So I’m just back from 10 days in Puglia – Southern Italy – my Sister’s home and my second home! I’ve been back and forward to Italy for the last 30+ years and during that time I’ve had the honor to cook, be cooked for and most recently be invited to work in a… Read More Stuffed Tortelloni – this is pasta work for the advanced!
One of the many, many, many skills I learned in ‘The Kitchen’ aside from how to quickly field-dress a knife wound to my own thigh was how to ensure meat was correctly seasoned. Now, what I mean by that is not simply slinging the correct amount of salt and pepper on a steak or… Read More Bone-in Loin pork with Harissa and mustard lemon lentils
My awakening to fungi came as a result of my Dad’s moderate foraging nature. I wouldn’t describe him as a professional forager but he knows where to find incredible field mushrooms which he turns into mouth-watering breakfasts and knock out soups along with secret wild garlic ‘carpets’ carefully guarded and culled on the QT to… Read More Girolles with Pork & beer
The greatest Scotch Eggs I ever had I shared with a Great Dane called Frank. Frank was the big pooch that belonged to the pub I was having lunch in – The Sheaves Inn was an 18th century Highway staging stop converted into a pub and was located just outside Cartmel in Cumbria, North West… Read More ‘Bull’s Eyes’…..Scotch Eggs with Rosemary salt chips
I watched a chef I worked with pour tonic water over a pork belly because it was his ‘secret method’ for ensuring crispy crackling, I talked to a home cook about 2 months ago who told me she took her Nicky Clarke hair dryer to the skin just before roasting.. In both cases I was… Read More Pork Belly with Fennel and Thyme