Three salad recipes to make you think again about salads

Three tips in the art of salad making 1 The dressings. Dressings are, arguably, what makes a salad a salad. An addictive combination of sour (usually provided by vinegar or citrus), and fat, perhaps cranked up further still by some form of sweetness. Jane has used olive oil as the fat in all these recipes;…

Potato gnocchi recipe

In Rome, the pasta course is called the primo and is modest, because something else is coming after, so this amount serves 4. We often have this alone, in which case it serves two adults and a child generously. If you double up, cook in two, even three batches. Serves 4 as a starter 600g…

Does pasta make you fat? Eight food myths busted

1 Pasta makes you fat As the carb-avoidance craze rages, many are dismayed to see pasta lumped with pappy white bread in the “white and refined” sin bin. Now, a concerted push is on to rehabilitate its nutritional reputation. Is it true that, as pasta company Barilla claims, its unique resistant starch structure makes it more…

#eatclean in 2016? No. Let’s eat black pudding

Delicious blood sausages have at last been recognised by genuine scientists as a superfood. Here’s three recipes to get you started Black pudding and pea samosas Hot, crispy proof that this is one superfood that’s best served fried and paired with something piquant, whether that’s hot mustard or a spicy pickle. (makes about 18 mini…