Tuesday 21 October 2014

Olive night with José Pizarro

A couple of weeks back, I was asked if I fancied an evening cooking with Jose Pizarro.
I've written on this blog before about José, and how I admire him both as a chef and just a ruddy good person, and sure enough, (not long after we were stuffing olives with anchovies) he was cycling around India for 4 days for Action Against Hunger. Hero.


I first met José a couple of years back, at his eponymous restaurant 'Pizarro'. He's achieved so much since and still finds time to cycle India, appear on the telly and teach the sherry boozed of us how to cook with olives. 

Nic (from sous chef) and I, sipped and chopped and chatted our way through so many tasty treats that night. There were two major revelations for me.
1. Stuffing your own pitted olives with anchovies. I don't like how mushy anchovies get in shop bought olives, so these tasted a million times better and I'll be doing it again. 
2. Shaved cheese (I think it was manchego) in a spinach salad with a little sherry vinegar dressing, cor that was good. These were only side dishes to the main events which were Chorizo, Olive and Chicken Stew and Serrano ham wrapped monkfish, stuffed with anchovy and olive tapenade.
There was one recipe I really wanted to try the next day and that was marinated olives. They take a minute to make and they are simply wonderful. 
'Olives Isabel' – (José's mother)

75g black olives, 75g turning colour olives, 75g manzanilla olives, 2 whole garlic skins removed, grated zest of an orange, 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 bay leaf, 1/3tsp chilli flakes, 1/4 ts black peppercorns roughly chopped

Mix and refrigerate over night. Bring to room temperature before eating.  
www.oliveit.eu for more ideas

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Afternoon tea Supperclub 25th October

The Great British Bake Off may have ended for another year, but don’t despair. Milk & Sugar are here to bring the Bake Off to your table, with an indulgent selection of British treats!

Come join me and Vic on the river, in Putney, eat cake, bring your own booze. 
More info, and to book go here

Here's a couple of pics from our last tea..


Tuesday 7 October 2014

Party-perfect Bites

Hi Everyone, I've written my first cookbook!

It's called Party-Perfect Bites, it's out tomorrow and I can't believe I haven't mentioned it on here yet! I'm always being asked for my recipes when I cater events, so here it is, over 100 tasty canapé ideas. The book goes around the world starting with the Med...

North African and Middle Eastern
The Americas  
then there's the best bit, 
Sweet Bites

There are 50 dairy free recipes, over 40 vegetarian and I lost count of how many are gluten free
I've popped some images (photographer by my super talented pal Helen Cathcart) below so you can have a sneak peek at some of the recipes. It's crazy to see my awkward little face on the jacket with my name under 'author and food stylist', I can't wait for my publisher to send my copy over. 
Pre orders are important because it assures book sellers that I’ve written a book that people are excited about and want to buy, so they will stock it in lots of shops. If you think you may like a copy, please head over to amazon, where you can buy it for the discounted price of £12 (25% off) or it will be stocked in shops on the high street such as Waterstones very soon! 
I hope you will be cooking from the book in time for your Christmas entertaining and invite me round.
Love Milli x 

Pre-order your copy here