Crab mac’n’cheese and fried chicken sandwich: Nigella Lawson’s new favourite comfort food recipes

These recipes, from Nigella’s new book Cook, Eat, Repeat, are ones she comes back to again and again One of the questions that’s hardest to answer about a book is, “What are your favourite recipes from it?” I’m ruthless about the recipes I include: only those I love enough to cook, with undimmed enthusiasm, on […]

How to make baked beans – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

How to turn a bag of humble dried haricot beans into that special, sweet tomato toast topper we love A great British tradition with its origins across the pond, but molasses-sweet Boston baked beans wouldn’t pass muster as a toast topper in Boston, Lincolnshire. Instead, we like our beans in a bright, tangy, tomato sauce […]

How to make French onion soup – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

The cheesy, crouton-topped classic gets the Felicity Cloake treatment Though there are, of course, other onion soups (Iranian eshkeneh, for example, or Tuscan carabaccia), none has quite captured the international imagination like the “French” variety, said to have originated in the markets of Paris, where the rich, savoury broth fuelled early traders and late-night revellers […]

What’s in the essential kitchen toolkit? | Kitchen aide

What constitutes ‘essential’ kitchen equipment varies according to what you like to cook, but there are a few items you just can’t leave out • Do you have a culinary dilemma? Email Sending my daughter off to university got me thinking about essential kitchen kit. What is it? Emma, London N4 The short answer, […]

How to make the perfect chocolate pear pudding – recipe | Felicity Cloake

The sweet mellowness of pear is the perfect foil for bitter dark chocolate in this classic British pudding The enthusiasm of the testers I recruited this week showed a strong correlation with the quality of their school food – some were sceptical of my ability to recreate the magic of large metal pans full of […]

How to make flapjacks – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Flapjacks are often one of the first recipes you’ll learn to make, but their simplicity allows for much joyful tweaking in the way of grains, fruits and other options For a long time, flapjacks have suffered a depressing reputation as a healthy snack, but one look at the ingredients list should explain why they’re so […]

How to make spanakopita – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Enjoy the classic Greek spinach and cheese filo pie from the comfort of your own home A pie for midsummer, when greens and cheese in crackly filo have the edge on steak and kidney wrapped in suet. Spanakopita is a Greek classic: equally good warm from the oven or cold the next day, vegetarian-friendly (so […]

How to make hummus – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

How to make the nation’s favourite dip with just a few store-cupboard ingredients Remember the great hummus crisis of 2017, when the country went into meltdown over a temporary shortage of chickpea puree? Ah, they were happy days … Anyway, now the problem is more likely to be that you can’t face going to the […]

How to make a Spanish omelette – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

The definitive tortilla tutorial from our resident perfectionist As we all discovered over lockdown, eggs are incredibly useful things; a complete protein source, they’re cheap, versatile, keep well even out of the fridge and are, most importantly, delicious. This classic Spanish recipe is a good way to make them go further; satisfyingly filling, it’s almost […]

How to cook crab linguine – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Revive memories of Italian seaside cafes with this step-by-step guide to making classic crab linguine Few things scream summer holiday to me more than a big bowl of briny, seafood-studded pasta, even if it’s going to be eaten in front of the TV rather than some pretty Italian harbour. Happily, seafood is one of the […]

How to make jambalaya – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

There are as many versions of the Louisiana classic as there are cooks who make it – here is our resident perfectionist’s version Jambalaya is a hearty rice dish from Louisiana that, with its Spanish, African and French influences, reflects the state’s history – there are as many variations on the theme as there are […]

How to make caesar salad – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

A guide to making the classic American salad that was, in fact, invented by an Italian restaurateur in Mexico Despite its imperial name, caesar salad was created in 1920s Mexico to feed the hordes of thirsty Americans forced across the border by prohibition. Wanting to relieve the pressure on his kitchen, restaurateur Caesar Cardini came […]

How to cook sticky spare ribs – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

The American barbecue classic gets the Felicity Cloake treatment If some food tastes better eaten with the fingers, then, for omnivores at least, that pleasure is doubled if it’s also straight from the bone. There’s a curious satisfaction in teasing off every last morsel of meat before reaching those sticky fingers out for more. No […]

How to make kimchi – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

How to make the Korean staple that conquered the world Little known outside Korea until relatively recently, this fiery fermented cabbage has taken the world by storm. Used more like a condiment than a side dish in its homeland, a little spicy cabbage peps up no end of dishes – plus it’s surprisingly easy to […]

How to cook borscht – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

The east European favourite is a great soup to have in your repertoire Despite being best known by its Russian name, borscht, this richly flavoured beetroot soup is beloved throughout eastern Europe, where it has as many variations as names; some beefy, some vegetarian (especially for the Lenten fast), some thick with bread or soured […]

Felicity Cloake’s perfect vegetarian chilli – recipe

How to give the Tex-Mex classic a veggie spin To a Texan, the idea of a meat-free chilli may seem as nonsensical as a vegetarian ragù bolognese would to an Italian – purists won’t even allow their beef to be contaminated with beans, let alone replaced by it. Just like bolognese, however, chilli is treated […]

How to make shepherd’s pie – recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

A step-by-step guide to the British classic, perfect made with leftover roast lamb from the Easter Sunday lunch or from scratch with mince Easter is a time of year when you might have some leftover roast lamb hanging around. Traditionally, it would have made its way into a shepherd’s pie, which is now more often […]

Felicity Cloake’s perfect lockdown cooking – recipes

Our resident perfectionist picks 10 of the best from her recipe archive It feels a bit like we’re competing in a national episode of Ready Steady Cook right now, and I for one have been rehearsing for it my entire life. Store-cupboard roulette is my favourite kind of cooking: for those of us fortunate enough […]