Some winter mornings can't be overcome without a warming bowl of porridge. As an Irishman it pains me to say that after much testing, I have to concede that the Scottish custom of using only water in preparation yields the better result. (In Ireland and southern England the tradition is to use milk, or half-half). However, when oats are cooked in water, it draws the gluten out into the broth, creating a wonderful thick, creamy texture. Milk hinders this process somewhat, and is more likely to stick to the bottom of the pan.
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This is the perfect dish for when you open your fridge and see a whole load of veg that is too old to get excited about and still too good to throw away.
The principle is to create a savoury, wintry spicy base with the harder root vegetables and some good spices, then add a few more delicate veg on top with the stock, throwing in a can of beans or so for protein if you like.
Here is a sample of the principle with some typical ingredients:
- 2 onions
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 Carrots
- Half a celeriac ...
This salad is delicious in two very different configurations, depending on the availabity of ingredients in your area.
- half a head of red cabbage
- 5 carrots
- 2 red peppers
- 2 lemons or limes
- 2 cloves of garlic
- fresh ginger
- optional: fresh chilli pepper
- optional: buttermilk
- a handful of fresh corriander or parsely
- two handfuls of peanuts/cashews/mix
Shred half a head of red cabbage finely, grate 5 carrots and slice two red peppers in long thin strips. The colour combination of purple, orange and red is irresistable.
For the European version:
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This month's tip is to walk the Panke. This is a tiny little stream from which the area Pankow gets its name, although this walk is all about Mitte and Wedding.
Often we run this route before work in the mornings on a 10k loop. It's a particularly pleasant urban run, and running is the best tempo at which to take in the slightly random assortment, but it can also make for a great walk of cycle.
It cuts in a slightly arbitrary way through the fabric of the city, starting at the...
Ahhhh, Tumblr. It's still the best way to keep and share a visual scrap book, and browsing a tumblr is still the closest experience to flicking through an actual magazine, you know, that someone has taken the trouble of printing onto dead trees.
Here are our top 5 right now.
This is the collection of Tristan Scow, a talented desger who has been part of our team for almost a year. He will be heading back to his native USA next month, and we will miss his input terribly.
The worst of winter is over, but spring is not quite yet here. This warming soup is perfect for the transition.
- Fry a chopped onion. Season with pepper and salt.
- Add a packet of frozen peas, fry with the onions for about 7 minutes.
- In a separate pan, heat some stock (chicken is best).
- Add to the peas, enough to cover
- Throw in a handful of fresh mint
- Puree in the blender
- Enjoy the warm fresh goodness.
Never underestimate the pineapple. Did you know that the spiral follows the same growth patterns as sunflowers and pine cones, all reflected in the Fibonacci sequence. This become apparently when you peel them, as you choose which spiral to cut, the vertical 5's or the more horizontal 8's. See this awesome video.
When you serve the juicy flesh, don't forget to sprinkle a half a teaspoon of salt and a v. light dusting of chili. You won't believe it, but it make the taste even more sweet and intense, to the point where it becomes addictive.
What to do with the last 3 peaches that are going a bit too soft at the bottom of the bowl? EASY!
- Chop them up and boil them with about a half litre of water and a cup of pale brown sugar. Mush the peaches around with a wooden spoon and bring down the heat, leave to the side to infuse.
- Make some good black tea. We recommend Darjeeling loose leaf. Refridgerate.
- Strain the now cold syrup into a jug, and add to the black tea to taste. You can serve the ice tea premixed, or serve the syrup in...
Best enjoyed after a long walk in the cold.
1) Cut a lemon in quarters and stick about 6 or 7 cloves in the flesh.
2) Put the lemon at the bottom of a glass with a teaspoon of brown sugar.
3) Pour boiling water over the lemon quarters, stirring roughly to disturb the flavours (think Caipirinha)
4) Add a dash of whiskey as desired.
Steps 1-3 are entirely optional.
Giving a Christmas party? Make sure your friends don't hate you the next day:
- Brew 2 litres of good black tea. Put to one side.
- In your biggest pot, bring 300g sugar to the boil with some of the tea, some cinnamon sticks, some crushed cardomon pods, and 3 quartered oranges. You can stud the oranges with cloves to suit.
- When the sugar has disolved, you can add the rest of the tea, bringing the mixture to the boil.
- Remove from the heat and add 2 bottles of moderately good red wine. Serve.