Nigel Slater’s quick chicken laksa recipe

A deliciously warming midweek mealInto a food processor put two small hot red chillies, two roughly chopped inner stalks of lemongrass, two cloves of garlic, the juice of a lime, a handful each of coriander leaves and mint, three teaspoons of turmeric and three tablespoons of groundnut oil. Process to a rough paste. Continue...

My kitchen: Riverside Cottage’s Gill Meller

The head chef at the River Cottage reveals the hand-hewn hub of his homeMy kitchen is … my favourite room in our house. We only finished building last year, and I made the kitchen myself, from timber left over from the roofing beams. The work surface is made from repurposed gym flooring, which is a pleasure to clean – it just takes a good scrub, like the deck of a boat. On one side we have floor-to-ceiling shelving, with all our jars of herbs, spices and other dry goods on display, and our crockery and glasses, with no two alike – it’s a really eclectic collection of vintage pieces.My favourite kitchen tool is … our kitchen table. My father built it for us as a Christmas present when we moved in. It’s a simple, beautiful ash table, which seats 12. The house is built into the hillside overlooking Lyme Bay, and when you sit at the table, you can see the sea down across the wood. It’s the hub of the house; it’s where we get together for eating and talking, and it’s made a great impact on us as a family. It’s also our visitor’s book – everyone who comes for dinner signs their name underneath it. Continue...