What do Elizabeth David and the Allman Brothers Band have in common? Apart from the ramblin', they used to hit the note more often than most people.
Month: September 2020
Cooking for one outdoors can be satisfying. There is enough space on the grill, no rush and lovely as it always is to have guests I don't have to keep stopping to attend to something else. The kitchen does get quite messy though - perhaps BBQ for two is ideal, with one person devoting themselves …
Funky Pretty – cauliflower and aubergine curry
"Need some help?" enquired one of the two charming students sitting opposite us for the 'all you can eat' thali. The hotel on MG road had seen grander days (Winston Churchill once stayed there) but now was a very popular lunch destination serving delicious food. Friendly staff brought us a couple of teaspoons, but I had been to South India before and had no need of these.
I woke up this morning, took one look at the standard supermarket sliced brown bread and almost lost my appetite. My 5-year-old granddaughter chimed in: ‘I don’t want that either!'I decided to make what was a life-saver during lockdown when yeast was nowhere to be seen. Bakes! A Caribbean staple that used to be ‘poor …
French chefs, Christine
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1755-1826. Probably the greatest gastronome in history. 'The discovery of a new dish is more beneficial to humanity than the discovery of a new star.' 'Animals feed, man eats, only a man of wit knows how to dine.' 'To invite anyone implies that we charge ourselves with his happiness all the time …
This is a pie because it has pastry on the bottom and on the top. The pastry may be shortcrust, flaky or rough puff - just use your favourite.
Scophthalmus rhombus, if you prefer, is a firm fleshed mini turbot. This one was caught somewhere off the South West Peninsula. Most cooks seem to fillet or roast in slices but I have gone for cooking it whole here using a reverse braising method.
Happy Birthday brownies – revisited
This recipe comes from one of my favourite books, Cooking Texas Style by Cindy Wagner and Sandra Marquez. My copy was purchased at the Alamo in 1991. I have been making the brownies ever since. Some years I get confused about cups and ounces and am still not totally sure what a cup of butter is but have done my best to translate the recipe into metric units. I’ve made some changes - halving the sugar...