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Something Worth Beefing About
Can’t make it to Hawksmoor Aldgate or the new Hawksmoor Seven Dials?  Don’t cry.  Eat Like A Girl has discovered that the head chef of Hawksmoor, Richard Turner, is at the helm of a superior, indeed, sublime steak home delivery service called The East London Steak Co.  The steak comes raw, of course, for you to cook at home.  The provenance is sublime and each delivery comes with hand-written provenance notes listing breed of cattle, name and location of farm, kill date and the name of the person who cut the steak.  Take that, superstores!  It’s not cheap, but Girl considers that it’s terrific value and is a convert to the East London Steak Co.  She says, ‘These guys do flavour in spades and they also know what they are talking about. The prices are also extremely fair and accessible, when you consider the quality of the meat.’
Grossout Delights
Over in the States, Serious Eats wanted to know what we love to eat that we know we really, really shouldn’t.  And an avalanche of messages poured onto the site revealing quite a shocking list of things that people are happy to put into their mouths: Velveeta and Cheez Whiz (one a block of processed orange cheese food, the other an aerosol orange cheese food — talk about redundant eating), Pringles, Spam, Cheetos and, our favourite: ‘cooked ramen, tossed with peanut butter, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and soy sauce. It kept me alive in college.’  It’s not too late to get your secret binge food out there online and it looks as if you’ll find sympathetic readers.
Also, if anyone wants to know what ‘Little Debbies’ are — and they appear frequently on the gross list — they’re processed chocolate sponge wrapped around processed white creamy stuff individually wrapped in cheery cellophane.  They are cheap, they keep forever and they are particularly popular among the toothless.
Catalan Pop Up
Going With My Gut was among the blessed few who experienced the first and so far only pop up supper club evening called Catalan Cooking Casa de Pages (Peasants’ House) at Beas of Bloomsbury in January and dined not only extremely well but also extremely hugely and was still full all the next day.  Catalan Cooking is a cookery school sometimes at Beas, sometimes other places, that’s the work of love of Rachel McCormick.  She’s Scottish by birth but spent years in Barcelona and fell hard for the entire region and especially the food.  The pop up event happened with the partnership of Franz Schinagl, former chef of Asia de Cuba, and just eighteen guests got to immerse themselves in what sounds like an avalanche of unbelievable food.  We were particularly intrigued by the pigs’ trotters and the news that Spain has a sparkling red wine, La Pamelita, which is strangely produced by another Scottish lady who has fallen for Catalunya.  There are no current plans for a second Casa de Pages pop up, but if it sounds like your cup of tea, we strongly suggest you click here and get on the subscription list.
What’s Hot in Sussex
Devour Sussex didn’t attend the Sussex Food and Drink Awards 2011 — her invitation was clearly lost in the post or the ether — but is thrilled to report on the winners this year.  And so are we as many of you are within hailing distance of these excellent producers and kitchens.  toptable restaurant partner Restaurant Tristan in Horsham was a runner-up in the Best Susssex Eating Experience and there are butchers and farmers and farm shops and a whole list of dedicated producers of superb stuff for the table to explore.  We’re sure many do deliveries and sell via post, but if you want to schedule a tootle down to the countryside (if you’re not fortunate enough to live there already) to load up the boot with fine food, we always have restaurants nearby.