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How to clean the essential appliances in your kitchen using everyday household items

It’s incredible what you can achieve with dishwashing liquid, bicarb, vinegar and an old toothbrush.

  • Jill Dupleix
Do you really need 10 types of vinegar in the pantry?

Acid test: Your essential guide to vinegars (and does your pantry really need so many?)

Do you know your red wine vinegar from your sherry? Your cider vinegar from your rice wine? Pucker up, pals, it’s time to find out which vinegar to use with what.

  • Becky Krystal
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I asked AI to conjure a recipe using fridge ingredients, and now I make it on repeat

Neil McMahon asks AI to come up with a recipe based on the contents of his crisper. The result is terrifyingly good.

  • Neil McMahon
Adam Liaw’s Shepherds’ pie.

Adam Liaw’s shepherd’s pie masterclass (plus a genius tip for browning the meat)

Lift this comfort-food favourite several notches by employing simple chef-approved techniques for better-tasting mince and creamy mash.

  • 1-2 hrs
  • Adam Liaw

Slow cooker v cast-iron casserole pot road test: Which braises best?

The popular appliance goes head-to-head with a range of heavy-based pots at various price points. The results may surprise you.

  • Dani Valent
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Life (and knife) skills: The 15 essential cooking skills everyone should master from boiling an egg to making pasta

From cooking an egg just how you like it, to jointing a chicken, tick these basic kitchen techniques off your to-do list.

  • Terry Durack
Martin Benn and Vicki Wild offer advice on hosting a memorbale dinner party.

A chef’s guide to throwing a stress-free dinner party - and why six is the magic number of guests

Ahead of the launch of their book, The Dinner Party, chef Martin Benn and partner Vicki Wild share their insider knowledge on entertaining.

  • Martin Benn and Vicki Wild
Roll the pastry out to 2-3mm thick before lining the tin.

Emelia Jackson’s step-by-step guide to making the perfect sweet tart pastry (and the secret to avoiding a soggy bottom)

This buttery and rich pastry is a little more foolproof than a traditional shortcrust.

  • 30 mins - 1 hr
  • Emelia Jackson
Jill Dupleix's mushroom and lentil bolognese recipe.

The single best way to cut your food bills (and up your health)

Up your legume game with these tips to embrace cooking with budget-friendly lentils, chickpeas and beans.

  • Kimberly Gillan
Ratatouille on toast with soft-boiled eggs.

Does a slice of toast help or hinder sleep? The do’s and don’ts of eating before bed

It’s not news that you shouldn’t eat late, but there are ways to mitigate the damage and ensure a better night’s sleep.

  • Boudicca Fox-Leonard