¡Arriba, Arriba! Tacos Tonight!

It seems that tacos have become the new burgers in London. From a growing number Mexican restaurants to street food pop-up sites, tacos are more popular than ever. And have they changed!

Gone are the Tex-Mex favourites of old. Now it’s all about gourmet tacos that meet the definition of taco only by being wrapped in a tortilla! Smoked bavette with chimichurri, beer-battered sea bream with salsa veracruz, pig’s head cochinita pibil (what is that?) and even buttermilk fried chicken are the toppings at the best rated taco joints in London.

And that is all good. I love the new flavours, but I still enjoy the old Tex-Mex version too. Crispy shells, spicy mince, cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream — Yum!

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Warning! Never take this dish to a party!

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.  Take this to a party and it may be the only dish you ever get asked for. This dish is a fiesta of fresh flavours — it’s like a taco in a bowl.

I can’t have a party (or go to one) without this dish now.  It is absolutely everyone’s favourite.  The good news it is it may be one of the easiest dishes you ever make.  And if you do take it to a party you can count on more party invites.

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Breakfast on the Go

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A full English breakfast is nice, but sometimes you just don’t have the time.  You need something you can grab and eat on the go.  These savoury muffins are not your average muffin.

A bit of spice, crunchy crust and soft centre — these deliver flavour in a small package.

Delicious straight out of the oven, but you can also freeze them and reheat in the microwave for a quick, but surprisingly filling breakfast at any time.

Even better with a bit of chipotle ketchup for dipping.

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Best bread in the world?

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Mark Twain famously said, “Perhaps no bread in the world is quite as good as Southern corn bread.” That might be a bit of a stretch, but this versatile bread certainly has a following. There are even annual competitions and national festivals for this simple bread. There are lots of recipes but if you’re after proper Southern-style cornbread, it has to include coarse ground cornmeal and buttermilk.

This recipe is one of the easiest and comes from Quaker Oats (one the larger cornmeal producers in the USA). It uses a mix of cornmeal and flour so purists will argue this isn’t a proper Southern recipe, but it’s what I grew up with and I still love it.

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Biscuit anyone?

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Biscuits are a staple of Southern cooking in America. Definitely not a British biscuit, these are a kind of bread that’s similar to a scone but softer and lighter. The southern biscuit is most often seen at the breakfast table, but may appear with any meal–they are particularly good served with fried chicken.

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