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Festive food tips

A round-up of all things foodie this festive season, including a peek inside AWT’s fridge

What’s in AWT’s fridge?
A look at what our fave celebrity chef Antony can’t live without

  • Noni juice (the noni has a pungent odour when ripening so is sometimes known as cheese fruit)
  • Fruits and vegetables for juicing
  • Chutneys, condiments, anchovy essence, lazy ginger, garlic
  • Home-made food for Nigel the cat (obviously works as he is 25!)
  • Gravy
  • Natural yoghurt
  • Chicken carcass
  • Fresh food as we need it
  • Drawer full of protein snack foods such as serano ham, salami and smoked mackerel.

What’s in season this month?
Do as Antony does and buy seasonal in the month of December – you’ll be doing your bit for the environment and the food you’re sourcing will be fresher and tastier. Here’s what to buy:

  • Apples
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Chicory
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Leeks
  • Grapefruit
  • Greens (cooking)
  • Oranges
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Tangerines
  • Winter squash

Hunter gatherer
The latest trend among serious foodies and the green brigade is food foraging, which is set to explode next year as the credit crunch reaches crisis point.

Television shows like Valentine Warner’s What to Eat Now, have taken the ‘kill it and eat it fresh’ approach and their attitude is filtering through to the consumers. Most of us would balk at killing something with our bare hands however, but finding fruits and berries in British hedgerows is not inconceivable. No air miles, no nasty pesticides and all completely free.

The last word
You know you’re a foodie when..

… You can tell a dish is lacking seasoning from just a tiny taste on your lips

… Your freezer is stocked with sorbet so you can cleanse your palate after every course

… You spent hundreds of pounds on white truffle only to find your five-year-old refused to eat his scrambled egg unless that ‘yukky stuff’ was removed from the top of it

… You have to take out a second mortgage just to eat out at your favourite gourmet restaurant (and you’ve done it three or four times already).

Say what? Antony speaks his mind on kids in pubs, women in kitchens and that other celebrity chef..

AWT on pubs: ‘To me a pub is a place for adult entertainment. I never actually agreed when they said children could be allowed in, as long as they weren’t drinking alcohol. I don’t think that’s the right way for pubs to have gone. What’s good about the old traditional pub is that it’s got character, slightly seedy, without being grim.’

AWT on women cooking: ‘Women are neater. They use less pots and pans. Historically, women had to cook, so there was a drudgery about it for them. Once supermarkets started making their cooking life easier, all that changed and now I think more women are cooking because they want to cook.’

AWT on his nightmare dinner date: ‘Gordon Ramsay. Our rivalry isn’t a show, we don’t get on at all. He put his foot in it a few years ago by saying he hated TV chefs, but what is he? If it was a woman it would be Edwina Currie. She’s very opinionated and has no taste. Fancy going out with someone as grey as John Major!’

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