Hello my friends!
September is coming to a close and the days in the UK are becoming increasingly chilly. The message is becoming clear that Summer is on its way out and Autumn will be on the way with red russet leaves and cooler weather.
The new academic year has started. and on the course I teach, we will be teaching online this term. The learning curve for teaching synchronously online has been a steep one. Getting used to the technology, the different gadgets you can use and the way of switching from them all, has been quite a challenge!
I am lucky to have a great group of colleagues and we have been supporting each other by having both organised and impromptu run throughs with the tech. Being able to experiment has definitely built our collective confidence. Training is useful, but there is no substitute for trying it out for yourself.
I find myself teaching students across multiple time zones which is both fascinating and strange. Students are joining my classes during UK daytime and I can see their homes are still bathed in darkness. Sometimes we ask each other where we are, and in a single session I might be crossing 7 or 8 time zones.
We are finding that this new way of working brings new challenges and new perspective. Wish us luck this term.
Here is my regular list of favourite things – recipes, food writing and cultural stuff. I hope you enjoy it!
Gary Fenn’s recipe for Black Forest Doughnuts:http://bigspud.co.uk/recipes/black-forest-doughnuts/
Sabrina Ghayour recipe for beetroot and feta lattice, using vacuum packed cooked beetroot and ready made puff pastry: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/simply-by-sabrina-ghayour-beetroot-and-feta-lattice-recipe-a4528216.html
Recipe for Indonesian Spiced Corn Fritters (Perkedel Jagung) from Lara Lee’s Indonesian cookbook, Coconut & Sambal: https://www.kaveyeats.com/2020/08/indonesian-spiced-corn-fritters.html
The three types of Roux, how to make them, and what they can be used for: https://www.thekitchn.com/roux-recipe-23003997
Sauteed Onion and Garlic Pak Choi by Hungry Huy: https://www.hungryhuy.com/bok-choy-recipe/
Thomasina Meirs’ recipe for Mexican green rice salad: http://thehungryhungryhusband.co.uk/vegetarian-rice-salad
Aaron and Claire make another great Korean food recipe video – easiest cucumber kimchi: https://youtu.be/00sPfTkqfB8
Ohn no khauk swe (coconut chicken noodles) recipe from the Rangoon Sisters’ new cookbook: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/the-rangoon-sisters-cookbook-emily-amy-chung-a4512446.html
Artist Annie Morris shares her obsession with spaghetti and her recipe for Spaghetti Arrabbiata: https://howtospendit.ft.com/food-drink/208687-how-i-spend-It-annie-morris-arrabbiata
Freekeh with summer vegetables, served with Labneh with sesame and pumpkin seeds, an end of Summer treat from Nigel Slater: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/aug/23/nigel-slater-recipes-freekeh-with-summer-vegetables-and-labneh-with-sesame
MacDonald’s chef Dan Coudreaut shows how to make the Big Mac sauce at home, for anyone into fake-aways: https://youtu.be/rcu4Bj3xEyI
What’s in season in September? http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/september.php
A simple, fuss free way to create and maintain a freezer inventory: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-freezer-inventory-23064133
The music of food, and a review of Mei Mei Malaysian food at Borough Market by Aaron Vallance: https://www.1dish4theroad.com/2020/08/mei-mei-nasi-lemak-food-music.html
How to cook quinoa, a video lesson: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/food/cookery-videos/a657292/how-to-cook-quinoa/
Under The Skin
I May Destroy You
Mafia Only Kills In Summer (Mafia Uccide Solo D’Estate) Season 2
World Party – Goodbye Jumbo
Hans Zimmer and Johnny Marr – Freeheld (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
In My Life, Mojo Presents the new singer-songwriters - Various Artists (October 2020 issue)
Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.