Monthly Archives: October 2010

  • Nargisi kofta curry

    October 2010

    Every so often I have a ‘curry day’ where I spend the entire day cooking curries, sides and numerous yoghurt based accompaniments like pachadis and raitas, because I am obsessed with yoghurt. I can’t remember where I first heard about this curry but I knew immediately I must have it because the koftas are basically […]

  • Al’s, Peckham

    October 2010

    [Al’s has sadly closed. I don’t know why]. There is a group called Peckham Vision which is dedicated to improving Peckham town centre. One of the ways they propose to do this is by advising local shops on appearance – product arrangement, signs, layout etc. Walking into Peckham is like walking into a giant jumble […]

  • Squid, pork and clam stew

    October 2010

    When on holiday in Spain, my mates and I bought a packet of jamon off-cuts; the stubby pieces from the end of a leg of ham which are no good for carving but better (we presumed) for slow cooked dishes, like stews. We didn’t have time to use them while there due to the sheer, […]

  • Wham bam thank you SPAM, for inviting me to judge

    October 2010

    People, I have arrived. A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to judge the SPAM Cook of the Year competition, along with TV chef Phil Vickery, a really chatty lady from er, Chat magazine and a ‘representative’ of Hormel Foods (the people who make the SPAM). It’s very easy to take the piss out […]

  • The Sportsman, Seasalter

    October 2010

    Will you travel for a good meal? I’m sure you can guess that I will. Be it schlepping out to West London for some sushi or planning entire holidays around food, there had better be a decent feed at the end of it or I ain’t going. I was supposed to visit The Sportsman last […]

  • Potato, caramelised onion and L’Escala anchovy

    October 2010

    I couldn’t decide what to call this. A ‘bake’, perhaps. It’s not a tart because it has no base, nor a pie, because it has no pastry. It’s not a Jansson’s temptation because it has onions and rosemary in it. In the end I just gave up and listed some ingredients. There are layers of […]

  • Wuli Wuli

    October 2010

    The evenings are drawing in. As we approached Wuli Wuli at 7pm, it was proper dark and the black restaurant exterior was hardly visible. Perhaps that’s why it was so empty. Or perhaps it’s just that the place is new. Whatever, it really shouldn’t be so. The menu is divided into two sections: the first […]

  • Catalan-style fish stew

    October 2010

    A holiday always leaves a cook feeling inspired and a  rich squid stew in a restaurant in L’Escala set my mind racing about making my own version, with added pork. Before that experiment though, it was time to get some practice in the ways of a traditional Catalan stew. The beginning  is a sofrito – […]

  • The anchovies of L’Escala: a festival and a recipe

    October 2010

    During our 4 day holiday in Spain, the 3 of us managed to spend £80 on anchovies. This is because the L’Escala anchovy is special. The silver-striped fillets have a very firm and meaty texture. They are still salty, but much less so than those sad brown scraps you get from the supermarket; all the […]

  • El Celler de Can Roca, Gerona

    October 2010

    You know you’ve had an intense eating experience when mid-way through a meal you wonder if you can actually go on; when your friend decides he can’t and has to leave the table 3 times to be physically sick and then, when it’s over and you’ve made it through, you’ve eaten so much that a […]