You can’t book this joint, you turn up and hope there’s a place at the bar or at one of the ramshackle tables around the room. More often than not there isn’t…but you’ve come tantalisingly close, you make it through the heavy black curtain that hangs inside the joint’s front door right onto the main… Read More A Mexican stand off – Elotes, Guac and spiced chicken
So this dish is all about Sumac – an incredible spice typically native to the Middle East and certain parts of Italy (and North America) – it’s tart, punchy and has a knock out deep dark purple colour to it. It’s a little other-worldly and feels oddly ‘in-organic’ but its serious stuff when it… Read More Chicken with Sumac & Coriander
If you’ve been kicking around my blog for a while you’ll know I’m all about balance, not just in terms of food but in terms of life in general (well, I’m as balanced as I can be…there are wagons I occasionally and positively love to fling myself off). So I sat thinking about the last… Read More Devilled Pugliese Poussin
I grow a lot of my own veg, what I don’t I get from my local Green Grocer ‘Robbie’ but right now I am in veg nirvana – my purple sprouting broccoli is now….well…..sprouting! It went into the raised beds last July which seems like a lifetime ago but its been well worth the wait….it… Read More Purple sprouting broccoli……..with Sichuan oyster chicken
Spice alchemy is probably the single most important kitchen skill I have – things can be chopped, diced, boiled and fried but any monkey can be trained to nail these but to know how to combine spices is to know God………but that might be a slight exaggeration……….or not………. I learned spice alchemy from my Indian… Read More How I learned ‘spice’ – chicken and peas!