November is a month for getting ahead, and whether you’re baking a festive pudding or making a start on those edible gifts, a day or two in the kitchen now will save you a load of time (and stress!) come December.
When I first started working with my good friend and mentor Gennaro Contaldo, many years ago at the Neal Street Restaurant, I used to see him coming into the kitchen carrying huge baskets of weird and wonderful mushrooms. All the chefs would gather round, pick them up, the ones they knew – and ask all sorts of questions about the ones they didn’t.
Smoky flavours, crackling textures and great warming bowls of steaming goodness – Bonfire Night is a feast of autumnal flavours and colours. So crack out the sparklers, wrap up warm, and tuck into our tasty ideas for a bonfire party – big or small.
A stunning centrepiece, gnarly roast potatoes, gorgeous veg and rich gravy – the roast dinner is a beautiful thing. Whatever you’re roasting, from beef to butternut squash, this ultimate guide will help you make every dish on the table extra special.