We ate our Spanish almuerzo (lunch) in the traditional Spanish manner – around 3pm, where the only other diners were three Spanish-speaking ladies leisurely enjoying their midday meal whilst catching up on their important affairs.Read More »
After eight weeks of missing her, she was back from a sojourn in Leeds. I just had to eat her food on her first day back out in Birmingham; so much that I devoted my entire lunch break I had walking from the top of Corporation Street to Brindley Place, queuing for the food and walking back whilst eating it. Read More »
The loin of pork has always been the prized cut for roasting but in recent times, the humble pork belly has begun to receive the appreciation it deserves. However, the time and effort that goes into cooking it, I feel, is still not appreciated. Thus, this series Pork Belly Chronicles aims to recognise great pork belly and the good people who work tirelessly to serve you this beautiful cut.
On a mission to blog about good food, I just have to try out new street food traders when I hear about them. I’m pleased to say that they were excellent and recommend that you try them out too. Read More »
Ex-chef Will Johns is the man you need when you want good food in Birmingham, he has an unrivaled fridge of cheeses, charcuterie and continental produce. Will is also a stocky guy with a Cockney accent, if the way he asks what you’re after intimidates you, let me know and I’ll introduce him and his nice side to you – he’s a softie really. Read More »
Following on from my post about experiencing different cuisines, I wanted to review 4023, who have provided with me an insight into Greek food – which has been another victim of food stereotyping here in the UK. If supermarkets and sandwich shops truly represented what Greeks eat, then one would have to assume that they eat exclusively yoghurt, moussaka, grilled halloumi (which is actually Cypriot) and pitta breads with a feta, tomato, olives, cucumber, tzatziki salad with bland, grilled vegetables – go into the largest supermarket near you and try and find something Greek that I haven’t yet mentioned, you’ll most likely struggle. I had always wanted to try real Greek food but struggled to find a place deemed authentic by Greeks I know – but that was before 4023 opened in September last year.
As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to try something new when I visited Manchester and a barbecue eaterie caught my eye during the previous day’s wander that took me to Katsouris.
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Recently, I spent a few days up in Manchester and gained an insight into the food scene up there. I ate some good food in places locals may not venture and found a couple of nice places too.
I took a liking to Le Truc before any of their food passed my lips, the spacious interior has a definite relaxed, continental feel to it, much like the places in the BBC’s The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo (I love watching her – I hope she reads this!). Read More »
In my first post, I just wanted to share a few thoughts about eating food from different cultures. It is a topic which I have discussed at length with many cooks of foreign cuisines that I have met and a recurring theme is that they feel that their cuisine is misrepresented. Here’s how I approach cooking and eating new cuisines. Read More »