There’s no need to lament the British Summer when there are such beautifully bright and abundant recipes in the world as this Thai dipping sauce otherwise known as ‘Nam Pla Prik’, a bold and powerful indulgence for your senses. The Joys of Summer. I stare out of the window on this summer day, the day before the solstice, the day before the longest sun rises over the glorious plains of Albion, shining new, fresh light into all those who dance under it’s rays, pouring energy fourth and transforming the worlds of those under it. But instead of such glorious imagery, it is indeed a loathsome, cloudy, grey, wet, summer’s day. I should know better by now, I’ve lived in England for every single …come and read more!
Competitive Sandwiches. A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest at a sandwich making competition. Yes, yes, I know, I’d never been to a sandwich making competition before either, but it was actually a promotional event for Hovis Chia Bread, laid on by the good people at Hovis who had invited a group of us bloggers to come and test out our sandwich making skills by preparing a selection of Lord Sandwich’s favourites using the new Hovis sliced loaf that’s laced with super healthy chia seeds form the The Chia Company. It was great fun as well, having set things up spectacularly well, with a spread of ingredients fit for an emperor, all ready to load our creations up with. Furthermore, whilst we …come and read more!
Today I’m talking about gravlax, or gravalax, or gravadlax, or even Gravad laks depending on where you are, who you are and why you’re here. There might be other spellings that I’m missing out, but so far I’ve covered Norwegian, Swedish and Danish as well as the slightly confused situation in England where it seems to go under a few of those names. However you spell it, this is an absolute peach of a recipe, a personal favourite of mine which gives smoked salmon a run of it’s money without having to go through that messy process of smoking. It’s also another super long-make recipe which is more like a small food side-project rather than a recipe. There’s no way that you can …come and read more!
I’m in a lucky position. I live in a part of North London where there’s a strong Turkish community and just down the road there’s a lot of Greeks as well. That means I’m tripping over mediterranean delis and restaurants and there’s an abundance of new ingredients to discover that seem to magically fall into my shopping basket on a regular basis. It also puts me in the unique situation of never having any trouble finding ingredients for Ottolenghi recipes, something I doubt many people in the world can claim. I’ve also been slowly re-discovering the joys of Turkish baking. I remember a childhood holiday to Turkey, where we took a hire car inland away from the pizza, steak and chip emporiums that …come and read more!
There’s everything to like about this dish. Thin slivers of just-cooked beetroot doused in a simple red wine vinegar dressing, crisp apple, fresh pan fried mackerel and finished with some nutty, leafy and tangy adornments. It’s a simple recipe for success that I can’t believe has sat in my recipe notes, remaining unpublished for so long. I wrote this recipe in the summer of 2014 and was instantly taken with it. It was made few times and photographed on two occasions, but the photos never lived up to my vision of flavours within the dish. You see, it’s one of those meals that tastes so good, and looks so stunning on the plate that it’s hard to take a photo that truly represents …come and read more!
I’ve reached peak mackerel. I don’t know what happened, whether something changed in the tides of the moon, but I suddenly felt an overwhelming urge to consume lots of this lovely, oily fish. There was a sign that this was coming, my smoked mackerel omelette indicated that I was heading into a mackerel period, because I’ve eaten that omelette a LOT since posting it. I feel nervous about estranging some of the more vegetable based readers, however please stick with me, as I can assure you that some non-fish recipes will also make a strong comeback soon, in fact I’ve got a seasonal corker coming up next week using chestnuts. This mackerel addiction has led me into dark and difficult situations. As my …come and read more!