Very green spinach risotto with scallops | Why making a massive roast is the best way to eat solo

The other week I was on my way into the office after a lunchtime pilgrimage to buy a fish from the market for dinner (yes, next year I’ll be completing my transition into a retirement-age man) and a more-pricey-than-I-can-afford-but-too-good-not-to-buy hot cross bun from Gail’s Bakery (the winner of this year’s hot cross bun off, closely … Continue reading Very green spinach risotto with scallops | Why making a massive roast is the best way to eat solo

Smoked haddock, cauliflower and cheddar bake | A memoir on potato smileys: the golden age of the school dinner

In my last blog post I discussed food memories and the strange, convoluted stories that seem to crop up in so many cookbooks, giving a few of my own, slightly less nostalgic stories. But I’ve just had an epiphany. The quintessence of food memory for me, and I would argue for just about every child … Continue reading Smoked haddock, cauliflower and cheddar bake | A memoir on potato smileys: the golden age of the school dinner

Giant potato rosti | The pleasures of sucking spag bol through a straw

I was reading a new cookbook, Midnight Chicken & Other Recipes Worth Living For by Ella Risbridger (new cookbook on the power of cooking as a remedy, well worth buying both for the narrative and for the recipes), on the train the other night and started thinking about how food writers often contextualise their recipes … Continue reading Giant potato rosti | The pleasures of sucking spag bol through a straw

A brief pub review, an even briefer restaurant review and a recipe for when you receive jar of posh beans

Whether it’s down to being busy at work or having a fresh batch of exams to worry about or simply because it’s winter and I have really cold fingers in winter, I’ve had writers’ apathy recently. Not to say I haven’t had ideas on what to write on or recipes to share, but I’ve just … Continue reading A brief pub review, an even briefer restaurant review and a recipe for when you receive jar of posh beans

Kind of Two Restaurant Reviews, More Just an Ode to Food in Novelty Recepticles

A couple of weeks ago we had dinner at Bucket in Notting Hill, a seafood restaurant where prawns, mussels, whitebait and all sorts of other ugly sea-dwellers are served, surprisingly, in a bucket. The bread was free (and served with a gloriously soft salty butter that I treated like a dip), the sofa seats had … Continue reading Kind of Two Restaurant Reviews, More Just an Ode to Food in Novelty Recepticles