How to make corned beef

May 19, 2014
Brining beef brisket to make corned beef

One of the many curious things I remember about my childhood is corned beef hash, an odd dish of potato and corned beef served up on those nights when mum seemed to have run out of inspiration. It was always made of mashed potato, with corned beef similarly mashed right into the potato, then fried until […]

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Nagoya tebasaki, or deep-fried Japanese chicken wings

May 14, 2014
Japanese deep-fried chicken wings, tebasaki Nagoya

It’s often the odd cuts of meat  that offer the most interesting possibilities to the chin the kitchen, the parts of the animal that are sometimes viewed as little more that waste in waiting. So it is with chicken wings, piled up high in the corner of a butcher’s shop, looking as if there’s no […]

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How to kill and cook a lobster

May 7, 2014
How to kill and cook a lobster

Every time I wander through Kirkgate Market in Leeds, I end up walking up the row of fishmongers towards the exit to Vicar Lane, and past the very last fishmonger, the best of the lot, the one with the stall laden with bright, clean fish and shellfish, packed in ice. There’s always a box of […]

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Japanese Soul Cooking, by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat

April 25, 2014
Japanese Soul Cooking, by Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat

Japanese food has a reputation for being different and difficult, mainly because that very difference helps to create an illusion of difficulty … it’s a kind of self-perpetuating myth. Japanese cuisine is in many ways so radically different to Western food, and its strangeness is off-putting to some people … after all, this is a food culture […]

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Shear’s Yard, Leeds

April 13, 2014
Shears Yard restaurant, Wharf Street, Leeds

A long time ago, Leeds only had greasy spoon-type cafés , dodgy pubs, and the odd decent Italian, and that was about that. Then came Arts Cafe down on Call Lane. It served good food, good coffee, good wine, and a few decent bottled beers. It was a little bit – dare I say it – […]

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Casa Espresso’s Barista Basics and Latte Art courses

April 6, 2014
Casa Espresso's barista and latte art training courses

I spent a year abroad n the mid-Nineties, backpacking around the world. We headed east, through India and the South Pacific, and ended up in New Zealand, then Australia, and then across the ocean into the Pacific Northwest of North America, to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. This journey around a big chunk of the Pacific […]

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