When I’m not writing I tend to be cooking (or conducting important research in bars and restaurants). I love collecting recipes from the chefs and producers that I have written about and trying to recreate them at home.
For me the only thing better than cooking food is sharing it with others, so my latest project is offering small, highly personalised cookery classes from my tiny attic flat in Barcelona (probably the smallest cooking school in the world) or my 450-year-old Dar (traditional townhouse built around an open-air courtyard) in Fès (Morocco). All have small outdoor kitchens too, so when the weather is good we cook outside too.
Each class starts at local markets to shop for ingredients before heading back home for a hands-on class (this is not show-cooking), and finally sitting down to lunch paired with local wines. I believe the very best way to get to know a cuisine is to eat as much of it as possible.
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Barcelona: (prices from €75 per head, based on 4 pax)
Fès: 6 pax (prices from €60 per head, based on 6 pax)
Summer in the south
Orange, bacalao and black olive salad
Grilled quail with pistachio-pomegranate salsa
Valencia paella cooked over orange wood
A taste of northern spain
Spring vegetable minestra
Galician mussels with fresh pepper vinaigrette
Partridge escabeche on rosemary scented butter beans
Sour cherry and almond tart
Apertif: vermut / cava
Smoky aubergine and mint salad
Cinnamon and gunpowder tea smoked duck breast
Spiced barbecued shoulder of lamb on hummus with parsley-preserved lemon salad
Chocolate and rose brownies with cardamom spiced cream
Apertif: Meknes gris