Due to the vagaries of the post between Ireland and New Zealand, my reading of the Observer Food Monthly is always a few weeks behind. Seeing as we’re never in season with the produce it doesn’t really matter and it’s always a red letter day when the most recent edition arrives, along with recipes and restaurant reviews torn from Irish publications – thanks again Mum!
Today’s arrival was long awaited, ever since I saw on the Observer website that they were publishing extracts from Nigel Slater’s new book The Kitchen Diaries. I commented in an earlier post that this day-by-day account of what he eats sounded like a blog – and it certainly does share certain similarities although, unlike many blogs, you’ll never catch Nigel saying that his recipes were inspired by other cookery writers! The article is a very enjoyable read and almost has me wishing that we were still in fresh sweetcorn and plum season as opposed to sailing blithely through spring.
If you’re outside the areas where the Observer is available, and not so lucky to be sent regular magazine packages, you’ll find the text here. As for me, I’m off for crunchy toasted sourdough bread, tart lemon marmalade and coffee, while poring over a few unexpected treats in the OFM – Rachel Cooke’s account of eating and drinking her way around County Cork in the company of Lindsay House‘s Richard Corrigan and Jay Rayner’s tour of San Francisco with blogger extraordinaire Pim Techamuanvivit.