Carrot top pesto: An (unsuccessful) experiment

Harry and I bought carrots this week. We never buy carrots and I’m not entirely sure why. I think maybe somewhere in the back of our subconscious we see them as a little bit too pedestrian, despite having enjoyed them in a multitude of ways (in mashed potato, roasted and smothered in butter or raw…

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Chicken liver pâté recipe

The first time I ate chicken liver pâté I wrinkled my nose. I had never tried anything like it and nor was I particularly interested in trying it again. Confused by the richness, the meatiness, the savoury smoothness, my taste buds could hardly keep up with my brain, completely overwhelmed. But, to be fair to…

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Basic chicken stock recipe

It looks as though Autumn is here again. I turned my back briefly by going back to the UK and when I returned to Berlin the balmy days of late summer had given way to a certain nip in the air. As is standard when the seasons change I have managed to get a cold…

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On eating homegrown

It’s difficult to think unpleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato Lewis Grizzard Lewis Grizzard was a writer and comedian, famous for his narrative on the American South. From Georgia, USA, Grizzard was proud of his home in the Peach State and he centred his act and writing on celebrating the cultural idiosyncrasies of Southern…

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Potato salad recipe

It’s such a classic. Here’s the situation: it’s summer, there’s a BBQ, you want something to contribute that’s easy and can be made in advance, maybe warm, maybe cold, something rich, but not too rich, something that’s popular with everyone, something that’s filling and cheap for a big party. So what do you make? Potato…

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Pappa e Ciccia: Italian restaurant review

There are lots of Italian restaurants in Berlin, and with nearly 36,000 Italians living in the city it’s pretty obvious why. They bring with them one of the most distinct food cultures in the world that has become a significant part of the restaurant scene here. On the corner of Schwedter Straße in Prenzlauer Berg…

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Grapefruit, avocado and rocket salad recipe

I’ve been getting really into grapefruit recently. It was sparked by a drink at The Barn that combined ice cold grapefruit juice and coffee in a delicious and unexpected way (I definitely recommend if you’re ever in the area) and ever since I’ve been eating a lot of grapefruit. Now my inspiration behind this salad is far…

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On sharing

People who love to eat are always the best people Julia Child Julia Child is known by many as the American cook that conquered France, with Mastering the Art of French Cooking revolutionising the way many people prepared and cooked food with its publication in 1961. Her wise words here reflect the way I tend to…

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