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Cook-along-a-Spice-Monkey

It was great to see so many of you join our latest cook-along on Instagram last Friday! We've really enjoyed seeing photos of your results and tbh they all looked pretty good! Some of you have also shared your own videos of cooking along and it's really been useful to...

Vegan Meat

Vegan Meat

With so much blood letting going on in the US elections and our referendum, the less blood thirsty amongst you may think it's definitely time to reduce your meat intake. One solution could be to take our Simply Vegan course. We set this up because of the number of...

Sustainable Snacking – No1: Fish Heads

Sustainable Snacking – No1: Fish Heads

Not sure if anyone paid any attention to World Ocean Day but in the spirit of sustainability here is a simple snack I shared with some Keralans recently. First ask your fishmonger for some fish heads - these were sea bass - they'll probably give you them free or for...

Cooking for a King

Cooking for a King

It's one of Rock's less well known stories that I cooked for BB King.The great man was playing at the university union and at the time Leeds Refectory was the biggest music venue in West Yorkshire. We, the ENTS catering team, decided to cook him chicken - a chicken...

Is Flog It!’s Paul Martin a secret green ninja activist?

The antiques show 'Flog It!' doesn't sound like your obvious source for food policy matters but the latest edition had an interview with the daughter of the graphic designer Abram Games. He was an official WW2 war artist and several of his works have a strong food...

Canned Heat

In a few weeks time the rather genius pop-up, Tincan, will be shutting its doors and relocating to New York. It's been a brilliant coup - a restaurant selling tinned seafood slap bang in the middle of London's West End, and without doubt better then most of the fare...

A small corner that is forever …Punjabi

In the early nineties my mother started to complain that her local Indian grocery store was always running out of fresh coriander. It would seem that non-Asians were buying it; outrageous behaviour, coming into our stores and taking our herbs.... Back then an...

Getting Ready Meals …ready

A few years ago I helped develop a curry sauce recipe for the trendy 'wholesome' fast food chain Leon. Now I've been doing the same thing for ASDA. Not quite so cuddly; they're currently number 2 in the supermarket rankings, a real giant of the corporate world. I was...

The Singer, the Cook, his Kebabs and a Box of Ready Made Masala.

If you've ever seen Qawwali singers in action you can easily imagine them working up a serious appetite. A Qawwali 'Party' comprises of a main singer and his 'support - other male singers who provide a clapping accompaniment. The performance is charged with energy and...

The TESCO tonnes – can their food waste be a good thing?

TESCO's 'confessions of a supermarket' has quite rightly generated a great deal of fury amongst consumers. Aside from the staggering amounts of waste associated with shopping at their outlets, its also not just them. Is it less annoying that Waitrose and M+S create...

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