A Feast of Fire & Ice: The Official Companion Cookbook
Marrying two of my favourite things in the world: food and George RR Martin’s fantasy series. If you’ve read any of the books you’ll know food/feasts are a huge part and Martin goes into lavish detail on pretty much every course served at every meal. A cookbook was so obvious I’m surprised it didn’t come around sooner. There is talk of a GOT themed feast with me and some friends. If you think that’s sad then clearly you didn’t hear about our 11am-9pm first series one sitting DVD marathon!
Raymond Blanc’s Kitchen Secrets and Wahaca: Mexican Food at Home
Pigeon de Bresse baked in a salt pastry crust
This looks absolutely bonkers. I saw this on Blanc’s accompanying TV series and it looks amazing. The pigeon is cooked inside the pastry bird and although a massive amount of salt goes into the pastry, you don’t actually eat it. The salt crust seasons the bird and allows heat to slowly cook meat inside so it’s moist and doesn’t dry out. Technically tough, but imagine serving that in the middle of a table to friends.
Wahaca’s best selling dish and one my favourites. Hot with habanero and achiote paste, the pork is cooked low and slow for four hours allowing the fat to melt, making it rich and juicy. Too good.