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Food To Share

Menus and recipes for eating well at home

Eating well at home doesn’t have to mean hours in the kitchen. Put together a selection of these stylish dishes full of flavour and relax.

This is food you can whip up at the end of a working day or during a busy weekend. Kathy Kordalis offers inspired ideas for creating dishes to share at home, whether you are serving brunch, lunch, dinner, nibbles with drinks or a family feast. Within each sharing menu there are lists of things to buy in, dishes that require simple preparation, plus recipes to cook from scratch. In Autumn, reflect the bounty of the harvest with dishes that include seasonal treats like squash, chard, beets and purple artichokes. Winter is a time for comfort food at its finest. It's dark, it's cold, it's probably raining. The only antidote is a cosy home and a dining table groaning with delicious things to eat. Serve comforting spiced tomato soup with cheese scones, a good old-fashioned beef stroganoff and chilli chocolate mousse. Come Spring it’s time to lighten up. Young vegetables with tangy dips, small bowls of pea and mint risotto, artichokes with the perfect vinaigrette and herb-garnished gin and tonics. Let it shine in Summer. Head outdoors and have fun with the barbecue, cooking seafood and setting up dazzling dessert stations for al fresco fun. Finally, embrace the art of feasting, whether cooking a special dinner for Valentine’s Day or celebrating a big event. Serve a stunning centrepiece rib of beef or a classic whole salmon served with sumptuous sides. Ultimately, it’s all about spending quality time at home and enjoying yourself.

Raised by Greek parents in Sydney, Australia, Kathy Kordalis’ food style is light, relaxed and accessible, drawing inspiration from her Australian and Mediterranean heritage. A graduate of Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Kathy originally moved to London and entered the professional food world in a management role at the Divertimenti Cookery School. Now working as a freelance food stylist and writer, her clients include Tesco Online and Waitrose Food Magazine, as well as chef Bill Granger, for whom tests and develops recipes for his three Granger & Co restaurants in London. Kathy is currently completing a Masters degree in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS and leads popular Gastronomic Tours in central London for Context Travel.

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