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How to cook rabbit meat

How to cook rabbit meat

Cooking a rabbit is a minor challenge, second only to getting a rabbit in the first place. Like most survivalist foods inherited from the peasantry of Europe, these floppy, cartoonish animals are a welcome addition to the repertoire.
Slow-cooked oxtail with burnt sugar

Slow-cooked oxtail with burnt sugar

Oxtail is a classic casserole and a firm favourite. Here’s a variation I’d never come across before, but after making it, and more importantly, loving it, I recommend it to all fellow oxtail fans.
How to bake biscotti

How to make Biscotti

Biscotti are what Italians dip into their espresso, because in Italy there are no rusks. Use this recipe to qualify as a baking mafioso, or in time even a don. Capiche? Of course you do …
Cook a perfect beef stew

Cook a perfect beef stew

There’s something gloriously accessible in the word ‘stew’. It represents the best values of the home cook: simple but well-chosen ingredients, and classic and extraordinarily potent kitchen skills and techniques.
Mazavaroo: a Mauritian veld fire in your mouth

Mazavaroo: a Mauritian veld fire in your mouth

I have known grown men to drink Tabasco straight from the bottle, while others in brave response chewed maniacally on raw chillies. But if you are a chilli fan, one of the most complex ways to enjoy this curious combination of flavour and pain is mazavaroo.

Prawns with pak choi and five-spice seasoning

To make prawns with pak choi and five-spice seasoning for four, you will need: 600g of peeled, cleaned and thawed prawns 1 teaspoon freshly...
Pickled hake and onions

Pickled hake with onions

Cooks perfected the art of pickling food products long before they had fridges. Try this great South African classic – pickled fish – with its mouth-watering sharpness and exquisite oceanic tang.
Ultra-spicy! Home-made tandoori chicken

Ultra-spicy! Home-made tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken is one of the Asian subcontinent’s many contributions to fine dining. A ‘tandoor’ is the Hindi word for the special clay oven used in this style of cooking. If you have no tandoor to hand, fear not. Here’s a way to produce a pretty fine imitation in your own kitchen.
Vietnamese pho: Looks like soup, tastes like heaven

Vietnamese pho: Looks like soup, tastes like heaven

A friend of mine recently returned from Hanoi, bringing with him happy memories of pho, an aromatic, beef stock-based noodle soup made with beef or chicken, and chillies. He came for dinner the other night, and we set to work creating a local version of this famous Vietnamese dish.
Crisp shortbread biscuits

Crisp shortbread biscuits

With the possible exception of a chocolate brownie, nothing accompanies tea or coffee better than a crisp shortbread biscuit.
Bacon and dried fruit pizza

Bacon and dried fruit pizza

Staunch artisanal chefs and sourdough bakers amongst our readers will object, but the simple fact is this: if supermarkets offer frozen pizza bases for sale, why attempt to make them at home?
Chicken Ragu

Delicious chicken ragu

This combination of ingredients with pasta makes a fine supper for four to five people. And no, it’s not just another version of spaghetti bolonaise…

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