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Coffee and Cigarettes

This is a combination that has become very familiar over the past few months. I’m not a smoker but these two things are what fuel the culinary industry. Some days I drink 7 cups of coffee, obviously I am well aware of the health risks and all that crap but sometimes that is just what … Continue reading

When God Gives You Lemons

The more content I seem to have for this blog the less time I have to blog about it, a sad truth about the nature of work. That said, I have finally negotiated some free time to post something. I’m always aiming to keep whatever goes up on here at as high a standard as … Continue reading

Rhythms

Food relies on the senses; the crisp crackling on a pork belly, the heady scent of a truffle, the sight of a beautiful plate. The kitchen is full of these same experiences but in more extreme forms, the sizzle of a scallop in a pan, the searing pain when you accidently pick up a scalding … Continue reading

Things which have happened, things which will happen soon.

I’m pretty certain that my flatmates must think that they are living with a ghost. Today is the first morning in two weeks I have done anything other than just crash into bed or run out of the door. A lot has happened recently so I just wanted to post a really quick update whilst … Continue reading

‘Cooking on TV is not really cooking’

  I have read an awful lot about Ferran Adria, I own many of his books, and today I was lucky enough to be at a talk he gave about the ‘Art of Cooking’. It was, illuminating. Looking through my notes shows how eclectic his answers were to questions: –        ‘I am a cook, not … Continue reading

Cocktails

Recently I’ve been getting involved with the bar at work and some new plans they have for updating the menu. We’re looking to take things up a notch, using modern techniques to put a different spin on classics. We’re now looking at processes like barrel-ageing though they are very much in the early stages. My … Continue reading

Seasonality

This is a dish that I first cooked about 7 months ago for my Dad’s birthday. I was essentially making it up as I went along but it was heavily by the summer season. Back home in Norfolk we’re lucky enough to have a big garden (expertly tended to by my parents) with a great … Continue reading

Variants/Art

I was going to post this dish and a little note about it with a full recipe today. This will probably still happen at a later point over the weekend but I ended up getting caught up in the process of plating. Presentation is so important for food, and for some that is where food … Continue reading

The Weeds

‘Oh god’, was pretty much the only thought in my head for the first hour of tonight’s service. Getting caught in the ‘weeds’ is the phrase we have for when you get lost in your orders, and tonight the weeds claimed me. The calm before the storm had lulled me into a false sense of … Continue reading

Inspiration/Shades of Brown

Inspiration is that elusive quality in the kitchen. The more you want it the further it seems from you. Sometimes ideas for dishes flow in and out of my head at a rate of knots and it’s all I can do to hold onto some of the more interesting ones. At other times I stare … Continue reading