Liam Charles’ recipe for power-up bars

Honey, bananas, apples and melted dark chocolate – a fibre-filled end-of-January treatThe end of January approachesand, while you might still want to be healthy, I’m sure you’re due a treat. With natural sweetness...

Tamal Ray’s recipe for gingerbread pudding with caramel sauce

Stave off the January blues with this piping hot pud full of warming spicesChristmas is over. It’s a new year. There are a few scant crumbs of mince pie and half a bottle...

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for aubergine fesenjan

Woo your loved one with these roast aubergines in a rich, sweet-sour walnut-and-pomegranate sauceThe first thing I noticed about my now-husband Hugh when we met wasn’t his beautiful face or wit, but the...

Cocktail of the week: Bo Bech’s bittersweet ginseng

Once you’ve acquired a taste for it, there’s no going backServes 130ml Kamm & Sons (see introduction)20ml red vermouth – I use Punt e Mes10ml orange curaçao liqueur – I use Giffard’s5ml CampariKamm & Sons is a British spirit that...

Cocktail of the week: Aji margarita

Using chilli-infused tequila gives the classic drink a bit more of a kickTo make the infused tequila, use any brand you have to hand. It’s preferable to use fresh jalapeño, because you want...

Cocktail of the week: Zuma’s lillet blanc

A luxurious white wine aperitif with fig liqueur, whisky and bubbles that is sure to cheer up any dark February eveningServes 150ml Lillet Blanc15ml fig liqueur – Figaro, ideally, but if you can’t find that,...

Get stuck into the marmalade debate

The Duchess of Argyll | Fortnum & Mason shoppers | Bird spotting | Sugar content of jamI assume that if the BBC drama about the Duchess of Argyll is screened (Report, 31 January)...

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for lentil rasam with roast red cabbage

A dal buzzing with spices topped with sweet charred cabbage, guaranteed to revive you when you’re feeling sluggishThere are dals to comfort and dals to revive. Rasam is a reviver, the kind of...

Brasserie of Light, London W1: ‘It knocked the cynic right out of me’ –...

A twinkling 1940s Hollywood movie set that doubles as a glitzy brasserieAlmost everything about Brasserie of Light, a new restaurant at Selfridges in London, sounded atrocious. My mistrust of fancy restaurants hastily tagged on...

Dry January is almost over – time to try a new wine

Given the range of delicious options, why not find alternatives to your regular tipple?I was chatting to a friend the other day and discovered that he only ever buys one wine (the Wine Society’s...

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