A Cook’s Tour of Emilia. Part 1 – Bologna

"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

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Once Upon a Time in a Place with No Name

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

A Short Post – Compressed as it were

What's the theory behind "compressed fruit and veg?" OK so it's a rhetorical question. I know the theory, I just think it's food is fashion crap to be honest. It currently seems anything animal, vegetable or mineral with a high water content is better off 'compressed' than in it's normal, gorgeous state. In case you … Continue reading A Short Post – Compressed as it were

Is Nostalgia As Bad As Some Would Have Us Believe?

Was it Kris Kristofferson who wrote in Me and Bobby McGee - “I'd trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” ? Well, I wouldn't go quite that far but a bit of healthy nostalgia is fine as far as I'm concerned. So it was with a mix of anticipation and nostalgia that Lemmy and … Continue reading Is Nostalgia As Bad As Some Would Have Us Believe?