Issue 143 Kitchen: Charlie’s New Wave Hipster Starters

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Just as mountain bikes keep evolving, so does food. There was a time when a prawn cocktail would impress people with its juicy shellfish piled high on lettuce with a nice tangy Marie Rosé sauce, and now it seems … well…  somewhat ‘canti’. At the end of 2021 I went on a noble quest to find the ‘new food’. I bravely ate and drank my away across London to a Gaye Bykers On Acid gig, and back again… gently grazing on new wave food, wrapping up on Brick Lane around 3am. I liberated two great recipes from that trip. So, let’s get our starters right up to date with two dead easy fancy pants vibrant starters that will make you look like the pro new wave fusion hipster king of culinary’ness. Starters are super important – first impressions count. This is one reason I try to win the start of every race I enter. First off the line, a blaze of hair and sprinting, leading the pack into the woods, swiftly followed by a complete meltdown and a return to my Sunday pootle pace. Who wants to win the end of a race? No one is there to see it; we are all still happily pootling in the hills. Go ugly early. Win the start. Tools While both recipes can be made with a regular sharp kitchen knife, a good eye and a steady hand, you will find a mandolin will give you perfect results in no time. They cost...

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