Recipe: simple paella with peas

Simple paella

If you’ve eaten much paella in Spain, you’re probably aware that this rice dish varies considerably from region to region and from restaurant to restaurant. There’s no really ‘authentic’ dish, everyone swears by their own approach! Paella with lots of seafood or other fancy ingredients is very good. But I think it’s sometimes best enjoyed [...]

Eating out: Dishoom

View of the kitchen at Dishoom

I first visited Mumbai in 1991, the starting point for a trip around India. I was at University at the time and on something of a budget – £400 in travellers’ cheques to last two months. I arrived in Bombay, as it was then known, and began my crash course in Indian culture. The budget traveller in [...]

2011 Burgundy tasting


Burgundy is ‘where it’s at’ for many wine lovers. The wines are often spoken about in hushed, reverential tones, which gives them a certain mystique. The region is relatively small in size and many of the wines are made from one of two grape varieties, pinot noir for the reds and chardonnay for the whites. [...]

Recipe: pheasant and pig’s trotter pie with a suet crust

pheasant and pig's trotter pie with a suet crust

A new pie dish was a welcome Christmas present this year and I was recently given a brace of pheasants. Everything was pointing towards Fergus Henderson’s classic dish: pheasant and pig’s trotter pie with suet crust… It seemed a little late to be eating these game birds, but the season lasts until Feb 1st. After consulting this excellent [...]

Recipe: toad in the hole

toad in the hole

A cold evening, couldn’t be bothered to go out. In the fridge were some sausages and a savoy cabbage. In the freezer some gravy left over from a roast. It was time to make this simple British classic. Serves 2.   Ingredients: 12 pork chipolatas 2 tbsp vegetable oil 300g savoy cabbage, sliced into 1cm [...]

Eating out: Mirch Masala

Power to the people

The first place I gravitated to when I moved to London in the late 90s was Tooting. I was skint, it was cheap and I had some friends in the area. It’s fair to say it’s not the most glamorous part of town. At the time, Tooting didn’t have much in the way of nightlife, most of [...]

Recipe: slow roast shoulder of lamb with Moroccan spices

Slow roast shoulder of lamb with Moroccan spices

Slow roast shoulder of lamb is definitely a dish to warm up a cold winter’s evening. Or it would make a lovely Sunday lunch served with some summer vegetables. Here, the fatty shoulder combines very well with the heat of Moroccan spices and the low temperature cooking ensures the lamb is cooked to a nice [...]

Don’t detox, drink Carmenère

casa rivas 5

Overindulged a bit in December and tempted by a ‘detox’ diet in the New Year? Well, don’t. According to the scientific experts at Sense About Science, detox has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment for drug addiction or poisoning. It turns out that the body is already equipped with an organ to remove toxins from the [...]

New Year’s resolutions

Happy new year! Photo by Dominic Alves

Out with the old and in with the new! Pork and Salmon’s New Year’s resolutions are to visit the following London restaurants in 2013: Indian: Amaya, Chutney Mary, Brilliant, Dishoom Italian: Murano, Tinello French: Gauthier Japanese: Zuma, Sushi of Shiori Other: Medlar, Quo Vadis Further afield: El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain. Hope [...]


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