Paul Ruel

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  • The Masterchef Cookbook

    Wednesday February 17th, 2010

    Here are the recipes we saw, loved and occasionally hooted at in derision. If you fancied your chances at trying some of them out, then now’s your chance. 250 of the ‘best’ from the series over the last years.

  • Block Party - Leerdammer gets bigger and tastier

    Wednesday February 10th, 2010

    Born in 1977 Leerdammer now outsells rival Emmenthal in France. Over here we have been slower to pick up on this popular cheese but with new easy to grate sizes and a Mature option, this versatile cheese should become much more of a family favourite. We take a taste and offer up some tasty recipes too.

  • The 100 Foods You Should Be Eating - Glen Matten

    Friday January 22nd, 2010

    Chirpily written packed full of useful information, clearly explained, and with 100 tempting recipes, this unassuming book can hold its own with the glossy fantasies we’re more used to seeing. It has practicality at its heart and it wants to help you look after yours. What’s not to like about that?

  • Jak's, London

    Friday January 15th, 2010

    Jak’s is open from early until late, a real constant presence in a very sweet street, a place where locals clearly go at all hours to meet friends, refuel and recharge. It reminds me of a New York side street deli; busy, warm but without the rather intimidating ‘hurry up’ of a NY eaterie. The staff work their socks off to keep it all moving and we could do with more places like Jak’s in London.

  • The Covent Garden Market Place, Grocer, Deli, Cafe

    Monday December 7th, 2009

    The Covent Garden Market Place, Grocer, Deli, Cafe is so new I can still smell wood shavings from the fit out and polenta is definitely for sale, along with a whole host of foody things you lust after, while not always entirely sure what they are or what they do

  • Just One Pot -Great food, less fuss

    Friday December 4th, 2009

    One pot meals? Hmm that’s going to mean a load of old casseroles isn’t it? Those sludgy brown meals that always have at least one carrot bobbing about like a torpedoed Noel Coward going down in the North Atlantic. Well actually, no. Just One Pot has pushed the definition.

  • Bring on the Bordeaux wines

    Monday November 30th, 2009

    We all want to drink responsibly but that doesn't just mean simply not getting hammered. We should all be drinking wines that are local, so as to cut the carbon footprint, and wines that are well priced, to cut the shopping bills. Welcome to Bordeaux.