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Time Marches on.

Length: 2 mins The next instalment of the BAO calendar for 2024 sits at the bottom of this post. Slightly early but only a few days after all and we’re into March… I’m minded to get a dragon tattoo. Or at least one… Read More »Time Marches on.

A male Zhenyang "3 Yellows" chicken. Yellow feet, flanks & beak, whilst it has a bright red comb.

By God, it’s Bigod

Length: < 1 min The Baron strikes again.. Damn, this is good stuff. Ingredients 120ml Adnams Bitter 1 tsp English Mustard 25g Unsalted Butter 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 25g Plain Flour 1 tbsp Chopped Chives 100g Baron Bigod 2 Egg Yolks 40g Mature Cheddar,… Read More »By God, it’s Bigod

Card with a recipe & ingredients for Welsh Rarebit, showing a lovely, toasted cheese on top of bread. Ingredients: 120ml Adnams Bitter 1 tsp English Mustard 25g Unsalted Butter 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 25g Plain Flour 1 tbsp Chopped Chives 100g Baron Bigod 2 Egg Yolks 40g Mature Cheddar, Coarsely Grated 2 Large Slices of Bloomer/Sour Dough Method In a small saucepan gently warm the bitter, set aside. Take another small saucepan & over a medium heat melt the butter until it begins to foam (do not get any colour), tip in the flour & stir everything together, cooking for 1 min. Whisk in the warm ale in several additions to create a thick sauce then whisk through the cheddar followed by the Baron Bigod to create a thick paste. Stir in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce & chives then beat through the egg yolks. Heat the grill to its highest setting. Place the slices of bread on a flat baking sheet & grill on one side until golden brown. Flip the bread over & spread each one with the rarebit mixture. Place back under the grill & cook for a further 1-2 mins or until golden brown & bubbling, serve immediately with your favourite chutney.

10th anniversary of the STP blog…

Length: < 1 min …was actually back in October 2023; the first one was called “Mangalitza curly coat goodness” Oh well, I’ll make a diary note to properly celebrate the 20th instead…

The Year of The (pig) Dragon

Length: 2 mins Until Val mentioned this one to me, a few days back, I’d not heard of this particular dragon artefact. But it seems apposite to mention it — along with this rather lively dragon, courtesy RONIN in Hong Kong — today,… Read More »The Year of The (pig) Dragon

Melt me some nails, man.

Length: 2 mins In what is a quite usual piece of serendipity, I came across this 2021 piece in Eater whilst researching something completely different today and was wondering whether this… …actually seemed possible or even likely. Did this amazingly talented chef’s nails…… Read More »Melt me some nails, man.

Tokyo chef Yoshiteru Ikegawa

Myth, mythos and marketing

Length: 6 mins The Greek word mŷthos, means “utterance, speech, discourse, tale, narrative, fiction, legend,” and is itself “of obscure origin”, the dictionary tells us. As is the myth concealing the German detective trail leading to the ur-kebab, kebab ground-zero or patient zero… Read More »Myth, mythos and marketing

Kadir Nurman in a cap against a kebab being cut by a man in a red T-shirt.

Once upon a time, via Anatolia

Length: 8 mins Until I read this 2021 Vittles London “What Is Kurdish Food” piece, I’d not (consciously) heard of Musa Dağdeviren. That’s on me of course, as he’s possibly the most famous extant Turkish chef — ‘the saviour of Turkish cuisine’, or… Read More »Once upon a time, via Anatolia

Horoz Etli Güveç

“A fine romance”

Length: < 1 min No, not the one between Judi Dench & Michael Williams, in the TV series of the same name but the one between Fergus and his pigs. As is mine. And at some point — very probably in the depths of… Read More »“A fine romance”

A print from St John restaurant, showing one of their trademark pigs, cut in half. It's initialed by Fergus bottom right and has a pen drawing by him of a toqué clad chef in the centre.

Where IS this place?

Length: 3 mins A quote from Jess Ho; from her book “Raised By Wolves” which I’ve spoken about before (and not the TV series which is also worth your time as it shows the insanity of religious beliefs): It’s unashamedly unapologetic, unpolished and… Read More »Where IS this place?

Caff life

Length: < 1 min Local Cafe. That’s its name. Just that. I found it today whilst wandering in St. Ives. It’s everything you want. And it’s a banging local caff; does everything right. Tea, bag left in to allow you to steep to your… Read More »Caff life

Yakitori, tell a story…

Length: 6 mins [Those of you of a certain age — from Britain — may get the reference to an old children’s TV show, alluded to in the title of this piece] I learnt a little while back that there is a porcine… Read More »Yakitori, tell a story…

Hoarding or hording?

Length: < 1 min This is a poster from Nazi Germany, 1942. It says: “Hoarders, [panic buyers], shame on you!”. “Hamsterin” used on the poster is a synonym for hoarder or panic buyer in German. Y’know, because hamsters hoard food in their cheeks… I… Read More »Hoarding or hording?

A poster from Nazi Germany, 1942 "Hoarders, panic buyers, shame on you!" "Hamsterin" used on the poster is a synonym for hoarder or panic buyer in German. Y'know, because hamsters hoard food in their cheeks...
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