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70's food revival

I was on Christening duty last Sunday, godfather no less, chosen according to his dad as a reliable source of food. As usual struggling to find a present so lovely wife bailed me out suggesting Royal Mint commemorative coins; they mark the big occasions and there's always something going on so I'm sorted for the next 18 years at which point my godson can either become a collector or tear open all the pouches and, with the likely effects quantitative easing, buy a pint.

the 70's

I was on Christening duty last Sunday, godfather no less, chosen according to his dad as a reliable source of food. As usual struggling to find a present so lovely wife bailed me out suggesting Royal Mint commemorative coins; they mark the big occasions and there's always something going on so I'm sorted for the next 18 years at which point my godson can either become a collector or tear open all the pouches and, with the likely effects quantitative easing, buy a pint.

Jamie's 30 minute madness

Watching Jamie repeats and not for the first time making up a new title; Jamies 30 Minute Meals….and 30 minutes washing up ? ….and 30 megawatts of electricity ? …and 30 assistants to deep clean the kitchen ?

My (not so) little (not so) Paris Kitchen

The other night I was pleasantly marvelling over Rachel Khoo's ability to extract utility from every square centimetre of her genuinely small culinary space (you can’t spin a salad in there) when lovely wife piped up, suggesting that perhaps it had been selected using the magic of television in the same way as Jamies 30 Minute Meals and lets not even consider the cooking arena in Olivers Twist which only aired years after it was made and seemed like a bizarre Star Wars style prequel with Jamie as a young man living under a fluorescent arch

Dogs Dinner - my rubbish food photos

I have been wondering why my food photos look rubbish and I’ve identified 2 main reasons;

Dogs Dinner

I have been wondering why my food photos look rubbish and I’ve identified 2 main reasons;

  1. I want my meal on the plate and in my mouth ASAP in the best condition to pay correct deference to the food and consume it as close to an ideal state as possible.
  2. By the time I decide to send someone a photo because my meal is tasting delicious I’ve eaten quite a lot, and sometimes, all of it.

An Introduction to Olives

Our olive aficionado Vaz Frigerio has been sourcing our Bodega olives and he can now introduce you to the range with recipe and accompaniment ideas. Welcome to our Antipasti Appreciation.

Caponata

Caponata - a week of recipes to use a monster batch; pasta, lamb, on toast, potatoes, pizza.
And even how to turn it into Brinjaal Masala.
 
Caponata. It’s an easy sweet & sour Sicilian Aubergine stew - start by finding a SIMPLE recipe that suits and getting hold of the ingredients.

Three-Day Roast Chicken

I don’t mean Chicken that takes 3 days to cook, Heston style, with brining and skimmed milk powder and such’n’such. Roast chicken is my absolute favourite example of kitchen thrift and also a great Friday night dinner that keeps on giving all through the weekend. I feel quite ‘Mad Men’ calling “Honey I’m home” as I roll in on a Friday evening with the comforting aroma tendrils of Roast Chicken permeating my nostrils, Bisto style.

Porridge

I’m not sure why I’ve come so late to porridge, I may well have been put off it by a crazy friend who went to live in Scotland and was unkindly called ‘the porridge gobbler’ on his return because of the quantities he consumed every morning.

Now a Scottish icon, Porridge may ultimately derive from Porrum, the latin word for leek and could originally have been a vegetable preparation thickened with meal or grains.

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