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There are many different types of basil, all of which have the same wonderfully overpowering aroma. Much used in Italian and Mediterraniean cuisine, it tends to lose its flavour once cooked, so is best added at the last minute. See below for recipes and tips relating to basil.
By Matt on January 29, 2010
This is a really quick recipe for tomato soup that you can make and serve within half an hour. It’s a beautiful colour, tastes great and is healthy! There’s no need to make this more complicated than it has to be…
By Matt on September 22, 2009
If you’re not into cooking already, start making spaghetti bolognese, from scratch. It’s easy, delicious and will help with making so many other meals. Who needs Dolmio?
By Matt on August 25, 2009
Slowly cooked onions give the rich sauce a lovely sweet flavour. Use whatever sausages you like the most. This is great comfort food, and with only one pot to wash up, you have more time to relax on the sofa!
By Matt on July 15, 2009
This is an amazingly tasty recipe, which really brings the humble potato salad bang up to date. Packed with flavour, and ideal to have with a salad or barbeque.
By Matt on June 30, 2009
This is a recipe I don’t make as often as I should. After cooking it last night, it’s gone once again to the top of my “what to make with beef mince” list, above spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie and burgers
By Matt on June 28, 2009
A really simple recipe for tomato sauce. This is ideal for pizzas, or serving with pasta.
By Matt on June 21, 2009
Today, I’m writing about basil, which is one of my all time favourite herbs. It has an anise, sweet, almost minty taste, which is essential when cooking many Italian dishes. I always use basil when making a tomato sauce for pasta, a pizza, and bolognese sauce, as well as shepherds or cottage pie. Mixed with [...]
By Matt on June 16, 2009
Once you know how to make it, and how to grow a basil plant, you can have a long lasting supply of delicious homemade pesto. It keeps for a few days in a jar, so you just have to cook some pasta and stir it in.