I was in the kitchen, playing with samphire. Very small pun intended - couldn't resist. Seeing what I could cook with this seasonal delicacy. Turns out that the salty sea green samphire is the perfect compliment to the earthy new potato. Match made in heaven.
Thus the menu at The Crown when Aldo came to cook this week reflected the dishes of his childhood. The local sparkie, tyre-man, the farmers, a smattering of music producers (they get everywhere these days) and an excitable crowd of yummy mummies ate five courses, churned out by an increasingly sweaty Zilli, working at the pass with the very gifted pub chef, Felan Hennigan.
Food and sex; sex and food - there's no getting away from the fact that these two basic human needs are intrinsically linked. From Valentine's Day, where advertisers go crazy selling us aphrodisiac chocolates in heart-shaped boxes, to that special first meal where you spend hours preparing for a partner with the promise of what might follow afterwards.
This is so quick to make and a really good way to use prawns. The courgettes become soft and almost creamy if you toss the pasta well... Make sure the pasta still has a bite when you remove it from the water as you need to cook and reduce the sauce in the frying pan to make the sauce coat the pasta. Have a good week!
Food banks in Lewes, East Sussex, the town of Bill's breakfasts, artisan loaves and gourmet everything? There must be some mistake... surely? My week...
The Superfood! Does it wear spandex and emit powers from its fingers like any good superhero? Does it have a separate identity that only comes out when danger strikes? Will it save the day when junk food rears its ugly head? ... "There's no official definition of what makes a superfood"
I've been racking my brains but I can't for the life of me remember which murder mystery it was that I read where the victim's last meal had been Suffolk Black Ham. It's hardly the sort of thing a ham producer would use as PR material, but the point was that the killer was unmasked because the victim, a humble maidservant or some such, couldn't possibly have bought the ham herself because it was such a high-end product.
Nearly half of the UK's adult workforce are more stressed than 12 months ago and according to a study released today a third are unable to go a whole day without turning to a sugary snack for relief.
The growing influence of China has been a hot topic of discussion for several years now, as the economic powerhouse of the East has emerged as a legitimate contender to the USA's supremacy as the world's most powerful nation.
Experience the thrill of zip-lining through gorgeous, untouched rainforest terrain on the hidden away Wingfield Estate. Lush vegetation, beautiful flowers, mango trees and mischievous moneys await in this lively, tropical paradise.
We can proactively address the food crisis issue and put in place measures to reduce its impact, but without addressing the causes of the widening gap between rich and poor any solution will be short term.
No more could the aforementioned baker afford to love baking if he were to sell his loaves at the supermarket price of 75p a loaf. "If this was an industrial bakery," he observed tartly, "we'd employ three or four people and it would be automated."
The walls are clad in corrugated iron. There's rustic wooden panelling too. The staff wear checked shirts and have beards (which come to think of it is rather more Shoreditch than Northamptonshire). The food is also a kind of mythologised offering. I mean where else would you put 'lard on toast' on the menu?
Japan was banned from selling beef in the European Union until last year and all imports of Wagyu beef were from Australia, New Zealand, America and the United Kingdom. Restrictions have been removed and now the Japanese are keen to reclaim the marketplace.
This cake idea was inspired by looking at my twitter feed and seeing how many people were preparing for Ramadan this year and the anticipation of Iftar. 'Iftar' which is the meal that is eaten to break fast. Usually starts with a date and some water followed by an array of protein, vegetables, carbohydrates...
This is a great one-pot recipe. Once you've browned the chicken, it bubbles away happily by itself until the last half hour, when you need to start adding the baby vegetables. Unlike a hearty winter stew, it's light and summery, but still packed full of flavour.