"Birdhouse in Your Soul" was a big hit in the late 80s for a band called They Might Be Giants. The same could be said of the latest venture by The Birdhouse Tea Company, because judging on my recent visit they're doing everything right to become giants themselves. Birdhouse Tea Company opened their first shop … Continue reading Review:”Make a Little Birdhouse In Your Soul” – The Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen
So, the season of peas on earth and good brill to all men is almost upon us No, not that horrible Christmas thing but a celebration of Spring and all the good food type stuff that comes from Sheffield and all around....namely Sheff Food Fest 2018. With this in mind, this old food blogger has … Continue reading Dear Santa…….Sheffield Food Festival 2018
Reading Jane's post on the excellent Kouzinacooking about her almost Grail like search for the tomato sauce of her husbands' youth got me thinking. Would Sir Lancelot's idea of the perfect sauce include Queen Guinevere? I digress, I swear the tendrils of approaching spring are making me frisky. What I meant to say was it … Continue reading Tomayto Tomarto……Try Pomodoro di San Marzano
I'll be listening to the lovely, fiery Angela Hartnett on Desert Island Discs this morning. Not my go-to Sunday morning relaxation (that's usually cooking our once weekly Full English Breakfast for me and Lemmy and, as you'll appreciate, if that's not on the table on time, fingers, toes and neighbours' designer dogs could all go … Continue reading I’m Not A F*****g Foodie!!!!!
It's another of those things we seem to have lost in our cooking lives. A good wet fish shop. In the same way that a good butcher's shop with whole oxtails hanging on hooks and properly butchered cuts of meat attractively adorning the counter and perhaps, God Forbid, a pig's head peeping out of a … Continue reading A Plaice Where You Can Say “Hello Fish Face” and Not Feel Guilty.
So, what do you do on a cold, icy Saturday morning when the snow at Lodge Moor and the frost and ice elsewhere stop you earning a crust? Luckily for me I had a fallback to my old life as a chef for an hour as I'd been asked to appear (can you actually 'appear' … Continue reading While the Kat’s Away, the Boys Will Play…….Well, Drink Tea Actually)
I don't make pork pies any more. I used to, and I used to enjoy making and eating them. I used to get orders around Xmas from friends, " Are you making pork pies this year? Do us one will you?" So mid December would see me busy with belly and shoulder pork, good lard, … Continue reading A Pork Pie to Die for – Literally!
I have to admit I have a problem with veal. Actually I love it but my problem comes from the reaction of quite ignorant people whenever the V word gets mentioned. "How can you? Poor little calf slaughtered so young. Kept in a crate etc...etc" *Lecture alert* Veal is a by product of the milk … Continue reading It’s VEALLY good….Really.
Having enjoyed reading the last couple of preserving posts by Martin Dawes, it got me to thinking about my own favourite ways to keep the good stuff of summer and autumn for the long winter nights. Our Saturday nights for a long while now have usually consisted of some home baked ciabatta (dunked in, yes, … Continue reading About Blushing and being Pickled
"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