Food moments of 2014

The end of a year is always a good time for a round-up, so here are some of my most memorable encounters and enjoyable moments of eating, cooking and discovering the best ingredients of 2014…

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Sea urchins in Oulidia, Morocco – the cold temperature of the sea greatly improves the flavour

Nectarine leaf and almond milk Panna Cotta

Nectarine leaf and almond milk Panna Cotta – the leaves infused into the cream have a natural almond flavour

The largest white truffle I've ever held, let alone seen

The largest white truffle I’ve ever held, let alone seen

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Homemade taglierini – the best accompaniment to white truffle

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Boiled eggs with anchovy toast soldiers – a match made in heaven – recipe in my forthcoming book Egg (out in March)

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My wedding cake, made by the wonderful Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes

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Proper carciofi Romana as served at dal Moro in Rome, eaten on my honeymoon

Curious green spikes growing from seed

Our abundant agretti crop – we mainly ate it lightly blanched and covered in grated bottarga..

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Fassone rib-eye steak. The best beef I have ever eaten

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Finally.. Christmas cake given to me by Sally Clarke of Clarke’s, London. No one makes it better.

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