If you're like me and the most responsibility you get given at Christmas is organising breakfast – and if the though of this still causes stress and anxiety- then have no fear!
Along with thousands of Christmas Recipes to choose from, here at Food Network, we also have tutorials to help you through the trials and tribulations of the festivities ahead.
Whether it's preparing canapés, roast potatoes or even beverages, there are always instances that cause panic over the holidays. Appetisers, cakes and traybakes are perfect treats for unexpected guests, friends and family, and, when made in bulk, your life can be made even easier.
Burger consumption always seems like a good idea. A really good idea. You can smell burger restaurants down the street, and you're drawn to them thinking, "Yes, this is a good idea. No, of course I don't want the single; I'll have the double." I'm looking at you, Five Guys.
An hour later you're getting what might be termed "meat sweats," and wondering how you were deceived yet again.
I'm not saying veggie burgers are for everyone, or for every burger-craving occasion, and I'll be the first to say that most veggie burgers I try aren't very good. But once you find that special brand, your mouth can totally have a burger party. Unless "veggie-sweats" is a condition I haven't heard of, you can say goodbye to meat sweats!
As I mentioned in my last post, I love fast food. Fast food of the healthy and whole foods variety, that is. I think with the real-food movement/trend people feel a lot of pressure to take pride only in meals produced from scratch, but I really don't think you need to make everything from scratch to have a whole-foods meal you can be proud of. To borrow a term from Food Network's Sandra Lee, "semi-homemade" cooking is where it's at.
I'm a food blogger who doesn't love cooking … during the week.
Although I don't have a husband or kids (or any pets, for that matter), I have a mean stack of DVD box sets waiting to be plowed through, and they certainly aren't going to watch themselves. Let's not even mention my job, shelves of books, boyfriend or my blogs. Suffice to say, I'm busy, and after a long day at the office I don't feel like spending an hour in the kitchen. All the famous chefs' 30-minute meal ideas? Too much time for me.
I expect a good, healthy meal, but this isn't a problem!
As my mom declined my offer for her to quit her job, leave my dad, my sister, her cats and move to England with me, I don't have anyone to cook for me. I've had to devise ways to have quick, healthy meals on a budget.
Two of my favourite things in the world are naan and pizza. I love them in all shapes and forms from classic peshwari naan to hybrid naan pizzas – especially when they involve cheese, green veggies and lashings of garlic. I’ll be honest, getting home from a long day at work and sitting down to a naan pizza made with shop-bought garlic and coriander naan and leftover paneer butter masala is one of the most incredible dinners ever! Don’t believe me? Try it yourself.
Here’s a simple recipe that celebrates my love of naan and pizza in an easy-to-eat fashion. My recipe for naan pockets uses crumbled paneer and crushed peas as a stuffing for the deliciously-light and buttery naan envelopes. They’re folded into the classic teardrop shape, brushed with a mixture of butter and turmeric, sprinkled with kalonji seeds, and then baked in a hot oven until golden.
If you’re not a fan of paneer, these are also great with a filling of grated broccoli and spinach, steamed sweet potato, and cauliflower and green chilli cooked in the exact same way as I do the paneer and peas filling.
We all have embarrassing food pleasures we only indulge in behind closed doors and tightly-shut curtains. We went around the office and ‘fessed up to our weirdest food cravings including ketchup sandwiches, macaroni cheese from a tin, Middlesbrough Parmo and instant noodle sandwiches.
Whether our round up makes you hungry or heave, we all have our own dirty little food secrets and we want to know yours in the comments below. Spill the beans!
I’ve been craving cinnamon rolls all week. Soft, buttery bread with crispy edges, heaps of spice and the best part – lashings of sweet icing. Whenever I make Lotte Duncan’s version with maple icing, they fill the house with the most mouth-watering scent of fresh bread.
In fact, I love Lotte’s buttery cinnamon roll recipe so much, I used it as the basis for my Indian-inspired wreath here.
The basic white dough is rolled with a shameless amount of butter, ground cardamom and cinnamon, twisted into a Finnish bakery-style wreath and placed in a hot oven. Once baked, I couldn’t help but drizzle it with icing made with rose syrup (the kind I use to make my Strawberry Cheesecake Falooda), and then scattered with homemade candied lemon peel and pistachios. Need I say more?
Okay, let me explain the beauty of these flavours together…
The spicy cardamom and cinnamon combined with sugar and butter create the most amazing, rich flavour once baked inside the dough. The fluffy bread mops up the buttery juices and almost caramelises the bottom of the wreath. The exposed layers on top create little craters where the caramelised butter collects, making it golden and crusty. A drizzle of rose icing gives it just enough sweetness and perfume to define it as a Bollywood-themed party in your mouth. Oh, and who doesn’t love candied lemon peel?
Bartending legend Salvatore Calabrese is one of the renowned industry gurus on the judging panel for this year's annual World Class Bartender of the Year awards. Salvatore’s Bar is a sophisticated cocktail and piano bar in a quiet Mayfair side street. The venue won the Best Bar at the London Lifestyle Awards of 2012, the same year it saw history made, and consumed, when the most expensive cocktail in the world was served up, at £5,500.
Salvatore Calabrese enjoys legendary status in the bar industry globally, and is credited more than any other individual with elevating the bartender’s art in London. He established himself at The Lanesborough’s Library Bar in 1994 where he earned his sobriquet ‘The Maestro’ and published his first cocktail book. He then opened his own venue at Fifty St James before moving to his current venue two-and-a-half years’ ago.
The World Class Bartender of the Year awards will be on your screens from the 18th November and Hidetsugu Ueno is one of the renowned industry gurus on the judging panel of the annual awards, and owner of High Five Bar.
With its small, rather classic interior and soft jazz soundtrack, High Five Bar may look and sound like a straightforward Ginza cocktail spot but its finely honed drinks are anything but. Though unassuming by nature, the high priest of this temple is owner Hidetsugu Ueno.
He’s certainly amassed a legion of faithful devotees as he has quietly ascended the ranks of Japanese bartenders over the last 21 years.
There’s never been a better time than at Christmas to gawk at beautiful cakes. From ribbon ruffle cakes to sponges with surprise centers, festive sweet treats don’t get any better than this. We scoured the web for the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous Christmas cakes created by some of our favourite food bloggers, and here’s what we found.
When it comes to baking, flapjacks are one of the great British foods we couldn't do without. We're not sure why but there's something about an easy-to-make traybake that brings out our inner child. We spoke to our friends at Lyle's Golden Syrup® (because you can't make flapjacks without it, obviously) and got their top tips for the perfect flapjacks in time for the festive season. So if you're planning on making some sweet treats to gift to friends and family, or just to nibble at home for yourself, you're guaranteed to ace it every time.