HB&B Blog — Claire Bullen

Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Merguez Sausage, Broad Beans and Manchego and Les Vins de la Gabare Les Amandiers 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Orecchiette with Merguez Sausage, Broad Beans and Manchego and Les Vins de la Gabare Les Amandiers 2020

Recently, I came across food writer Diana Henry’s paean to “sofa suppers” – those dishes where there’s “everything in a bowl, no extra relishes or anything, and you only need a spoon”. Henry was never allowed to eat in front of the TV when growing up and only discovered the pleasure in doing so as a working adult. Now, she writes, as the weather dampens and cools (and as the new season of Succession is released), there’s never been a better time to indulge in the cosy ritual. This resonated with me – as much as I like sit-down dinners,...

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The Beer Lover's Table: Reverse-Seared Steak and Tomato Salad with Fremont Brewing Lush IPA

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The Beer Lover's Table: Reverse-Seared Steak and Tomato Salad with Fremont Brewing Lush IPA

Like a lot of people, I’ve been reconsidering my relationship with meat and dairy over the last year or two. This reconsideration has looked like prioritising more vegetable-driven dishes for lunches, choosing less red meat, buying from local producers with ethical practices where I can, and reading Alicia Kennedy’s essential newsletter. None of this is prescriptive nor revelatory, and I will likely never be someone who gives up meat and dairy wholesale – I like cheese, butter, the cream on top of unhomogenised milk, chicken and steak too much. But even these small gestures feel like they start to add up...

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Wine & Food Killers: Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin and Arndorfer Schlehe Amber Wine 2020

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Wine & Food Killers: Cherry Tomato Tarte Tatin and Arndorfer Schlehe Amber Wine 2020

I’m writing to you from the middle of the late summer coda it didn’t look like we would to get this year – September ablaze with sudden sun that has us all pouring out of our houses, blinking in disbelief. In the past two days I have decorated my shoulders with mosquito bites and garlanded my neck and arms with faint sunburn. There is a bittersweetness to this moment and its brevity, but for now, the only thing there is to do is to soak it all in one last time. That’s just as true for what’s on your plate....

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The Beer Lover's Table: Birria Tacos and Utopian Brewing Dark Lager

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The Beer Lover's Table: Birria Tacos and Utopian Brewing Dark Lager

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve come across birria tacos recently. In that strange way that the internet collectively seems to nominate one dish for obsession every few months, birria is now everyone’s digital infatuation. Not that I’m above the fray – birria fever has gripped me, too. As with all internet-famous recipes, it helps that the dish looks good: crispy, golden-fried tacos stuffed with juicy chunks of beef, plunged into meaty broth covered with a bright red slick of chilli-infused oil. However, as Tejal Rao notes in a recent NY Times article, “The Birria Boom is Complicated”, that’s...

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Wine & Food Killers: Tiger Prawn and Squid Paella with Oriol Perez de Tudela Escabeces 2019

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Wine & Food Killers: Tiger Prawn and Squid Paella with Oriol Perez de Tudela Escabeces 2019

The other day I read a newsletter pondering whether “the vibes are off” in New York City this summer. This prompted me to wonder: How are London's vibes faring right now? After the last 18 months we’ve had, it’s not like we can just emerge and throw ourselves into a non-stop party without careening into an emotional wall at high speed. The perma-grey, monsoon-like downpours and fraught Covid debates aren’t helping. But in this strangest of seasons, I’m finding more moments of brightness, flashes of another, better world peeking through the cloud cover. There is the joy in sharing pints...

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