Tag Archives: Gluten-free

Prosciutto with artichokes, rosemary and truffle oil

So truffle oil is kind of a weird thing. I think lots of people assume it’s super fancy and, you know, actually made with truffles. But the reality is that most of it is produced in a factory using thioethers. Most truffle oil hasn’t even seen a truffle before and given that typically chilli oil, garlic oil, rosemary oil etc have all seen their respective counterparts, it almost seems like false advertising to deem truffle-flavoured oil as truffle oil. Especially considering the whole Greek yoghurt debacle. It’s for this reason that for a long time I’ve been averse to the stuff. It just seems like cheating.
To me “truffle oil” is false teeth, a knock-off handbag, a rita ora to a Rhianna… (notice rita doesn’t get capitals).

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How to trim artichokes, baby or otherwise.

Another other “How To” post…. I fear I’m one step away from becoming a career agony aunt. I’m going to keep this brief because cleaning artichokes is time consuming enough. I think the only real thing to mention here is that if I were you I would err on the side of caution when it comes to picking off the leaves. Apparently there’s nothing like gnawing on some tough foliage to ruin an evening. Continue reading

Black rice salad with raw peppers, mango and coriander

Ok, I’ve found something I’m annoyed about although I’m secretly pleased because it will make writing this post so much easier. I’m annoyed that it’s boring to hear about people’s trips to the gym. Even if you have a funny anecdote about the gym, you can’t share it because people who don’t go to the gym just think you’re a massive twat. Continue reading

The best ever, super garlicky beans

I’ve been having a real issue with automated machines lately. Cash points are just about okay, although every time I use one my heart slightly skips a beat knowing my card will get eaten. Train and tube ticketing machines are worse as I always seem to find myself prodding and to no avail. “Can it really be possible that transport related machines have subpar sense detection?”, I muse contemplatively. Oh god, while I’m on transport – aeroplane inflight entertainment systems are particularly irritating. The amount of times I’ve tried to watch Citizen Kane and ended up re-watching Armageddon and it being entirely the fault of technology is… no times. I love Armageddon. BUT they still are crap. Continue reading

Seared tuna with spinach and a sortof caponata

I have fallen in love again. Head over heels. The latest victim of my affections makes me feel so young and alive. I’m sorry for sounding smug and I know this must be sickening to read. But you can have this too if you want; it’s not hard. In fact, you can buy it for £10 at Lilywhites. 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

Green smoothie II and III

I have been trying, in my smoothie making, to avoid adding sugar or using fruits that are basically sugar – banana, I’m looking at you. Today, I went a little cray and used a mango which would usually be on the no go list but I feel like it’s very close to the border of acceptability so I just went with it. That’s the kind of bad gal I am, watch out. Continue reading