Egyptian Duqqah to accompany a martini

Ground nuts, herbs and spices served with bread and some good quality oil.  I was born in a town in Scotland called Alexandria. It subsequently says Alexandria as my place of birth in my passport, which in turn has led to some interesting questioning by customs and security personnel at various airports I’ve visited in the Middle East. “Are you Egyptian?” “I will be whatever … Continue reading Egyptian Duqqah to accompany a martini

The Laura Santtini Umami Martini

Laura Santtini is a London-based chef with a recipe book that changed the way I looked at food. She describes herself as the genetic equivalent of a Molotov cocktail: half Italian, quarter Persian, pinch of Sephardic and then an English-Irish mix. Her recipe book is full of things you can prepare in a matter of minutes (ie before your friends get to your home via … Continue reading The Laura Santtini Umami Martini

Another selection of recent martinis

Here are some I made earlier… A frosty classic. A lemon drop martini with foam. An earl grey martini LINK with foam. A spicy Sriracha martini LINK A dirty Mr. Gibson (combining this with this) A tribute to the God of dirty martinis. A frosty classic with mixed nuts. A Gibson with olives and sliced pickled gherkins. Here’s a classic martini I made for my … Continue reading Another selection of recent martinis

An early Christmas present of olives

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… …Nine million olives and an EU fishing quota’s worth of anchovies. When it comes to serving olives with martinis I have two favourites: Nocellara olives, which I describe here or Manzanillas, especially ones which have been stuffed with anchovies and tinned in brine. I would never normally order anchovies but the first time … Continue reading An early Christmas present of olives