Recipe: pasta con le pilchard

Pasta con le pilchard

Love the classic Sicilian dish pasta con le sarde, which features fish, saffron, pine nuts, raisins, breadcrumbs and fennel. It’s got a truly unique flavour. Here is a British version made with pilchards, aka Cornish sardines! Sicilians are the masters of making do with what you’ve got, I feel sure they would approve. Serves 2. [...]

Postcard from … Geneva

Halle de Rive market, Geneva

Geneva is a beautiful and well-run city. Where else do bus departures have a countdown clock in minutes and seconds? On the food front, though, Geneva has a reputation for frilly fine dining. It’s best summed up in a scene from the film The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), when Sabina (Lena Olin) and Franz (Derek de Lint) [...]

London’s best Sichuan restaurants

Bar Shu dining area

According to the Chinese, China is the place for food, but Sichuan is the place for flavour. Sichuan is a Southwestern province of China, its capital is Chengdu and its varied cuisine is rich with flavours of chilli, mouth-numbing Sichuan pepper and a host of other delicious ingredients. In the mid-noughties Sichuanese food started to catch on [...]

Eating out: Can Marquès, Girona

Interior, Can Marques, Girona

It’s great to live and eat out in London. The rich variety of cuisines available from all around the world. The range of restaurants, from the humble Turkish grill to the Michelin-starred gaff. And yet, after eating in Can Marquès, a fourth generation family run restaurant in the Catalunyan city of Girona, I wasn’t relishing [...]

Recipe: pork and leek chow mein

pork and leek chow mein

Chow mein translates as noodles in gravy. This tasty dish takes 15 minutes from the start of cooking to eating. Serves 2. Ingredients: 200g pork fillet, sliced into 2mm wide slices across the grain 150g medium egg noodles 1 tbsp light soy sauce 2 tsp mirin, or 1 tsp white sugar 1 tbsp rice wine [...]


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