Cooking with Comte

  Three years ago I was lucky enough to be taken to the Jura region of France to see where Comte cheese is made, and to meet some of the producers.   It’s a trip I remember well because the food and wine were incredible, and the scenery was stunning.    Fast forward three years and I was invited to another event by Comte to learn how to cook a few

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Lunch at Berry Bros and Rudd

Question.  When is a shop, not a shop? Odd question I grant you when this post is about lunch in a wine shop, but it is something I pondered over a glass of very nice Champagne a couple of weeks ago as we got ready for a five course “Mother’s Day Lunch” at Berry Bros and Rudd in St James.    We had been escorted down several flights of stairs

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Have you heard about The Black Farmer?

Once upon time, a long long time ago, in ancient times in fact (okay it was 1983) I decided i was going to become a vegetarian.  I am sure my mum did that eye rolling thing that all parents do when their delightful offspring announce something that means they have to start cooking two different dinners every night. It was back before Linda McCartney had come up with her incredible

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Dinner parties with La Belle Assiette

I am not a great cook.  But then nor do I pretend to be, you won’t find me bragging about something I have just created whilst all my guests look at me with a face that says “is she looking at a different plate of food?”.    I have various gadgets that help me create edible food but if you come to our house for dinner you are coming to

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So the Roux brothers have banned photographing their food

  <massive eye roll> I mean, seriously boys? For those that don’t know there was an article in The Evening Standard this week that quotes Michel Roux I’m really getting so upset about people taking pictures. We put up a card at the door saying ‘No photos, please’. I mean, what are they doing? Maybe once during the meal you want to take a little photo of something because it’s

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Toasted Marshmallow Day

Toasted Marshmallow day is Wednesday 30th August.  You would be forgiven for not knowing this of course since it is one of those “National Days” made up by an organisation with a vested interest:  in this case The National Confectioners Association.  Whoever they are. It used to be that toasting marshmallows was the preserve of cubs and brownies, Americans, or people who really knew how to do a festival properly.

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Is Reducetarian the new balanced diet?

For the past twelve days I have been vegan.  Well that’s not technically true.  I have been 98% vegan, except for the duck breast I had on a salad one evening and the wagyu burger I had last night I have avoided all animal products for almost a fortnight. As a committed meat eater this is a big thing for me.  The whys will be in a blog post later

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A guide to smoking (the good kind)

Not the bad kind.  My guide to smoking is the good kind, the kind that leaves you feeling like you have had a lovely flavoursome dinner.  Not the one that leaves you reeking of nicotine and slowly doing untold damage to yourself. Smoking food is THE big thing at the moment.  Just as pork can now only be pulled, and caramel salted, so many foods must be smoked.   Hell

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Dinner at the Giggling Squid

It is rare that we go out for dinner.  We have a kitchen full of gadgets to help with cooking and if we can’t be bothered to use them, then we generally have a takeaway.   So when Giggling Squid asked if we would like to find out more about their restaurant we jumped at the chance. There are a number of the restaurants around the country and we are

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A week in France — Chez Bebelle

It’s easy to say that you have a new favourite restaurant.  Or a place that you remember for all the wrong reasons.  We had a shocking lunch just before we went to France, and equally today I have had quite possibly the best fish and chips I have ever had.  At the time they are cemented in your mind as ones to remember, or avoid.    In a few years

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Afternoon tea with my mum and Rice Dream

It is rare that I get to sit down for a cup of tea with my mum.  For all sorts of logistical reasons and also because a cup of tea is something my mum rarely enjoys these days.  Not since she gave up dairy a few years ago.    A kinesiologist has suggested that some health issues she had been having might be related to dairy and could well alleviated

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The only pasta recipes you will ever need

Pasta has to be one of the greatest ingredients ever created doesnt it?  Simple ingredients mixed together to form a product that can then be shaped and used in dozens of different ways.  In its simplest form just cooked for a couple of minutes and served warm with a drizzle of olive oil, a pinch of salt and big grind of freshly ground pepper.  One of my all time favourite

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