An ode to the slow cooker

It looks like summer is fading away and, as we head into my favourite season, it’s time to look out the blankets and (far more importantly) my old friend the slow cooker. Ohhhh wonderous maker of stews and soups! I know you can do more – I have the books that tell me this – so I apologise that I don’t make better use of you but, let’s be honest, your convenience is your strength and I am little more than a chopper of foods, ready for your welcoming pot. I tend to stick to simple recipes, brown some meat here, chop some veg there, add some stock and herbs, and we are ready to rock. I’ve done pulled pork, …

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Six by Nico: The 70s

Another menu, another visit to Six by Nico. This time round a menu inspired by the joyous food of my childhood in the 70s. I was tempted to don my flares and cycle there on my Chopper, but I was wary of being in some freak headline accident, ‘Man gets flares trapped in Chopper chain, falls under lorry’. Still, it was good to revisit some of the beloved dishes of my childhood although I don’t recall ever having SPAM! SPAM & MASH – Potato Espuma, Smoked Ham Hough, Pickled Mustard Seed PRAWN COCKTAIL – Tiger Prawn, Baby Gem Ketchup, Tomato, Shellfish Marie Rose CHICKEN KIEV – Black Garlic Emulsion, Pea Pesto, Rainbow Radish SALMON TIKKA MASALA – Onion Bhaji, Caramelised …

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Six by Nico: Mexico

Glasgow has quite a few good Mexican eateries (Topolabamba being a personal favourite) so I was intrigued to see how this wouldn’t just be a more refined version of the usual taco, burrito, and salsa we all know and love. Looking at the menu set my mind at ease a little, although my dislike of bell peppers (not chilli) already had me doubting the third course, ELOTE. CHICKEN THIGH TACO – Guacamole, Strawberry Salsa, Whipped Creme Fraiche NACHOS – Heritage Tomato, Housemade Queso Fresco, Avocado Gazpacho ELOTE – Sweetcorn Risotto, Green Chorizo, Pickled Red Peppers SEA BASS CHILPACHOLE MIXTO – Mussel Escabeche, Crab Mole, Sikil Pak, Orange PORK CHEEK BARBACOA – Refried Beans, Tomatillo, Rainbow Chard, Crackling CHOCOLATE TACO – …

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Derren Brown

I’m writing this a few days after the event, just in case there were any lingering effects. I fear my mind may never quite recover… Note: NO SPOILERS INCLUDED. I’ve seen most, if not all, of Derren Brown’s TV shows. From the one off specials to the early series that were broadcast in a late evening slot on Ch4. He is not without controversy and I’ll happily admit to, still, remaining sceptical about how he does what he does; is it magic, is it manipulation, are there stooges involved, is it all fake? Or perhaps it’s a little bit of everything? He is first and foremost as he readily admits, a showman, he is trying to entertain using methods and …

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Six by Nico: Wonka

This past Easter found me watching a movie I’ve loved since I was a child. It is a strange story of a strange man by the name of Willy Wonka. I have to wonder if Nico was watching too… As ever I’d been perusing the menu ahead of our visit and wondered how some of the dishes would be prepared and presented – I’m not a fan of liquorice, popcorn, or olives – but as their website says, “remember – a little nonsense now and then is relished by even the wisest of men….” so regardless of my own personal tastes, I was still excited to try this latest menu. CHEESE BOARD – Gorgonzola Royale / Fizzy Grapes / Celery …

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Six by Nico: Vietnamese Street Food

It doesn’t seem that long since we last ventured to Six by Nico, largely because it isn’t. Due to the vagaries of multiple calendars, we ended up booking to go on day 2 of the newest menu which was taking us to Vietnam. I’m a huge fan of eastern flavours, and have to admit I was pretty excited to try the Six by Nico take on some of my favourite Vietnamese street food style dishes, I mean check out this menu! SPRING ROLL – Rice Paper / Crayfish & Crab / Vietnamese Herbs PHO – Chicken ‘Noodles’ / Tiger prawn / Aromatic Broth CHÁO VIT – Rice Porridge / Duck / Peanut / Mooli SEA BREAM – Rice noodles / …

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Six by Nico: New York, New York

It’s been far too long since my last visit to Six by Nico but – boy oh boy Riff – it’s sure been worth the wait! The last menu – a best of complilation – was a nice way to kick start 2018 but as soon as I saw the first listing for the new menu I knew I had to start spreading the news… (ok, I’ll stop with the New York based puns… maybe). And what a menu, go on, pick a bad one from this wonderful line up! BAGEL – Smoked Salmon Royale / Dill Pickle / Cream Cheese BUFFALO CHICKEN – Confit Chicken / Gorgonzola Mousse / Pickled Celery EGGS BENEDICT – Slow Cooked Egg / Miso …

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I met a spaceman

Ground control to Major Tom… Ground control to Major Tom: Lock your Soyuz hatch and put your helmet on! I can still remember the first time I heard Space Oddity. I can recall just how otherworldly it sounded to me and while that was largely down to Mr. Bowie (an entirely other being for sure) it sits squarely alongside a similarly titled book that I’d just finished reading which was, in turn, the very reason I had listened to that track in the first place. I was maybe 12 years old at the time and the idea of space was more Star Wars than 2001 but I was slowly learning about the Apollo program and pages of my encyclopedia were …

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Six by Nico: Best of 2017

The eighth incarnation of Six by Nico and as we move into a new calendar year, they’ve decided to go back to some of the best dishes from 2017, but there was a twist! The menu was announced on the 5th January, and in the days prior to the announcement it was up to the public to choose what dishes would make the cut. For each of the six courses we were given a choice. Chips & Cheese (The Chippie) vs Ratatouille (Disney) Pancake (Route 66) vs Steak Pie (The Chippie) Mac & Cheese (Childhood) vs Wild Mushroom (Forest) Sea Bream Taco (Route 66) vs Fish & Chips (The Chippie) Duck (Illusion) vs Burger (Childhood) Egg (Illusion) vs Lemon Tart …

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Six by Nico: Disney

What a year it’s been at Six by Nico, and what a way to finish out 2017. So popular was their announcement of their ‘Disney’ menu that their website and booking system crashed, and they’ve had to open up on a Monday to cope with demand. I was glad we book well in advance (roll on January 11th for the next visit). But all the noise on social media begs the question, was it any good? View this post on Instagram Six by Nico: Disney A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Dec 5, 2017 at 11:11pm PST The menu for our seventh visit (from the website): RATATOUILLE – Ratatouille / Comte Espuma / Dijon Crumble MAD HATTER TEA …

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