David's posts

Rack of lamb with sweet potato

Standing at the checkout of a supermarket in London with a full trolley, I asked one of my daughters what she wanted for dinner. “Well, daddy, can we start with some roasted asparagus followed … [more]


The first time I ate a pluot (see Charlotte’s great recipe ) I figured it was an obscure plum from the South of France, pronounced ploo-oh . Subsequently I learned it is engineered and is a … [more]

Porky pasta

My daughter eats everything. To keep her on her toes, I am trying out new dishes every chance I get. Thing is, I don’t have a lot of time. I just put together a pasta sauce with stuff we had in … [more]

No more Mr Sleepy Head

I had dinner a while ago with a brilliant writer. In the best tradition of academic literary giants, he is a serious drinker. I had barely finished my first glass of wine before another bottle was … [more]

Fresh mint ice cream

Now I am no wuss, but on an occasion in 2001 when I was lucky enough to eat at Le Gavroche in London I wept into my food. Twice, actually. The first tears fell into my steamed scallops, the second … [more]

Brick Lane Beigel Bakery

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year… quite simply the best bagels in London whenever you want one. Expect a queue. Don’t leave without trying some salt beef, apple strudel, … [more]

29 minute meals

Sometimes we are in a hurry. Sometimes we just want a quick meal. Either way, fast food does not mean having to compromise on quality. Nor do we need to resort to opening tins or slicing open packets … [more]

Chicken soup slows neutrophils

Yesterday I felt a cold coming on. There was only one thing for it: chicken soup. Thankfully I had a gallon of the pure stuff in the freezer. I thawed it, drank it and woke this morning feeling … [more]

Late summer flank steak

Andrew’s summer flank steak is one of my favourite recipes. I love it’s simplicity and its reliability. In my opinion it cannot be bettered. This alternative is a suggestion for change … [more]

Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

This recipe works so well that it really needs no introduction. [more]