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Annual Ken Hom lecture at Oxford Brookes University dinner

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Menu from dinner in the Brookes Restaurant following the Ken Hom Lecture at Oxford Brookes University by Sheila Dillon entitled Bollinger Bolsheviks Vs The ‘Foodies’: Seared scallops on a apple and celeriac salad, watercress leaves Levin Sauvignon Blanc 2006 France Ballotine of guineau fowl, squash puree and local greens Domaine de la Vidaliere 2009 Cotes du Rhone Villages Waterperry pear frangipane tart, clotted cream with a blackberry coulis Fair…

Eating all the Putney Pies

Cornish goats' cheese and spinach filo pastry parcels served with English heritage plum tomato concase and herb salad at Putney Pies

Putney Pies are a bit controversial, certainly much more than I had anticipated when I was invited for a visit. Located just a few paces from East Putney Station, its owner had traded globe-trekking work with Sting for the rustic-luxe sort of pie boutique. With little restaurant experience, the whole operation was a bit of a…

Fifteen, Watergate Bay, Cornwall, Review

View out to sea at Fifteen, Cornwall

Expectations: Although a subsidiary of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation, the Fifteen restaurant in Cornwall is actually owned by the Cornwall Foundation of Promise. This means that while the restaurant is influenced by Oliver’s passion for fresh produce and Italian cuisine, it should have its own identity. Given Oliver’s influence, we expected simple rustic food with a…

Matthew Herbert’s One Pig Project

Matthew Herbert with pigs

Belly of pork, that was my intended plan for Sunday lunch. That was before I went to see the live rendition of Matthew Herbert‘s One Pig project at the Royal Opera House on Friday. It was part of the Deloitte Ignite 2011, a festival curated by Mike Figgis, and I was totally prepared to change…

‘East End Paradise’ by Jojo Tulloh

East End Paradise by Jojo Tulloh

Originally published in 2009 as Freshly Picked, East End Paradise is a collection of recipes and anecdotes based on the fruits of Jojo Tulloh‘s allotment in Leyton, East London. As the food editor of The Week, Tulloh knows a thing or two about food. But reading through East End Paradise, it seems that it wasn’t until…