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  • Posted on May 25, 2017

    Smoky pork belly with mustard slaw recipe

    Whether there’s rain or shine, we’ll be getting our summer BBQ spirit on this weekend with this pork belly and mustard slaw recipe! If you’re looking for something a bit more special than your normal burger and hot-dogs, this is sure to impress, plus it’s a perfect recipe to make in advance if you have lots of guests. The smoky sauce it is cooked in works well smothered on roast root veg or chicken, and any leftovers taste amazing in a wrap. Although this recipe is cooked in the oven, you could always finish it off on the BBQ for an extra smoky flavour (weather permitting)!

    Pork belly perfectly PaleoSmoky Pork Belly with Mustard Slaw

    4 pork belly cuts (on the bone)

    Mustard Slaw (see below), to serve

    smoky sauce

    1 red onion, roughly chopped

    4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

    4 heaped tablespoons tomato purée/paste

    4 tablespoons pure maple syrup

    2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

    1 tablespoon black strap molasses or treacle

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    a few dashes of liquid coconut aminos, to taste

    freshly squeezed juice of ½ lemon

    chilli powder and smoked paprika, to taste

    salt and black pepper, to season

    SERVES 4

     

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) Gas 6.

    To prepare the pork belly, score the skin and rub sea salt all over. Lay in a roasting pan with the skin facing up, making sure the edges don’t touch the sides or you won’t get proper crackling. Roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.

    While the pork is in the oven prepare the smoky sauce. Add all the ingredients to a saucepan and set over low–medium heat. Cook for a few minutes until the onions and garlic are cooked. Then use a handheld electric blender to blend all the ingredients with enough water to bind them together.

    Remove the pork from the oven and baste with the oil that has been released from it. Pour any excess oil out of the pan and reserve for use in another recipe.

    Turn the heat down to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3 and return the pork to cook for a further 20 minutes. Brush the pork with a generous amount of sauce so every ‘rib belly’ is covered but you still have about half of the mixture.

    Cook for 25 minutes more, brushing over with more sauce towards the end. Remove the pork from the oven and brush over a little extra sauce if needed. Keep any remaining sauce in a sterilized glass jar in the fridge. Enjoy the ribs with the mustard slaw on the side or shred the meat off the bone and layer up in a wrap with a mound of slaw on top.

    Mustard Slaw

    1 kohlrabi (or turnip), grated or very thinly sliced

    1 head of broccoli, grated or very thinly sliced

    1 carrot, grated or very thinly sliced

    1 celery stalk/rib, thinly sliced

    ¼ red or white cabbage, grated or very thinly sliced freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon

    olive oil, to drizzle

    1–2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard, to taste

    SERVES 2–4

    Put all of the grated or sliced vegetables in a large mixing bowl and squeeze over the lemon juice. Mix well then drizzle with olive oil and stir in a little mustard. Taste, adding more mustard if you like, season with salt and pepper and set aside. For a creamier slaw use mayonnaise instead of oil.

     

    This recipe is from Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby

    Perfectly Paleo by Rosa Rigby

    Photography by Mowie Kay ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 24, 2017

    5 indoor gardening projects

    With the Chelsea Flower Show taking place this week, we're feeling inspired to do some gardening, but without lots of outdoor space we've turned to Isabelle Palmer for some great indoor gardening projects that anyone can do! So if you're visiting the show, or have already visited and need some indoor gardening inspiration, or even if you'd just love to have more flowers and plants in your home but you're not sure where's best to start, take a look at these 5 projects from The Balcony Gardener...

    Bowl of Succulents House PlantsBowl of Succulents

    This stylish display is a must for the “I wish I had more time!” gardener, the “I always forget to water the plants” gardener, or simply the lazy gardener. In recent years, succulents have come out of the shadows and they can be seen regularly on the tables of trendy cafes and in the pages of hip interior design magazines. The odd shapes, the fleshy leaves, and the sculptural globes make very modern and stylish interior plants. They are minimalist, with simple, streamlined shapes, and easily add a “desert chic” look to any home.

    It can be a lot of fun putting together a display of succulents—you can definitely include the weird and the wonderful here. I chose a selection of my favorites, including Crassula ovata (jade or money plant), Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek or hens-and-chicks), Aloe “Pinto,” Sedum, Kalanchoe thyrsifl ora (paddle plant), Epipremnum aureum (devil’s ivy), Echeveria “Fred Ives,” Crassula perforata (string of buttons), and Pachyveria glauca “Little Jewel,” along with Lithops (living stones or stone plant) and neutral pebbles. I painted the bowl a dark slate color, which I think offsets the overall look very well.

     

    Herb Wooden Crates House PlantsFrench Herb Container

    What could be more satisfying than reaching over and picking some fresh, home-grown rosemary to use with your Sunday roast lamb? Parisians and other apartment dwellers living in mainland European cities are often starved of outdoor space, so they make the most of their balconies and indoor planting areas. Walking through the streets of Paris and looking up to the sky, you will often see apartments lined with window boxes and lushly planted balconies. The rustic-looking crate is perfect for the herbs housed inside, creating a picturesque miniature French herb garden. You can often find wooden crates in vintage and antiques stores; sometimes, you might spot a neglected one at the back of the store, containing other bits and pieces—they’re often cheap and you can haggle with the seller!

    The compact thyme bushes look great in this crate. Thyme can be grown successfully indoors; it simply needs a bright windowsill and some basic care and attention to thrive. The heady scent emanating from rosemary is delicious, and this highly fragrant herb can be used in many dishes. It is very easy to grow and, being a Mediterranean herb, it will appreciate a sunny spot. Finally, the lavender plant makes a lovely partner for both the thyme and the rosemary. Lavender is hard to resist, boasting beautiful flowers and an equally arresting scent. It gives a delicate flavor to cooking and is especially wonderful in light desserts.

     

    Summer floral arrangement house plantsSummer Floral Arrangement

    Flower-arranging is often regarded as a rather staid and old-fashioned hobby. However, there has recently been a noticeable resurgence in floral arrangements, with edgier displays featuring wilder flowers that are markedly different from commercial blooms. This bountiful floral display, which includes roses, peonies, delphiniums, Salvia farinacea (ornamental sage), Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton waxflower), and Brodiaea (cluster lilies), is bright and colorful, and housed perfectly in a white kitchen jug. The eclectic mix of color and foliage makes for a lovely contrast with the pale hues of the open kitchen.

     

    Mason Jar containers House PlantsMason Jar Containers

    These three vintage preserving jars are perfect for a kitchen display of indoor plants. Terrarium-style planters need not be expensive, since the plants don’t need to be housed in antique cases or terrariums commissioned from a specialist maker. In fact, it’s more fun to think outside the box and be imaginative. So, visit antiques stores, flower markets, and thrift stores, or look in your own home—are there any jars or vases that you’ve always kept but never found a use for?

    When I found the jars I was on vacation close to the coast, so I have kept that lovely feeling and can remind myself of walks on the beach by using golden sand as a base for the plants. Succulents grow very well in sand; simply place a spoonful or two of succulent potting mix in the base of the jar, then sprinkle the sand around the sides and over the top to hide the potting mix. I used reindeer moss in all three jars and picked different glossy succulents, including Crassula ovata (jade or money plant), which is one of my favorites. Other succulents you could use include Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus), Sempervivum tectorum (common houseleek or, rather charmingly, hens-and-chicks), and Kalanchoe tomentosa (panda plant). Spend some time looking into your preferred succulents and thinking about which colors would work best in your own kitchen. Water your succulents sparingly.

     

    ivy and fern hanging basket house plantsIvy and Fern Hanging Basket

    Hanging arrangements are a wonderfully creative way to display indoor plants. They create a fabulous point of interest in a living room, above a long table in a kitchen, or displayed in a hallway. This arrangement features lush, green, trailing Hedera (ivy) and busy Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern), both typically outdoor plants. This bountiful hanging basket makes a wonderful contrast to the crisp white surroundings of the room.

     

    These projects are from House Plants by Isabelle Palmer.

    house plants by Isabelle Palmer

    Photography by Helen Cathcart ©CICO Books

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  • Posted on May 18, 2017

    Swiss chard, feta and egg pie for Veggie Week

    Why not take part in National Veggie Week this weekend and try this tempting feta and egg pie recipe. A perfect dish to serve for casual dinner party or to snuggle on the sofa and watch a film with. This pie is topped with swiss chard, but you could also add tomatoes, spinach or any other vegetables you fancy! It is veggie week after all!

    market vegetarian chard, feta and egg pie

    Swiss chard, feta & egg pie

    3 tablespoons olive oil

    2 garlic cloves, sliced

    1 red onion, sliced

    500 g/1 lb. Swiss chard, cut into 2-cm/3⁄4-inch pieces

    4 eggs

    200 g/7 oz. feta cheese, crumbled sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    pastry:

    250 g/2 cups plain/all-purpose flour

    150 g/1 stick unsalted butter, cubed

    2 egg yolks

    2–3 tablespoons iced water

    Serves 6

     

    To make the pastry, put the flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor and put the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Pulse the ingredients a few times until just combined. With the motor of the food processor running, add the egg yolks and just enough iced water so that the mixture is on the verge of coming together. Do not overbeat, as this will make the pastry tough.

    Remove the dough from the bowl and use lightly floured hands to quickly form it into a ball. Wrap in clingfilm/plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    Put 2 tablespoons of the oil in a frying pan/skillet set over high heat, add the onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, until it softens and just flavours the oil. Add the Swiss chard to the pan/ skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until it wilts and softens. Season well with salt and pepper, leave in the pan/ skillet and set aside to cool.

    Preheat the oven to 220ºC (425ºF) Gas 7. Roll the dough out on a sheet of lightly floured baking parchment to form a circle about 35 cm/14 inches in diameter, trimming away any uneven bits.

    Roll the edge over to form a 1-cm/1⁄2-inch border, then roll over again. Transfer the pastry circle to a baking sheet. Spoon the Swiss chard mixture over the pastry.

    Put the eggs in a bowl and prick the yolks with a fork. Pour the eggs over the Swiss chard so that they are evenly distributed, then scatter the feta over the top. Drizzle the remaining oil over the pie and cook in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the top of the pie is just starting to turn brown.

    Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices to serve.

     

    This recipe is from Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson.

    Market vegetarian by Ross Dobson

    Photography by Richard Jung ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 17, 2017

    5 ways to use colour in your home

    You might want to grab the paintbrushes and go bold and bright, or maybe you prefer something softer and more tranquil, even if you don't fancy picking up a paint brush at all, here are 5 ways you can introduce colour into your interior design to bring some fun and life into you home.

     

    1. Paint bold

    Don't be afraid of colour - if you are thinking of painting a room why not just go for it and go bold! If you have large rooms then you can probably get away with bright primary colours or darker shades. With smaller spaces you might just want to paint one wall your chosen colour to stop the room feeling smaller than it is. Make sure you test your colours on the wall to make sure you are happy with them, as they will change colour once dry and in different lights.

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

     

    2. Paint pastel

    If you don't have the large rooms for in-your-face colours, or you prefer a quieter tone, then try choosing pastel colours to create tranquil and peaceful rooms. Remember, pastel doesn't have to mean pink and pretty. You could opt for a sky blue, or mint green and even brighter colours like yellow and orange will provide a less intense finish when in pastel shades.

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

     

    3. Don't paint at all

    You don't need to paint at all to bring colour into your home. Keeping wall neutral and then adding splashes of colour using furniture and accessories is an easy way to make a room seem colourful and keep it feeling open and bright. You could choose one colour to create a theme or go completely contrasting. Colouful pictures, cushions, bed covers and kitchen items are great way to add colour into your home without the decorating or commitment. It's easy to change whenever you fancy, making it a great idea for kids rooms as you can update to match their style without too much effort or cost.

    Bold and Bright

    Bold and Bright

     

    4. Be inspired by nature

    If you're not sure about bright colours, one way to keep it natural is to take inspiration from outside. You could choose to paint a whole wall with colours that you have found naturally (paint can be mixed so easily nowadays you will almost certainly be able to request the exact colour you're after) or you could bring plants and flowers inside to act as a splash of colour against a white or neutral room.

    In the Mood for Colour

    urban pioneer

     

    5. Go for contrast

    You don't have to stick to one colour, or even a palette of colours when decorating. If you want lots of colour in your home then don't be afraid to go for contrast. Take a look at a colour wheel - colours opposite each other are contrasting colours. Then, once you've chosen your pair, choose one colour to be your primary colour, which will be the main colour of the room. The second colour you can add in as an accent colour. This balance will make sure that the bold colours don't overwhelm the room and make it look too bright and garish.

    In the Mood for Colour

    Bold and Bright

     

    These photographs have been taken from:

    Bold and Bright by Maira Serra Teixeira

    In the Mood for Colour by Hans Blomquist

    In the Mood for Colour

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    urban pioneer

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 11, 2017

    3 hummus recipes - Classic, Sweet Potato and Beetroot

    It seems that everyone has some serious hummus love at the moment, and we're no exception to that! There's even an International Hummus Day, (this Saturday!)

    This hugely popular tasty, nutty-flavoured Middle Eastern dip is so easy to make at home, we thought we'd share with you three great hummus recipes to celebrate. Serve them with pitta bread, falafel or vegetable crudités as a snack or alongside other mezze dishes for a light meal.

     

    Classic hummus

    Classic Hummus

    125 g/ ¾ cup dried chickpeas/garbanzo beans

    1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

    salt

    2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed to a paste in a mortar with a pestle

    4 tablespoons tahini

    freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon

    toasted or griddled pitta bread, to serve

    To garnish

    extra virgin olive oil

    paprika or sumac

    finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

    Serves 6

     

    Soak the chickpeas/garbanzo beans overnight in plenty of cold water with the bicarbonate of soda/baking soda.

    Next day, drain and rinse. Put in a large pan, add enough fresh cold water to cover well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 50–60 minutes until tender, skimming off any scum. Season the chickpeas with salt, then drain, reserving the cooking water and setting aside 1 tablespoon of the cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans for the garnish.

    In a food processor, blend together the cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini and lemon juice. Gradually add in the cooking liquid until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Season with salt.

    Transfer the hummus to a serving bowl. To serve, make a shallow hollow in the centre using the back of a spoon. Pour in a little olive oil, top with the reserved whole chickpeas/garbanzo beans, a sprinkle of paprika or sumac and the chopped parsley.

     

    Sweet potato hummus

    Sweet Potato Hummus

    This velvety smooth sweet potato hummus dip makes an interesting change from the more familiar chickpea-only version.

    1 sweet potato, unpeeled

    3 garlic cloves, unpeeled

    ½ x 400-g/14-oz. can of chickpeas/ garbanzos

    1 fresh red chilli/chile, finely chopped

    a handful of fresh coriander/cilantro leaves, chopped

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of ½ a lime

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    serves 4-6

     

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4. Roast the sweet potato in a roasting pan for 30–40 minutes until very soft. Add the garlic cloves to the pan about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time.

    Remove from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skins from the sweet potato and garlic cloves. Put in a food processor along with the chickpeas, chilli/chile, coriander/cilantro, olive oil and lime zest and blitz until it reaches the desired consistency. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice to taste.

     

    Beetroot Hummus

    Beetroot Hummus

    This is a sophisticated dip that’s sure to wow party guests with its vivid colour.

    140 g/1 cup canned chickpeas/ garbanzos, drained and rinsed

    250 g/2 scant cups beetroot/beets, cooked and cubed

    1 large garlic clove, peeled

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

    2 tablespoons tahini

    2–3 pinches of sea salt flakes

    micro herbs such as pea shoots, to garnish

    Serves 4–6

     

    To make the hummus, put all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.

    Spoon the hummus into a bowl and garnish with a few pea shoots. Here it is served with squid ink crackers, which look great with the deep red hummus and create a slightly sweet and salty flavour combination that is delicious.

     

    These recipes are from (in order):

    Garlic by Jenny Linford

    garlic by jenny linford

    Delicious Dips

    delicious dips

    Party-Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor

    Party Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 9, 2017

    5 ways to use texture in your home

    Whatever interior style you prefer, you can create dynamic homes and interiors full of life, by adding a little texture to your rooms. Here are 5 ways you can use texture to create your desired vibe in your home.

     

    1. Keep it Cosy

    An easy way to make any room feel cosy and welcoming is to add texture with fabrics. It could be a colourful wall hanging on a bare wall, a patterned throw over a bed, or even as simple as a pile of fresh tea-towels in the kitchen.

    In the Mood for Colour

    Bold and Bright

    texture

     

    2. Go Industrial

    If you're a fan of the industrial trend, find texture in the stripped back elements of your home. Features of the building such as exposed brickwork or piping don't need to be covered over and can add layers of texture to a room.

    urban pioneer

     

    3. Keep it Natural

    Another simple way to add texture into your home is bring the natural textures from the outside, in. One of the best materials for displaying natural texture is wood. It comes in so many colours and grains that you know every piece will be unique. It's also extremely versatile so you can use it to compliment your own style, whether that is a country-style kitchen, a quirky coffee table or even just a striking log pile for the fire.

    urban pioneer

    texture

     

    4. Rustic vibes

    Adding lots of texture to your home is a great way to give it that rustic feel. Natural textures will achieve this, but you can also use paint to create beautiful distressed pieces of furniture. The layers of paint showing through on this chest of drawers make it a feature of the room that draws in your attention. You could even use the same effect when painting your walls. Instead of opting for one colour and a smooth finish, try a blend of colours and make your brush strokes a feature of the wall. All these layers and textures allow people to see the love and hard work that has gone into making your home.

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

    In the Mood for Colour

     

    5. Make it Modern

    Don't neglect texture when styling a modern interior. Even if you're not a fan of the rustic look, you can still find materials that provide a modern look and a dynamic feel to a room. Slate and marble are great examples of this. Although they are sleek, smooth and sophisticated they still offer great texture and depth through their range of colours and patterns.

    texture

     

    These photographs have been taken from,

    Bold and Bright by Maira Serra Teixeira

    Bold and Bright

    In the Mood for Colour by Hans Blomquist

    In the Mood for Colour Hans Blomquist

    Texture

    Texture

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    urban pioneer by sara emslie

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

     

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  • Posted on May 4, 2017

    Oliebollen - doughnut recipe

    National Doughnut Week starts tomorrow, so it only seemed right to share with you a doughnut recipe for this week’s blog. Although not your typical doughnut, these wonderful and light, almost rugged doughnuts are just delicious and we have the Dutch to thank for their creation. The addition of sharp apple and soft plump raisins makes these fruity bite-size doughnuts that little bit special, so get baking and raise some money for The Children’s Trust this Doughnut Week!

    olliebollen doughnut recipe

    Oliebollen

    2 ½ teaspoons active dried yeast

    30 g/2 ½ tablespoons caster/ granulated sugar

    65 ml/ ¼ cup lukewarm water

    225 g/1 ¾ cups plain/ all-purpose flour

    pinch of salt

    125 ml/ ½  cup full-fat/whole milk

    1 egg, lightly beaten

    100 g/ ¾ cup (dark) raisins

    1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped

    vegetable oil, for deep-frying

    icing/confectioners’ sugar, to decorate

    deep fat fryer (optional)

    MAKES 10 DOUGHNUTS

     

    Place the yeast, sugar and lukewarm water into a small bowl and stir to dissolve. Set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until the mixture bubbles.

    Place the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour the milk, beaten egg and the yeast mixture into the well and stir until fully combined. Add the (dark) raisins and chopped apple and stir until well combined. The dough will be soft. Cover with clingfilm/plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 1 hour or until the dough doubles in size. The dough will be quite soft and spoonable.

    Fill a deep fat fryer or large, heavy-bottomed pan one-third full with vegetable oil and heat to 175°C (345°F) or until a cube of bread turns golden in 40 seconds. Working in batches, use two dessertspoons to scoop out a spoonful of the dough and gently drop it into the oil. Deep-fry, turning halfway, for 5 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

    Dust the doughnuts generously with icing/confectioners’ sugar and serve.

     

    This recipe is from LOLA's: A Cake Journey Around the World.

    LOLA's A Cake Journey Around the World

    Photography by Steve Painter ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on May 3, 2017

    5 ways to use space in your home

    Whether you have lots of space, or hardly any to spare, how you use it can transform a room. Here are some of the ways in which you can utilise the space you have to bring simplicity, uniqueness and style to your home.

    1. Let no space go to waste

    The awkward space under the stairs doesn't have to be filled with coats and pairs of old shoes. Every space, no matter how small can be turned into something useful and unique. By fitting a desk and a quirky wallpaper under these stairs the space has been transformed into a quiet nook to study. Or, whilst a sloping roof may restrict a room, tuck in a mattress and you can make a cosy and simple bedroom.

    Beautifully Small

    Beautifully Small

    2. Storage & Display

    Whether you choose to display or hide away, it's a good idea to invest in some storage space. If you like your home un-cluttered and simplistic, choose storage that blends in, like these sleek built in draws under the sofa or the wicker baskets that not only act as storage but compliment the overall feel and design of the room. On the other hand, a beautiful shelf along one wall will allow you to display all your books and knick knacks, as well as adding character and colour to any room.

    Beautifully Small

    urban pioneer

    3. Make something beautiful from 'space takers'

    Why not make something beautiful from the everyday things that take up space in your home? This stairway is a necessary fixture, but the design makes it into something beautiful in it's own right.

    Bold and Bright

    4. Running out of rooms?

    Not enough rooms in you home? Make your own! By simply putting up a pair of curtains, this house has made a study room with no fuss and messy building works. The advantage of this is you can open and close the curtains depending on your needs, making the space work around you and your lifestyle.

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    5. Be unconventional

    At the end of the day, it's your home and you want it to reflect your personality! Don't be afraid to be unconventional and find unique designs for your home to make the most out of the space you've got.

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    Bold and Bright

     

    These photographs have been taken from:

    Beautifully Small by Sara Emslie

    Beautifully Small by Sara Emslie

    Bold and Bright by Maira Serra Teixeira

    Bold and Bright

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    All photography is ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on April 27, 2017

    Beef Pho recipe

    A classic Ramen dish, this beef pho is fresh and light, a perfect healthy Friday night option. We love the vibrant colours and fresh flavours that the herbs and chillis give to this dish. To allow the flavours to develop, you need to prepare this dish a day in advance.

    beef pho recipe

    Beef Pho

    1 kg/2 lb. beef short ribs

    a 5-cm/2-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced and pounded

    1 onion, sliced

    2 garlic cloves, sliced

    3 whole star anise, pounded

    2 cinnamon sticks, pounded

    400 g/14 oz. dried rice stick noodles

    350 g/12 oz. thinly sliced beef fillet

    3 tablespoons fish sauce

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon caster/granulated sugar

    freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime

    125 g/21 / 3 cups beansprouts, trimmed

    garnishes

    2 red bird’s eye chillies/ chiles, chopped

    a handful each of fresh Thai basil, Vietnamese mint and coriander/cilantro

    6 spring onions/scallions, trimmed and sliced

    Serves 4

    Put the short ribs in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil.

    Simmer for 10 minutes then drain and wash the ribs. Return them to the pan and add 2 litres/4 pints more cold water along with the ginger, onion, garlic, star anise and cinnamon. Return to the boil and simmer gently for 1 1/ 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

    Carefully remove the ribs from the stock and set aside to cool. Thinly shred the meat, discarding the bones. Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve/strainer and set aside to cool. Refrigerate both the meat and the stock overnight.

    The next day, soak the noodles in a bowlful of hot water for 20–30 minutes, until softened. Drain well, shake dry and divide the noodles between large bowls.

    Meanwhile, skim and discard the layer of fat from the cold stock and return the pan to a medium heat until just boiling. Stir in the shredded meat, beef fillet, fish sauce, salt, sugar and lime juice. Place the beef fillet on the noodles, spoon over the stock and top with the beansprouts.

    Serve with a plate of the garnishes alongside for everyone to help themselves.

     

    This recipe is from Ramen, available here.

    Ramen recipe book

    The photograph is by Ian Wallace ©Ryland Peters & Small

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  • Posted on April 26, 2017

    Wordless Wednesday: Natural colours with Perfect French Country

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

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    Perfect French Country by Ros Byam Shaw

    Photography by Jan Baldwin ©Ryland Peters & Small

     

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