Beef chilli made with six-hour  oven-cooked brisket

As with other areas of our lives, maximising efficiencies at home, especially in the kitchen, takes a little ingenuity, or as my grandmother Hillie(...)

Six hour brisket recipe

Pour about an inch of stock or water into a deep roasting pan. Salt the meat by rubbing the salt in (this will help tenderise it) and then place the j(...)


Flavoursome can also mean wholesome and nutritious. It’s no longer a one-way street. Sure, sometimes (like, um, every Sunday in my house), there’s (...)

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Prick the aubergines with a fork and bake on a baking tray for 40 minutes until the skin is blistered and the flesh inside (...)

In a large casserole dish (or saucepan that transfers to the oven), fry the bacon in the knob of butter until it’s done (ie brown and crisp) and then (...)

Harira chicken soup

In a large bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the spices (apart from the bay, cloves and cinnamon sticks) and mix well. In a large saucepan, heat the(...)

Preheat an oven to 180 degrees/gas 4. Line a roasting tin with enough parchment paper to create a large parcel for the fish. Next, chop the celery and(...)

Inspired by North Africa: Harira chicken soup. Photographs: Aidan Crawley
Spice up supper

January can feel long, very long. Pay day seems to take forever to come round, and most of us are pretty jaded after all the energy (and cash) spent t(...)

January is a month where promises are made and only sometimes kept. I have been writing this column since 2008 (yikes!) and things have changed a lot (...)

Bone broth

Simmer your roast chicken bones in three litres of water for at least four hours with a splash of cider vinegar, with a lid on it. Even though you hav(...)