Sorry, an unstructured list again. Autumnal scenes getting in the way. Should be back to themes next week.
Here’s a hint, though: look out for beetroot and orange glazed pork belly, whole roast squash, and a medlar powered sticky toffee pudding.
- Rowley Leigh suggested FT Weekend readers assemble baked celeriac, cabbage and trompette mushrooms. Tasty. Possibly a bit farty.
- The Honey & Co. recipe on the same pages should be pretty zippy – roasted courgettes in a spice rub, dressed with yoghurt, mint and grapes.
- In The Sunday Times, the Caldesis provided various Sicilian inspired recipes. Salmon baked with oranges and thyme and chicken parmigiana.
- Good, simple but interesting Israeli recipes in The Times Magazine. I liked, in particular, a za’atar filled bread, red mullet roasted over cherry tomatoes, and cauliflower, tahini and chickpeas.
- Also in that magazine, loads of ways to vary your salmon game thanks to Donna Hay. Best were: blackened salmon with creamy celeriac; a spicy tamarind sauce, pak choi and almonds; and a salmon and cashew curry.
- And Nadiya Hussain made a orange blossom and pistachio cake.
- Diana Henry met Anthony Bourdain for Saturday’s Telegraph Magazine. He’s got a new “unconventional” family cookbook out called Appetites. It’s blunt and an assault on your senses, as you’d expect from this man. I quite like it. I got the impression Diana did too.
- Her recipe column in the next day’s Stella mag focused on Autumnal picnic ideas, such as chicken, bacon and spinach rolls, and a rather tempting Jerusalem artichoke and roast garlic soup. (The problem with summer picnics is you can’t take a Thermos of soup with you. Bring on lunch sitting in the car because it’s too wet outside.)
- There’s dinner party material in Stephen Harris’ Telegraph column – venison with red wine, chocolate and raspberry vinegar.
- And some recipes (again) from Fuchsia Dunlop’s Land of Fish and Rice. Look to the red-braised pork with eggs. I keep writing this: great book, authentic Chinese recipes, all totally accessible with fewer ingredients than you might expect. Do get involved.
- Probably the most interesting recipe of all came via Mark Diacono, also in The Telegraph, who swapped dates for medlar pulp in a sticky toffee pudding. (Whilst we’re on the subject of good books, A Year at Otter Farm is a bit spesh).
- For something a bit different, take a look at new Cook residents, Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng, who bring their ace brand of Portu-Chinese to the Guardian’s pages. I can vouch for the prawn tartare, the marinated mackerel with daikon, and their perfect bowl of rice. Looking forward to the next three weeks of this.
- Those with sweet teeth should note “three milk” sponge cakes from Claire Ptak.
- I liked the look of Thomasina Miers’ chicken biryani recipe in the Guardian’s Weekend Magazine.
- And then there are two very Ottolenghi beetroot salads (as in, a few ingredients, but guaranteed crowdpleasers) there too, plus an ace sticky pork belly with a beetroot and orange glaze.
- Meatballs from Rachel Roddy. Not browned, just poached.
- The Observer Magazine housed a few Danish comfort food recipes: a fish soup (clams, langoustines, white fish, fish stock, saffron and celeriac providing the main flavours); chicken soup with plenty of fresh herbs; and spelt rolls.
- There was also an OFM supplement featuring ‘twenty of the best cake recipes‘. This’ll go online in batches through the week. In the first, look to Nigella’s Devil’s food cake, Fergus Henderson and Justin Gellatly’s seed cake, and Moro’s pine nut and rosewater tropézienne.
- And, from Anna Jones in Cook: a whole roast squash stuffed with freekeh, roast garlic and fennel; and a turmeric and coconut baked cauliflower. Possibly my two favourite things of the weekend.
On the internet
A home weekend featuring tarte Tatin with apples from the orchard, rolled pork belly and various other classics. But no photos. Few specific recipes were followed, save for Jamie’s lasagne with pork, beef and butternut squash, which is always a winner.
Weekend Menu, 22 and 23 October 2016
Roast, spiced courgettes, yoghurt mint and grapes
Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, The FT Weekend
Whole roast pumpkin with freekeh and roast garlic
Anna Jones, the Guardian ‘Cook’
Medlar sticky toffee pudding
Mark Diacono, The Telegraph