“How can a nation be great if its bread tastes like Kleenex?” Julia Child

Bread - Selection

The former 3* Michelin star chef Pierre Koffmann allegedly once said Serve good bread and all will be well, such is the importance he places on it. The bread at La Tante Claire had near legendary status, rivalling only Mr Koffamann’s ‘trotters’ for attention. Nowadays with all the focus being placed on the whizz bang … Continue reading

The Pâté of Childhood, Peanut Butter

PB - Custards in moulds

Peanut butter is one of the foods that most people have grown up with, crunchy or smooth, it didn’t really matter. But as you grow older it somehow seems to get left behind, like the tatty security blanket or the teddy bear that has seen better days. The history of the origins of Peanut butter … Continue reading

Ocean Voyage, Mark Jordan, a Book Review

Mark Jordan 0417

After assisting me in getting Michelin starred Mark Jordan to take part in the 5Questions, his PR agent Victoria has stayed in touch. Trying to get a copy of Mr Jordan’s book for review would be a no brainer, it was bound to filled with lovely glossy pictures & tasty recipes, and when the man … Continue reading

Seasonal Produce ~ April

Pied du Bleu

Looking like spring is finally here, & the seasonal produce list is filling out nicely. With the added interest in foraging & wild foods, the decision has been taken now to add a wild food section (but unfortunately this won’t be appearing on the printable PDF) to the seasonal produce list. Wild garlic continues to … Continue reading

Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Rhubarb….

Rhubarb

Following on from the success of the British Onion post last month, we’ve decided to continue the format of giving you a selection of recipes from professional kitchens featuring one particular piece of produce. At the moment in the UK it is the height of the forced rhubarb season with arguably the best examples coming … Continue reading