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@nigelslater
My kitchen, autumn evening, 2009. I sometimes thought the building work would never end.
Sat 20th October 2018
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Writing at the kitchen table, early evening. (My first chance to write today.) I spend much of my time here. I like the cosy, basement space with its low ceilings and stone floor. We also eat here on days when it’s too cold to eat outside, facing the window, looking out into the little courtyard with its rickety table, ferns and tangle of climbing jasmine.
Sat 20th October 2018
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Cercis Forest Pansy, positioned to allow the evening sun to backlight its leaves, glows against the black-greens of the yew hedges. The idea, like so many in this garden, originally from the wonderful Dan Pearson @coyotewillow
Fri 19th October 2018
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The little kitchen roof, for years a grey and empty space, in its autumn plumage. Early days, but better than it was.
Mon 15th October 2018
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Soft, warm drop-scones, flecked with cheese and parsley, fresh from their little cast iron pan. We ate them with pumpkin and rosemary hash on a Sunday morning. Details in my column in this Sunday’s @obsmagazine
Fri 12th October 2018
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Forest, reflected in a lake. Lapland. One of those teasing views spied from a moving train when you want to stop, climb out and explore. I always think, “another time”, knowing full well it will never happen.
Mon 8th October 2018
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Autumn in Oulu, Suomi. A quiet place in which to write, completing a book that is already late. My twice daily walks take me past the market hall with its smoked fish, lingonberries and wild mushrooms towards the harbour and the wooden buildings of Pikisaari.
Sun 7th October 2018
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Sea buckthorn. Helsinki market. Tart as a red currant and, along with the lingonberries and cloudberries one the reasons to come to Finland in the autumn. They don’t travel well, and are tricky to get off the branch without squashing so if they come home at all it will be as jam, of which is plenty in the market. I ate them at Ora with roast pumpkin. Their vitamin C content, by the way, is off the scale.
Sat 6th October 2018
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Silver birches. A freckling of snow. Finland.
Fri 5th October 2018
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Dinner at Ora in Helsinki. Always inspiring, thoughtful, sincere. A team buzzing with ideas. Some of the extraordinary details: salmon skin fried into puffy wafers served with raw beef and preserved ramsons; citrusy tagete leaves and their flowers with slow-cooked carrots and a carrot juice caramel; an ice cream of sunflowers, toffee made from its seeds and a crisp sunflower leaf. There was cheese from a farmer with just two cows (mum and daughter) with lingonberries and pickled whitecurrants. My roast pumpkin with sea buckthorn berries came with a crispbread made from its fibres and juice. Nothing is wasted here. (The sauce for the kohlrabi with cheese and kale had a sauce made the kale stems.) This is quietly confident, dazzling cooking and I love it. Thank you to @sasulaukkonen and everyone at Ora for another awesome evening.
Thu 4th October 2018
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A sweet-sharp blueberry and juniper dressing for sandwiches. We ate the deeply fruity accompaniment with soft brioche style baps piled with watercress, thin slices of rare roast beef and home-made pickled red onions. It was just as good the next day with a lump of Gorwydd Caerphilly and slices of chewy @lbpedlar white sourdough. The remains of the batch ended up as a dip for sausages. Details and recipe in today’s @obsmagazine
Sun 30th September 2018
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I like my apples ice cold and crisp. They live in the fridge but if I need to chill them quickly I put them in a bowl of water and ice cubes. The skin tightens and the flesh crisps up. These Discovery apples, bought as darkness falls on a damp autumn evening are heading home with me.
Thu 20th September 2018
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I decided, almost at the last minute, to slip some purple figs into the juices of a pot roast of duck. The crunchy seeds were pleasing against the soft flesh of the duck. The recipe is part of celebration of autumnal ingredients in Sunday’s Observer Food Monthly. I have also penned a piece about my favourite cookbook of all time. The book that been in my kitchen since the day it arrived twenty years ago. @obsfood
Fri 14th September 2018
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Looking forward to chatting with Priya Basil on ‘The Art of Cooking’ at the International Literature Festival in Berlin tomorrow and reading from Das Wintertagebuch, which is published in Germany on Monday.
Fri 14th September 2018
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The Life of Tea by Michael Freeman and Timothy d’Offay. Masterfully written, beautifully photographed, this has clearly been a labour of love for all concerned. The book has a special resonance for me, as it was Tim @postcardteas who introduced me to green teas, now a daily habit and one of the quiet joys of my life.
Fri 7th September 2018
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Kitchen steps, early morning.
Thu 30th August 2018
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Dahlias, garden table. Pot grown, kept purely for cutting. After a summer when I forgot, repeatedly, to give them enough water, they are at last coming into their own. Today, if the rain holds off, they will get a splash of tomato food too.
Mon 27th August 2018
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Plums and grapes, roasted with plum jam and Marsala. We ate them outside, warm from the oven with Cote Hill blue cheese and thick slices of toast from @lbpedlar . Details in today’s @obsmagazine
Sun 26th August 2018
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Timberyard, Edinburgh. Utterly delightful. A roll call of my favourites. Pigeon, mackerel, veal tartare, the tomatoes from heaven, blissful bass. Love this room, the welcome, the thoughtful food, the little surprises (like two desserts). Wish I lived nearer. @timberyard10
Wed 15th August 2018
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A few minutes of peace and solitude in a cool, quiet room. No work goes on here. No meetings are held. No laptops are opened. It is curious that even after ten minutes here I leave clear-headed and quietly energised. I find Jennifer Lee’s pale, finely balanced stoneware pot a source of inestimable tranquility. @roseuniacke @axelvervoordt @erskinehallcoe #jenniferlee
Sat 4th August 2018
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