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Eating for England


A couple of years ago, I finally discovered Nigel Slater.

He had been around but I’d never really paid attention to him, more focused on Simon Hopkinson or Jamie Oliver. So, when Netflix suggested I watch Toast, I was intrigued. I found the story engaging and charming. This seemed like a man who talked about food the same way I wished I could. I promptly went out and bought four of his books.

Those who know of my Anglophilia won’t be surprised that amongst the titles I selected was Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table. I have at least three cookbooks which focus specifically on cooking in the British Isles. This tongue-in-cheek volume looks at the British and their relationship with food.

Nigel Slater is certainly a man after my heart, or stomach. He understands the intricacies and delights of eating a Toblerone. He is on Team Rice Pudding over Team Tapioca. He loves tea time and sweets and holidays. While he will write several very similar blurbs about the same idea, the books still manages to be both charming and witty.

Slater understands that sweets mark important occasions, whether they be good or bad. It reminds me of my own cooking, especially of late. Cooking for comfort. 2016 has been a long year and I am ready for it to wrap up. I plan to spend the rest of he year doing things I enjoy. Reading books because they amuse me, not because I have to. Cooking and baking what I enjoy, not because I am watching calories and judging myself. Spending time with people I like, doing things I like. Because isn’t life too short for anything else?

Available from Harper Perennial, $14.95



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Toast by Nigel Slater

One of my favorite foods, natch. Now, one of my favorite books/films. I saw the movie on Netflix some time ago and really enjoyed it. I made several lemon meringue pies.

Now I picked up the book at a used bookstore. It is even better than the movie, which I wasn’t sure if it could be. There is some overlap in the memories described. However, it still feels completely fresh. I now have an overwhelming desire for British candies, lamb chops, pommes dauphinoise, sponge pudding, steak Diane…

…mmmm, food.

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Fragrant Cauliflower Curry

Book of the Month: Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
Sorry this one’s a little late. As you may have noticed, I’ve been a bit of a mess. Quickly getting back on schedule now!

I love Indian food. I can only make 5 or 6 recipes but I always find them tasty and comforting. In this case of this dish, also very pretty. I have a few cauliflower curry recipes but this one if by far my favorite.

It’s vegetarian and makes a lot of food with only one cauliflower so it is is great for a crowd. The recipe is actually from Nigel Slater and is called “Chicken with Spices and Cream.” I found it via The Wednesday Chef and adapted it to a vegetarian dish because I had a cauliflower that needed using. I added some chickpeas to add a little more body but you could use mung beans or black eyed peas.

Necessity! The Mother of Invention

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