Sunny Summer Food

For my last workshop before I brought down the shutters for a month or two, the vote from a private group was for sunny summer stuff from around the Mediterranean. To start with we made a gazpacho de fresones, a nice twist on the classic gazpacho from chef Anton Canelles, formerly of Restaurant Senzone at… Continue reading Sunny Summer Food

La Piratita – Basel’s Pop-up Mexican

STOP PRESS: La Piratita shut down earlier in 2013 and Cafe Tacuba also closed its doors. Good news: La Piratita has now opened up in a new locale, in the Restaurant Luzernerring, on the corner of Hegenheimerstrasse. All details in Eating Out Alsace, Basel and Baden. Mexican restaurants in Basel are like the Number Nine… Continue reading La Piratita – Basel’s Pop-up Mexican

Life is a bowl of cherries (and I feel a clafoutis coming on)

Our local cherry trees are loaded with fruit and the cows currently on maternity leave in the nextdoor field are sheltering gratefully beneath their leafy branches (probably pinching a few cherries too). Time for clafoutis, a gorgeous baked cherry pancake. Dust it with icing sugar and serve it warm. A little vanilla ice cream doesn’t… Continue reading Life is a bowl of cherries (and I feel a clafoutis coming on)

Roll over Pavlova

Soft fruits are in season again and thoughts are turning ineluctably to Pavlova. You’ve probably made a good few in your time (especially you Antipodean readers). Ah, but how about a rolled up Pavlova? Ages ago I got a fabulous-sounding recipe from friend and supercook (make that Masterchef) Liz Franklin. The ingredients were as for… Continue reading Roll over Pavlova

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