Welcome back to another addition to EAT MY WORDS. Today we are chatting with Jassy Davis, freelance food writer and stylist, co-author of the Contented Calf Cookbook, and currently writing the fantastic blog – Gin & Crumpets. She is a chef at The Dish and The Spoon Cafe in Nunhead. You can also catch her on twitter @ginandcrumpets.
How has writing about food changed the way you cook and eat?
It’s made me much more careful about measuring and timings and also a lot more confident about trusting my eye when I know that I’m not planning to publish the recipe!
Name your top 3 favourite food blogs.
My favourite blogs are: Food Stories: http://helengraves.co.uk; Northern Snippet:http://thepublandlady.blogspot.co.uk; and Cheese and Biscuits:http://cheesenbiscuits.blogspot.co.uk. (ed. You can find our interview with Helen here and Cheese and Biscuits Here)
What was your biggest success in the kitchen?
Whenever I’ve baked a wedding cake for a friend and it made it to the venue in one piece.
And what was your biggest disaster?
Ha, so many disasters to pic from! I am constantly making mistakes, but the worst was probably the sloe gin I made for a sloe gin competition with a mix of spices that I though would make it delicious. It was awful. Fortunately, everyone else’s was much worse but it was a slightly Pyrrhic victory.http://ginandcrumpets.com/the-sloe-gin-off-the-results/
What are your favourite cookbooks?
English Food by Jane Grigson is probably the cookbook I use most. It’s full of absolute classics. Anything by Elisabeth Luard is a treasure and the only cookbooks I ever really read from cover to cover, especially European Peasant Cookery.
What is your favourite local restaurant?
Silk Road in Camberwell. It’s a Chinese restaurant with dishes from the Xinjiang region that are spicily addictive, although you have to try not to get a seat near the kitchen as the clouds of chilli vapour that drift out of the door can be blinding.
What was the last restaurant you ate at? And what were your thoughts?
I had Sunday lunch with a friend at The Stag in Hampstead after a walk across the heath.Roast lamb with all the trimmings followed by quince, apple and blackberry crumble that they served with a jug of custard and scoop of ice cream because I love custard and my friend hates it! thestaghampstead.com
Which chefs do you most admire?
I’m not much a chef fangirl, but I do love Adam Byatt’s cooking at Trinity (ed. You can find our interview with Adam here) and I also admire Stevie Parle at The Dock Kitchen. He’s interested in everything and anything. I had my meal of the year at The Dock – an offal dinner hosted by Annisa Helou that took in all sorts of bits and pieces, from chicken hearts to sheep’s head. It was amazing, and utterly delicious.
Thanks so much!
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