There's lots of debate, particularly amongst chefs, about the best hams in the world. The Spanish vaunt Jamon Serrano and the "incomparable" Jamon Iberico. The Germans The Black Forest Ham and here in the UK we have the gorgeous York ham. Even the Chinese are good at it, namely the Yunnan ham. But for me, … Continue reading A Cook’s Tour of Emilia. Part 4 – To Sit at God’s Right Hand – Parma.
There are some things in life that can't be bettered, no matter how much some folks try and bugger about with them - sorry, 'improve' them. The taste of the first, true outdoor strawberry of the summer. The smell from the first cut of the grass in spring. The first touch between new lovers. So … Continue reading A Cook’s Tour of Emilia. Part 3 – Aceto Balsamico di Modena
What do you do in Modena when you only have two days to spend? Well first and foremost you make bloody sure you go and see where the best vinegar in the world is produced and you also make sure they serve lunch including said vinegars. Check! Secondly, you find somewhere to eat on the … Continue reading A Cook’s Tour of Emilia. Part 2 – Modena
"Non diciamo Emilia-Romagna!" The statement came from the mature lady behind the till at Il Calice, a bar just off Piazza Maggiore in Bologna. "Diciamo solo Emilia!", she declared proudly. What she said was "We don't say Emilia-Romagna. We just say Emilia!" You see, this fiercely regional area of Italy comprises of two ancient regions, … Continue reading A Cook’s Tour of Emilia. Part 1 – Bologna
It was a dark and surreal night. We'd arranged to meet doyen of Sheffield food writing Martin Dawes and his lovely wife Sue to try the food at the intriguingly named 'No Name' restaurant in Crookes. "We'll meet in the Punchbowl at 8 o'clock" tweeted Martin. No problem, said I........except when we got there The … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in a Place with No Name