Tag Archives: cooking

5 tips for beginner cooks

This isn’t a very me post but there are a few things I’ve learnt about cooking which make it far less scary and far more enjoyable. I know a lot of people reading these sorts of blogs like the recipes and want to give them a try but don’t think of themselves as good cooks and so the whole thing just seems quite daunting. Continue reading

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Fish soup

Empirical pedantry is probably my favourite form of linguistic pedantry. When someone asks me “what do you know about X?”, I like to respond with something like: “Do we really know anything? Have you read Hume or Bertrand Russell? Clearly not. But what I can say is that I have been told X is quite [insert adjective]”. This is potentially why every conversation I have takes thrice the amount of time it should but I think people prefer accuracy to brevity. Continue reading

Chicken and lettuce: a Heston repro

So this is a shameless reproduction of a course I had at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which means that unfortunately I can’t take any sort of genius points for this one. As with many knock offs there were some things which the original had that mine did not. Firstly, I couldn’t find any oyster leaves and I also couldn’t be bothered to pipe little extra bits of celeriac purée around the plate. Continue reading