Supplemental #80

This week’s #Supplemental falls short of being comprehensive. Because: busy.

So without further waffle, and with only the occasional comment, here are the columns, features and recipes that grabbed my attention at the weekend.

  • There was a bumper, 68 page Observer Food Monthly on offer on Sunday, in part thanks to a preview of Nigel Slater’s third ‘Kitchen Diaries’ tome, which is published later this week. The 12 recipes in the OFM are a tiny snapshot and are worth a look (duck with udon, and chicken wings and pearl barley in particular). But, to be honest, if I were you I’d head over to Amazon. I’ve got a copy and I’m happy to say it’s engaging, comforting, tactile, full of inspirational yet achievable ideas and recipes, and makes you want to cook – classic Nige.
  • If you’re a fan of Mr Slater’s style, you also like recipes this week in the guardian’s Cook from Sophie Missing and Caroline Craig – stuffed baked tomatoes and cider and cinnamon baked apples.
  • Ruby Tandoh’s baking column in the same supplement should suit too. Raspberry and peach cobbler and blueberry buckle are bang on for late September.
  • Tommi Miers’ damson filled ‘autumn pudding’ in the guardian’s main Saturday magazine hit my sweet spot dead on centre.
  • Andrew Wong’s recipes in the OFM also stood out. I can vouch for the Sichuan aubergines and I’d love to try the chilli barbecued Dover sole.
  • Stephen Harris nailed roast pork for The Telegraph’s Saturday readers.
  • Whilst on Sunday Diana Henry put forward some seriously tempting pilafs – each a veritable meal in a rice bowl: prawn, fennel and tomato looks a strong combination; and the aubergine, cauliflower, date and harissa yoghurt number is right up my strasse.
  • Check out Honey & Co.’s chicken maklouba in the FT, which ignores modern presentation faff and goes straight for taste and satisfaction.
  • Halibut en papillote. Nice.
  • Mark Hix’s sweetcorn recipes in Saturday’s Independent were good. I’m super keen on a plate of grouse with polenta and sweetcorn this evening. Maybe the fish baked in corn husk with a sweetcorn salsa on the side tomorrow.
  • Anna Jones’ sweetcorn makai with chilli pickle in The Sunday Times = cracking mid week feed.
  • And Bill Granger’s coconut and blueberry teacakes looked excellent in the Indy on Sunday. Gooey and moreish, I suspect.

Hmm, that was more waffle than intended. So perhaps it’s apt to draw things to a close by asking: for all the staged photos and inviting prose, was Len Deighton’s compact and basic OFM ‘cook strip’ illustration actually the best thing this weekend? How to cook a pheasant covered in just a few cms of space.

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