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Cooking holiday in France late booking offer:

  • 8th to 13th November advanced course.

20% off this course - as places are limited availability is on a first come first served basis.

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Gardening - Grow your own Veg

"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes”

This is a new section for Hub-UK and seems a natural part of a site about food . . . growing your own vegetables.

Articles and guides will appear here as and when they are received from a contributor or as I have time to write them. They will not necessarily be published at the time of year they relate to but hopefully in due course they will build into a complete guide on how to grow your own vegetables.

The first article is about growing your own tomatoes. Have a look at How to grow tomatoes.

Do you like the idea of going on a bread making course? Then have a look at Bread Making Courses and Classes.

Eating Together by Chef Jonathan Arthur

We have all been told how important it is to eat together, how nobody does it any more, that we all just graze the fridge or snack on unhealthy junk food. It is implied, or stated that the absence of required communal feeding times will lead to the breakdown of the family, atomization of society and the resultant fall of western civilisation. Rapacious heathen hoards, now massed at our gates, are about to invade our depraved and decadent cities, no doubt strengthened by a proper breakfast where they all talk to one another in a civilized manner and finish their porridge . . . read more

What the . . . ? Freekeh?

Have you heard about freekeh? Freekeh is the new super grain hitting the UK. Healthy, versatile and cooked in just twenty minutes, freekeh has a lot to offer. It can be added to soups, used in a pilaf, provide a base for a warm salad, served as a simple side dish and plenty more. Unlike other grains freekeh has . . . read more

Do you enjoy Indian cooking?

If you do you might enjoy the article entitled Indian Cooking . . . how did it become so popular? and at the bottom you will find links to the most popular Indian dishes so that you can have a go at cooking them for yourself . . . Chicken Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Rogan Josh, Malai Kofta, Chole Bhature, Palak Paneer, Kaali Daal, Chaat, Naan.

Great Homemade Soups by Paul Gayler

When I think back I often think I was raised on soup. Of course I wasn't but we did seem to eat a lot of soup during the winter months . . . and it was always the same soup! We still liked the soup but a bit of variety would have been nice . . . read the review,try a recipe

When is a shallot not a shallot? When it’s a banana shallot!

Echalions - also known as ‘banana shallots’ - are taking Britain’s kitchens by storm. This versatile vegetable, which is a cross between an onion and a shallot, has seen 35% growth year on year.

The British grown vegetable has become the darling of professional kitchens all over the country because it is so easy to prepare. And now the secret is out and echalions have found their way onto our supermarket shelves.

The versatile Echalion can add a subtle hint of flavour or be the main ingredient for any recipe calling for shallots. They are perfect for braising with meats, roasting with vegetables or with soups. Finely chop and add to broths and sauces, or sauté with mushrooms”, says Chef Tom Aikens.

British grown echalions are available from September to mid-May. They are grown in the Eastern counties of Britain (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk) where the sandy soil and warmer temperatures provide the ideal growing conditions.

Here are some recipes to try using the more familiar round shallots:


When it comes to food and cooking it is always difficult to find gifts because those that are really into their cooking tend to have all the equipment they want, and nor do they want their favourite worn down wooden spoon replacing with a brand new one or some alternative trendy stirring tool. So what do you buy them? Ever thought of ceramics, Spanish ceramics that is? There is such a wide range and they make a great way to serve food. Presentation is all important and what could make a better present . . . read more

"Just took a stroll around the Spanish Ceramics pages on their site. I wish I had a huge kitchen - I'd order ALL OF IT. Lovely stuff." Take a stroll for yourself at www.orceserranohams.com
Spanish Delicatessen  

Have you had a look yet?

You should have a look at the Hub-UK Spanish Delicatessen where you will find some of the most popular Spanish meats and food products . . . direct from Spain!

Serrano Ham - Chorizo - Lomo - Salchichon - Iberico Sausage

Any of these artisan products can be ordered through the Spanish Delicatessen page directly from Orce Serrano Hams.

. . . have a look at Spanish Delicatessen

Spanish Hams & Terracotta Cookware

Iain Macdonald and Gayle Hartley realised their dream of moving to Andalucia and establishing their own business in 2004. ‘Orce Serrano Hams’ is an online Spanish delicatessen specialising in cured hams, locally cured delicacies, terracotta cookware and Spanish ceramics. If you love Spanish food, tapas and traditional earthenware you can choose your very own and have it delivered DIRECT from Spain . . . read more

Spanish Hams Terracotta Cookware


If you need help or advice or just need a question answering then email cooking.holidays@hub-uk.com

Tips on Knife Maintenance - a few knife sharpening hints. All straight edge knives need to be sharpened regularly. It is easy, just learn the procedure of washing the knife, drying it, and then steeling it before putting the knife away in a protected sleeve or knife holder . . . read more

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