It is easy for people to become confused about bacon, prosciutto, and pancetta. They are all pork products, look the same, taste similar, and are often substituted for each other. So what’s special about pancetta? […]

Pav bhaji

This is a really simple and warming street dish that I first discovered from a vendor on a cool evening on London’s embankment by the river.  I’d never heard of it before but it’s a […]

Orzo pasta

A form of short-crust pasta, orzo is the Italian word for barley (from the Latin hordeum) and is shaped like a large grain or rice or barley. As with any other pasta, it can be […]

Parmesan pancetta orzo risotto

I was never the most adept of cooks as a student, but this was one of the few recipes I could cook to impress.  You could count the number of recipes in my repertoire on […]

Spicy Mongolian beef

This is my new favourite Asian cuisine and I’d love to be able to say that it’s from hours of slaving over a hot stove and endless experimentation. That would be a whopping great lie!  […]

Decadent hot chocolate shots

Hot chocolates are one of my favourite indulgences in life.  I’ve never been much of a tea or coffee drinker and it doesn’t matter if it’s a hot or cold day, if I go anywhere […]

Freeze dried cranberries

Cranberries are the red-coloured fruit of the cranberry shrub, a low, creeping evergreen bush or vine native to a number of countries in North and South America, Central and Northern Europe. They are a major commercial crop […]

Red wine vinegar

A vinegar can be produced from the juice of most fruits and grains although the word itself comes from the French vin aigre, meaning sour wine. It was almost certainly discovered by accident at least […]

S’mores cookies

The Naughty Cook is passionate about finding interesting ways of finding different ways of combing traditional s’mores ingredients (see Trivia below) with other types of recipes. As a huge believer in pushing the cookie boundaries, […]

Salted caramel and chocolate cookies

Salted caramel is a culinary magic made in heaven which has presidential approval (see Trivia below), yet strangely our obsession with it is relatively new. Since it became widely popular you can find it popping […]

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