Wednesday, December 23, 2009

what shall I cook for Xmas?

I went looking for inspiration this evening and could not get past the wonderful Skye Gyngell who is to my way of thinking a true artist in the kitchen -  the kitchen that has carried her name far and wide is the the Cafe and Teahouse at  Petersham Nurseries at Richmond, in Outer London. Strangely I dont have her cookbooks given that I have drooled over them and have a strong affinity with her produce driven cooking which focuses very much on what is in season and you cant get much more local that the fact much of the produce is straight from the Nurseries' Garden.
Skye is Australian by birth and has worked in Sydney, Paris and London - gaining a strong reputation for her cooking at the Nurseries, publication of the 2 cookbooks above and also contributing to many publications including the Independent on Sunday.


Dragonfly said...

Wow - the book looks beautiful! Due to the extreme heat, no cooking for me, just BBQ and salad. Easy!!
Wishing you a very happy Xmas Sophie :-)

Sophie Munns said...

That sounds like the best plan for this humidity Karen - we will be having light and fresh things for sure and and Xmas treats will be tasted over several days rather than in one sitting!
The books are delightful - the simple honesty of ingredients, thoughtfully and poetically prepared!
Have a relaxing and lovely festive week Karen and all the best for 2010 !

La Dolce Vita said...

thanks for the tip on Skye Gyngell, I will look for the cook books!
I wish it was BBQ and salad! we are buried in snow and more on the way, a white Christmas for sure! seafood alfredo for us! Buon Natale!

Sophie Munns said...

Oh La Dolce Vita,
Your snow images have been so wonderful - maybe it is hard going after all these days though - are you tired of it?
Seafood Alfredo sounds very special. Is this a tradition in your home or this years whim? Its fascinating what people's traditions are at celebration and festival times.

I made it along to the twilight growers market this evening and found some lovely things for our table. Simple for the most part - Roast Beef (for cold cuts next day!) and salads! Delicious fruits...

...luckily there were some interesting stalls for those last minute gifts - I found a divine turkish plate and a retro tablecloth from India. The atmosphere was great, with music and a few treats to nibble on- like old fashioned coconut ice.
Merry Xmas!