Hello everyone! This month I would like to share my usual mix of foodie writings and recipes, with some photos from a recent visit to Rathfinny Wine estate, Alfriston, East Sussex. Rathfinny on the south coast of England, is fortunate enough to share the same chalk seam as the Champagne region of France, along with a similar climate. This of course makes it perfect for British sparkling wine.
At the wine estate, set in the rolling Sussex countryside, you will find Turner Prize winning artist Nathan Coley's light sculpture "A Place Beyond Belief", which when you see them, sums up the stunning views. It is part of a major outdoor exhibition of his works, which will be on display until 29 August 2022.
We visited Tasting Room, the Rathfinny restaurant which overlooks the vines and hills, the perfect place to marvel at the English countryside and enjoy delicious food and good wine. We chose the lunch menu as we were visiting in the daytime. You can visit to try the wines, eat at the restaurant, or even to stay on site in the peace and quiet of the vineyards.
I hope you enjoy my photos and my foodie picks for this month!
Food writing and articles:
What’s in season in the UK in July: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/whats-in-season-july
In defence of pre-chopped garlic – from Gabrielle Drolet. This is an important read on why pre-prepared ingredients being frowned upon is often unconscious ableism. https://thewalrus.ca/garlic-in-a-jar/
Which oil should you use when cooking – top chefs give their views: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2022/jun/21/which-oils-are-best-for-cooking-kitchen-aide-olive-sunflower-rapeseed
Kavey’s complete guide to using a wok, from seasoning it, maintaining it, cleaning it and storing it: https://www.kaveyeats.com/the-complete-guide-to-maintaining-your-wok-seasoning-cleaning-and-storage-tips
Glassy Junction in Southall is apparently the source of the phrase “feeling glassy” (meaning I’d love to have a proper drink). It is gone now. But there are other Asian (Desi) boozers out there. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/desi-pubs
Travel, food and art. A list of the 12 best museum restaurants in the world. https://www.atlasobscura.com/lists/museum-restaurants
This is one of the most unusual cooking tips I’ve seen – using a cardboard egg box for baking meatballs. It seems it works very well. Do I dare try it? https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/i-tried-alton-browns-meatball-cooking-hack-and-heres-how-it
Food and travel – the best streets for Tapas in Spain: https://www.cntraveller.com/gallery/tapas-streets-spain
Doing things in less of a hurry (like weekend cooking), taking your time, and "slowmaxxing". Could this be a new self help technique to get us through these stressful times? https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/26/slowmaxxing-is-the-latest-self-care-trend-why-its-worth-your-time-16891165/
3 Summer salad recipes – a Kale chicken Caesar, a Smoked trout, egg, Jersey Royals and summer veg salad, and finally a Falafel rainbow Buddha bowl: https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/summer-salads-uk
A recipe for kabocha squash soup recommended for picky eaters and fussy children: https://thetakeout.com/quick-easy-squash-soup-recipe-for-picky-eaters-1849071330
We’ve all had red wine sangria, but what about changing it up for this white wine and elderflower sangria? https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/cocktails-and-drinks/white-wine-sangria/
David Chang, founder of Momofuku, shows how to make his ever popular Corn Miso – a great lunch for Summertime. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNodneSjYW8
Pipian verde – a pre-Hispanic Mexican sauce for meat, fish or vegetables, made from pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sesame seeds, leafy greens, and spices: https://www.maricruzavalos.com/pipian-verde/
Broken sheets of lasagne form the basis of this vegan recipe from Meera Sodha with Summery broad beans and rocket: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2022/jun/11/meera-sodha-vegan-recipe-broken-pasta-broad-beans-rocket
Chefs in Schools is a food education charity, training kitchen teams to serve better school lunches. Here they share their recipes for kisir, corn salad and Moroccan chicken: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2022/apr/30/moroccan-chicken-bulgur-wheat-kisir-corn-salad-recipes-chefs-in-schools
What you might have missed at Snig’s Kitchen
Risotto primavera, a recipe post: https://snigskitchen.blogspot.com/2020/07/risotto-primavera.html
Depeche Mode at the BBC (a tribute to Andy Fletcher)
Outlaws (Series 2)
In Concert: Eagles 1973
Synth Britannia at the BBC
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.