rose’

Tying in with London Cocktail Week, Shrimoyee Chakraborty of Calcutta Street – Fitzrovia’s hottest Bengali restaurant - has shared the recipe for her ‘Bengali Rose’. Inspired by her city’s love of the rose as a flavour, this drink teams ginger-infused rose water, rose liquor and East London Liquor Company vodka before being topped with Prosecco. Described as “one for the ladies of the house”, the Bengali Rose is simple to make at home, or can be ordered at Calcutta Street,...

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