A celebration of modern German home cooking from Anja Dunk’s young family kitchen.
The snap of cold that comes at the start of the year is perfect porridge weather. I’ve never understood those who eat it like clockwork, regardless of the temperature. I love the warmth of it on a cold day, a bowl in my hands like a morning hot-water bottle, the quick but nourishing time spent stirring at the stove a welcome interruption to the busy rush of the morning and a few minutes to let my mind wander at the start of the day.
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Pimiento de piqulllo con crema de queso y mojo verde
(Piquillo pepper stuffed with goat’s curd mixed herbs and mojo verde)
These are really quick and colourful: great for summer parties and picnics. Josep, our executive chef, who came up with the combination, uses goat’s curd from La Bauma, but you could substitute cream cheese or cottage cheese.
A treat today, but something I could happily eat all sunmer long. By the way, I use Maris Pipers for this very soft mash, but a waxy-fleshed potato such as Charlotte would be good too; unorthodox, but capable of giving an even smoother, more velvety mash.
Read A very hygge Thanksgiving Part 1’s recipe here.
Though hygge is technically Danish in origin, these Nordic morning bowls will bring cosiness, calm and comfort in the darker days to come. How can you work this into your Thanksgiving plans? Don’t worry, we’re not insisting you serve this along side your grandmother’s lengendary cranberry sauce. This glorious spin on porridge would be a great way to start Thanksgiving day. Get in something warming and filling that will power you through the morning (or until 3pm when the feasting commences).
In honour of our American friends celebrating Thanksgiving this week, we think everyone could use a little hygge time to hit refresh. So dust those counter tops. It’s time to make a little mess in the kitchen and summon a little inspiration for the festive season ahead. Read more…
A very happy New Year to you and all you know, from 4th Estate. 2014 was a fantastic year for books, wasn’t it? Or, to borrow the phrase from Andy Miller, it truly was The Year of Reading Dangerously. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie taught us that We Should All be Feminists, while Lena Dunham told us how she came to be one in Not That Kind of Girl. David Cronenberg put us off our dinner with the fantastic techno-thriller Consumed, but Anna Jones set us back on track with her astonishing debut recipe book A Modern Way to Eat. The phenomenal Sali Hughes taught us all we needed to know about beauty (and all we didn’t know we should) in Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion, a guide we should all start referring to daily in the new year. Read more…