Weekend recipe: Pad spiralizer

An ‘inspiralized’ take on the classic rice noodle dish Pad Thai, this recipe uses courgette noodles to create a juicier and even healthier alternative. But it can be made with rice noodles too. Serves 2 ✚ 623 calories ❤ 8g saturated fat 1 tbsp groundnut oil 1 shallot, chopped 2 garlic cloves, thinly…

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Top 5: Espresso-based drinks

Whether they are long, short, milky or dark, there is a wide variety of coffee drinks which start with an espresso as their base. ESPRESSO There are many definitions for what makes an espresso an espresso, some extremely precise and some more general. I would define an espresso as a small, strong drink made using finely…

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Top 5: Foods to avoid on a date

Spaghetti: Spaghetti and meatballs might work for cartoon dogs, but some dates fare better without a shower of sauce to contend with.  We recommend a more fork-friendly pasta like pappardelle (and they hold more sauce so win, win!). Ribs: Slathered in BBQ sauce and glistening on the plate, we know that ribs…

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Chinese Cosmopolitan: Cheers to Chinese New Year from Difford’s

The Chinese New Year is thousands of years old, and its date is dictated by lunar movements. There are 12 different animals that represent the different years. Traditional celebrations include family gatherings, exchanging money in red paper envelopes, and fireworks. One of the best celebrations so far must have been the dancing dragon on 19 February 2000, which…

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Cookbooks for 2016

2016 has many treats in store to line your shelves so to whet your appetite, we’ve put some of the finest the year has to offer. Click on the covers for more information. To receive your copy as soon as it’s published, why not pre-order now?        …

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Top 5: Scotch Whiskies

Lagavulin 16 Years Old: A fantastic smoky single malt from the island of Islay, off the western coast of Scotland. It is the quintessential peated whisky with notes of rich toffee, bonfires and warming spiced mulled wine. The Glenlivet 18 Years Old: Don’t poo-poo big brands like The Glenlivet (now…

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