Food in season: July

It’s the month of summer holidays and food inspiration from afar. Whilst travels may be somewhat more local this year, there’s no harm adding some fresh chillies to your marinades, whacking some of the good stuff on the BBQ and pretending you’re sunning yourself somewhere a little more exotic than your garden, balcony or local…

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How to buy good mozzarella

Mozzarella can be found in almost every supermarket and deli, but as a result there are many different varieties and price points covered, so how do you tell if it’s a good one? Cow vs buffalo The main two types of mozzarella you’ll find are made from either buffalo or cow’s milk. Sheep and goat’s…

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Cultured butter: an experiment

Butter is central to so much cooking, from the classical to super modern, whether gluttonous or health foods. It adds richness and flavour, emulsifies sauces and is even responsible for the flaky layers in puff pastry. We’re reasonably accustomed to seeing salted and unsalted varieties and can find a vast array from the raw, unpasteurised…

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Niçoise salad

Niçoise salads remind me of one particular scene from my childhood, which has been repeated throughout my life. It’s a Thursday evening. Maybe it’s a balmy evening with the smell of honeysuckle wafting through the open back door or maybe there’s rain lashing at the windows despite it being June. Either way, in the middle…

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Food in season: June

Ah, those heady days of summer are upon us. The question on everyone’s lips: will it be a washout or will we see the sun? Only time will tell. We can see the beginnings of mediterranean veg coming in with aubergine, courgettes and fennel, perfect to be roasted up or made into ratatouille. It’s also…

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Chicken and spring veg traybake with spring onions, asparagus and peas

May is probably my favourite month. There’s a feeling of anticipation in the air as the weather starts to turn warmer. There are the first days of the year where you can sit sipping a beer in the park, prematurely wearing sandals and shorts and trying to cover goose pimpled legs with the bed sheet…

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What the lockdown has taught me about cooking

Efficient cooking takes more planning than you think I always try and plan my meals to some extent before heading out to buy groceries, as I find that that way it’s rarer to find half a cucumber frozen against the back of the fridge because I bought it on a whim. However, with fewer trips…

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Food in season: May

We’re officially onto warmer weather, and I have one main exclamation for you: Asparagus. It started last month, but now you should be able to find it readily. In Germany they go mad for it, with restaurants offering separate Spargelkarten (Asparagus Menus) full of soups and salads, steamed or grilled, with brown butter, hollandaise and…

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Pasta alla Sorrentina

Oh boy. I love pasta. I’m sure I’ve harped on about it enough, but if you aren’t aware I could eat nothing but pasta for eternity without too much complaint. Pasta (be it rigatoni or penne or fusilli or whatever I happen to have in my cupboard) alla Sorrentina is on constant rotation at Casa…

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Experimenting with confit garlic

This will be a short post, because it turns out that confiting stuff, in this case garlic, is very easy. I was inspired by Sophia Roe, a chef, writer and multi-talented lady to give it a go. I thought it would be another great kitchen experiment the second I saw those golden cloves. Is there…

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