When someone says "can you do something with these olives?" I don' t need asking twice. Their bittersweet bite and salty character give me lots to work with, and I'll happily eat them every day of the week. Olives from Spain have asked me to come up with a marinade or two, and this is my favourite creation.
It's been something of a duck week. I nearly picked up two duck breasts at the weekend, but when they cost £7 and a whole duck cost £8, it seemed a false economy (as buying meat portions almost always is). So after enjoying some lovely roasted duck breasts with red wine sauce and sauté potatoes, what to do with the rest of the duck? Heston had a bloomin' good suggestion in Heston at Home: potted duck. … Continue Reading ››
The bird only fit for one month of the year is back! December is of course month of the turkey (I've tried to buy a turkey at other points in the year and it costs a fortune). I'd been very pleased with brining a whole turkey last year and was all set to do the same again. Just as I filled my enormous container ready to bath, I started flicking through a few online articles just for any … Continue Reading ››
I spotted this little gem on the pages of an Ottolenghi article in Waitrose magazine and made it immediately: it's a squidgy and sweet Turkish cake. Surfing around it seems to be a very popular and traditional dish and when you taste it it's not hard to see why. It's kind of like a drizzle cake in that you bake a sponge, then slice it up and pour over a syrup while it cools. And definitely follow Yotam's advice: it improves immeasurably overnight as the … Continue Reading ››
I'm not much of a golfer at all but I do like to chase a ball into the rough for a couple of hours, and drink a flask of coffee in the horizontal rain. A couple of years on the trot a buddy took me along to the annual Wentworth weekend PGA tournament. It's a great day out and I really recommend … Continue Reading ››