Archives for July 2010

Verde & Co – a corner shop that’s a gourmet emporium

There’s a lot of nostalgia for little shops that sell lovely things to eat. Most don’t feel real, properly everyday useful real. But Verde & Co is the kind of little corner shop where everyone drops in; they’re part of the neighbourhood. When The Italian went there he came back jabbering with all the excitement […]

Mangal Ocakbasi, Dalston

This week The Italian gets excited about Turkish food. “My friend Anthony the artist said to me one night, “I’ve got to take you to this Turkish place in Dalston, you’ll LOVE it! If you think you’ve tasted good Turkish – wait until I take you to this place. In fact, let’s go there right […]

Who’s murdered my curry?

I’ve just been reading, with some amusement, that flock wallpaper is all the rage again. Well, I say again, it never really was before, not in people’s homes.  The only place you’d find it would be on the walls of Indian restaurants. In fact, in the 70s every Indian restaurant you went to had its […]

Spicy, pan-fried fish steaks Chettinad

Photo by Joi We do love a good fish curry, here’s a medium hot one from the south of India. The fish are encrusted with coriander and chillies mixed into a paste with salt and lime juice then quickly pan-fried. The original recipe uses kingfish, or seerfish steaks, you can also use swordfish or mackerel […]

Budino di Cioccolato

This one’s from Nigella, and you know how much pleasure to expect when Nigella’s let loose with chocolate and cream. It’s easy to make, chocolate heaven in just 15 – 20 minutes. For 4 1 cup whole milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/3 cup caster sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/3 cup cocoa 2 tablespoons boiling […]