The latest result of the collaboration in Esquire of chef Russell Norman and Scott Grummett is lush and lip smacking pasta dish, bigoli in salsa. Russell claims the recipe is the perfect stand by in a culinary crisis.
He recounts the tale of a disastrous early attempt at a dinner party saying ‘If only I’d known about this recipe when I was that nervous young man, I could have ruled the world…’
Essential, so here’s the recipe.
Bigoli in salsa
3 or 4 of those little 50g tins of anchovies in olive oil
• 2 large onions, peeled
• Extra virgin olive oil
• 1 glass of white wine
• 400g dried spaghetti
• Large knob butter
• Handful flat parsley, chopped
• Ground black pepper
• Crusty bread to serve
1. Remove the anchovies from the tins. They tend to be stuck together in a clump, so separate them carefully and lay out them on a small plate. Set aside. Also keep the fishy oil from the tins.
2. Dice the onions very finely. Heat a good glug or two of olive oil in a large, heavy-based frying pan and then reduce the heat. Gently sweat the onions for about 10mins. They should not colour or stick but will take on a glossy, translucent quality and become very soft and mushy.
3. Turn up the pan’s heat a little and add the anchovies. (This is a good time to put a large saucepan of water on a high flame.) Meanwhile, using the back of a wooden spoon, push the melted onions and the anchovies together until they form a rough paste. If the mixture looks too dry, add some or all of the reserved fishy oil from the tins. Keep stirring and mushing the ingredients together. Add the wine and establish a very gentle simmer for 10mins, stirring and reducing slightly.
4. Put the spaghetti into the boiling water and cook according to the packet’s instructions, draining when just al dente. Add the butter to the frying pan, turn off the heat, and stir in the parsley. Put the drained spaghetti and the anchovy sauce into a very large mixing bowl, turn over several times to incorporate fully, and serve out onto four warmed plates. Finish each with a twist of black pepper and some shredded parsley.
Pip recently photographed The Hunger Games, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Bridge to Terabithia star Josh Hutcherson for British GQ Magazine. Josh spoke the magazine about his current role as Peeta Mellark, and his mother’s mysterious surname…
Here’s a sneak peak of the shoot which took place across the rooftops of The Cafe Royal Hotel in London’s Trafalgar Square. Josh’s sports luxe looks were styled by Anders Solvsten Thomsen, with grooming by Paul Donovan.
Check out the December issue of GQ for the rest of Pip’s images and the interview.
Food and still life photographer Scott Grummett was commissioned to photograph the heroes of the new Honest Burgers breakfast menu – the Honest Muffin, Breakfast Bun and Rosti Muffin.
Honest also celebrated the opening of their new restaurant on Liverpool Street by giving away 100 free burgers everyday this week – all gone in a matter of minutes!
Below are Scott’s images of the stark tiled face and cosy interiors of the new Liverpool Street restaurant.
If you haven’t read Scott’s discussion on food and restaurant photography, you can find it on our blog. In it he discusses the method behind what he does for clients just like Honest.
Jay Brooks photographed actress Rebecca Front for the cover of her book, Curious, a collection of autobiographical stories, memories and personal anxieties. Front is currently touring literary festivals with the book, which has received critical acclaim since it’s release.
By turns poignant, comic and uplifting, CURIOUS is a book of stories, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling. We learn, among other things, why a Mexican wave is a symbol of oppression, how to navigate a conversational cul-de-sac with a French vegan train driver, and why keeping a pet rabbit on a lead is perfectly normal.
Pip photographed Olympic super heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua for the December issue of Men’s Health magazine. The shoot was part of the magazine’s 100 page watch pull out, ‘Synchronised’.
In 2011 Joshua won the silver medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships, securing his place on Great Britain’s 2012 London Olympic team, where he won gold. Since beginning his professional career Joshua stands undefeated, claiming the WBO International Heavyweight title in October.
Styling by Eric Down, Senior Style Editor @ Men’s Health | Grooming by Oscar Alexander @ ERA
To see more from Scott, check out his food photography gallery.
The National Portrait Gallery in London has purchased this photograph of Sir Bradley Wiggins, by Jay Brooks, for their Photographs Collection.
Sir Bradley, whose career achievements include numerous titles from both track and road cycling, is the first British cyclist to gain a podium finish in Tour de France history. Wiggins was awarded his knighthood as part of the 2013 New Year Honours.
The Gallery now has four of Jay’s photographs – including actress Hayley Atwell and The Other Boleyn Girl screenwriter, Peter Morgan.
See more of Jay’s portraits on the Shoot website.