Tuesday, 31 July 2012

What's Hot in July...

Inspired by a combination of Dirt Magazine's Friday Randoms (but a little less random) and Ms Khoo's regular 'Loves, Likes, Bits and Bobs' blog post, 'What's Hot in July' is essentially a periodic summary of what foodie things I've done, eaten and encountered over the past Month; a small collection of websites, pictures, restaurants, recipes and reads. Take a look (and maybe a bite):

1. Rachel Khoo's Blog

Seeing as I mentioned her above, I might as well start with everyone's favourite French-English-Austro-Malay-Chinese lady's blog. A simple, readable and startlingly regularly updated site, full of interesting images and stories from the life and travels of the charming new face of BBC's food. I particularly enjoy the aforementioned 'Loves, Likes, Bits and Bobs' post.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Jamie's Ministry of Food Review

The Concept

For one starting university, beginning life on one's own for the first time, there are a plethora of student cookbooks available. For one reason or another, none of them appealed to me and, snagged by the McKenna-esq tagline of 'Anyone can learn to cook in 24 hours', I ended up with a copy of this book. Jamie's Ministry of Food came hand in hand with a television series of the same name that later gave birth to it's American daughter Jamie's Food Revolution.

The aim of the book is simple. It is 'to empower you to learn how to cook as quickly and easily as possible' through 'picking a whole load of recipes that we all love to eat and giving you [Jamie's] versions of them.' Nothing unreasonable about that, I'm sure you'll agree.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Raymond Blanc at Whaca and the SRA


Emerging from the bowels of London into the dizzying streets of Canary Wharf, all signs of sun and blue sky had disappeared. Dark, thick clouds rolled threateningly through the sky releasing their first fat drops on all the hard-pressed senior executives who were standing around busily smoking cigarettes and hitting on their secretaries.

So why am I here? Raymond Blanc had emerged from the depths of Oxfordshire to cook at the Wahaca Street Kitchen Van Thing in Canary Wharf with Thomasina Miers. The reason for the appearance of the French star was chiefly to promote the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), of which he is the newly crowned president.