THE PIES AND POTS – British Pies, Pasty & Hotpots

THE PIES AND POTS - British Pies, Pasty & Hotpots Shouts of ‘Who ate all the pies?’ or side comments out of earshot of a gentleman of larger proportion like ‘I bet he likes a pie!’ are telling of the sheer ‘love it cos its bad for you’ appeal of a salt laden pastry wrapped meat pie. A pastry…

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The Great British Roast Dinner: Sunday lunch of Champions

The Great British Roast Dinner: Sunday lunch of Champions The Great British Isles can be a cold, wet, grey place at any time of year. The weather can be beautiful through the office window all week…

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Ethiopian Must have Recipes Top Ten

Ethiopian food is just superb and yet little known really. Below we have set out our top ten must have Ethio dishes with of course a cooking video to show you how it is all done. Now choosing ten…

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British Puddings: Sweet Mercy

British Puddings: Sweet Mercy The British like a pudding. They like it smothered in custard or cream or just plain. Not just after a main course either. There are a plethora of fantastic…

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Arabic Coffee Qahwa – How to make Arabic Coffee and a little history

https://youtu.be/ZrBtp-0GZko   Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. It is estimated that around 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. While coffee may have been…

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Should I buy an Air Fryer – What is an Air Fryer

Should i buy a Air Fryer? Well before we get into any form of details the answer is YES YES YES. The 2 Main Reasons to make this purchase. 01 - They reduce the amount of oil used up to 100%, if you…

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Must Try Food in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, an island country, shares fairly similar food to its neighbouring country India, but still holds a distinct flavour in its cuisines. With the years…

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Story of Traditional Bengali Food

Bengali food is known for its scrumptious cuisines. Every single dish is made by a fabulous use of “Panchphoron” a mix of five essential spices - mustard, fenugreek, aniseeds, black cumin seeds and…

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Don’t Get Ripped Off when buying Saffron

Check out this little video, it may well save you a bundle. By far the most expensive spice is the world at around $6 - $15 a gram making this worth more than gold in weight. This video is in reply…

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Understanding Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are essentially small lock boxes containing all of the ingredients necessary to create plant life. Because of this valuable nutrient load, and in order to ensure the continual survival…

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Mashed potato – A Classic Dish with Twist

Potatoes are considered a “New World” food as it was introduced by Spanish explorer in the 16th century to the world. If we look in the history, the cultivation of potato were done by the French…

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Kombucha Explained

Kombucha is sweet and tangy sparkling beverage that is the product of a unique method of fermentation that has recently gained the attention of health-conscious individuals around the world. The use…

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Smile like an Italian

Twenty ways they say cheese: dairy specialities from twenty Italian regions If you think Italy produces a wide variety of wine, pasta and olive oil… you are forgetting cheese. A country with an about…

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Tangy Story of Indian Pickle

Pickle – This one word define the flavour of any Indian meal. When you eat authentic Indian cuisine, a small portion of pickle is kept on the left side of a plate. This small portion has a power to…

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Top 5 Delicious Idlis from South India

Now as we have introduced you to many South Indian delicacies like Dosa, sambhar, coconut chutney, it’s time we give you one more healthy food option which comes with innumerable health benefits.…

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Indian Breads – An Essential Part of Indian Cooking

Breads are the most essential part of Indian meal. But, unlike breads cooked around the world, Indian breads are thin and cooked from various flour. The most common type of bread in Indian cooking is…

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Pie n’ Mash – Its a London Thing

As a London boy i grew up on pie n’ mash and thought the rest of the world did as kid. There were plenty of these shops, and let us be clear they are Pie n’ Mash Shops and certainly not called…

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Raita – A Cooling Tasty Treat from India

Raita is basically a yogurt based dish often served as a side dish with the main course dishes like Biryani and Paratha in India. The popular version of Indian Raita is made from vegetable, fruit and…

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Land of thousand virgins: a journey through Italian olive oils

If you ever happened to read a recipe in Italian, you might have noticed a strange ingredient: “evo”. According to the dictionary, “evo” means “era/age”: English term “Medieval”, for instance, comes…

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5 IDEAS TO SPICE UP THE NUTELLA IN YOUR LIFE (EVEN IF IT DOESN’T “NEED” IT)

1964 was a big, big year. Mary Poppins hit the big screen, Beatlemania infiltrated households worldwide, Muhammad Ali won his first worldwide heavyweight championship, and (perhaps most…

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Not all that glitter is gold: a stairway to a heavenly pizza

Pizza. Love of one’s life, fire of one’s taste. One’s sin, one’s soul. The tip of the tongue hardly prevents one’s mouth from drooling when it’s about pizza. She - sorry! - It is like a beautiful…

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Italian Food – Know Your Pasta

Gluttology A glutton’s glottological guide to the galaxy of pasta Pasta is like beauty: it comes in all shapes and sizes. We all are able to tell spaghetti apart from lasagne, but do we know what…

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History of Indian Street Food

Indian food is known for the “Curries” in the western world but frankly this big nation has lots to offer when you talk about food. Most of the tourists visiting India are advised to avoid any street…

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The Top Ten Must Have Ethiopian Food Recipes

Ethiopian food is just superb and yet little known really. Below we have set out our top ten must have Ethio dishes with of course a cooking video to show you how it is all done. Now choosing ten…

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Egg Foo Young – A Story of Chinese American Cuisine

On every Chinese takeaway menu, you find one dish which catches every single person’s attention - “Egg Foo Young”. This bizarre name dish is made from egg and looks more like pancakes. But, it taste…

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Taste Crispness of Indian Dosa

They are crispy, light and just melts in your mouth in first bite. I am talking about one of the World’s Most Delicious Food “DOSA”. The best thing about dosa is it compliments with any…

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Biryani – The Feast of Indian Kings and Nawabs

For most of the people, Biryani is nothing but rice cooked with herbs, spices and meat. But, in reality this cuisine is much more than just mixing rice and spice. You would be surprise to know that…

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Asian Food Quiz

Just for a little fun, check out this food quiz and test yourself on all things Asian food. The answers are at the bottom of the page, No cheating. 01 - What name is given to the Japanese dish of…

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Weird Food in Bad Taste Part 1

There are some very strange food related knocking about. In this series we will find a few and post them for you. Take a look at these four odd stories. An Italian stripper, Gina Lalapola, was found…

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Fruit are you crazy – Common foods you think are Vegetables

Fruit are you crazy - Common foods you think are Vegetables Avocado, Eggplant, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Peppers, Okra, Pumpkin = Fruit. There are several fruits that we often refer to and think of as…

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Indian Pickle and Chutney – How To Cook Great Food

Pickle and Chutney – The Taste Enhancers of Meals It’s believed that no Indian meal can be complete without accompaniments which is spicy pickle and tangy chutney. You can easily find hundreds of…

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Coffee Quiz – How to Cook Great Food

Have a go at this Quick Quiz on Coffee and check out the Answers at the bottom to see if you are right. 1. How many years does it take for a coffee tree to reach maturity ? 2. Brazil is the World's…

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Sweet Potato: World’s Healthiest Food

Sweet Potato is the most preferred vegetable when you start dieting. This root vegetable is a super food packed nutrients and fiber. With each sweet potato, you get minerals like manganese, copper,…

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Filipino Top Ten Recipes – Pinoy top Ten cooking Videos

How hard is it to choose ten dishes from so may and when we say many we mean thousands. Pinoy or Filipino food is just wonderful and underrated. Get in take a look at this top ten Filipino food list…

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HTCG Middle Eastern – Arabic Food Recipe Top Ten

At HTCGF we love food from all over the world. But one of our absolute favourites has to be Middle Eastern or if you like Arabic cooking. Below we have set out our top 10 Arabic recipes that we see…

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Food Quiz – Indian & Curry

Answers are at the bottom of the page - No cheating…… In Indian cuisine what are Paratha, Naan and Chapatti? What is the name of the cylindrical clay oven often used for cooking and baking in……

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WHAT IS VEGANISM? – BEING VEGAN

Veganism is a way of living characterized by practice of abstaining from the use of animal products as far as possible, particularly in diet, to avoid all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to,…

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Indian Spices and Their Health Benefits

Spices are the heart and the soul of Indian Cooking. Indian Spices are available in various colour and brings out very distinct taste in your everyday meal. Indians are habitual to use certain spices…

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The Full Monty Café: Helping You Start a Day with a Smile

Feeling lack of energy to get the day started? Worried about what lies ahead? Well, what you most probably need right now is a heavy English breakfast. But this does not mean breakfast from just any…

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Gluten Free – What is it all about and Why I should be?

A gluten-free diet is a diet that is free of a protein known as “gluten”. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and other related grains. A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat…

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How To Cook Great Food - HTCG grilled cheese sandwich recipe - beef mustard

Grilled cheese sandwiches: The best sandwiches in the world?

There are very few things in life that will give you more pleasure than a perfectly prepared grilled cheese sandwich, and no, that isn’t an exaggeration either. As far as popular foods go, grilled…

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How To Cook Great Food - HTCG british food - english recipes - Fich and Chips

British Fish n’ Chips – Authentic British Cuisine Collection

There is nothing better to keep you warm on a cold, blustery day than fish, chips and mushy peas. This classic favourite British dish is the perfect way to enjoy the cold weather and still be warm.…

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Indian Seafood Dishes – How To Cook Great Food Indian Collection

Indian Food is renowned all over the world for its lip smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Among non-vegetarian dishes - fish curries, tandoori fish, and fish tikkas are few names which…

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Indian Chicken Curry “Its not all Korma”

Due to the existence of different religious practices in India, lots of people do not consume beef and pork in their diet. Thus, chicken has become the most preferred non-vegetarian food among Indian…

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Indian Vegetarian Food – No Meat Required

Food plays a very important role in Indian lifestyle. India is the land of Hindus who consider food to be equivalent to God. This is the reason why most of the Indians opt for a vegetarian diet. In…

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Food Products with great names

Having a great product is one thing but marketing and getting a super cool name is as important. Here are a few products that may well be good but the name has let them down a little. The English…

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How To Cook Great Food perfect egg

How To Cook Great Fried Eggs

Found this great Food Hack out there on the interweb. Going to give it a whirl tmrw for lunch. Let us know any other Food hack you have... post them on the Facebook page or email them on over to…

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Scrumptious Homemade Chicken Burger better than KFC or McDonalds by far!

You like burgers, You LOVE chicken burgers. You know the main stream takeaways are not great for your health, but they TASTE SO GOOD!!. Right? Well you can make the most Scrumptious Chicken Burger -…

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How To Cook Great Food - Egg Burger

Eggcellent Home Made Burger!

Well it sure looks like we will be having a few of these for dinner after all! I will be going for a nice cheddar rather than the processed strips though. Yummma

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How To Cook Great Food Ultimate Chocolate Bowl

The Ultimate Chocolate Bowl – TRY THIS!

Got to say this actually Rocks!! DO TRY AT HOME :-)

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How To Cook Great Food – Youtube Channel

Check out our ever growing collection of videos on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/howtocookgreat We are adding to this channel weekly and each video is a step by step tutorial which will help…

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Habesha Restaurant – Bangkok, Thailand

So we are in Bangkok Thailand as part of our food finding mission and guess what, An Ethiopian Restaurant. Now we had know idea that one would exist. Any way without delay we got ourselves over to…

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What is Besobela – Beso Bela

What is Besobela - Beso Bela An incredibly delicate herb that is sun-dried and often ground to a powder. It has purple flower and a delightful smell. Also know as sacred basil, this herb is an…

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What is Mitmita?

What is Mitmita? If Berebere is the "Big Daddy" of Ethiopian spices then Mitmita would be classed as the "Heavyweight". This amazing blend packs a real punch on the heat seekers chart for sure. Like…

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Ethiopian Coffee by Types and Regions

A little Tour of Ethiopian Coffee Regions and Types There are many regions in Ethiopia that produce unique tasting coffees. They are all Arabica strains and not robusta. They are sometimes wet…

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What is koseret?

What is Koseret? Koseret or Lippia Javanica is a member of the verbena family. Now there about 200 strains of Lippia and i am for sure uncertain about all of them found outside of Ethiopia. The…

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Cooking Injera with Solar power – Injera Mitad

Cooking Injera with Solar power - Injera Mitad After a little Google surfing we found to our astonishment, a solar powered Injera mitad. Now this is sure news to us, although maybe not all of you.…

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Ethiopian Cooking – Ethiopian pots and dishes

Ethiopian clay Pots and Dishes There are several different types dishes used to serve Ethiopian food. The main 3 are: 01 - A tall clay dish, which hot charcoal is placed under to keep the upper…

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Ethiopian Coffee origins – Kaldi and His Goats

This is just one variation on the Kaldi story: More than a thousand years ago, Kaldi, an Abyssinian goat herder saw his goats acting a little strange. They were said to almost be dancing on their…

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Ethiopian Lotions and Tonics

​​ Ethiopian Herbal plants and how they are used. As in every country Ethiopia has many plants and roots that are used for medical use. Generations of familes have used many of these, though perhaps…

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Addis Restaurant – Kings Cross, London, UK

​ This double fronted eatery is a stones throw from King Cross station. I arrived with a friend on a Monday night and was surprised to find the place buzzing with lots of tables occupied. A warm…

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Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant – South London

Situated in a regular row of shops in Stockwell South London, this fine little Cafe is a real community place. Nothing special in the sense of fine dinning, but let tell you a super place to pop in…

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Meaza Restaurant – Falls Church, VA

Along Columbia Pike near Bailey Crossroads, tucked into a strip mall parking lot is Meaza Ethiopian Cuisine and Café. It’s a large restaurant with a very open dining area, reminiscent…

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Shrimp vs Prawn

At a seafood restaurant you order an item off the menu and fifteen minutes later a plate of steaming pink C-shaped food comes back. It is generally accompanied with some dipping sauces and a lemon…

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Muya Ethiopian Restaurant – London

Set in north London as are many of Londons Ethiopian restaurants sits Muya. This small modern eatery is set on two level and my first impression was, how cool the place was. Unlike many Ethio…

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Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant – London

As i entered this north London restaurant, my first impression was simply Wow and this was just from the smell. The fresh coffee and frankincense that filled the whole place, immediately gave me a…

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Kokeb Ethiopian Restaurant – London England

I popped over to this place on a very very cold night while i was in London. Tucked away from the high roads i found a small well maintained little eatery. This is more of a relaxed bistro cafe than…

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Das Ethiopian Restaurant – N.W, Washington, DC

Directly off M street in downtown Georgetown, Das Ethiopian has a very quaint atmosphere with charm and class. A friend and I made plans to visit during the weekend. Being that is was a Saturday…

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Karamara Ethiopian Restaurant Review – Arlington VA.

Karamara Ethiopian Restaurant is located in the heart of the growing Columbia Pike corridor in Arlington, VA. Tucked away in a cozy strip of restaurants, Karamara offers convenient parking and a very…

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What is Soy Sauce / How is Soy Sauce Made?

Soy sauce is a condiment produced from a fermented paste of boiled soybeans, roasted grain, brine and Aspergillus oryzae or Aspergillus sojae molds. After fermentation, the paste is pressed,…

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Ethiopian Tea

Completely over shadowed by its coffee (buna), Ethiopian tea is produced and widely drunk within the country. it is traditionally drunk black and made with cinnamon, cloves and cardamon. Sugar and…

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What is Injera?

Injera is probably the hardest thing to make within Ethiopian cooking. The process is long and i have heard many tales that the altitude and water of Ethiopia affect the out come, how true this is i…

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Lucy Restaurant – Addis Ababa Ethiopia

A well named eatery as it is housed next door to one of the main museums in Addis Ababa that houses the remains of the famous skeleton of Lucy. Said to be one if not the oldest ever found. It is a…

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Fast Food Far Away

What a great relief it is to know that Ethiopia does not have a single McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and in fact any other high street food brand. Although Addis Ababa is a throbbing large city with…

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Zeret Kitchen – Ethiopian Restaurant in London UK

Let me start by doing a little a geography of this fine Ethiopian restaurant. It is in Camberwell a south London area away from the tourist trap areas and not the nicest area in town by a long shot…

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Yod Abyssinia – Restaurant Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Probably the most famous restaurant in Addis Ababa due to its stage show. Based in the Bole area of town Yod is a huge open space that could seat i would say around 200 people, if not more. As you…

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What is Ethiopian Food – Part One

With a population of 80 million, up to 80 languages and a land mass of 426,000 sq miles (that is bigger than France and Spain combine), depending on which reports you choose to go with. …

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The Organic boom and Ethiopia

Organic chicken, organic eggs, organic beef, organic this and organic that. The western world is awash with organic products that we all pay a premium on. Now i am not saying that we should not be…

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