EL BULLI – Cooking in Progress

El Bulli: Cooking in Progress

The process of cooking fascinates me, the way in which things change and transform under the eye and hand of a cook, how they become something more than they started out as. I realise the gulf in technique and understanding between an enthusiastic amateur and the professionals … I cook a lot, but I merely [...]

Food politics

Pollo a la montanesa, or Santander mountain chicken

Pollo a la montanesa, or Santander mountain chicken from Nicholas Butcher’s Recipes From the Spanish Kitchen

This might sound stupid – and that’s mainly because it is – but the reason I tried this recipe is simply so that I could chop up a whole chicken with a massive cleaver. I’ve spent years in fear of dinging the edge of my ridiculously expensive German knives doing something as mundane as jointing [...]

Food & drink

Recipes from the Spanish Kitchen, Nicholas Butcher

Recipes from a Spanish Kitchen by Nicholas Butcher – a reprint of the 1990 classic cookbook, detailing the food of Spain.

This book feels like a rediscovered treasure found once again at the back of a dark attic, loved but forgotten.  Dusted down and spruced up, it suddenly fits again, makes sense again.  You wonder why it was cast aside in the first place, wonder why people stopped loving it. Recipes From the Spanish Kitchen was [...]