Advice, London

Urban cooking

If you grew up in the country, you are used to cooking. You may have never used cookbooks and relied on your family’s passed-down recipes. When you move to the city, it is tempting to eat out all the time. But what makes me feel really at home is cooking. And, if you are used to trying to cook from a cookbook, you are in for a treat in the city — you will be able to find even the most obscure ingredients. There are local Italian shops, Chinese grocery stores, French cheese stores, farmers’ markets of all variety, plus your regular supermarkets.

My favourite cookbook at the moment is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty. Plenty is perfect for summer with light fragrant recipes using interesting ingredients. Easy to follow and not too time consuming to cook, even after work. And, I never have to try and find a substitute for saffron or udon noodles.

I made the Warm Glass Noodles and Edamame Beans recipe the other night and it was delicious:

Black pepper tofu is also one of my favourites:

Source: images by The Guardian.


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