Carbonara with garlic breadcrumbs

“What about Carbonara?” suggests Tom.

“… with garlic bread?”

It’s a balmy Sunday afternoon in London, toward the end of an unusually hot June. We were at a wedding last night. Due to antibiotic-induced teetotalism, there’s not a hangover in sight. Instead, Tom capitalised on the situation and saved on a taxi by driving us back from Hampshire in the middle of the night…. 

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profiteroles

Profiteroles

Generally speaking, homemade food beats convenience food hands down. When I decided that I was going to make profiteroles, my mind did flick to the pudding isle in the local Sainsburys where you can buy a heap of them for a couple of pounds though. It does make you wonder whether it’s worth the amount… 

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simmer-ham

Real recession cooking: Ham hocks

I don’t have a problem with recession food. I’m happy to eat trotter or tongue. The problem is that restaurants seem confused about the concept of recession food. Surely the point is that they don’t pay as much for the meat, so we get charged less for eating cheap cuts. More than often though, you… 

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Laxeiro

Laxeiro

Maybe I should write that ‘I don’t approve animals being at the table.’ But I’d be lying. I can see the logic behind why it’s not a good idea …but then I can also see the logic of stopping after two glasses of wine, or why fruit is better for weight loss than ice cream,… 

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Heap of empty shells

Moules marinière

Moules marinière is a real treat – most of all though, it’s not crazy expensive and  it’s so easy to make. The trickiest part by far is finding the mussels to cook. I live in the East End – home of the eel and mash…but no mussels – yet when I visit my parents in… 

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