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May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

He means a raw cucumber, that you make into a quick pickle.

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May 2015 COTM Announcement: EAT by Nigel Slater

The teeny tiny pickles are usually called by their French name, cornichons. Gherkins can be anything from 2 to 6 inches.

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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, by Russell Norman

I have the utmost faith in you. Go L. Nightshade!

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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

I've never heard of him either!

Apr 22, 2015
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*July 2010 COTM - ITALIAN EASY: Fish, Poultry, Meat

GRILLED SCALLOPS, ITALIAN EASY, P130

I had some lovely, diver-caught scallops and wanted a really simple recipe to show them off. This fit the bill perfectly. Embarrassingly easy but just gorgeous as the sweet yet delicate flavour of the scallop really shone through.

All you do is heavily season your shellfish, then sear on a very hot griddle or barbecue. I used a griddle. Serve with a drizzle of your best oil, a squeeze of lemon and a bit of bread for the juices. Perfection. We followed with the asparagus risotto from Polpo for a fantastic midweek treat meal.

Apr 22, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

I made this risotto for dinner last night and thought it was fabulous, even though I messed up the recipe slightly! I misread it and blanched all of the asparagus instead of the half you use as a garnish at the end. Luckily I realised my mistake, so I just added the asparagus later in the cooking process, instead of along with the rice. Worked out fine. Loved the addition of prosciutto, and the whole spears at the end.

Apr 21, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Beautiful! I've made a Gordon Ramsay version of beet-cured salmon, and the beet doesn't add flavour so much as colour in that one too.

Apr 20, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

I am a liver lover and this looks just gorgeous. I am literally salivating!

Apr 20, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

I made these for a casual dinner, along with the Meat Plate, (which is more of an assembly job than a recipe). I used a very mild, creamy goat's cheese which I spread rather than crumbled and I did add the honey at the end. Very nice indeed.

Apr 20, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

They're oldies but goodies, Gio. I must revisit Summer Collection now the weather is finally improving. How I loved that book as a new-to-cooking twenty something!

Apr 19, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

I've made this recipe with regular anchovies too. I think from Delia Smith's Summer Collection, which you probably don't have as she is a very British thing! (One of my very first cookery books, btw!)

Apr 19, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 6 & 7, Desserts & Drinks

Americano, p282

I love Campari and red vermouth, so this was a slam dunk. We enjoyed ours while watching Mad Men, which seemed appropriate!

Apr 16, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

Lilham, it's only £12.50 at Foyles.

Apr 16, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

Or your trip to the UK. ;-)

Apr 16, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

Indeed. In fact, there's no instruction to drain the tuna.

Apr 16, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

Loved this combo too. I used great quality Spanish tuna in a jar, and had more of an open-faced sandwich on some toasted ciabatta type bread. Yummy lunch.

Apr 16, 2015
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

In the UK, one would buy one's marihuana by the oz, but cocaine by the gram (if one were that way inclined). In other words, a complete mishmash of metric and imperial, as per!

Apr 14, 2015
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

As a rough rule of thumb:

1 Kg = 2lbs
500g = 1lb
250g = half a pound
125g = a quarter pound

April 2015 COTM: POLPO - Chapters 1 & 2, Cichèti & Breads

And it looks perfect! Bravo!

Apr 14, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Mr GG also revolts when I try not to serve pasta with meatballs. It's annoying!

April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

On-deev is how I pronounce them both.

Apr 13, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? Happy hurry up and be Spring already, April 2015 edition!

I got this recently too in a charity shop. I haven't cooked anything from it yet, but there are some great-sounding recipes. He now runs a restaurant on Maylebone High Street called Providores and Tapa Room.

Apr 13, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

I'm not sure there's a whole lot of difference between frisée and curly endive, tbh.

Apr 12, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

That really does look amazeballs, BC.

Apr 12, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

I hear you on the weight thing. It's important to me too, and I handle it by "fasting" once a week (5:2 diet style). If I want to drop a few pounds, I fast twice a week and cut right down on alcohol.

Apr 12, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

Thank you, Gio, but I'm afraid I'm none the wiser. I don't think we have them here.

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapter 5, Vegetables

Chicory = Belgian Endive.

I've never seen Monksbeard, but samphire is available at good greengrocer's and fishmonger's, in the summer. I *think* I've been given it free when buying fish, but possibly in France. It's sort of like a salty, slender asparagus.

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 COTM Announcement: POLPO

Lol. I really want to experience heavy cream now. I can't believe it's that different.

Apr 11, 2015
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April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

What are whole belly clams?

I love carbs too, and refuse to feel bad about it. Why are carbs the enemy? As for lasagne, I had a "white" lasagne in Le Marche in Italy a couple of years ago. No ragu, or tomato but it was the best lasagne I've ever had.

April 2015 COTM: POLPO, chapters 3 & 4, Fish & Meat

I agree. Much prefer the pork ones.

Apr 11, 2015
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