1. Dill and ginger butter makes a fantastic accompaniement to fresh tuna steaks. Lots of dill, bit of fresh ginger, knob of butter.
2. River Nene Organic Vegetables sent us a thing from outer space this week. It is a romanesco cauliflour. Its florets grow in spirals within spirals. The maths must be beautiful. You'd expect to encounter it as a rock on a crater-strewn lunar surface, evidence of volcanic extrusion in some earlier period. But par-boiled and baked with another (purple) cauliflour and a cheese sauce it was cracking. In fact put those two together with an ordinary white cauliflour and big up the cheese and you'd have my new restaurant dish:
Three caulifour bake with three cheese and mustard (cheddar, gruyere, parmesan and a small spoon of English mustard) sauce.
I'm the caterer and the speaker at Alpha tonight. If you say alphacatering you have a very useful stand-in swear word as in, 'I'm fed up of your alphacatering; get out.'