On The Menu: Yum buns; Dom Perignon; Potted Fish Company; French & Grace; astronaut ice cream

 

This week I've been eating...Yum buns

I've always said – to anyone concerned enough to listen – that I don't like street food. Well, I like the food – it's just the street part I'm not so keen on. The standing; the rain that seems to start after the first bite and causes me to eat my food while spatchcocked up against the side of the van, trying to stay under the awning; the inability to drink alcohol as you eat (admittedly there are some exceptions to this) – it all combines to make me think of it as a bit of a palaver.

Or at least it did. For I've changed my mind. The reason is Yum Buns, which, although out of action until 26 May, is usually found at Eat Street in London's King's Cross (Wednesdays) and Broadway Market (Saturdays). You may have guessed that they sell buns, but probably not that they're steamed rice buns, slit open, stuffed with roasted pork, and topped off with onions, chillies and oodles of sauce. They're so good I'd put up with the rain. yumbun.co.uk

First-class fizz

For wine lovers – champagne lovers especially – 2003 was a peculiar year. The spring and summer seemed to switch. Chardonnay crops failed, oenophiles held their breath, and cellar masters predicted disaster. Unlikely as it seems, though, some houses used the conditions to their advantage. One of them is finickety Dom Perignon, which is touting its 2003 as one of their most food-friendly, and darkest (the ad has a moody shot of a bottle by David Lynch). Interested? You can try the wine and tasting menu at Birmingham's Simpsons, Bristol's Casamia and Claridge's in London. £70, domperignon.com

Well worth it

I'd like to be able to recommend the Potted Fish Company's Old English Potted Crab and Smoked Mackerel with Horseradish to you as the perfect addition to your picnic or something to serve with crudités and white wine on an early summer evening. But as summer seems to be dragging its heels this year, I'll just content myself with telling you that it's not only very pleasant, it's worthy, too – 10 per cent of the profits are shared between cancer and young people's charities. £3, sainsbury.co.uk

Take a peak

French & Grace's new cookbook, Kitchen & Co, is one of the prettiest to come out this year. Living up to its subtitle, "colourful home cooking through the seasons", it's chock-full of arresting photographs of the pair's folksy, easy-to-make dishes. And what dishes they are. Divided by season, the book showcases the best of the cooking you'd find in their well-regarded and very yummy restaurant, French & Grace, in Brixton Village. Expect things such as harissa beans with chorizo, egg and feta, and one-pot tarragon chicken. £16.99, kylebooks.com

The big freeze

I know this is gimmicky and a little daft, but I've fallen for the mint-choc-chip astronaut's ice cream sold by Edu-Sci. It may have more in common with the inside of an Aero bar than a Mr Whippy but the freeze-dried block, crunchy on the outside and a little softer inside, is quite fun. Maybe I'm biased, though: I always fancied being an astronaut. £3.99, astronautfood.co.uk

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Life and Style
Suited and booted in the Lanvin show at the Paris menswear collections
fashionParis Fashion Week
Arts and Entertainment
Kara Tointon and Jeremy Piven star in Mr Selfridge
tvActress Kara Tointon on what to expect from Series 3
Voices
Winston Churchill, then prime minister, outside No 10 in June 1943
voicesA C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
News
i100
Sport
footballBrighton vs Arsenal match report
Arts and Entertainment
Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about the lack of opportunities for black British actors in the UK
film
News
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Old Royal Naval College: ORNC Visitor Experience Volunteer

    Unpaid voluntary work: Old Royal Naval College: Join our team of friendly volu...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer Service / Sales Assistant

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This airport parking organisation are looking...

    Recruitment Genius: PCV Bus Drivers

    £8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: Do you enjoy bus driving and are looking for ...

    Ashdown Group: IT Support Technician - York

    £18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: IT Support Technician - Y...

    Day In a Page

    Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

    Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

    One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
    The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

    The enemy within

    People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

    Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

    Army general planning to come out
    Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

    Autumn/winter menswear 2015

    The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
    Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

    What the six wise men told Tony Blair

    Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
    25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

    25 years of The Independent on Sunday

    The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
    Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

    Smash hit go under the hammer

    It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
    Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

    The geeks who rocked the world

    A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
    Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

    Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

    Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

    These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

    A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

    A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
    Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

    Growing mussels

    Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project