How to eat a pomegranate: Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” (2003)

A few weeks ago, I ate my first pomegranate. The first task was to open it. After watching quite a few YouTube videos about how best to consume this tricky but delectable fruit (there seems to be a range of hotly-contested viewpoints on this topic amongst home videographers) I decided to defy those who advocated a more complex method. I took a risk and just … Continue reading How to eat a pomegranate: Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” (2003)

Cooking “On the Road” with Jack Kerouac (1957)

The smell of a ‘billion tortillas frying and smoking in the night’ wafts through Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Check out the video below for our thoughts on this fabulous novel and, of course, for this blogpost’s recipe. Tortillas Ingredients: 500g strong white bread flour 1 tsp dried active yeast 1 tbsp oil 1 tsp salt 350ml water Directions: 1. Mix the dry ingredients together in … Continue reading Cooking “On the Road” with Jack Kerouac (1957)

Italy vs. England: E. M. Forster’s Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)

  Shortly before I moved to the UK for my Ph.D., my father took me aside and told me I could not leave Italy before first having learnt how to make a proper salsa al pomodoro, a tomato sauce. At the time, I was compiling a recipe book with all the recipes from home I was sure I would have missed when abroad, and that … Continue reading Italy vs. England: E. M. Forster’s Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905)