Ottolenghi

  • Wine against mafia

    For the foodies amongst us, Sicily is a food haven. Thanks to its warm, Mediterranean climate some of the world's best tomatoes, artichokes, olives, citrus fruits, apricots and aubergines are grown here. The island's surrounding coastlines are abundant and famous for their local tuna, sea bream, sea bass, cuttlefish, swordfish and sardines. Being Italy's third largest wine producer, Sicilian wines are also some of world's favourites. For most local farmers, however, these fertile lands carry a dark history. During the many decades of the Cosa Nostra rule, the Mafia bosses took control over a lot of Sicily's best and most fertile plots of lands. For many years, locals have been reluctant to to put their feet on what was considered ‘sacred territory’.

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  • A few weeks in Boston, at the beginning of the year.

    There were enough exciting food shops, restaurants, bakeries, cafes, pop-ups, street kitchens, trucks and diners to make us wonder quite why we’d bought return tickets home. Experimental, exciting, foodie heaven! Every day presented us with another marvel-in-the-mouthful: pastries to get up early and queue for, tempura lemon skin with salt...
  • Nopi, Mar 18th, 2013

    On busy evening services, it’s become something of a dedicated habit of mine to stop & observe Donata at work for a few seconds- a kind of express meditation. The muted speed of her knife, her effortless cool, spot-on balance of flavours and textures are inspiring, calming and downright fun...
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  • Nopi, Feb 18th, 2013

    18/02: The beauty of what we do working in a restaurant is meeting new people all the time and the familiarity that grows with our guests as they dine with us again and again. The same can be said for the wines on our menu. We are currently trying some...
  • Mutton, potato and lime curry

    Fresh curry leaves and black cardamom makes this curry sing. If you prefer lamb to mutton, reduce the cooking time by 1 hour. Serves four to six 1kg mutton meat, cut into 4cm pieces 60ml lime juice 2½ tsp curry powder ½ tsp smoky paprika 1 tsp caster sugar 3...
  • Nopi, Feb 1st, 2013

    Valentine’s day menu - 14 February 2013 £55 per person amuse bouche / dishes to share / dessert/ truffle Meat Twice-cooked baby chicken, lemon myrtle salt, chilli sauce Roast sirloin, spinach, samphire, Belper Knolle Venison, caramelised yoghurt, blackberries, peanut crumble Five spice lamb sweetbreads, carrot purée, horseradish cream Fish Seared...
  • Nopi, Jan 31st, 2013

    31/1: The NOPI meringue is much like a little sister to the Ottolenghi meringue. However, unlike the latter - perched at the shop window as it idly watches the world go by- ours is dainty, rosy, and well on its way to possibly the happiest place on earth: the strawberry...
  • Beetroot and avocado salad

    The ingredients in this recipe marry together with the addition of sherry vinegar and chilli sauce. A healthy, hearty all-in-one meal. First published in the Guardian, Photographed by Colin Campbell for the Guardian Serves four to six 4 medium raw beetroots (around 350g in total) 1 small red onion, thinly...
  • An ode to the ottolenghi croissant

    The Ottolenghi croissant is something rather rare: how can so much flour and butter taste like fresh spring air? Leaf-light layers with a crust light and crisper “what is the secret?” we often hear our lovely customers whisper the butter, the kneading, the hand which bakes, what is the magic...

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