Monthly Archives: July 2009

  • BBQ Bass in Banana Leaves with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

    July 2009

    I rarely cook by any method other than BBQ in the ‘summer’ and so needed a way of protecting these bass on the grill. The huge bunches of banana leaves decorating many of the shops in Peckham Rye seemed just the ticket – a bit more exciting than foil anyway. The salsa is finely chopped […]

  • Cherry Samosas

    July 2009

    The cherries here are flambéed, then cooked down until gooey and confected. The mixture is then cooled before being dolloped onto filo pastry, folded into samosas and brushed with lots of melted butter – sweet, jammy cherry mixture encased within hot, crisp filo all ready for a good dippy dippy into cooling, apple kissed mascarpone. […]

  • Sketch: A Tale of Two Meals

    July 2009

    Have I been transported to another time and space? Nope, it’s just the loos at Sketch – the restaurant that considers itself a bit of a hipster and is head cheffed by Pierre Gagnaire, famous for his challenging (some might say jarring), texture and flavour combinations. Sketch have been offering 50% discount vouchers recently and […]

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  • Duck with Gooseberry Sauce

    July 2009

    Duck with Gooseberry Sauce Serves 1 1 duck breast 100gr gooseberries 4 shallots A knob of butter 2 medium sized floury potatoes A glug of white wine A pinch of ground cloves Sugar, to taste Half a bulb of garlic 1 sprig of rosemary Chicken stock Some greenery (in our case, Swiss chard but spinach […]

  • Curry Goat

    July 2009

    I returned to my student stomping ground, Oxford last weekend to pay a visit to my boyfriend’s bro who has just moved back over from Dubai. Amongst his possessions he had stashed a magazine clipping which he kindly saved for me and which covers one of my favourite subjects in the whole wide world – sandwiches. […]

  • Crumpet Fail No.2

    July 2009

    What is wrong with me? Why can’t I make crumpets? I have the odd cooking fail every now and again but seriously, this is getting out of hand. Thank you to everyone who sent me recipes after this heart breaker. I had a hard time choosing which one to make. In the end I decided […]

  • Donna Margherita, Lavender Hill

    July 2009

    This is not my first visit to Donna M – that was back in February when I skidded my way up and down an ice covered Lavender Hill and really hoped it would be worth it. That night, I warmed to the passionate owner Gabriele and his food almost instantly. When we arrived at the […]