Photo credit: Ian Sargeant Anglo opened two weeks ago, on St Cross Street in Farringdon, calling itself a modern British restaurant set to offer a 'casual fine dining experience'. Casual and fine dining aren't really concepts that sit comfortably together, so when Anglo's PR asked if I'd like to check out what they were doing, I agreed. Photo credit: Ian Sargeant Owned by restaurateur Mark Jarvis (Texture & Le Manoir among others) and with Jack Cashmore as head chef (of Sat B
I am forever grateful to whoever had the very bright idea of giving Kings Cross a makeover; it's given us some great places like Grain Store, Camino and now the new Vinoteca is here and I couldn't be happier. There are already a few branches of Vinoteca dotted around London - and I've spent many an enjoyable evening perched in their Beak Street one - but this is my new favourite. I first visited on a Sunday a few weeks ago and was blown away by how utterly charming all of the
Persian food is so flavourful and fragrant that it is definitely up there in terms of favourite cuisines for me. It's heavy reliance on lamb is also a winner, so when I saw this recipe from Sabrina Ghayour (author of the excellent Persiana) in Delicious magazine, I knew I had to make it. I don't usually enjoy 'cooking the books' as it were, but I'm still kind of getting to grips with some of the traditional flavours and ingredients used in Persian cooking, so wanted to stick
Spring is kind of here and the courgettes are getting fat, so it must be time for courgetti again. I'm a long time fan of this pasta dodging summer staple and over the last year or so it seems everyone else has got on board with it too, with foodie stars like the fab Hemsley & Hemsley and Deliciously Ella really championing it. I love pasta, I really really do, but my waistline does not so I try and save it for a treat now rather than mindlessly eating it as a quick midweek d
Salsa Verde translates literally as 'green sauce' and is my favourite sauce of all time, to the extent that we served it at our wedding (over rare lamb, parmesan polenta and courgette ribbons, since you ask). Salsa verde is also the sauce on this delish Polpo dish of cod and lentils, albeit a slightly different version to mine - everyone's got their own version: It's stupidly simple and really packs a flavour punch. Have it with your Easter lamb instead of a boring old roast.
If you go down to the woods today you're in for a big surprise, as the song goes, as you may find great swathes of shady woodland have a distinctly garlicky scent. From late March to May time, wild garlic sprouts up throughout the British countryside (or where the countryside used to be) and sends weirdos like me into a frenzy of foraging to bring home some of the precious leaves for our culinary pleasure. It's no exaggaration to say that I searched all of Hampstead Heath and