TV dinner

Sage fried eggs with radicchio, pancetta and jerusalem artichoke salad

Just in case you saw the show and wanted to make the whole recipe! And just in case you don't want to make it, we'll have it on the menu for the week.

First, make the radicchio salad.

Per person:

2 T diced pancetta

2-3 jerusalem artichokes

Olive oil

A good handful of radicchio leaves

Sherry vinegar

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 200 degrees

Scrub the jerusalem artichokes. If the skin is tender you don’t need to peel them. Slice thinly and place in a single layer on a tray. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season. Roast until the artichokes are crisp. As they have a high sugar content rotate the tray and mix the artichokes so they crisp evenly.

Tear the radicchio into a bowl.

Put the pancetta into a dry pan and cook over a low heat so the fat is rendered and the pancetta crisps up. Tip in a splash of sherry vinegar and swirl the pan. Quickly tip the contents of the pan into the radicchio. Add the jerusalem artichokes and toss the salad. Taste the salad to check the pancetta-vinegar-salt balance. Place on a plate ready for the eggs

Tender fragrant eggs…

Per person:

2 eggs

1 ½ tablespoons salted butter

10 large sage leaves

salt and pepper

Preheat grill or oven

Put a small nonstick pan on a low to medium heat and add butter and sage straight away. Slowly cook until the sage has slightly lightened in colour and is crisp, but the butter hasn’t browned. Carefully crack in eggs and use a spoon to baste the eggs with a bit of butter. Season with salt and pepper. Place under grill or in oven for two minutes basting at least once. The eggs are ready when the whites are set, but the yolks are still runny. Slide the eggs onto the salad. Serve with fresh bread

Balmy Street - Mission, San Francisco

Whilst wandering down 24th street on our way to get a scoop of Humphry Slocombe ice cream we were drawn to this little lane way.
200 metres long and not a bare fence pale in sight it was a charming back street gallery of joyous colour and political murals.

As for the ice cream shop around the corner we were confronted by a queue about fourty deep.
This seemed to be a relatively normal occurrence to have the line snaking out the shop and around the corner.
With flavours ranging from sweet summer corn, eight ball stout, pink grapefruit+tarragon or kumquat poppy seed it was quite the scene.
What we didn't realise was that when you got to the front of the queue having waited for twenty odd minutes, everyone then proceeded to ask for tastes of different flavours.
Try before you buy.
No wonder the wait took so long but this seemed a natural enough process to all in line so who were we to complain.
For the record we had scoops of carrot, coconut, malted vanilla and honey thyme.