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Urban beekeeping with Bermondsey Street Bees

Former stockbroker Dale Gibson (pictured) came up with the idea of putting hives on the roof of his Bermondsey Street building a decade ago. Today, he and wife Sarah now have half a million bees in six hives living above them. The pure raw honey the pair filter and jar in their basement has earned national recognition, with the honey …

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Courier Life Design

Talking discarded furniture and Afropop with Yinka Ilori

Courier talks Afropop and hunting for discarded furniture with the artist-designer. Yinka Ilori spends a lot of his spare time wandering around London, looking for abandoned chairs. Two or three finds provide the raw materials for one new creation, which is painted in vivid colours and re-upholstered. The fabrics, sourced from London or Lagos, are inspired by the bold patterns …

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Courier Life Food

Cooking with colour: turmeric and squid ink

Pigments – which work by absorbing certain wavelength of light and, unlike dyes, don’t dissolve in water – traditionally come from biological sources. Here, two London chefs use bright turmeric and slick squid ink to create two pigment-packed dishes. by Rohit Ghai, Jamavar Turmeric powder, packed with the lurid orange pigment ‘curcumin’, is often considered to be more about the …

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Put leftover turkey to tasty use in a Vietnamese salad

Brother and sister duo Yung and An Nguyen from Peckham’s Banh Banh give leftover turkey a Vietnamese twist. All our recipes are the food we’d eat at home. To keep them as authentic and fresh as possible, we have a very small menu and rotate dishes seasonally. In keeping with this, our ‘goi’ salads are made with young, unripened papaya; …

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Berber and Q’s fesenjan roast duck

A Middle East-inspired roast duck recipe from Josh Katz, co-founder of Haggerston restaurant Berber and Q. I got into cooking north African and Middle Eastern-influenced food during my two years at Ottolenghi. I’ve always been surrounded by it; I lived on Edgware Road for seven years, and grew up in Golders Green. Berber and Q came about because I’ve also …

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Duck fatteh with chickpea pilaf, pomegranates, aubergines and walnuts

For a Middle East-inspired festive feast, Sam and Sam Clark of Moro restaurant, in Exmouth Market, have shared a delicious duck, rice and aubergine recipe. This is a variation on chicken fatteh, a popular dish in Lebanon. It’s a true celebration of rice and spice, with pomegranates, quince, walnuts and duck – an opulent choice for a Lebanese village. We roast …

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Festive fried quail with cinnamon, curry leaves and dosa

Gunpowder head chef Harneet Baweja shares his spicy and warming recipe for fried quail. This dish is reminiscent of the kind of quail you get at festivals and food markets in Bombay and Calcutta. It’s soul food, and because it’s hunted, quail is a lot cheaper than chicken. It also captures the avours on the market stalls and is perfect for a …

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Not your typical Christmas turkey

Dinerama graduate Birdbox’s founder David Carter serves up a smokin’ turkey recipe for this Christmas. Turkey is as much of a Christmas tradition in the States as it is here, and we wanted to give it a touch of smoke and barbecue to honour this. Everyone’s experienced bland and boring roast turkey, and we think this is a much more …

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Chicken stew with jollof rice recipe from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Zoe Adjonyoh, who runs her eponymous restaurant in Brixton, talks Christmas in Ghana and shares one of her favourite recipes for family gatherings. Christmas is taken very seriously in Ghana. Pretty much everyone in my grandma’s neighbourhood in Kaneshie goes to church on Christmas Eve for a choir service, and there’s usually some drumming and dancing. On Christmas Day, churches are packed from the rafters with people …