We wanted something that reflected East London and its very particular, very unique food heritage. It had, we quickly realised, to reflect East End food both old and new, as this area has always had its own sense of culinary identity
Pot luck parties are SUCH a good idea.
It’s time to put away the flimsy fools and pavlovas of summer and hunker down with a nice hearty, buttery slice of pastry bleeding sweet, warming fruit.
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of hosting The Curious Pear – best friend food writer and photographer dream team Meg Abbott and Issy Croker, for lunch.
I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be cooking a seasonal summer supper at the beautiful little Spring Hill Cafe (pictured) on the canal by Springfield Park (not the Springfield Park Cafe) on the 28th August.
I made my makeshift porchetta (pork belly infused with herbs and spices, wrapped around the loin and slow roasted) for friends the other night, and we had sufficient leftovers to warrant making a whole other meal out of it. That said, the porchetta on its own wasn’t quite enough for two, so I turned to my favourite pasta shape trofie: short little twists from Liguria, usually served with pesto Genovese – to bulk it out.
The food at Lardo is so good, that I found myself chowing down on a radicchio, gorgonzola and walnut pizza about an hour after eating a HUGE bowl of nduja pasta and raspberry jelly at home, like it was the most normal thing in the world. I know. I’d popped in for a ‘drink’ with…
Chocolates and flowers are all very well, but I think if you really adore someone, making them something hearty and full of love is the way to go. And who doesn’t love a pie? Which is what my boyfriend will be getting this Valentine’s Day