Recently, I've been trying to up my cocktail game a lot more. I have lots of ideas, it is just that I know my cocktail photography needs a lot of improvement, which I think is why I keep on putting off shooting my favourite drinks I mix up at home, opting to share them on Instagram instead. However, my Analytics tell me that a lot of you keep visiting my 'Cocktails' section, so I feel kind of guilty that I've only got a handful up there. So, I'm going to try and do better, and today I'm going to share with you my favourite at the moment, a quick, simple, 2 ingredient traditional Italian number that I've been mixing up before dinner whenever I fancy it in seconds with store cupboard ingredients; the Garibaldi, colloquially known as the Campari Orange.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
A good few years ago now when I was home from school for an Autumn weekend my Daddy showed me how to make Sloe Gin. We headed out into the field where we have an entire hedgerow heavy with sloes and I held the container while he went up a ladder to pick them. We spent a chilly afternoon sitting around the kitchen table pricking the funny little purple berries all over with a pin before storing them away in the larder in big kilner jars with sugar and a bottle of the cheapest gin we could find, to be shaken up periodically for three months up until it was time to decant. I was so excited when our deep ruby liquid was ready to go. The idea of making our own alcoholic drinks excited me in a way it would any teenager and I will never forget my first sip of the sweet, rich and strong liquid from a little port glass we had out for sampling.
Monday, 15 September 2014
I'm going to use this review about one restaurant to talk about the brilliance of another. The other week, by way of a very late, impromptu lunch I ended up in Michelin starred Peruvian restaurant Lima's new (it opened in July) outpost in Covent Garden: Lima Floral. Now, Lima in Fitzrovia amounts to one of the best meals I've ever had, and I'm a big fan of Peruvian food, so I was curious as to how the new joint would measure up.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Today I want to introduce you to my favourite cookbook of 2013. (Okay, so technically it is joint with Brilliant Bread, but that can be classed as a baking book!) When I raved about my meal at Polpetto in Soho in April under head chef Florence Knight I was already head over heels for the chef because of her cookbook which has come with me to every kitchen I've occupied since getting it: One Cook And Her Cupboard.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
While I know the name of this recipe may seem scary, I promise you that it is super easy, super delicious and perfect for a quick early Autumn dinner party starter. While these raspberries came from our vegetable plot, and the pigeons were shot here on the farm by my Father, then butchered by me, everything you need you can easily find at the farmers market, or at a good butcher and your local supermarket. Do you remember that time I tried to get you all to eat pheasant? Well, this is even easier than that. And cheaper, too.
Monday, 8 September 2014
Walking through the city and down Northgate towards Sainsbury's at the beginning of the Summer I spotted this sleek matte black storefront that had popped up between Asian grocery stores. If you've been a tourist in Canterbury rather than a resident or a student, you won't really know this part of town. It's locals area, around great pubs and little independent stores. I used to walk down Northgate practically every day on my way from the school gates to the hockey pitches, so I used to know every newsagent, chocolate shop and bookbinder that lined the road. Now something new is a novelty, and dining at Tamago, the little authentic Japanese restaurant with someone who had the same school memories, we were upset it did not exist then!