December 15th, 2011
I had supper this week with my friend and artist Simon Tyszko. Simon has transformed his ordinary Fulham apartment, by building a full sized replica of a Dakota wing through the width of it – his website, Phlight, shows just how fascinating it is. All life and art, goes on under and over the wing!
I exaggerated slightly there – as you can see there is a multi purpose office and kitchen with table (made of beautiful old wooden beams).
I chopped up some red onion and carrot salad, while Simon cooked some merguez – spicy sausages from North Africa and very popular in France and Spain.
Next he flash fried calf’s liver and flamed it with some white wine.
It was fantastically piquant and spicy with the vinaigrette and taste of chilli in the sausages – a great food combination.
The second course consisted of pierogi with harissa and parmesan cheese. Pierogi are delicious, Polish, flour and water dumplings, traditionally filled with potato (what did the world do before Columbus?). Simon fried up two types – one with a meat filling and the other with mushroom and sauerkraut. Initially I thought the heat of the chilli in harissa might overpower the pierogi, but combined with cheese, it was again perfect.
The in-phlight catering was excellent, which is just as well, since I cycled home in a winter storm that had blown up contrary to the BBC weather forecast – though I suppose that’s to be expected!