Category Archives: Chefs

The French toast to beat all French toasts

There is breakfast. You know, cereal, toast, porridge, a bit of fruit, yogurt, something grabbed from the coffee shop. Then there is brunch which, as far I am concerned, is just a bigger, often cooked breakfast so waffles, pancakes, eggs Benedict, … Continue reading

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Sunday perfect: Peter Gordon’s Parmesan and pine nut scones

Once upon a time, there were three small children, my sister’s children. I loved making them food, even though that often consisted of serving them honey sandwiches (a true sign of my love for them, since I am a teensy … Continue reading

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Summery socca

You’ve probably never heard of socca. I hadn’t until a year ago when I found it in one, then two, cookery books, both written by Francophile North Americans (David Lebovitz and Dorie Greenspan). It is a chickpea (gram) flour pancake … Continue reading

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Turning cabbage into chou: helping you love your greens

Cabbage. Now what does that word conjure up? A soggy, smelly, unappetising vegetable? Or the trendiest green in the winter food wardrobe? I used to be in the former camp, having been raised on overcooked white cabbage at home and … Continue reading

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Roasted lamb shoulder with lemon zest, chorizo and cannellini beans

North London ran out of pork belly yesterday and Friday. I mean, what is the world coming to when an Islingtonian can’t get their favourite cut of meat? Yes, I am taking the piss out of myself…but when you have … Continue reading

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Roasted poussin, or chicken, with lemon and sumac

I went to a party to celebrate (rather than, as is more usual, launch) Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet the other night. It took place in the newest Comptoir Libanais, in South Kensington, a very simple yet striking restaurant, canteen-like … Continue reading

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Plenty: celeriac, lentil and hazelnut salad

If celeriac is the Cinderella of the vegetable world, then Ottolenghi is surely the fairy godmother. Having just received a copy of his most recent cookery book, I am yet again completely inspired by recipe after recipe that turn mundanities … Continue reading

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