Friday, 27 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
So in my bed, I got rather bored and grumpy so watched bits of early and surrealist cinema on youtube. I can highly recommend Hans Richter and Fernand Leger.
The dogs would not leave my side.
THE DUKE OF YORK MARKET (off the KING'S ROAD) Saturday 21st and 28th of November, 10am-4pm
Rohan (our 'agent') and Alexander (my 'little brother') will be be standing at the stand all day for you.
I hope it is not raining.
Alexander is in the photo in a merry yule time mood with a false moustache so you can all get in the right frame of mind for purchasing christmas gifts from us. (moustaches on order)
For those of you who live in North London, we have a few new treats in store for you- Giacobazzi's Delicatessen and Osteria Emilia on Fleet Road in Hampstead will soon be receiving their first delivery of both the Sacromonte and the Piropo. Giles Coren's review of Osteria will whet your appetite...
These jewels in the London food scene were recommended to me a number of years ago by John Owen, one of the fellow founders of the Frontline Club. Thank you very much for the recommendation!
If anyone would like to recommend us to their local restaurants and delis. do post a comment and Rohan or I will drop a sample off to them.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
This coming Saturday 21st November, Rohan and I will be selling our wares at the Duke of York Square Food Market, just off the King's Road from 10 to 4- it is just next to Partridge's. Do come and join us- we are hoping for a mild day.
It should be quite an event- Katie Caldesi will be cooking up a storm as well as the regular crowd of stall owners- personally, I am looking forward to half a dozen oysters for breakfast...
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
The kitchen is the hub of life here at Potentino. Since we moved in and did the restoration it has never been touched because we were always in it, cooking, eating, warming by the fire and playing silly games or talking or singing. It needed a bit of attention as we did not notice it had got decidedly GROTTY. The spider webs were the least of the problem.
Everything was moved out. The painting podium was assembled and off we went scrubbing gently so most of the vaults did not fall down (probably 14th century) and since there was evidence of an earlier celestial blue under the filthy ocre sludge colour we had been living with, I decided to do that.
Lovely, refershing and somewhat spiritual like a Renaissance monastery library studiolo UNTIL the morning after the first coat, when I went back in and the ancient smoke damage had seeped through my heavenly blue to created a tobacco stained eau de thames diseased surface. It had to go and with the aesthetic courage of a petulant interior decorator manque' I made everyone start again. We painted it more or less the same colour it had been.
You may see the difference. It is a very happy environment once again for the meals that provide the stomachs that run the bodies that make the wine and oil that I hope you all enjoy. 'Ces' was immediately inspired to prepare a delicious mollusc and crustacean delight (crayfish).
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Andrew Neather in The Evening Standard:
Castello di Potentino “Sacromonte” 2005, Montecucco Rosso (www.fromvineyardsdirect.com, £9.95. Mail order only, you can mix cases by calling 020 7490 9910/9904. Free delivery)
My friend Michelle brought me back a bottle of this deeply obscure Tuscan red from holiday; I was overjoyed to find that it is now available here from the excellent website FromVineyardsDirect.
This is made from 100 per cent sangiovese, but streets ahead of any Chianti at this price: full, rich, expressive, with a fine minerality. Lovely.