Bao: Worth the Hype?

Bao: Worth the Hype?

The Taiwanese snack food gua bao, known simply as bao, has become the ‘it’ snack food. With the likes of Yum Bun dishing them out to long waiting queues at street food markets, more and more Asian restaurants are offering them, and even Nigella Lawson included them in her last BBC series. King among the…

The 10 Cases

The 10 Cases is a bistro à vin on Endell Street at the top of Covent Garden, just a stones throw from the Royal Opera House. I first spotted this bistro come wine bar a few years back as I was cutting through this mostly ignored part of Covent Garden to reach Shaftesbury Avenue. Outside…

Summer Pigeon

Summer Pigeon

Pigeon is one of my favourite game birds, not just for taste but also because it’s so wonderfully easy to cook and because it can take robust flavours. While they have no hunting season, pigeons can be particularly plentiful in March/April when the crops are sewn, and again in June/July when certain crops are harvested,…

Pesto

Pesto

Pesto maybe one of the simplest things to make, but it’s also one of the most useful ingredients to have in the fridge. It goes with pretty much everything and can be adapted easily this way or that. It’s also true to say that, given the cost of pine nuts, it’s cheaper to buy the…

Pea, Mint and Lardon Soup

Pea, Mint and Lardon Soup

  Ingredients Should make enough for 6 500-600g of peas – fresh or frozen 500-600ml chicken stock 1½ onion – diced 6 cloves of garlic – sliced A hand full of mint – chopped 3 whole sprigs of mint 50g butter Salt Pepper 200ml double cream 200g lardons – preferably smoked Olive oil Good bread…

Panettone Bread Pudding

Panettone Bread Pudding

Personally I can’t stand Christmas cake; its heavy, often dry and just so dull. Instead, when it comes to Christmas and, indeed, Easter cakes, I prefer the infinitely more palatable, flavoured, and lighter Italian panettone. These days supermarkets and delis are packed to the rafters with them come Christmas and Easter, and they come in…