Articles from September 2012

September 2012 Articles Archive from Foodepedia

  • Eating steak with a spoon at The White Oak in Cookham

    Sunday September 30th, 2012

    Do you like your steak dry-aged, wet-aged, from cows that roam the Scottish Highlands or run free on pampas grass in Argentina - and how can you tell the difference? Joanna Biddolph visits The White Oak in Cookham for a steak masterclass with chef-patron Clive Dixon and master butcher Peter Allen – and unexpectedly bites off more than she can chew. 

  • Green Saffron Basmati- Rice To Entice

    Friday September 28th, 2012

    ‘When this rice is done, the grains should be standing on end, begging you to eat them, almost dancing around the pan’, declares Arun Kapil, himself doing a fair spot of the latter as he jigs about eulogising about Green Saffron’s AAA Vintage Basmati rice. He and Carom’s head chef, Balaji Balachander  have got a biriyani on the bubble, to demonstrate why this particular grain strain is just so superior.

  • Olives from Spain with Omar Allibhoy

    Thursday September 27th, 2012

    This particular evening was hosted by Olives from Spain, who had roped in Omar to demonstrate a variety of marinades for their olives, before the very nice chap from the cookery school talked us through a couple of more of Omar’s recipes, also featuring quantities of olives.

  • Bacon, beef and oysters are the real belles of Belfast City

    Tuesday September 25th, 2012

    David J heads to Belfast to find a city with its troubles behind and a staggeringly good foodie future to come. If all you know is the infamous Ulster Fry Up, think again.

  • The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show

    Monday September 24th, 2012

    The Whisky Exchange Whisky Show takes place this year at Vinopolis on the weekend of 6th-7th October. The idea is to show how whisky can be paired with a harvest basket of foods. Anita tries a taste.

  • The Carmenère, A Star Grape of Chilean Red Wine.

    Friday September 21st, 2012

    In Chile, the Carmenère grape is currently on a trajectory to stardom, producing wines of layered richness and depth.We try some premium examples and like what we find.

  • New Street Wine Shop London

    Tuesday September 18th, 2012

    The Old Bengal Warehouse is a late 17th Century building once poetically described by John Masefield as holding “the wealth of the world and London’s power.” He was ahead of his time, because when the City boys catch on to these D&D London gems dotted along New Street, you’ll need to book weeks, nay months, in advance. Catch them now before the masses descend.

  • Did you make your own cheese?

    Monday September 17th, 2012

    How can you be a foodie if you don't make your own cheese? Ok we can't all be floppy-fringed bass players with a farm in the Cotswolds but let's face it, if he can do it then it can't be that hard can it? Becky Paskin of Artisan Cheese Kitchen tells us more.

  • Learning to shuggle with Nick Nairn and Falcon

    Sunday September 16th, 2012

    The point of cookery courses is not just about working through the recipes; it’s equally about the snippets of information you pick up along the way. Nick Nairn and his team are generous with their information - and gave Joanna Biddolph the chance to try out the fabulous Falcon cooker Nick has endorsed for decades, while producing an impressive but easy three course dinner party menu. 

  • Dive right in. Bentley's Seafood Grill at Harrods

    Thursday September 13th, 2012

    Of course this new place isn’t going to be cheap, no one goes into Harrods looking for a bargain do they. On the other hand the quality of the seafood is clearly second to none and its a fun place to eat. Richard weaves his way magnificently through the throng beaming his head off. I tell him I am finally stuffed, I can eat no more. ‘You can never eat too much seafood!’ he roars cheerfully.

  • Tabasco Oyster Opening Championships 2012

    Wednesday September 12th, 2012

    The annual Tabasco Oyster Opening Championships 2012 brings together some of the biggest ‘oyster men’ from across the country to challenge each other’s skill and great expertise. Sukruti Staneley takes her camera to catch the action.

  • Game for a bath. Testing the Sous Vide Supreme

    Wednesday September 12th, 2012

    Tom takes the plunge and tries out the culinary art of sous viding at home. Will it make him the next Heston or will cooking never get tougher than this? And at over £350 is it really worth the money?

  • A Spot of Jaggery Pokery

    Tuesday September 11th, 2012

    ‘What are you looking at?’ enquires the boyfriend, innocently enough. And, like a woman from the telly ad for cheap hotel stays, I slam the laptop lid firmly shut and trill brightly, ‘Nothing, darling!’ But his knowingly raised eyebrows tell me he’s got my number:  covert food porn addict with long list of repeat offenses. ‘Honest.’ I insist. ‘It’s Pukka’.

  • The Zagats hit town and hit back

    Tuesday September 11th, 2012

    Called fossils by people almost as old as they are, the Zagats are bearing the ageist criticism well. Perhaps selling their eponymous restaurant guide for a reported $151 million helps cushion the blow. Douglas Blyde asks them how it all feels

  • Back in 5 Minutes, a restaurant and private dining room

    Friday September 7th, 2012

    Back in 5 Minutes, a restaurant and private dining room hidden at the back of a designer tailor’s, launched in June, bringing quintessentially British food to one of London’s last bastions of Bangladeshi cooking. Anita Pati disappears inside

  • Swiping Snacks & Rolling Roti With The Spice Tailor

    Thursday September 6th, 2012

    This article must begin with an apology. A heartfelt sorry to Anjum Anand's scampish daughter for crashing her family lunch and making a vast dent into her pile of fresh roti and keema peas. It's almost as criminal as taking candy from a baby. But, in my defence, you just weren't showing due appreciation for how deft your Mum is in the kitchen. Yet. But you will. Her flaky parathas and vibrant veggies will win you over.

  • Spianata & Co

    Wednesday September 5th, 2012

    The bread is Roman, which is to say a Rome speciality and not something dug up by Baldrick on Time Team. Pizza Bianca Romana is baked in two metre long, 30 cm wide slices and cut horizontally for filling. The outside is golden and crunchy and the fillings we found to be a mix of good tradition with innovation

  • Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival

    Tuesday September 4th, 2012

    At other festivals you've either got good food or good music, but at Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival, punters don't have to sacrifice one for the other. You can wander around the food stalls while waiting for the next act to appear on stage.