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We've got stuff to tart up your home, ways to tart up your leftovers, and lessons in how to make tarts.

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RECIPE Spicy yoghurt prawn curry By Sian Meades

This spicy prawn curry tastes incredibly rich, but it’s actually pretty healthy as the creamy sauce is yoghurt-based

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RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #8: Orange Liqueur By Felix Cohen

We've talked about pretty much all the big spirits and ingredients now so there's just one remaining item in the bartender’s quiver [That thing you put arrows in, no I had no idea either – Ed] – orange liqueur. Normally you'll see triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier used for this purpose, but a very honourable mention has to also be given to that most garish and awesome of ingredients – blue curaçao. This week, we'll dip briefly into how fruit liqueurs are made, you'll grab a bottle of triple sec on the way home, and then we'll dive off into the easiest and best way to start inventing your own drinks without screwing it up. (You’ll screw it up. But you’ll learn.)

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RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #7: The Bloody Mary By Felix Cohen

After last week's most flavoursome of spirits – Scotch – we turn our attention to something deliberately boring: vodka. Vodka is, according to the FDA, 'odourless and tasteless' – a spirit that is often very little more than industrial alcohol and water. The water makes a difference, and the source of the alcohol can, but ultimately, vodka is a vessel for getting drunk in the simplest fashion possible. And hurrah for that.

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RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #6: Scotch By Felix Cohen

Now there's a little chill back in the air we're going to return to brown spirits, specifically one close to home – Scotch whisky. (Yes, that's 'whisky' with no ‘e’ – ‘whiskey’ refers to Irish or American whiskeys. Irish whiskey is closer to Scotch than American (in every sense) but still very different. We'll talk about why in a bit.)

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RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #5: The Paloma By Felix Cohen

We're sticking with some delicious summery drinks this week as the sun continues to lull us into a false sense of security before we are subjected to a month of grey skies and hail for April. So. Let's make the most of it. We're drinking tequila this week. No! Don't run away. This isn't going to be the tequila you neck to try and numb the pain of being at Infernos in Clapham on a Thursday night and knowing you've got a conference call at 8am – this is tequila as it's meant to be.

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RECIPE The Booze Cabinet #3: Martini, Manhattan, Martinez By Felix Cohen

If you followed steps one and two you will now have a bottle of bourbon and some gin, which means we're just one more ingredient away from a whole WEALTH of classic cocktails. (Or maybe two ingredients, but we're going to cheat a little bit on the bottles rule this week, don’t tell anyone.) Vermouth, being based on wine, comes in red and white versions. But it gets a lot more complicated than that. So, let's see how deep this rabbit hole goes.

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RECIPE Rocky Road Brownies By Laura Brown

Rocky Road is a curious beast. Is it a traybake that needs no baking? A fridge cake that’s not a cake? A glorified chocolate bar? Whatever, it tastes amazing. Chocolate, raisins, biscuits, nuts, marshmallows – basically all the good things in the back of your kitchen cupboard, flung together. HOWEVER. You know what makes Rocky Road even better? A bit of springiness. A lot of goo. Some chewiness, and a crispy shell. OH HELL YEAH. Rocky Road brownies, everybody! ROCKY ROAD BROWNIES. Leave the other stuff to the school fêters and the office bake salers. This is the only Rocky Road for us now.

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RECIPE HOW TO MAKE GUACAMOLE By Sian Meades

There aren't many dishes that are named after bollocks. Guacamole can be dated back to the Aztecs in the 16th century and the word ahuacamolli was made up of two parts - the more common mole, which means sauce or paste and ahuacatl which was the Aztec word for avocado, translating literally as testicle for erm... obvious reasons.

So how do you make this tasty side dish?

Good, fresh ingredients are the secret to perfect guacamole (no bollocks necessary). The avocado needs to be just ripe, so there's a little bit of give when you press your thumb into the skin. The other ingredients work in perfect balance with each other - spicy, sour, salty. This is the perfect healthy snack or starter.

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How to tart up your leftovers

With all this telly to watch chances are you forgot to go to Sainsburys again (yep, us too). But beans on toast again won't do. It just will not do. So we asked real life chef Tom Rea – author of How to Roast a Pig and expert in making the best of a bad fridge – what he would do. His answer is the correct answer to many of life's great questions: PASTRY.

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How to make cheaty chocolate and bourbon fudge RECIPE

In technical terms, this isn’t really fudge. But no one really cares about technical terms when you mix condensed milk with chocolate and whiskey.

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How to make Honey roasted cashew nuts RECIPE

The combination of sweet and salty always sends people until a tizz. Any sweet and savoury snack means that you can eat it whenever you like. It’s pudding and a starter. It’s breakfast!

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You could eat your dinner off it the prettiest plates on the table

Your tea is far too tasty to put on boring white plates. Here are some beautiful designers that will have you ‘accidentally’ smashing your crockery when you wash up, just so you have an excuse to replace them.

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What's in season? November

November is one of the best months for seasonal foods. It might be so cold you're refusing to go outside without your thermals on, but on the other side of the central heating cushion fort you've created, there is really good stuff growing and waiting to be eaten. I

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How to make Portuguese Custard Tarts

If there’s one sweet treat that will vanish in minutes, it’s a pastel de nata. These Portuguese custard tarts are world-famous and it’s easy to see why.

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE LOOK NICER THE COOLEST CUSHIONS

Cushions are a cheaty way to make a bit of your house look nicer that it did yesterday. It’s like pretend decorating.

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How to make spicy sausage stew

When you’ve had a long week and it’s raining outside, this spicy sausage stew is perfect.

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How to make chorizo and goats' cheese pinwheels

Nothing tastes better than ham and cheese and pastry. That’s just one of the life’s basic rules.

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