When Merrydown ask me to come up with ways of incorporating their cider into a traditional ploughman’s lunch I think, how hard can it be? But then I read down the email, which says they want me to make my own chutney.
Cider generally makes me think of two things. Firstly, pork. I can’t think of a more failsafe way to cook pork than with plenty of cider. Secondly, underage drinking. I abstained from cider drinking for nearly a decade after I drank about two litres of it when I was 13.
One of the best things I’ve found in keeping this blog is my friendship with Petra Lovelock, whom I met after I requested an interview for a guest recipe post. Petra runs Nordic Kitchen, a Scandinavian cookery school that pops up each month at Lewes Community Kitchen.
Being a fan of Guardian live-blogger Stuart Heritage, you can appreciate how much I enjoyed finding out we have something in common. On Friday, my counsellor offered her diagnosis of my occasionally all-enveloping sense of ennui. At 32, she says I’m going through a midlife crisis.
I’ve decided to do a monthly round-up to show you all what a busy and, ultimately, cultured individual I am. Each month I’ll list a few places I’ve been to that have made me smile.
UPDATE: I was happy to receive a thoughtful reply to my original post from Mellie Buse, Executive Producer of Grandpa in My Pocket. Mellie’s letter is appended to the bottom of this blog; if you would like to add to the discussion, please leave a comment.
When it comes to kitchen gadgets, I’m most likely to reach for a knife. As food writer Laurie Colwin puts it, most kitchen tools are frills and few are essential, after all, “Most of the world cooks over fire without any gadgets at all.”