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Wine & Food Killers: Temaki Hand Rolls and Clot de les Soleres Garnatxa Rosato 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Temaki Hand Rolls and Clot de les Soleres Garnatxa Rosato 2019

Pizza parties, taco parties, bagel-and-lox parties… If you ask me, there’s no better dinner (or brunch) party format than “food item you create and customise yourself from a spread of ingredients”. For the host, there’s the joy of simplicity, the release from pressure: Supply all the base components and let your guests take it from there. And for those attending, there’s the satisfaction in making something entirely your own, with only the ingredients you like most – no compromise needed. Beyond pizza and tacos, I’d like to enter one more dish into the do-it-yourself canon: the temaki hand roll. True...

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Wine & Food Killers: Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry and Kumpf et Meyer Utopiste Maceration 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Sri Lankan Pumpkin Curry and Kumpf et Meyer Utopiste Maceration 2019

We all know pumpkins can be turned into pies, baked into cupcakes, blitzed into soups and dumped into lattes. Pumpkin curry, on the other hand, doesn’t get as much airtime during the annual gourd onslaught – and that’s a real shame. As the holidays approach, when spices are already in the air and steaming pots on the stove have never been more inviting, what could be better than a warm bowl of pumpkin curry? There are so many variations too – I’ve had, and loved, Punjabi-style kaddu ki sabzi, Thai gaeng ped gai faktong, Japanese pumpkin curry and, most recently,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Merguez Sausage, Broad Beans and Manchego and Les Vins de la Gabare Les Amandiers 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Merguez Sausage, Broad Beans and Manchego and Les Vins de la Gabare Les Amandiers 2020

Recently, I came across food writer Diana Henry’s paean to “sofa suppers” – those dishes where there’s “everything in a bowl, no extra relishes or anything, and you only need a spoon”. Henry was never allowed to eat in front of the TV when growing up and only discovered the pleasure in doing so as a working adult. Now, she writes, as the weather dampens and cools (and as the new season of Succession is released), there’s never been a better time to indulge in the cosy ritual. This resonated with me – as much as I like sit-down dinners,...

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Wine & Food Killers: Tiger Prawn and Squid Paella with Oriol Perez de Tudela Escabeces 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Tiger Prawn and Squid Paella with Oriol Perez de Tudela Escabeces 2019

The other day I read a newsletter pondering whether “the vibes are off” in New York City this summer. This prompted me to wonder: How are London's vibes faring right now? After the last 18 months we’ve had, it’s not like we can just emerge and throw ourselves into a non-stop party without careening into an emotional wall at high speed. The perma-grey, monsoon-like downpours and fraught Covid debates aren’t helping. But in this strangest of seasons, I’m finding more moments of brightness, flashes of another, better world peeking through the cloud cover. There is the joy in sharing pints...

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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Peruvian-Spiced Salmon with Green Sauce and Tomato Salad and Offbeat Wines Watchtower 2020

I love the food cravings that sneakily overtake you – the ones that crawl out of your subconscious unbidden. Most mysterious are the sudden desires for dishes that you haven’t thought about for years. All it takes is a minor change in temperament, a flicker of childhood memory or a phantom scent on the breeze, and that long-ago slice of cheesecake or baked pasta dish or pumpkin curry is conjured up once again. That’s how this recipe came to be. It’s been more than a decade since I last ate Peruvian roast chicken. As a university student in New York...

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