What olive magazine ate this week: 16/10/2015

olive magazine editor Laura Rowe is back, recalling the best foodstuffs the olive team has been enjoying this week.

1. Vasilopita. No, not some sort of rash cream, but a satisfying sweet Greek loaf, fragrant with cinnamon, usually eaten on New Year’s Eve for good luck. Ace with coffee. We got ours from The Greek Larder in King’s Cross.


2. Our cookery writer Anna discovered the joys of baked white chocolate, which is just as it sounds. Baked, then left to cool, it takes on a caramelized, almost nutty flavour. White chocolate just went up a notch.

3. Anna’s also been playing with pine oil from The Whitebrook restaurant with rooms in Monmouthshire. It’s got an intriguing acidity, which we love. Creamy risotto with flakes of poached salmon and pine oil? That’s going straight in our basket.

4. Editorial assistant Alex has had a great week of breakfasts but it’s the French toast she had at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings that she can’t stop talking about. Crisp on the outside, light and chewy on the inside, served with thick clotted cream, redcurrants, blackberries, and honey. Yeah, we know.

5. Fish taco Friday, you say? We coat ours with fine cornmeal to make them extra crunchy.

6. You could have a soggy supermarket sarnie for lunch. Or you could be inspired by Alex’s smørrebrød (rye bread, cream cheese, cured salmon, radish and dill) at Danish restaurant Snaps + Rye.

7. Web editor Charlotte’s been cooking from the November issue (we hope you have too!) and is particularly loving the linguine with garlic mushrooms and sage on page 74. Good squeeze of lemon and you’ve got a hearty midweek winner right there. If you like the sound of that we’ve got loads more linguine recipes here, too.

8. I’ve been feeling autumnal with pumpkin and gorgonzola arancini at new Italian restaurant, Bernardi’s in Marleybone. Try making these if that sounds good to you.

9. All the spices (and cocktails – including one with a bag of poppy candy on the side) at the launch of the latest branch of effortlessly funky Dishoom, in Soho.

10. And finally… we’ve been consuming, in a rather different way, a must-have journal for all food geeks and list makers (i.e. this very editor). The Food Listography: My Delicious Life in Lists. It’s packed with pretty illustrations and 70 lists relating to the stuff we love most (food). From lists of ‘Chefs I Love’ to ‘Restaurant Pet Peeves’, this brilliant book is now a permanent fixture in my bag and is already littered with scribbles. 

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