How to make the perfect dan dan noodles | Felicity Cloake

A quick noodle dish laced with smoky chilli oil and tingly Sichuan pepper is the ideal choice for Chinese new yearIf you’re not familiar with dan dan noodles, or if you’ve had this fiery, aromatic and addictively savoury snack in a restaurant but never made it yourself, this column will change your life. Named for the cry of the itinerant vendors who once roamed the streets of Chengdu with the tools of their trade slung on a bamboo pole – or dan – across their shoulders, dan dan noodles, as Fuchsia Dunlop explains, are traditionally served in small portions, “just enough to ease the hunger of scholars working late or mahjong players gambling into the night”, and should be eaten quickly, while the noodles are still hot and the fried topping crisp.Liberally laced with the smoky chilli oil and numbing pepper for which Sichuan province is famous, they’re a fabulous winter warmer, and the ideal supplement to your Chinese New Year feast, should you be celebrating, noodles being a traditional symbol of longevity. Polish off a couple of tangerines for luck afterwards, and the Year of the Dog is sure to be a good one. Continue...

Felicity Cloake’s marmalade recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Seville orange season is almost over, so now’s your last chance to get peelingIf you don’t make marmalade now, you’ll have missed your chance for another year, because the all-too-brief Seville orange season is almost over. Fortunately, it’s a surprisingly simple task for a lazy day at home, filling the house with a gorgeous, zesty scent, and the cook with smug satisfaction at the months of pleasure to come.1kg Seville oranges1 unwaxed lemon1kg soft light brown sugar1kg white sugar1 piece clean muslin8 x 450ml jars, or assorted jars of equivalent volume Continue...

How to cook the perfect vindaloo | Felicity Cloake

Vindaloo is a tangy Goan dish with sweet spices, not the familiar British chilli-eating contest. If you want the real version, here’s how to make itThe peculiar place of vindaloo, a fierily fragrant speciality of Goa in popular culture can be summed up by the 1998 World Cup football anthem of the same name, whose irritatingly catchy chorus references the curry no fewer than 11 times. As the Observer pointed out, its authors, the “prank art collective” Fat Les, “persuaded, among others, a lot of xenophobic, racist Little England football supporters to celebrate an item of Indian cuisine as a quintessential expression of Englishness”. This is despite Goa having been a former Portuguese colony and one of the few parts of India that never saw British rule. Continue...

Five ways to eat Yorkshire pudding – without making a roast

Morrisons supermarket is releasing a Yorkshire pudding pizza to mark National Yorkshire Pudding Day – so here’s further proof that anything bread can do, batter can do betterExpect ructions from Naples to Northallerton this weekend as Bradford-based supermarket chain Morrisons releases a yorkshire pudding pizza to mark that ancient British holiday, National Yorkshire Pudding Day, which falls on Sunday. Stuffed with cheese, tomato and pepperoni, it actually (whisper it) looks quite nice, in a unfashionably doughy deep-pan pizza kind of a way – just like the Sunday roast wrap that has people queuing round the block in York, or the Manchester kebab that outraged Mancunians last summer with its use of foreign pudding rather than good, honest bap or barmcake. There’s even a street food stall in York that serves a vanilla pudding filled with custard creams, Yorkshire (and – eek! – Lancashire) tea ice-cream and a chocolate sauce. Basically, anything bread can do, batter can do better – and if you don’t believe me, try this lot. Continue...

Homemade granola recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass

Step away from the cereal aisle: granola is absurdly easy to make, and at a fraction of the cost of the packet stuffIf I could go back in time, I’d invest in granola shares: this mix of grains, fruit and nuts often costs more per kilo than steak. Not only is it cheap and stupidly easy to make at home, but you can put exactly what you like in it, too. Not a fan of raisins? Bin them. Mad on macadamia nuts? Chuck in a whole bag. Bespoke breakfast bliss. Continue...