I’ll be back to my long winded gobby upstart self next week. But for now, here are some notes on the recipes and cookery columns that caught my eye this weekend:
- Firstly a mention for Ruby Tandoh, whose final baking column for Guardian Cook was published on Saturday. She writes: “It’s a constant challenge to come up with recipes that are inventive but still approachable, that don’t need a plethora of weird and wonderful ingredients, but which still take me out of my comfort zone, and teach me (and you, I hope) something new”. To me that’s the brief for every weekend writer – and I also reckon that more often than not, Ruby met it. Nice one. (Triple choc cookies and treacle ginger pancakes, btw).
- Saturday’s Cook magazine also gave us winter minestrone by Rachel Roddy; lovely ideas for steamed potatoes from Tom Hunt (not least homemade butter); and poached pheasant salad to be served with blue cheesey mushrooms and a kale/squash/potato cake.
- In the main Guardian magazine, Yotam suggested we start cooking with buckwheat flour. Buckwheat pancakes with wild mushrooms and burnt butter yoghurt? Niiice. Also, outrageous comfort eating options from Tommi: walnut, goat’s cheese and cav nero open lasagne; and chipotle glazed lamb on layered potatoes. Fnnnr.
- Check out Diana Henry’s introduction to Magnus Nilsson, his restaurant Faviken, and his encyclopaedic Nordic Cookbook in Saturday’s Telegraph. Some of his recipes in there too. I like the look of kale braised in stock with cream and brown sugar, plus a mushroom gratin.
- From that newsgroup, there was also party food by a host of ‘super chefs’. Gizzi’s carnitas took my fancy. Plus a few ‘modern ways to eat meat’, including Korean spiced butterflied lamb and a pheasant and gammon pie.
- The Honey & Co. crew added to the festive party bite inspiration pot.
- Nigel Slater’s slow cooked spiced aubergines for Observer readers looks lush.
- Lovely mid-week ‘mac n greens‘ eats from Anna Jones in The Sunday Times.
- And warming stuff from Florence Knight in the same magazine. Her St Clement’s pudding was definitely my favourite sweet treat this weekend.
- Good rice suggestions from Mark Hix in Saturday’s Independent. I’m intrigued by the Torta Pasqualina.
- And then there was little ol’ me, signing off on a four week stint for The Independent on Sunday, with a few words about buying meat from your local butcher, and then some recipes for chicken liver and Pedro Ximénez pâté; honey glazed lamb ribs with a green sauce; and poached quince to go with coconut flakes and yoghurt.