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Supermarkets - and avoiding them

Posted on 1 February 2013 in Food and Drink, Shopping (No comments yet - be the first!)

Depression "bread wars", corner store on Bourke & Fitzroy Streets, Surry Hills, Sydney, 21 August 1934 / Sam Hood

It is said that one in every eight pounds spent in shops in the UK, is spent in Tesco. That's 12½p out of every pound goes in to Tesco's tills. And that's just one supermarket. There's Sainsburys, Asda and Morrisons to consider as well.

Don't know about you, but I think that's scary and have done for a while. Supermarkets in general are dominating our lives. And they're spreading out like wildfire.

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Making slow fermented bread in a breadmaker

Posted on 29 November 2012 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Breadmaker Slow Fermented Bread Loaf

Good bread needs time to make.

Now time isn't something that modern supermarket bread gets a lot of. Your average white sliced loaf will be mixed, proved (left to rise), baked, cooled, sliced and wrapped in about three hours. In terms of flavour, it's the proving time that's the most important. This is the time that the yeast and ingredients do all their stuff. The time that the flavours develop and mature.

Your average supermaket sliced loaf gets a mere forty five minutes to do this.

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One of the strangest “Japanese” meals I’ve ever seen

Posted on 21 November 2012 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Rice salad, carrots, some meaty stuff and cold sprouts?

Experiments in bread

Posted on 6 October 2012 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

A bread making machine doesn’t necessarily mean the end to experimentation in your baking.

On buying a breadmaker

Posted on 24 September 2012 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

No longer knead the dough.

My recipe for Brussel Sprout soup

Posted on 19 December 2011 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

When I tell people about how wonderful sprout soup is, everyone looks at me as if I’m completely insane. But sprout soup is amazing. I know you won’t believe me but put that thought of overboiled sprouts and their ugly taste behind you and try this.

The easiest bread to make, ever

Posted on 26 November 2011 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

What if I was to tell you that you could make a decent loaf with no needing and that all you needed to do was quickly mix your ingredients together, leave it overnight then bake it first thing? And the bread it made was rather good?

Quick and Easy Cooking for Students

Posted on 25 March 2011 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Like her more famous book, Grub on a Grant, Quick and Easy Cooking for Students offers a plethora of simple but tasty meals. Its more recent publication date means it has a greater emphasis on those staples of modern living like pasta and rice, but also takes the opportunity to introduce people to other grains like bulgar wheat and cous-cous.

Bread: From Ciabatta to Rye

Posted on 23 March 2011 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Linda Collister’s book has become my bread bible ever since Catherine bought me a copy for my birthday. After a recipe for a standard loaf and details of how to make a sour dough starter, the book is split into different regions of the world, and contains a number of different recipes in each section, starting with America.

Real Vegetarian Thai

Posted on 21 March 2011 in Food and Drink (2 comments)

For vegetarians Thai food poses a real problem due to the fact that most Thai recipes use fish sauce in the same way that we might use salt and pepper. Thankfully with the help of one book, a good solution can be found…

Coffee? In Salford? Where do I sign up?!

Posted on 10 November 2010 in Food and Drink, Work (No comments yet - be the first!)

Whilst I said no to following my job to Salford some time ago (a whopping 18 months in fact) some people within my team have recently been brought into scope for the move and as such it’s barely a week that goes by that doesn’t involve some exciting news or inspiring knowledge appearing in my inbox all designed to show just how great the new offices will be.

The festival of harvesting - tomatoes and tomato sauce

Posted on 4 September 2010 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

For a bit of a break in the Coast to Coast posts (mainly as I’ve got a huge photo backlog and haven’t finished typing up and editing the remaining posts), it’s time to talk home grown fruit and veg!

Cooking without a cooker

Posted on 1 May 2010 in Food and Drink, House (2 comments)

You never quite realise how you rely on something until it’s gone.

Bods’s Cookbook Collection Reviewed - Cranks Fast Food

Posted on 13 March 2010 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

The concept of Cranks Fast Food is a simple one - brilliant, tasty vegetarian food in under 30 minutes - many can be easily done in 15-20 minutes.. Living in a country where sizeable proportions of the population live off ready meals because ‘cooking takes too long’, it’s a book you often want to wave in front of people going ‘LOOK! IT’S EASY!’

Bods’s Cookbook Collection Reviewed - Hansa’s Indian Vegetarian Cuisine

Posted on 12 March 2010 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

31% of people in India are vegetarian, and it’s the country of the world with the most vegetarians. Some regions are more vegetarian than others, and in the Gujarit region, the population and food are primarily vegetarian. So no surprise then that Gujurati cuisine has come up with some excellent dishes over the years.

Bods’s Cookbook Collection Reviewed - Grub on a Grant

Posted on 11 March 2010 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Over the years, author Clas Clarke became almost the Delia of student cooking and Grub on a Grant became known by many as the student cookbook bible, thanks to its extremely easy to follow recipes which were simple, and wholesome and tasty.

Bods’s Cookbook Collection Reviewed - Delia’s Complete Cookery Course

Posted on 10 March 2010 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

The book covers everything, and starts with the basics. Rather than presenting you with just the recipes, the book explores the equipment you need, general techniques and information about key ingredients.

Bods’s Cookbook Collection Reviewed - Cranks Recipe Book

Posted on 9 March 2010 in Food and Drink (1 comment)

Cast your mind back to 1961. It’s the swinging sixties and you’re on Carnaby Street. Far out man. There’s fashion everywhere. And a restaurant.. And oh look it’s vegetarian. That’s good healthy food man!

Bods’s Cookbook Collection

Posted on 8 March 2010 in Food and Drink (2 comments)

Over the years we’ve now amounted a sizeable cookbook collection, so I’ve decided to review them. I’m going to share what I have and review them for you, sharing what’s good and what’s bad in the veggie cook book arena.

Sprout Pasta, and other vegetable box scheme ponderings

Posted on 8 January 2010 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

As I’ve probably mentioned on this blog before, Catherine and myself purchase our regular dosage of fruit and veg from an organic box scheme.

The perfect public service website - which sadly doesn’t exist

Posted on 14 September 2009 in Food and Drink, TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

One cookery programme firmly with the recession in mind however the recent Economy Gastronomy. Every week, the presenters would pop over to someone’s house, try to get them to plan their meals and eat more sensibly.

Local Blackberries = Local cheese

Posted on 3 August 2009 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

I’m not sure what food you could find in Merton though. There’s some elderflowers nearby but not many. You can buy Wimbledon honey at the Wimbledon Common windmill or at the National Trust shop at Morden Hall Park. Mind you there’s the blackberries. Loads of them.

The Balcony Food Zone

Posted on 10 August 2008 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Regular readers will know that I like my food, and I’m keen on quality. I’ve baked my own bread for around two years now (and indeed, as I type, there’s a malthouse loaf proving in the kitchen), and I like to eat good quality food.

The cheese on TV that really grates

Posted on 11 March 2008 in Food and Drink, TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Being a bit of a keen cook, and someone who likes to do things reasonably properly if possible, I know Delia wasn’t really aimed at me. I mean, there’s just no way on earth you’ll find frozen mashed potato in my freezer.

Jellied Eels

Posted on 4 January 2008 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Just had them for the first time after a work lunchtime visit to A Cooke’s pie and mash shop on the Goldhawk Road. Makes you wonder how something which looks so disgusting, can actually be so wonderfully tasty…

Foie Gras? In the BBC canteen? You’ll be lucky!

Posted on 5 November 2007 in BBC, Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

There’s an interesting article about complaints in the BBC staff canteens, in the Sunday Telegraph.

Bonjourrrrr, yah cheese-eatin’ surrender monkeys!

Posted on 23 September 2007 in Food and Drink, Travel and Holidays (1 comment)

In France, Catherine ate on average 3.2 different cheeses per day. That’s a lot of cheese.

Jumbucks. Just say NO

Posted on 15 December 2005 in Food and Drink (4 comments)

Quite frankly, the Jumbuck’s pie I ate this evening, was by far the blandest, most tasteless food I have ever, EVER eaten in my life. This wasn’t bad tasting. This was just non-existant tasting. It apparently had meat in it. I know cos I put some in my mouth. But it just tasted of, well nothing. It was is my tastebuds had gone on a hundred mile hike, and wouldn’t be back for another fortnight.

Vegetarian Iceland

Posted on 22 November 2005 in Food and Drink, Travel and Holidays (8 comments)

In August 2005 myself and Catherine went on holiday to Iceland. However there’s one thing that makes any travelling vegetarian nervous, it’s the issue of food. In a special guest post (cos she doesn’t have her own blog), I’ve allowed Catherine to fill up the server with a post about it.

Lunch and Stroll in Hampstead

Posted on 31 July 2005 in Food and Drink, London (No comments yet - be the first!)

Every now and then, you want to go out for a good Sunday lunch. There’s something so good about going out for Sunday lunch - having a nice meal, reading the paper and so on, with perhaps a nice stroll afterwards. Today on a whim we decided to head for somewhere where a good Sunday lunch would be almost guarenteed. Today we headed for the poshness of Hampstead.

Scotch Steak Houses - Evil With A Green Sign

Posted on 14 May 2005 in Food and Drink (13 comments)

If you’ve never come across one, they’re exactly like Aberdeen Angus Steak Houses. And if you’ve never seen one of those, they have big clunky signs, everything is red inside and they look plain awful.

Keep Me Away From Those Pies

Posted on 12 April 2005 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Farmers markets are a dangerous place where I scour the place sampling, tasting, and thinking about how nice it would be to buy some of that stuff there, before hastily pulling myself back and saying, well yes, but what would you actually do with it?

Jamie’s School Dinners

Posted on 2 March 2005 in Food and Drink, TV Programmes (No comments yet - be the first!)

Watching it and seeing the processed crap that kids get served at school… well I’m not particularly impressed.

Wotsit Wotnot?

Posted on 8 January 2004 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

The odd boasts of a packet of crisps.

Cranks Light

Posted on 6 November 2003 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

The true path to looking good is eating well - but eating well doesn’t have to be fattening!

More Beef and Guinness Pie

Posted on 28 October 2003 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

It’s been over a year since I last ate Beef and Guinness Pie at the Red Lion, but I was not disappointed tonight.

The Amazing Chip Vending Machine.

Posted on 6 July 2003 in Food and Drink, Transport (2 comments)

Chips from a vending machine? Sometimes you just have to try these things. Why, who knows, but you do.

Yes sir, it’s here to stay. For a few weeks anyway.

Posted on 8 June 2003 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

The amazing McDonalds redefinition of the phrase ‘here to stay’.

Pigeon at the Pub, or just frozen Scampi and chips?

Posted on 25 April 2003 in Food and Drink (No comments yet - be the first!)

Pub food doesn’t have to be scampi and chips, or mass produced Chicken Tikka Masalla. It can be homemade, creative and interesting. You just have to find the pub…

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