Entries from October 2012

Monday, October 15th, 2012


Fun fact: as a kid, one of my (many) nicknames was ‘Chich’, which was short for chicharon – a Filipino snack of deep fried pork rinds. (Variations are also popular in Spain, parts of Latin America, and – more recently – areas of the US and Europe.) I continue to be baffled by this, since […]

Friday, October 12th, 2012

A Change is Gonna Come

There is a 2.5kg slab of Spanish Duroc belly that has been rubbed down with a dry cure of maple syrup, brown sugar, salt, sage, thyme and a crapload of black peppercorns, and vacuum packed, sitting in my fridge. After the last…4 (?) years of talking about it, I’ve finally gotten down to it. Fingers […]

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Crispy-skinned Salmon on Roasted Broccoli Salad

One of my favourite vegetables in the world is broccoli. I love it best steamed or quickly stir-fried, the way my mum used to do, with thin slivers of ginger and lightly bathed in sesame oil and oyster sauce, or Cantonese-style with a slightly thickened sauce of minced garlic and a little stock. Baked with […]

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This Little Piggy Went to the Market

One of the things that I especially love to do when I’m in the US, London or Australia is to visit farmers’ markets. Being on holiday, it normally means I can’t really buy much of the fresh produce, apart from a little fruit to nibble on during my stay, but I still love walking around, […]