Food

Easy Fig Ice Cream

Easy Fig Ice Cream

The fig is the first fruit referred to by name in the Bible. In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve – tempted by the serpent, ‘more subtle than any beast of the field’ – taste the unspecified fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. At once realising their nakedness, they sew fig leaves together to cover up their exposed bodies. The Hebrew Bible…

New York: A Week in Food and Photographs

ast summer, my partner and I spent a week in New York City. This was our first time visiting the city; and for me, despite having covered the breadth of Europe, my first time to the United States and to the Americas (my partner holidayed in Florida in her youth). It was also our first time using Airbnb. We rented an…

Garlic, Chilli and Lime Prawns with French Fries

Garlic, Chilli and Lime Prawns with French Fries

Prawns are sometimes eaten on their own, perhaps with one dip or a variety of dips; tossed into salads; or cooked as part of Asian dishes, for instance with noodles, or as key components of curries or dumplings. Think of this recipe then as a decidedly less adventurous way to prepare prawns: sans dips, greenery, and Asian influences, but instead as…

Lavender and Yoghurt Scones after Rachel Khoo

Lavender and Yoghurt Scones after Rachel Khoo

It was Sunday, already afternoon, and my partner was still asleep having earlier that morning driven her mother and brother from York to London Stansted. Earlier this year, Ryanair began flying twice weekly between Stansted and Skellefteå airport in the north of Sweden. My partner’s brother lives in that city; while her mother lives in nearby Umeå, the capital of Västerbotten,…

Cedars Lebanese Restaurant, Heemstedestraat 80, Amsterdam, with Asides

Cedars Lebanese Restaurant, Heemstedestraat 80, Amsterdam, with Asides

There has been something of a surge of interest in Lebanese cooking over the past several years. Perhaps this would demonstrate itself most profoundly and convincingly in a growing number of people gorging themselves on Lebanese food – however, I possess neither the statistics, nor the conviction, nor sufficient photographic evidence of lips covered in hummus, to assert that this…

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Icing

Everything appearing thus far on this site has been a product of me: whether it be a creation of mine, some experience or purchase of mine related, or an article which I have written. Of course, many pieces have concerned works of art or moments in time composed by and of other people; I have drawn variously from books and…

Farfalle Pasta with Chestnut Mushrooms and Pork

Farfalle Pasta with Chestnut Mushrooms and Pork

Who will this feed and with what haste? The following ingredients will serve comfortably you plus another; and can be prepared and cooked in around twenty minutes (say, ten minutes for the pasta and mushrooms, five for the pork, and another five for your fiddling). Ingredients 250g farfalle pasta 100g chestnut mushrooms 225g pork belly 1 egg 1 clove garlic…

Chang-i: A Chinese Restaurant with European Influences, and Restaurant Week

Chang-i: A Chinese Restaurant with European Influences, and Restaurant Week

A couple of times a year, in March and in September, ‘Restaurant Week’ takes place across the Netherlands. Over 1,000 restaurants throughout the country take part, all offering for one week a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for €27.50. This allows the public what is, in theory, a bargain, a very good deal indeed; for the restaurants involved are all…

Carrot and Pea Risotto with Chorizo

Carrot and Pea Risotto with Chorizo

Risotto is sometimes conceived a difficult thing to make: a dish which you must observe anxiously and resolutely throughout the course of its cooking, to which you must add precise quantities of liquids, and for which timing is crucial. It is not easy to make anything perfectly; however, I think it is actually fairly easy to make risotto pretty well….