Archive For February 2016

Onikoroshi Honjozo Sake

Onikoroshi Honjozo Sake

Try a chilled glass with your preferred evening snacks Founded around 1720 in Takayama Hida in Japan, Oita Shuzo brewery has been producing sake ever since. This is a beautiful region with several noteworthy breweries. It comes alive in winter, which is the sake-brewing season in Japan. In the Edo era sweet sake was more…

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Afternoon Tea at Home

Afternoon Tea at Home

Deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies I was expecting a great book from this well-respected chef, Will Torrent. I wasn’t expecting the volume to have that overwhelming feel-good factor. That comes from a reminder of traditional sweet treats in the recipes, bringing comforting memories. And contemporary innovations bringing the realisation…

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Food Sake Tokyo

Food Sake Tokyo

A culinary adventure Tokyo is a vibrant modern city but tradition is still evident. We might be looking for the latest technology in Akihabara or fashion and pop culture in Takeshitadori but we all need food and many of us need sake and that’s found all around this sprawling town if you know where to…

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Authentic Recipes from the Philippines

Authentic Recipes from the Philippines

Much that is familiar but there is still more that will intrigue This is a unique book considering a cuisine little known in Europe. How frequently do we say “let’s go out for a Filipino”? Not often, although the dishes would indeed appeal to Europeans as well as Asians. The Philippine archipelago is part of…

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Classic Recipes of the Philippines

Classic Recipes of the Philippines

An extraordinary melting-pot This rather smart little book looks at the unique traditional food and cooking of the Philippines. But many of us know little of these islands and probably even less about its culinary heritage. The Philippines are a cluster of islands with its nearest neighbours being Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Its geographic…

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Dirty Bones Kensington for Brunch

Dirty Bones Kensington for Brunch

An eclectic mix of rustic tables It’s raining in Kensington and we are hungry for brunch. Yes, that convivial meal twixt brekkie and weekend dinner that allows for a broad menu over which to pore. Kensington is posh and I would venture to say that Dirty Bones has the only entrance in the area that…

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Brunch at Balans Soho Society Kensington High Street

Brunch at Balans Soho Society Kensington High Street

‘Too much of a good thing is a good thing’ I am not naturally an early-morning person. I am not naturally a morning person of any time classification, but I do love breakfast – as long as I am not cooking it. If you are going to go to the trouble of sitting down to…

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The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

The Complete Practical Guide to Digital and Classic Photography

Its 1700 or so pictures are a great support to the text I have come to this medium quite late in life. I got a bit of confidence with my iPhone and some of those images were, although I say it as shouldn’t, spectacular. But somehow I knew there was more. This book is a…

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The Food and Cooking of Japan and Korea

The Food and Cooking of Japan and Korea

A substantial collection of 250 recipes A few years ago our culinary ethnic horizons extended to a Friday night curry and perhaps the occasional Chinese dinner of sweet and sour pork. Often made at home from decent cookbooks, but not often pushing geographic food boundaries. But how about Japan and Korea? These days we are…

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Okinawa and Awamori – the spirit of the islands

Okinawa and Awamori – the spirit of the islands

Awamori is the celebrated spirit originating in and unique to the Ryukyu Islands (Nansei Islands in Japanese) of Okinawa. It is made from long-grain Thai rice, which historically has been used in this region. The Ryukyu Kingdom was independent and ruled most of these islands from the 15th to the 19th century. The name Okinawa…

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