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Tea and tapas at El Pirata Detapas, Notting Hill, dinner

Lalani&co and tapas at El Pirata Detapas, Notting Hill

Menu from a dinner at El Pirata Detapas in Notting Hill with Lalani & co to sample their tea and tapas pairings with boutique estate teas supplied by Lalani & co: Seared tuna, ajo blanco, marinated almond Prawn tartare, egg yolk citrus sauce Roasted fig with cheese foam and crispy ham Spring Reserve 2011, LaKyrsiew Garden Seared scallops,…

Juxtaposition of life and death in food and wine

Every now and then, the polarity of life and death approaches something akin to poignant. As I got ready for my friend José Vouillamoz’s book launch at Caravan King’s Cross (he co-authored Wine Grapes with Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding), I happened to see on Twitter that two Fat Duck chefs had died in a…

Wine Grapes and Art of the Restaurateur launch

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Wine menu from an evening at Caravan King’s Cross to celebrate the joint launch of Wine Grapes (Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, José Vouillamoz) and Art of the Restaurateur (Nick Lander) where Swiss wines were selected by José Vouillamoz from Les Vins du Valais and food provided by Caravan King’s Cross: Heida – Collection Chandra Kurt 2011 Provins, Sion…

Mallorca Week at Boqueria, Brixton, Review

Orange mousse with ground almonds, white chocolate and tea at Mallorca Week, Boqueria, Brixton

192 Acre Lane  Brixton, London SW2 5UL www.boqueriatapas.com Despite the substantial number of British tourists who visit Mallorca each year, its cuisine isn’t well-known in the UK. Owing to the large number of resorts catering to the all-inclusive market, it’s often seen as somewhere sunny by the sea that offers cheap and cheerful touristy food. Actually, Mallorca…

Potato gnocchi with chorizo, basil oil and tomato salad recipe

Potato gnocchi with chorizo, basil oil and tomato salad

It might be wintry outside but it’s mighty hard to forget the summer. I’ve been invited to create a “winter-warmer” recipe using Good Natured’s Splendid Spuds so here it is, with a side serving of summer. Serves 4 Ingredients: Potato gnocchi: 450g potatoes (supplied by Good Natured) 100g plain flour 1 egg yolk 100g Parmesan…

L’Autre Pied, Marylebone, dinner

Menu from a dinner at L’Autre Pied in Marylebone for a birthday celebration (the menu we were given was in fact different from what we were served): Amuse bouche Ceviche of hand dived scallops, black quinoa, creme fraiche, Jerusalem artichokes and dill Squid “linguini”, gremolata, smoked anchovies, pine nuts and dried grapes Grilled Nashi pears with fromage blanc,…

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