food December 23, 2017

Wines of summer

A selection of the best drops to enjoy this summer.

food December 23, 2017

Roast turkey with mustard mayonnaise, bacon and sage

I ask myself: Why has it come to this point? Why is it that once a year, people are expected to cook a turkey, hoping that this meat they avoid the rest of the time will not be dry when they go to serve the extended family. It is considered, among...

food December 16, 2017

Nougat de Montélimar

For me the pleasure in giving something that you have made is far greater than a desperate lunge at a gift that you think is appropriate. It’s a way of giving the gift of time and effort rather than just dashing to the nearest department store...

food December 9, 2017


And – boom! – just like that it is almost a couple of weeks to Christmas. A slight tightening of the stomach and a thin veil of sweat on the brow is the response from many. The festive season is almost here and with it all the pressure of shopping...

food December 2, 2017

Marinated mussels with green chilli and celtuce

I think it’s probably relevant to talk about the weather. Summer’s here and the sunshine is a good excuse for mussels. One of the joys of summer is seafood. What I like in particular at the moment is seafood that has been marinated. These mussels...

food October 14, 2017

Chocolate pots with whisky cream

To me, a chocolate pot de crème is the best part of a chocolate tart without all the hassle of pastry-making – resting, rolling, blind baking, blah, blah, blah. If, however, you did want to go to the effort of making a tart – and I don’t judge – the...

food October 7, 2017

Poached eggs with asparagus and morels on toast

They are the harbingers of spring: asparagus and morels. Vastly different ingredients, but they foretell the joyous seasons of plenty ahead. Winter often seems eternal by mid-August: the cold is biting, the wet depressing and it is hard to feel...

food September 30, 2017

The best wine of spring 2017

A guide to the season’s top wines, from the experts at Cutler & Co, Supernormal, Cumulus Inc, Cumulus Up, the Builders Arms Hotel and Meatsmith.

food September 30, 2017

Catalan-style braised broad beans with smoked lardo

The warmer weather is not the only indicator of spring. For me, the sign that spring is here is the appearance of certain vegetables. Broad beans represent the season perfectly, and always find a place on the menu when they come on. The first of the...

food September 23, 2017

Strawberry tarts

To anyone who will listen, I am often heard banging on about the importance of mastering basic techniques. I find that in this modern world of ours we are bombarded with recipes from many angles: newspapers, the internet, magazines, television...

food September 16, 2017

Lamb kebabs with eggplant & Turkish chilli

This dish comes out of a tradition from central Asia. The meat changes from country to country, as does the preparation. Sometimes it is minced and shaped onto sticks. More often it is cut into chunks and skewered. A key flavour that makes a kebab a...