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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

My latest acquisition from the Oxfam Bookshop is a pristine copy of Made In Sicily by Giorgio Locatelli. I'm quite excited about this one.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

I really recommend listening to other programmes in the Reunion series. You also have the Food Programme of course.

I loved hearing how there used to be a recipe featured every Friday on Today, which is a heavyweight current affairs/news programme these days.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

I knew it would be right up your street, Gio.

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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

Not sure whether there is access to BBC radio in N America, but I just listened to a programme featuring Claudia Roden, Prue Leith, Mary Berry, Rose Elliot and Kathryn Whitehorn about Britiscooery writing post-war. Worth a listen (It's a terrific programme in general. Last week's was about Guantanamo Bay.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007x9vc

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - EGGS, MILK, CHEESE, BEANS, POTATOES, RICE, PASTA, VEGETABLES

Lovely! For info, Ottolenghi has a really good veggie paella recipe in Plenty.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

And terribly posh! I met her once, a long time ago.

What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

I saw some vintage moulds just the other day in a local store. I will check out if they have the one you're after, if you like.

Aug 25, 2015
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

We'll be in Spain too for the first week of October. I'm checking my luggage for just eight days!

Aug 23, 2015
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

I don't have an answer for that question, but if you can find Forum Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar - buy it immediately! It's the nectar of the Gods.

Aug 23, 2015
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Teenager's First Trip to London - Restaurant Advice

Oh no! I wonder where she's going?

Aug 19, 2015
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

Teenager's First Trip to London - Restaurant Advice

Honestly, I think you'll be fine if you go early. You can also reserve at lunchtime! I will try to swing by one evening (it's not that far from work) and scope out the business.

Aug 19, 2015
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

Teenager's First Trip to London - Restaurant Advice

It's not a "mini chain" in the same way as Polpo, and the menu changes practically every day. The meal we had a few months there ago was superb (lunch, and the six of us ate nearly everything on the menu) - whereas Polpo when I went (ages ago) was pretty good but not outstanding.

If you go early it should be fine - especially if it's at the beginning of the week.

Are you around for a drink when you visit? *hopeful*

Aug 19, 2015
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What cookbooks have you bought lately, or are you lusting after? August 2015

The Gjelina book sounds amazing! Not out here until December, sadly.

Aug 19, 2015
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British Bake Off starts in early September, 2015 on PBS

jimonyc says it's not the current one you're getting - it's Season 4 from 2013. No idea which one they would have been discussing on PBS though!

Aug 17, 2015
greedygirl in Food Media & News

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

I think it's a leg. It's this one:

http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/9725.htm?act...

I think my slicing will be a bit, erm, ham-fisted!

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - TAPAS, SOUPS, GAZPACHOS, SALADS, BREADS, EMPANADAS

There wasn't a single potato left over of my batch! I managed to slightly over cook the potatoes when I boiled them so was super careful not to break them up when tossing with the oil. They came out crispy and delicious, and we're really good with the sauce and allioli. I cheated and used a shop bought one as the store was having a "Taste of Iberia" promotion. Patata Bravas is a crowd pleaser and this will be a repeat for sure.

I love this book nearly as much as Polpo!

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - TAPAS, SOUPS, GAZPACHOS, SALADS, BREADS, EMPANADAS

I made the one that goes with the scallops and garlic cream. I don't have the book to hand but it's in the vegetable section and is made in the microwave. The hardest part is peeling, de seeding and chopping the tomatoes.

Aug 16, 2015
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

You are all invited to my serrano and sherry party I'm going to have to throw to have any chance of getting through this beast! Luckily we are going to The land of sherry in October (and not too far from Jerez) so I can stash a few bottles in my suitcase...

Aug 16, 2015
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - TAPAS, SOUPS, GAZPACHOS, SALADS, BREADS, EMPANADAS

I made this dish again last night, with a very high quality, pretty spicy chorizo from a renowned Spanish deli here in London. This will become a regular dish at our table, I think!

Aug 16, 2015
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

Minted Lamb Meatballs, p269, The New Spanish Table

Another hit from this book. Meatball prep is pretty standard - minced lamb combined with bread that's been soaked in water and squeezed dry, garlic, seasoning , chopped fresh mint and a beaten egg. The recipe says to fry them in olive oil but I prefer to bake them in the oven so that's what I did. I let them cook for about ten minutes, so they were browned but not cooked through.

The sauce is chopped onion, sautéed in olive oil, tomatoes, sherry and chicken stock. It's whizzed in a blender and then dried mint and seasoning is added. Gently cook the meatballs in the sauce until the meatballs are cooked through. I prepared these in advance and then reheated in the oven until warm but not piping hot as they're supposed to be left to cool a bit.

These were really good. The meatballs were very tender and flavoursome, and I loved the double hit of mint. One of my guests raved about the sauce, which tastes almost creamy, despite having no dairy. Happy to recommend this one.

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

A total bargain at £30 for the whole leg of serrano reserva. Part of a special "Taste of Iberia" promotion at Lidl (German chain). The benefit of living in Europe I guess.

Of course now I have to buy a stand and a ham carving knife! It's obviously not the highest quality at that price, but even rather inexpertly carved by a newbie with a boning knife which is thin enough but not long enough, pretty delicious.

Aug 16, 2015
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August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - TAPAS, SOUPS, GAZPACHOS, SALADS, BREADS, EMPANADAS

Eggplant stacks with Tomato Jam, p42, The New Spanish Table

There were one of the best things I made for last night's tapas party. Gone in a flas, with the platter wiped clean!

If you've already made the tomato jam for the scallops recip, this is a really good way to use up any leftovers. Basically you slice and salt aubergine, rinse and pat dry, brush with plenty of EVOO and grill (broil in American).

Once cool, top with an anchovy fillet (I used beautiful, speckled purple aubergines that weren't that fat so I halved the fillets), and some tomato jam, then drizzle with a little olive oil and somewhen balsamic, or ordinary balsamic that you've reduced. I have something called Crema a base de aceto balsamico that was perfect. Then top with shaved manchego or Parmesan - I went with manchego.

A bit fiddly, but wow these were good. The flavours melded perfectly, with the sweetness of the jam tempered by the slight acidity of the balsamic and the salty anchovy. Highly recommended.

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

I may have got a bit carried away at the market the other day...

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - EGGS, MILK, CHEESE, BEANS, POTATOES, RICE, PASTA, VEGETABLES

I made this too last week and hadn't got round to posting my report. We were divided at Casa gg about this one. I enjoyed it but Mr gg was a bit lukewarm. We both agreed that we prefer spaghetti alla vongole.

The only change I made was to use a fish stock cube instead of clam juice, as you can't get it here.

Aug 16, 2015
greedygirl in Home Cooking

August 2015 COTM: The New Spanish Table & My Kitchen in Spain - SEAFOOD, POULTRY, MEAT, GAME

I did too. It's doing well so far, but not sure it's warm enough to fruit properly here. I went to my friend's parents' place in Umbria once in Sepember, when their many fig trees were groaning with fruit, both black and green. Warm figs straight from the tree = heaven.

Sending dried herbs via fedex

Spice Mountain perhaps - based at Borough Market.

Brixton Wholefoods has an excellent (and cheap) selection of loose spices to buy by weight but they don't do mail order. I will check if they have summer savory the next time I'm in there.

Aug 13, 2015
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

Teenager's First Trip to London - Restaurant Advice

I prefer Polpetto - if you go midweek or at lunchtime it shouldn't be too busy (it's one of those pesky no bookings places).

Aug 13, 2015
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

Teenager's First Trip to London - Restaurant Advice

Dishoom for the Indian perhaps - although I still haven't visited personally it's rated by lots of people who know their stuff. I really like Ragam on Cleveland Street and they do dhosas as it's a South Indian place. I also love their chilli cauliflower!

For the more upmarket restaurant, you might consider Medlar, and it's not too far from Earl's Court either by bus or in a taxi (nearest tube is Sloane Square, but it's a good 20-30 minute walk from there). I went with a couple of 'hounds in May, and we had a great time. Otherwise, there's the Harwood Arms - it's quite casual, in your neighbourhood(ish) and serves Modern British food. You could do worse than The Ivy though - it's recently had a refurb.

If you do go to Rules, check out the cocktail bar upstairs!

Aug 13, 2015
greedygirl in U.K./Ireland

British Bake Off starts in early September, 2015 on PBS

It started last week in the UK. My current favourite is Tamal the trainee anaesthetist, and Mat the firefighter. I don't recommend clicking on that link if you've not already seen the first two episodes - it tells you who's been eliminated!

Aug 13, 2015
greedygirl in Food Media & News

September 2015 COTM - Nomination Thread

For any UK folks, this book is called Cuisine Actuelle in its British incarnation. The subtitles is "Patricia Wells presents the Cuisine of Joel Robuchon". I've had it since it was published as I worked for the publisher at the time.