Welcome to June
This time last year I was invited to BBC Breakfast in Salford to discuss one of the biggest emerging food trends: dude food – sloppy burgers, hotdogs and deepfried everything – was hiting the headlines in 2014. One year on and the food landscape is looking a litle less macho. Yes, our food scene still has more than its fair share of tatoos, beards and beer and there is still plenty of raving about ‘nuclear hot sauces; fried pickles, bacon jam;’ according to Tony Naylor (page 23). But there’s a gentler, more thoughtful element making itself heard above the heavy rawk. It’s apparent at Newcastle’s Cook House where Anna Hedworth works at her open stainless steel range, happy to chat as she creates dishes such as whipped feta and smoked leeks on toast with black sesame. And Ambleside’s Lake Road where chef James Cross has built a network of local suppliers who bring him everything from honey to ruby chard to use in his pared-back restaurant. In 2015’s O cool list (page 94), we celebrate the people and places, from Cumbria to Cheltenham, that we believe are doing good things, quietly, and without a deep-fat fryer. Many of O’s recipes are inspired by what we eat on our travels, whether in the UK or abroad. In this issue, we focus on light and healthy sunshine food to ease you into summer. Each recipe is tested thoroughly (three times) so we can make sure it’s spot-on for you. From the simple, seasonal gooseberry sugar-crust pie to directional dishes like The Manor’s sublime charred mackerel, if you follow our recipes you’re guaranteed success. Find more of O’s easy but impressive recipes on Omagazine.com, along with new trends and ideas to ensure you have a happy, healthy summer.
See you next issue, out 19 June,