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Liz Franklin is an award-winning food writer, food stylist and chef, who has run a cookery and wine school. She has written for some of the UK's leading glossy food and travel magazines, such as Waitrose Food Illustrated, Food & Travel and Olive, as well as several national newspapers including the Daily Mail and Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of 12 cookery books including Caffe Italia, The Organic Seasonal Cook Book and Cooking Italian with Kids.
Dinner, or supper, is an opportunity to unwind and share your day with your family and friends - spending time talking, laughing and enjoying mouth-watering meals (rather than rushing around the kitchen, frantically trying to piece something together). This book shows you exactly how to achieve that. Express Dinners includes more than 175 recipes and is divided into 6 easy chapters - for meals that can be made in just 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 minutes each, from the moment you start to the finished meal on the plate. In just 5 minutes, for example, you can you can whip up Garlic Prawns with Sesame Noodles or Crab with Angel Hair Pasta for a healthy dinner-on-the-run, or Chicken & Avocado Tortillas in time for your kids' supper. In a mere 10 minutes, you can serve up an Open Ricotta Lasagne. Or cook up a weekend feast your family will love with 30-minute recipes such as Pesto-Crusted Lamb Fillets or Chicken with Rosemary & Roasted Tomatoes. Forget pre-prepared supermarket convenience meals or take-aways. Instead, discover how to create mouth-watering food from scratch - all in the flash of a pan. When you get home late, and need to feed your family quickly; or when you want to make something special for friends but don't want to spend ages in the kitchen, try these recipes. They're all full of delicious home-made tastes, all significantly cheaper than the shop-bought versions and all made in a matter of minutes.
A celebration of teas - black, white, green, flowering and more - and the perfect cakes to pair with them. Tea has magical properties - it can perk you up if you're flagging, calm you down if you're restless, soothe you and lift you. For tea-lovers, each mood and time of the day demands a different cuppa. As the world of tea expands, the quality and provenance becomes more important. And what better way to make the best of your fine tea than to pair it with the perfect cake, designed both to complement and enhance the experience and enjoyment? Quality teas can bring out the best in food, just as a fine wine can enhance a meal. Liz Franklin marries the floral, fragrant, zesty, rich and varied world of tea with the endlessly popular world of baking and offers recipes matching teas and sweet treats. Pairings such as Japan's Gyokuro tea with Fudgy Dark Chocolate and Almond Cakes or White Tea with Buttery Carrot and Orange Cake are just an example of the myriad combinations that prove to be a match made in heaven.
What's not to love about sheet pan cooking? It is super-convenient, healthy, easy on the washing up and, as Liz Franklin proves here in 101 inspired meat-free recipes, big on flavour! More and more of us are cutting out animal protein and products from our diets, or at very least reducing them. Liz Franklin reveals how all manner of the truly scrumptious dishes can be created when oven, sheet pan and vegetables conspire. Most of the recipes are built on a rainbow of roasted vegetables, grains, cheese and vegan sources of protein, but there are also recipes for things you might not associate with oven cooking too - fabulous fritters, glorious soups and the best-ever baked porridge. Taking their lead from dishes enjoyed all around the world, recipes include delicious dishes from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and The Americas as well as ideas designed to showcase your own local seasonal produce.
Over 40 delightful recipes for Venetian bar bites, cocktails and spritzes that will transport you to the stone streets that line the interconnected canals of la Serenissima. Arguably the most seductive city in the world, Venice exudes magic and mystery, history and tradition, so it comes as no surprise that a city which delights at every turn should have a few little-known treasures to discover, too. Not least the custom of enjoying cicchetti (pronounced 'chee-keh-tee'). Discover the charms of a small but bustling bacaro, where traditionally a glass of wine, known as an 'ombra', is served together with a selection of small plates or 'cicchetti'. There are over 40 recipes starting with Verdura (vegetables) including Rosemary Roasted Chickpeas, Venetian Cheese with Cipolline in Agrodolce and Fig & Blue Cheese Pizzette; or try simple Pesce (fish) plates of Mixed Fried Fish, Soft Shell Crab with Lemon & Caper Mayonnaise, Red Mullet in Saor and Scallops with Borlotti Beans. Also featured are Carne (meat) recipes for Artichokes with Taleggio Cheese & Prosciutto, Calves' Liver with Onions & Potato, Speck & Smoked Ricotta Crocchette. Finish up a selection of Crostini & Tramezzini (breads) as well as Bevande (drinks) to do as the Venetians do. Venetians love to linger a while with friends, chatting over these wonderful morsels and a glass of wine, a Spritz or Campari Soda, but cicchetti make perfect food for entertaining at home, too. Whether for pre-dinner nibbles, or a full blown party, bring a little taste of Italy to your kitchen at home.
'Oils and Vinegars' celebrates the many uses for the key oils and vinegars, and explains their characteristics, uses in cooking, health benefits and origins. There is plenty of information about specific oils, followed in each case by one or more recipes in which they are the focal ingredient. With over 20 gourmet recipes featuring the legendary olive oil, as well as argan, avocado, walnut, hazelnut, sesame and pumpkin - you will never want to use butter in baking again.