Tuesday, September 21, 2010

JAZZ UP YOUR EGGS



I love eggs. They are magic fast food. But I do scramble a lot of them in the Deli and so sometimes when we are having a lazy breakfast, I want to do something a bit more with them. The other day I made an accompanying fry of onions and garden tomatoes, chunky and browned and very nice with some pure scramblers.

And today, I've done my usual. I work and work and then forget to eat. Suddenly my hands are shaking and I can't understand why nothing is making sense. Food! I need food! This usually combines with opening the fridge and seeing that there's not a bean in the house. But there is a garden.





So today I've fried up a few (ropey) courgettes, and an onion. I've found some ripe tomatoes in the garden, cracked 2 eggs over the top and chopped off a load of chervil (a very delicate aniseedy herb). It's delicious and now I can get back to the toil.



What ever you've got growning in the windowsil would be good here - a chilli plant? Some thyme or basil? The world is your oyster xxx

Sunday, September 19, 2010

CHECK IT!



Our lovely new "Glove and Hate" oven mits from Stuart Gardiner. Come check them out in the shop, and even buy them. They are hanging above the window for you all to see.

Friday, September 17, 2010

RE-INSPIRED

After spending the weekend at Harvest @ Jimmy's, I've come home fueled with ideas and tricks and a buzzing heart. I was on stage for 2 days, hosting the chef's demo stage. It was AMAZING (and terrifying) and I feel like I've now had a master-class with all the big wigs: The Hairy Bikers, Angela Hartnett, Atul Kulchhar, Mark Hix, Oliver Rowe, Tommi Miers, to name just a few.

The main lessons were:
1. Always use sharp knives. I'm now sharpening mine each time I start cooking.
2. Season food at the beginning of cooking, and then you will need to add less at the end, and it will be more rounded.
3. Use FRESH whole spices, not stagnant dusty spices from the back of the cupboard.


This has come in perfect timing as we are going over to some friends tonight armed with supper as they've just had a baby. I've spent the day cooking, not for the deli, not for a supper club, but just for good friends. The pressure is off, and the juices have been flowing. Here's what I've been cooking....



I bought the baby aubergines from Choumert Road Market in Peckham, and the apples and plums were off the market in Brixton. Now we've just got to jump in the car and head up to Green Lanes. A day well spent.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS and a harvest festival.

Today, we welcomed a new addition at Rosie's. A lovely church pew that my Dad introduced me to. It was kindly donated to us by a man called Julian (a friend of Daddy's), who arrived bright and early in a van, deposited the prayer bench, and swiftly departed. What a nice man! As the floor outside the shop is bumpy, to put it mildly, I had to call on my dear old friend Patrick to come and do some DIY. With the help of the lovely Neri, they sawed, glued and bolted the pew, so that not even a crack-head could run off with it. And then Stav generously came and sat on it! Aren't I lucky?

This generosity has put me in really good spirits. Which is good, because this weekend I'm venturing up to Ipswich to host the food stage at HARVEST AT JIMMY'S. If any of you are going, come and say hello, and moreover check out the incredible chefs that will be there. And when I'm not wittering on over there, you can find me watching Kitty, Daisy and Lewis over on the music stage. Toot toot. xx