Paul Ruel

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  • Burgen discovers the chia seed

    Friday May 4th, 2012

    The newest Burgen loaf is a textural feast. The flavour is mild, but the seeds give it a heartier feel and make it perfect for sandwiches and toasted with soup.

  • Grow your own with ALLOTINABOX®

    Saturday April 28th, 2012

    Allotinabox kits contain all that you need to start growing your own vegetables and herbs anywhere, from a window sill in the city to a vegetable patch in the countryside.

  • Veggie burgers every which way- Lukas Volger

    Friday April 6th, 2012

    Between the toasted halves of this book you'll find recipes, packed with flavour and light on the stomach. Sweetcorn ‘burgers’ with sun dried tomatoes and goat’s cheese, Chipotle Chilli black bean ‘burgers’, red lentil and celeriac ‘burgers’, Sweet potato ‘burgers’ with lentils and kale and of course falafel ‘burgers’.

  • Hyatt Regency London Tapas and very tasty Riojas at the Chef's Table

    Monday March 5th, 2012

    The menu pairs the “La Rioja” region wines of Bodegas LAN, from the flagship Vina Lanciano Reserva to the recent high-end Lan Edicion Limitada, Bodegas LAN using its blended oak barrels technique  - mixed wood barrels with staves of American oak and heads of French oak - with a five-course family-style variety of traditional Spanish tapas and main dishes.

  • Simply Good Pasta by Peter Sidwell

    Friday March 2nd, 2012

    The book is set out by seasons, which is always helpful and encourages the reader to use what’s in the shops and cheap.  A dish of Spring cabbage and pancetta is simplicity itself and you know it can’t go wrong. His idea of using up spare cooked pasta in a frittata is an odd one, but probably worth a try, while baby spinach, pasta and smoked salmon is nought to plate in about ten minutes.

  • Say cheese and get it online with

    Friday December 16th, 2011

    Drop down menus let you narrow down cheese choice by country, hard or soft, type of milk, pasteurised or unpasteurised and then you’re off. We bagged some Berkswell, a Blarliath Smoked, a Blue Stilton (as it’s Xmas), a large Cromarty, a Pecorino and some Ragstone. Portion size of the cheese varies with the type but it’s invariably generous.

  • Chop'd at Boxpark

    Friday December 2nd, 2011

    The site of the new Boxpark ‘pop up’ shopping mall smells of freshly sawn wood and recently applied paint. But it’s a good smell. New, exciting and full of potential. And while these shops don’t have any windows, they do have a positive recession-bucking outlook selling unusual, interesting things and offering some food outlets too. We try Chop'd

  • Mongoose Beer, your new favourite curry house drink?

    Thursday November 24th, 2011

    If you remember your Jungle Book, the film or the book, you’ll recall that the only creature brave enough and tough enough to take on the fearsome Cobra was the mighty Mongoose. So it’s a cheeky bit of branding for Wells & Young to call their new beer, one aimed at the curry loving market, Mongoose beer. They clearly have their sites set on the big snake of curry house lager

  • Kikkoman's Soy sauce. Don’t save it for stir-fries

    Wednesday November 23rd, 2011

    ‘I use it in bolognaise sauce,’ says Silvena Rowe, her trademark hair for once not in rapid motion around the kitchen of the May Fair Hotel where she’s head chef. She’s taking five minutes out to tell us how she used Kikkoman’s Soy Sauce in the dishes just served us to add salt, umami and the delicious vibrancy good soy brings.

  • The Meat Free Monday Cookbook

    Friday November 11th, 2011

    The Meat Free Monday Campaign was launched in 2009 and has grown as more people discover the benefit of taking a day off from meat – health wise and budget wise too. It’s also sensible as most people will balk at the idea of going totally cold turkey on meat, but once a week is do-able given the right incentives.

  • Your new daily bread? Crosta & Mollica on taste test

    Monday October 24th, 2011

    A range of Italian breads made with love and the best flour are now available in Waitrose. We got out the bread knife and got down to business.

  • MasterChef Kitchen Bible

    Saturday October 22nd, 2011

    This is a good book if not The Good Book. Everything you need to bring your cooking up to a higher level. A practical book to help you feel that, actually, cooking needn’t get tougher than this and it’s well worth the investment.

  • Online shopping just got tastier

    Friday September 30th, 2011, we were told as we munched their sausages on sticks as canapés (very good too) is backed by former ASDA chief executive Andy Bond and represents over 75 of the best independent British suppliers across butchery, fruit and vegetables, and farmhouse cheese - more than 60% of which are not available anywhere else online.

  • The French Brasserie Cookbook - Daniel Galmiche

    Sunday August 28th, 2011

    Daniel Galmiche, Executive Chef at The Vineyard at Stockcross (and Relais & Chateau Rising Chef of the Year 2011) is a chef who knows about flavour. His French Brasserie Cookbook: The Heart of French Home Cooking is his hymn to the eternal verities - a good stock, simple but fresh ingredients, straightforward cooking methods and an honest heart.

  • Donald Russell Meaty meal planners

    Monday August 15th, 2011

    Make your week a meaty easy one with Donald Russell's Meal Planners. We tried a sample and found the idea sound and the meats quality  and all at a fair price.

  • Mastering the Art of Indian Cooking by Sanjeev Kapoor

    Monday July 18th, 2011

    In a world of glossy tomes pandering to chefs’egos, or a quick sale riding on the back of a TV series, Sanjeev Kapoor’s book is a solid piece of work that you’ll soon have covered in foodstains. There’s no higher recommendation than that.

  • Tamarind to take on the Terminator

    Tuesday May 24th, 2011

    Tamarind, the posh Indian restaurant in Mayfair, has decided to end the spice drought in Arny Schwarznegger's California and open Tamarind of London in Newport Beach, Orange County one of the best beachside cities on the Pacific Coast.

  • Bear decapitated in office -ASDA to blame

    Tuesday April 12th, 2011

    We washed ours down with tea, but of course the sommelier would recommend orange squash with added E numbers as the ideal pairing for the dish before running around the office breaking things and then throwing a tantrum and having to go to bed.

  • Charlie Bigham’s Pies

    Tuesday March 29th, 2011

    Now here is smart marketing in action. Chaz isn’t content to just make quality pies using, as he says, the best ingredients - he wants to create a lifestyle too. ‘I came up with this brand new range specially designed to give couples the chance to steal back some time together. So, turn off the phones, dim the lights, crack open a bottle and enjoy a wonderful night in over some really lovely food.’ he says winningly on the box.

  • African Fusion Cooking - Nina Gaskell

    Tuesday March 1st, 2011

    Nina’s book is clearly a labour of love and has a genuineness about it all too often missing from Chef cookbooks (bit of an ego trip) and the pro cookery writers  (middle -class women with too much time on their hands and friends in publishing).