January 21st, 2012
Jerusalem artichokes (or Topinambour) is an unbelievably ugly vegetable, wrinkly and dirty and reminiscent of a bad looking ginger root. On top of this, their name is misnomer as they have no relation with the conventional, handsome globe artichoke and don’t origin in Isreal but are native to North America (more about the history, season, nutrition and preparation here).
When I saw Jerusalem artichokes at Waitrose I bravely put them into my shopping basket, immediately followed by an urgent request for help on Twitter. Read more... (641 words, 1 image, estimated 2:34 mins reading time)
January 9th, 2012
Amuse bouche @Petrus
Category: Haute Cuisine (Â£Â£Â£Â£)Â
About a year ago I participated at a competition posted by the lovely Greedy Diva and won the amazing prize of a Â£200 voucher to dine at any of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. Â Initially I wanted to splash it at the 3 Michelin star Gordon Ramsay at Hospital Road, but as I am not organised enough to make a reservation in due time ahead, I decided to try Petrus in Knightsbridge instead (reservation on the day possible). Read more... (776 words, 7 images, estimated 3:06 mins reading time)
January 5th, 2012
Smoak at Malmaison Manchester
Category: Â Hotel (Â£Â£) Â
I was invited to visit Malmaison Manchester – this review therefore is NOT ANONYMOUS.Â
After having lived in the UK for over 6 years and having seen almost nothing outside of London, the invitation to visit Malmaison Manchester and its new restaurant Smoak seemed like the perfect opportunity to explore some more of what England has to offer.
So I packed my best friend and my suitcase and made my way up to the North. Read more... (971 words, 15 images, estimated 3:53 mins reading time)
January 4th, 2012
Perfect marriage of pomegranate and aubergine
This is another recipe adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi’s book Plenty (I have recently posted the recipe for his deliciously addictive roasted pumpkinÂ taken from the same vegetarian cookery book).
I love aubergines and this recipe gives this handsome vegetable a perfect center stage.Â Together with the tangy pomegranate seeds and the fresh yoghurt, this is a dish that would convince the most dedicated carnivore that vegetables are not too bad after all. Read more... (510 words, 5 images, estimated 2:02 mins reading time)