Monthly Archives: June 2013

Foodie Inspiration No4: Pasta, But Not As We Know It…

An ‘edible canvas’ by Nino di Costanzo, head chef at Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa. I came across this anecdote on the hotel’s website, where Nino is asked what his most moving culinary experience has been: “In the first year … Continue reading

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Foodie Inspiration No3: Smoke and Mirrors

You know you’ve reached a certain level of gastronomy when you’ve got some liquid nitrogen going on. Yes, it may be a bit gimmicky and ‘Heston circa 2005’, but it still looks pretty cool… This lovely little assemblage is from … Continue reading

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Caponata: The Sensational Sicilian!

I had my first taste of Caponata on holiday in Taormina two years ago and haven’t been able to get enough of this rich, tomatoey Sicilian stew since. It has a slightly caramelised, sticky sweetness thanks to the very slowly … Continue reading

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The Perfect Mushroom Risotto

It might not seem an ambitious start, but there’s something to be said for mastering the art of making a good risotto – I’ve had enough mushy/stodgy/flavourless incarnations over the years to realise that although the constituent parts may be … Continue reading

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Foodie Inspiration No2

In 2005 Moshik Roth became the first Israeli chef to win a Michelin star and now holds two for his Amsterdam restaurant &samhoud Places. This delicate creation is pretty much the antithesis of my current ‘rustic’ (read: tastes decent but … Continue reading

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Foodie Inspiration No1

This exquisitely pretty, painterly, verdant plate is chef Phil Howard’s Roast Isle of Orkney Scallops with Fresh Borlotti Beans, Courgette, Tomato and Basil from The Square, a two Michelin starred restaurant in London’s Mayfair. With its jolly splashes of green, … Continue reading

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