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Road-testing ‘Jamie’s 30 minute meals’ by Jamie Oliver

Jamie's 30 minute meals

As the book that accompanies Jamie Oliver’s Channel Four series of the same title, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals has received a lot of publicity. Lots of people (including Guardian columnists) have tried cooking along with the show and failed. I too have watched in awe as Oliver apparently peeled and chopped an entire tray of fruit in…

Dining with Bisol Prosecco at Le Café Anglais

Bisol Dinner

When Harrods officially opened the doors to the new Wine Shop on the 16th of November, Bisol threw a little celebratory dinner party. You see, Bisol now has a rather nice display amongst Veuve Clicquot, Moët & Chandon, Taittinger and Pommery in the new Wine Shop’s champagne section. Readers familiar with Bisol will know that it is a very highly regarded…

Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s Cacao and Olive Bread Recipe

Willie Harcourt-Cooze's Cacao and Olive Bread Recipe

Makes 1 large loaf or 10 rolls Ingredients: 300g plain white flour 100g strong wholemeal flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 ½ teaspoon easy-blend yeast 150ml full fat milk 150ml water 75g Venezuelan Carenero Superior 100% cacao, chopped or grated 75ml extra virgin olive oil 200g green olives, pitted and chopped 1 egg yolk, beaten or 1tbsp…

‘Willie’s Chocolate Bible’ by Willie Harcourt-Cooze

'Willies Chocolate Bible' by Willie Harcourt Cooze

When Willie Harcourt-Cooze first appeared on to our TV screens in 2008, immersed in a bath of chocolate, it was the stuff of children’s books. He was in a documentary about making the best chocolates in the world from bean to bar. This was a man so passionate about chocolate that at the start of his…