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Paradiso at the Electric Picnic

If you’re going to the Electric Picnic at the end of this month, take a little time out from the pleasures offered by the likes of Faust, Sex Pistols and Sigur Ros to wander over to the food and cookery area where some of the best chefs in the country will be trying to stimulate other parts of your brain and body. I’ll be there on Saturday afternoon doing a demo, though I’m not sure yet exactly what I will be cooking. The Electric Picnic website says it will be comfort food and late night snacks, which is the first thing that came to mind when I was asked to do the gig. Now I’m thinking I’d like to do something with wild food, like the amazing chanterelles and samphire we’ve got on the menu in Paradiso at the moment. Or spuds – they could do with a day in the sun, given the blight-ridden summer we’ve endured. I will definitely be demonstrating the unique way of eating ricepaper parcels invented by a good friend recently, a dish that requires the always handy skill of a good rolling technique.

Whatever it turns out to be, I promise to send you home with an idea for something to sink into the couch with after the weekend. It’s my first Electric Picnic and I’m really excited about the combination of a little bit of work and a lot of fun. See you there – Saturday 6-7pm – just follow your nose.

And for god’s sake don’t miss Faust, even if you have to go hungry to see them.

Posted on: 18 August 2008

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