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Whoops. . . Ended up going off-piste on the Christmas shopping mission and just came home with these . . . still: chuffed to the very tips of my toes!
I might get everyone to sort out their own Christmas presents next year!. . . If I’d only known what my quick ‘does anyone want me to sort them out with a copy of SIMPLE for their buddies at Christmas’ text would lead to. . . .
Chit-chatting with these two jokers about recipe books, family suppers, the relative benefits of pyjamas vs a nightdress and lots of other weighty matters in the @tickyoff podcast. Thanks for having me @jamesramsden_ and @samueljherlihy and total retraction, Sam, on my suggestion that you and the guy from The Commitments look in any way similar. . .
And pomegranate molasses, of course, a tablespoon of which can bring such sweet-sour depth to all sorts of dishes.
Ground cardamom: another one of the 10 ‘ottolenghi ingredients’ to set you flying for cooking recipes from SIMPLE. A little bit goes a very long way with this totally distinctive spice. With apologies for my attempts to pronounce ‘Zhoug’ (recipe in @ottolenghi’s and @sami_tamimi’s JERUSALEM). Much easier to make and eat by the bucket than to pronounce correctly, I find.
Jewel-like barberries in those Iranian herb fritters. . . Pops of surprise and they look so darn pretty!
The answer to ‘what is simple cooking’ can also be found in the form of this 609 page epic! Niki Segnit’s latest is all about thinking and cooking laterally: learning the basics so as to feel confident about playing around, trusting in instinct and not being too bound by recipes. It reads like a cross between stand-up and everything you’d dream of learning on a year-long cookery course. What an achievement. This is great food + giggles - no one writes better! - plus a huge amount of encouragement to chill out and not be anxious in the kitchen. Simple cooking, @nikisegnit-style