Cassoulet

Cassoulet

Cassoulet, that most classic of classic French peasant dishes. It’s beans, meat and fat, what could be more simple? Well if you’ve ever read the full recipe for a traditional on in the bible of French cooking Larousse Gastronomique, you’ll know it’s far from simple, encompassing numerous steps and hours of cooking. Beautiful as a…

Our Planet ★★★

Our Planet ★★★

In his speech at the Natural History Museum, in front of the Prince of Wales and Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, for the launch event of Our Planet David Attenborough had a strong message for us all. We are living through what can only be described as our planet’s 6th mass extinction event. 160 years after…

Simpson's Tavern

Simpson's Tavern

Simpson’s Tavern is certainly not a new restaurant; it’s an old style Victorian chophouse. It was founded in 1757 by Thomas Simpson on its current site in the City of London. So while I refer to it as a Victorian Chophouse, as that is very much what it is, Simpson’s really has its roots in…

The Margarita

The Margarita

By the standards of many of the classic cocktails the Margarita is a baby. The first known published recipe for it is found in the December 1953 Esquire magazine though the drink can find its roots earlier in other tequila drinks. Whether you go with Triple Sec or Cointreau is a personal taste. You can…