Does burying the stones/pits in your guacamole stop it going brown?

Actually not. But it’s kind of fun, and tradition in Mexico dictates that this is the way to go, and who am I to quarrel with tradition – especially of the Mexican variety. In fact, what stops guacamole going brown – oxidising – is the exclusion of, erm, oxygen, i.e. air. Harold McGee explains it… Continue reading Does burying the stones/pits in your guacamole stop it going brown?

Vanquishing the Victoria Sponge

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to serve as judge in a best British cake contest at a spectacular (and spectacularly wet) Jubilee Garden Party organised by a band of Brits living in southern Alsace. I admit the invitation came as a bit of a suprise – anyone who knows me is probably… Continue reading Vanquishing the Victoria Sponge

Riesling has its day – in Colmar

It’s always been a surprise to me (and plenty of others) that Alsace has never had a first-class wine salon of its own – the kind of forum that serves as a showcase for the region’s finest. Yesterday, with the first edition of Millésimes Alsace,  that changed. The day was titled La Journée du Riesling and featured… Continue reading Riesling has its day – in Colmar

Cafe Tacuba Basel

One of the frustrations of eating out in the Basel area is the lack of ‘ethnic’ food that’s a) authentic and b) sensibly priced. In March I reported on Café Tacuba, a new(ish) place on Malzgasse that serves pretty good Mexican food – vanishingly rare round here. I’ve just been to lunch there again and… Continue reading Cafe Tacuba Basel

Taking the Fear out of Fish

Last week a group came with a special request for a workshop with a fishy focus. This is the one where we go the day before to the fish counter of the local supermarket, armed with an inventory/list of loads of different seafood (names in English, French and German to cover all local eventualities), so… Continue reading Taking the Fear out of Fish

Is there such a thing as affordable Burgundy?

After a recent weekend down there, I’d venture a hesitant ‘yes’. The first thing that was highly affordable was our B & B, Les Sept Nains near La Rochepot, a real find (not mine but one of our party’s) and a bare 20k +/- southwest of Beaune. It’s run by a young Bourguignon/Brazilian couple, Yvon and… Continue reading Is there such a thing as affordable Burgundy?

Alsace vs Baden: which side of the Rhine has the best food?

When we gravitated to the Upper Rhine region over 30 years ago, most of the sound and fury on the food front was coming from Alsace. Back then there were three triple-Michelin star restaurants (L’Auberge de l’Ill, Le Burehiesel and Au Crocodile) plus a host of young chefs following in their wake. Fine food in… Continue reading Alsace vs Baden: which side of the Rhine has the best food?