Month: May 2010

A Little Break in West Cork

Hi folks! Apologies, but my next Posh Lunch Club post (from Viajante) will be a little delayed as I am in Cork for a week. Hope to get it up in the next few days. For now I am at home for a wedding in gorgeous Glandore in West Cork. It’s really beautiful here, and very sunny. Sensibly sunny though if I may say so. Not like when it got hot in London last week, and as much as I loved it, I was burned, chomped on by some critter or other while asleep, leaving me with big swollen bites, and it was just that little bit too hot for someone as pale as me with blood those critters can’t get enough of. It always seems better with that sea breeze anyway. I’ve missed the sea, both the water and the salty sea air. I’ve missed my friends too. So, I am going to down tools for a little bit and enjoy it! Not long though, I will be back soon with some food stuff …

The Times: 40 Bloggers Who Really Count

Just over 3 weeks ago, I received an email from a gentleman at The Times. He wanted to let me know that I would be included on a piece on bloggers in The Times that Saturday (May 1st). How exciting! Prompted by this discovery, I managed to get out of bed early on a Saturday (now, that rarely happens), and got myself a copy. Where was the piece? I couldn’t find it. Eventually I uncovered it, in the magazine! I was included in a piece titled “40 bloggers who really count”. What an honour. I was in surprising company too. There were celebrities David Byrne (amazing) and Gwyneth Paltrow (ok!). Inspiring people like Naomi Klein. Two champion fellow food bloggers Dos Hermanos & James Ramsden. And me. I’ve had so many lovely lovely emails from you that I just wanted to say thanks. And also to apologise to those that I haven’t been able to reply to. I get a lot of email these days, from new bloggers that are looking for advice to people looking for …

Some Recipes for Summer from the Archives

How glorious is this weather? I am pink-pink-pink from some exposure yesterday, and as a result, I am sitting inside waiting for the sun to sink a little before I expose my poor skin to its naked rays. I am thinking food and had a browse of my summer archives. Here’s some recipes you might want to try. Eat outside of course, that’s what I am planning to do. Bring on the summer picnics. Prawn Curry Burnt aubergine with sweet peppers and red onion Broad beans, green garlic & mint bruschetta Fregola Sarda with Asparagus, heirloom tomato and goat’s curd Tagliatelle with Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Anchovies and Pecorino Chargrilled peach & speck salad Broad Bean and Prosciutto Carbonara Crab Linguine

Intolerant of Intolerance: A Personal Story

Everyone has got an opinion – I have plenty of my own. What grates is when people have got an opinion about something that they have no experience of, especially when they’ve got it completely wrong. I’ve seen many posts accusing lactose intolerants of being food intolerant, for reasons relating to weight, fussiness or the bizarre notion that it’s trendy or a middle class affliction. Jay Rayner had a rant on the Guardian, Ms Marmite Lover had a rant on her blog. I’ve even had people tell me that they are lactose intolerant but can eat milk and cheese, so what’s the issue with me?  So, I thought it high time to share a lactose intolerant side of the story. Being lactose intolerant is not a choice. I adore dairy. I love butter, cream, cheese, buttermilk, I love it all. But it doesn’t love me. It wasn’t clear until my mid 20’s that it was an issue, but for reasons as yet undetermined I was very ill. I have always had trouble with my tum and …

(Cornish) Posh Lunch Club at Tom’s Kitchen

This weeks Posh Lunch Club is a little different. I was treated to a preview of a Cornish Simple Pleasures menu at Tom’s Kitchen in Kensington, a showcase of some of the finest Cornish produce. Very much a fishy affair with MSC certified Cornish mackerel and Cornish mullet fresh from Cornish day boats taking the stage for the starter and main course, with Apple Tart Fine and Cornish Kelly’s Ice Cream (indulgently made with clotted cream) for dessert. A little first on MSC certification. The MSC’s fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel recognise and reward sustainable fishing. By promoting the best environmental choices in seafood, they are helping to protect the over fished and traumatised sea beds, and hopefully, will ensure that as a result, there will be fish available for everyone for years to come. That of course is dependant on us the consumers making more responsible choices and supporting what they do when we shop and eat out. I try to, and it’s becoming easier, there’s a handy guide on their website if you’d …

Recipe: Roast Pork & Black Bean Chilli

On a trip to the butcher recently, I spied a hand of pork, an old school cut that you don’t see so often now and certainly never in the supermarkets. It’s a meaty cut, the lower part of the shoulder, often with some of the leg still attached. It has more fat than the leg or loin but less than the belly or shoulder and so is perfectfor a roast, with plenty of flavour and moisture from the fat, but is not so fatty that you worry for your health. It’s also got lots of skin for crackling and is usually terrific value for money. I predict that it will become the next trendy cut. I roasted it when I got home as this particular evening demanded the simplicity of it, and the time. Unusual to want more time, but I was shattered and wanted a nap as it was roasting.  It was simple with the usual tricks: hot water over the scored skin to puff the skin up so that it would deliver better …

Moving Food: For Me, A Steak

I am cocooned in a sea of boxes and enormous bags full of pointless unnecessary treasures. I have moved house. It started in an organised fashion, but as time escaped descended into more chaotic survival packing, chucking everything into boxes, vaguely ordered by room, vaguely ordered by nonsense. Surrounded by stuff, I was without all of it, for I had no idea where anything was. I know that all you organised kids are tearing your hair out now, shocked at the chaos of it all, but really, isn’t moving always like this, at least on some level for everyone? Faced with the challenge of imminent overwhelming hunger and no plans for dinner, and no clue as to where to retrieve my kitchen tools at short notice, I uncovered the hob from beneath a stack of boxes, retrieved my bright orange cast iron pan as it was easy to spot, and charred a steak which was quickly and hungrily devoured. Steak offers sustenance and it’s speedy food. A good steak tastes great, charred on the outside …