Month: October 2008

Orzo with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Buffalo Ricotta

I wasn’t going to blog this dish. As I keep saying, and I am sure it’s getting dull by now, my cooking lately has been haphazard, last minute and subject to me destroying pots and sustaining injuries. This is fairly normal behaviour, certainly on the injury front, but you know you’re cooking too late when you put some rice and lentils on the hob and then walk away like it never happened, wondering 10 minutes later, what is that burning smell? Sheesh. Worry not, I have been eating well, and I am certainly not fading away. I am completely spoiled for choice at lunchtime, from Brindisa stews and sandwiches, to Moro’s spiced lamb, Sporeboys risotto, Gujarati Rasoi’s wonderful veggie curries and Ginnan’s chicken katsu curry. That’s but the tip of what’s available in Exmouth Market. The evenings are another story, they have been busy, and I am not complaining, it’s good to be busy, but I have been missing those stolen kitchen hours here and there poking in cupboards and making something new. So, to …

The Kitchen at Parson’s Green

Being busy as I have been of late, my cooking has tended toward the repetitive and unbloggable. Something on toast or some chorizo hash with a fried egg, anyone? Pasta soup? Linguine with a variation on a tomato sauce? It’s all good, but it does mean that I don’t have much cooking posts to share, I have however, been doing lots of other interesting things, which I will share with you here. Readers who are fans of cooking posts, I have a pork belly post and a very autumnal buttternut squash and sage orzo salad on it’s way. Recently, I had an opportunity to go to the Kitchen in Parson’s Green with some other bloggers, organised through my lovely new employers, TrustedPlaces. A new cooking concept established in the US but new to London and targetting us busy urban types, you order your food online, they do the basic preparation (onion chopping, sauces), you show up, have a very sociable couple of hours putting it all together with friends, the tables are cleared for you …

L’atelier des Chefs

I have a bit of an obssession with food, this is true. Even more so when cooking and trying new things. So, when I heard about a new cookery school that had opened in central London I had to try it. Firstly, I was curious, l’atelier des Chefs is very popular already in France, and, their arrival in London has been highly publicised in the media and blogosphere. They’ve different types of classes, they run up to 5 sessions a day ranging from a half hour to two hours. For them it’s about the food but also the social experience of sitting down and enjoying your meal with your fellow cooks and a glass of wine. One class runs for half an hour over lunch, called the “Cook, Eat & Run”, then there’s the 60 minute class covering two courses, the 90 minute class covering 3 courses and the 120 minute class covering 3 courses based around a theme (e.g. they’ve one coming up for foie gras). Secondly, I’ve been reading great things, Krista (of …

Tierra Brindisa

I’m a big fan of Brindisa, I am a regular in their shop and have enjoyed tapas at Tapas Brindisa in Borough Market in the past. I enjoyed the tapas but I didn’t enjoy the wait, you can’t book and, being a popular spot, the waiting is almost unbearable. I went once and was so put off by the 2.5 hour wait, I didn’t go back. Then recently I heard that they were opening a new central location, in Soho, and you could book a table there. How revolutionary! So, keen as ever, I orchestrated a couple of tapas evenings at the new Tierra Brindisa. The first night didn’t go very well, in fact it didn’t go atall. A friend had booked a table for her birthday and when we arrived we found out that the reservation didn’t exist, or at least they didn’t have it. She had booked over the phone, and we know these things happen, especially in the early days of a restaurant, but it was disappointing. They compensated by inviting us …

Bits and pieces… and some apologies

So, things have been busy, and I’ve fallen behind with my blogging. I’ve also got lots of emails to catch up on, please forgive me and bear with me. I really appreciate every comment and every mail, but it’s taking me some time to get around to them these days. Also, fellow bloggers, I’ve not had time to visit your blogs so much, this I plan to rectify this coming week. I’ve been doing really interesting things and have so much to tell you! Watch this space to read about Sherry and Food Matching with Heston Blumenthal and to read about my evening with other London Bloggers with the mixologists at the Diageo bar and to get the recipe for the Eat Like a Girl cocktail that they made for me. It was nice! I also have some cooking time pencilled in this week :) For now, I’ll leave you with some photos of the activity from the last week, to give you a taste of the posts to come!