A failure. Chorizo and butter bean stew with garlic and thyme

While the black pudding was used in a successful dish, the chorizo found its way into a failure. The recipe came from Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, currently resident Chez Rosam courtesy of Worthing Library. The flavours just didn’t work. It may well have been because our chorizo from the market and Waitrose butter beans weren’t up to the standards of those from Rick’s food heroes, but there’s a nagging reminder in the back of my brain that, when I need a fish recipe, I usually skip over my Rick Steins in favour of Leith’s Fish Bible. Maybe I don’t get...

Mangoes

Actually, nothing at all to do with market, but a general grumble about my inability to get the stone out of a mango without dragging half the flesh with it. How do they do it in restaurants? Or is it a variety thing like the strawberries we get these days in the shops that never give up their hulls cleanly? I remember the days… Any suggestions, oh knowledgeable reader?

Paying for brands, not the food – some people are really missing the point

I got a bit narky when I went into the shop at Carluccio’s in Brighton recently. And not just Carluccio’s – we have Oil & Vinegar here in Worthing and in Brighton. They, and their ilk are the home of overpriced Lifestyle (with a capital ‘L’) branded food – one showing a very Body Shop-like corporate image, staffed mostly by evangelistically fired-up young women just like Body Shop, and the other, a chef-as-brand emporium par excellence. I must admit, I do buy the odd thing in O&V, when I can’t source it anywhere else in Worthing, but Carluccio’s prices are...

To Aspartame or not to Aspartame

For someone trying to lose weight, like myself, the artificial sweetener, Aspartame, is a fact of life. Something that’s pretty unavoidable without some serious lifestyle change considerations. As my friend Loli once remarked, my consumption of diet cola is so out of kilter with my advocacy of things Organic, and active avoidance of too many processed things in my diet (‘too many’ – what a wonderful fudge!). I have no real excuse. I’ll have to accept the brickbats. But what brought on this post on? Well, on Friday night, after some noodles from the local take-away my wife suffered severe...

What do I look for in food?

When I started Meals on Blogs, just a few weeks ago, I wrote on the Food for Thought page something grandiose like promising my manifesto for food. This week, the promise has been gnawing away at the back of my mind, so I guess I’ll have to knuckle down and try to develop my thinking without being nominated for Pseuds’ Corner. I guess the manifesto is already starting to evolve naturally, if you care to read the posts here. I like big tastes; a lot of what I cook is Mediterranean-influenced. And because my cooking increasingly tends to simplicity –...