Bringing home the bacon

When Rachael Martin moved to Italy, she ate her way around its history. Then she had children and the comfort food of her homeland became more important.

Hoovering: Halfegan, nearligan, tryingigan

In her last column, Jess Fostekew talks about a surprising change to her diet.

Easter recipe: Lamb tagine

Stuck for something to serve this Sunday? Check out Colleen Sainlo’s lamb tagine. If you need us we’ll be licking the tin.

I Make the Best… Pearl Barley Salad

After a snap poll of Standard Issue staffers, we came to the conclusion everyone has a signature dish they’re willing to brag about. When it comes to pearl barley salad, Justine Brooks reckons everyone else can take a seat.

Recipe: Death by chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache drizzle

A cake that makes crap days better? You’d better believe it. Lorraine Pascale introduces the ultimate chocolate bake.

Hoovering: Suffolk eating

What does a couple do on a weekend away from the baby? Eat, says Jess Fostekew.

Eat Here, Love: Ira B’s

In our continuing series saluting the loveliness of places where we love to scoff when we’re out of the house, Justine Brooks introduces her favourite.

Recipe: Besan ki cheela

February is Hot Breakfast Month, so chickpea fan Gita Malhotra’s whisked us up some Punjabi pancakes. Now if you’ll excuse us…

Hoovering: Little Everyjob

Comedian and food fiend Jessica Fostekew puts her mouth where others fear to tread. A celebration of eating: from posh nosh to kebab shops to stuff that’s been on the floor. This week, Jess and her young assistant face some less-than-A1 grub options.

Recipe: Warming lentil, chickpea and spinach soup

Feeling that nip in the air and looking for a vegetarian lunch? Chetna Makan is your go-to woman.