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Review | The Ultimate Sandwich by Jonas Cramby

This is not the kind of cookbook I would usually grab off the shelf. That’s half the fun of blogging I think, it takes you outside of your comfort zone ever so slightly and encourages you try something a little different for the sake of writing something interesting. The Ultimate Sandwich does bare similarity to the food porn cookbooks destined for the coffee table that Prue Leith has been dissing lately, but that’s only because everything looks so god damn tasty – and the similarity stops there. If you pick up this book, you’re gonna get the low down from Jonas on how to make your entire sandwich from scratch. We’re talking kneading bread, curing meats and making your own sauerkraut. This guy covers everything. He’s kind of a badass too, I mean look at him. He’s fighting the good fight, defending the honour of good and proper bread, the fight against gluten free just for the sake of it (no hate for the celiacs, I got you guys, I’m digging at the fear mongering marketing whizzes here). …

Are you making the most of the British tomato season?

Tomatoes and me get real friendly this time of year. When summer rolls around, even the cheapest supermarket tomatoes have real flavour – in my experience, anyway. That’s what I found when I made my sweet roasted tomatoes last month. But if you can afford it (rarely, in my case) then springing for the awesome varieties of tomatoes at your local farm shop or grocers will result in an experience so dreamy you’ll wish you grew your own. Or perhaps, like my Nan, you do grow your own. Whichever of the above categories you fall into, I’ve found a book that might well be right up your street. It’s called The Tomato Basket (pictured above) and it’s by a freelance food writer named Jenny Linford. There are so many recipes in here to help get you excited about the tomato season, with inspiration for pretty much every meal. I’m completely intrigued by the tomato mousse on p17 and I have to make the fried green tomatoes on p24 for my Mum (we’re both big lovers …

Is Tinned Fish as Delicious as Fresh Fish?

This is a question that it really is worth asking yourself. At the moment, when costs are high and quality of affordable fish in the supermarket is very often low (there’s something gross about farmed fish for me, particularly after reading the chapter on salmon in this book), tinned fish is something we should all be looking into. This is something my Mother has been trying to convince me of for quite some time. Anchovies, for example, are a super affordable way to inject some protein and healthy oily fish vibes into a meal. I’m just not that into anchovies, even now, I’m really hoping I’ll grow into them. Sidenote: I just Googled how long human tastebuds continue to change and develop and found nothing immediately obvious so gave up, but I feel like there’s still time for me to get into anchovies. That’s why this book landing on my doormat was kind of a revelation for me, my kitchen cupboards and my diet. This is just the kick up the bum I needed to …