Hello. I’ve written a rather mean thing about cupcakes (and how you won’t find any in The Wapping Project) in this week’s Le Cool. The editor of Le Cool used to be the bass player in Suede. If that’s not a reason to subscribe I don’t know what is.
Did you know that the man who invented Imperia Russian Standard vodka* also invented the periodic table of elements? Or that the liquid is distilled no less than eight times, and filtered twice through Ural mountain quartz? Or indeed, that “Stolichnaya” is just another flavour in Russia and has been heavily marketed to us in the west, whereas the more discerning Russian connoisseurs are less impressed at its mere double distillation?
Regularly stocking up on cookbooks can get a bit pricey, so I’ve started borrowing them from my local library, which harbours a superb selection. I get a vicarious thrill out of lugging them home and leafing through, before post it noting the recipes I want to try before the dreaded due date (never let it be said that I don’t like to live life on its absolute edge).