Morning. I’m going to press pause on blog bits for a few weeks as I’ve a hectic new project, plus feel the need to take a break and refresh more generally (after seven years of tapping away…).
I will be back, though. Probably mid-way through October — heck, these weekend recipes aren’t going to digest themselves, are they??
On which note, grab yourself a coffee and indulge in the last #Supplemental for a while, keeping eyes out for sweet treats from Yotam Ottolenghi, and from Nigel Slater too. In fact, sugar was all over Saturday and Sunday’s papers and glossy mags — even Rose Prince’s savoury dishes were fruity.
The Times and Sunday Times
It was a ‘The Dish’ food special in The Sunday Times’ glossy mag. Pick of yesterday’s features was a window to Sabrina Ghayour’s latest book, Feasts, in particular her zippy salad combos, like peach, feta and mint with pul biber; and charred cauliflower with rose harissa, tahini and preserved lemons. Simple things, but flavour to the fore, and all suitable for sharing.
M-Bezza was in there too — trolling GBBO with some baked things that you’ve seen before (lemon tart, carrot cake, Viennese fingers etc etc).
The day before, Nadiya kept things simple with a puff pastry tart, loaded with vanilla’d mascarpone and summer berries (which missed the key instruction to hold on until next year — strawberries etc have definitely gone over their peak.)
Michel Roux’s wife and daughter had a handful of recipes in the same magazine (new book, etc etc). Pretty eclectic. I was most interested in chickpea pancakes (‘socca’), and a spelt risotto with purple sprouting and ceps.
And there were some vegetarian ‘ting in the Weekend supplement. I thought the root vegetable ‘crumble’ looked decent — roast roots, tumbled in creme fraiche, mustard and topped with a Brasil nut and oat crumble.
All of Rose Prince’s fruity seasonal recipes were more than decent: roast (but rare) pigeon breasts with blackberries; baked lemon sole with cobnut crust; and muscat sabayon with grilled grape and fig to finish. There was also a nudge towards her new book, Dinner & Party, with maybe a pear clafoutis the thing I’m most likely to try.
Tom Kerridge took it back to the ’90s with balsamic vinegar soaked, then baked stone fruit to go with his buttermilk pancakes — one of a few brunch ideas from him.
And from last weekend, I love the idea of Diana Henry’s creamed corn and cheddar toastie. And could take down the (no smoked fish) corn, bacon and wild rice chowder too.
The Guardian and Observer
Even if you’re at your new book quota for the year, make space for Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s Sweet, which is released on Thursday (almost a tenner off on Amazon atm …). We got a glimpse of it in Saturday’s Weekend magazine, with not three but TEN recipes extracted from what will no doubt become a dessert and treats bible for many households. I’m not quite sure why a peach and blackberry roulade has been re-named a ‘rolled pavlova’, but I am so keen on the halva and tahini millionaire’s shortbread, the fig and frangipane tarlets and hot chocolate and lime puddings, that all is forgiven.
Yotam elbowed Tommi and Meera from the magazine, but Nigel Slater picked up the team’s baton on Sunday and went and roasted some grapes (with a dash of brandy) for spooning over a creamy rice pudding. Which looks dreamy. He also gave us a plum crumble tart with ginger nut base.
Need something quick and easy for supper in the next couple of days? The Guardian Cook’s Rachel Roddy has your back: courgettes, pecorino, mint and spaghetti.
FT Weekend Magazine
Jacob Kenedy took us on a tour of Puglia, finishing with courgette flowers filled with ricotta and olives and then baked.
Also, take a look at Rowley Leigh’s Sicilian recipes from last weekend — aubergine chips with garlic, vinegar and mint, and involtini (aubergine rolls).
From the internet
To Edd Kimber The Boy Who Bakes again. Because his Montbeilard, Comte and caramelised onion quiche looks strong.
I’d take this Munchies crab cake sandwich down. Quite quickly.
And Joey O’Hare’s aubergine and spicy fermented kohlrabi salad on Great British Chefs has a few interesting elements that I suspect come together nicely.
Weekend Menu, 2 and 3 September 2017
Rowley Leigh, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine
Lemon sole with cobnut crust
Rose Prince, The Telegraph
Roast grapes and rice pudding
Nigel Slater, The Observer Magazine
Middle Eastern Millionaire Shortbreads to keep energy levels up through the week
Yotam Ottolenghi, The Guardian Weekend Magazine
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