Wednesday, December 22, 2010


This is a recipe from my great pal John Roderick in India, who used to run the legendary “Eat Vell’ Hotel (that’s what cafĂ©’s are called in India) in Kotagiri, Tami Nadu.

Biryani is one of my favorite food discoveries as the permeations and combinations are endless. Veg, non-veg, a bit of this and a lot of that, but the Egg Biryani is the king - for now!
400gr Basmati Rice (soaked)
2 big Onions (sliced)
5/6 Tomatoes (diced)
2/3 Green Chilles (whole slit into to parts)
1 bundle Coriander (chopped)
1 bundle Mint (chopped)
3 Cloves
3 sticks Cinnamon
3 Cardamoms
3 star aniseed
3 bayleafs
2 tblsp Ginger/Garlic Paste
1 tsp Turmeric powder
6 boiled Eggs (peeled)
Salt & Pepper to taste
600ml water (salted)

In a large pan fry the onions & green chilles till golden brown, then add the chopped green coriander & mint and fry for 2/3 minutes.
Then add the cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, aniseed, bayleaf and the diced tomatoes. Mix all & fry well together.
To this add turmeric powder & the ginger - garlic paste –this also has to fry along with the other ingredients. This is your masala.
Put in the eggs (prick the sides of the eggs wtih knife so that some of the masala goes into it). 

After 2 minutes of frying in the masala remove the eggs set aside. Now add the rice and water.
Cover with tight lid and cook for 20mins.
Add the eggs and eat.
Raita: In a bowl put some yogurt, some chopped onions (fried till they're almost burnt), tomatoes, a sprig of chopped green coriander, and salt & pepper...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010



Lotsa lotsa love for my Bella Granny Franca in Roma for giving me this killer recipe.
For this she uses spaghetti but other type of pasta is good. I asked her where the name came from and she just shrugged and said it’s what they (the whores) used to cook for their customers!

4 teaspoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
3 anchovies
100 gr. of black olives (no stones)
1 small tin of capers
2 teaspoon chilli flakes
400 gr. peeled tomatoes (fresh or tinned)
50ml of wine
350g pasta (Spaghetti or Macaroni or Fusilli)

In a frying pan put the olive oil, the garlic cloves, the anchovies, the seeded black olives cut in bits, the capers and the chilli. Fry for a few minutes, add a sip of wine and let evaporate
Add tomatoes, little salt and cook for 10 minutes or until sauces thickens
Cook the pasta the pasta “al dente” and add sauce – eat while steaming hot.

Here's some shots of Roma to put you in the mood...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Central Station/Coronation Street 50th

Here is a video (above) and some photos (below) I shot at the first part of a mentally good exhibition in Manchester (where else???) last week, created by my pals Central Station, all in honour of the 50th Anniversary of Corrie. Big love to Pat, Karen, Sam and Matt.

I Came I saw I conquered: I got down with Ken, got off with Deirdre/Sexy Specs, talked big gay 'tasches with Kevin, ate some lovely pie and peas (cooked by Betty's fair hands), got fat-blanked by legendary photographer Kevin Cummings, spent some time with Passarella Death Squad and even met a couple of footballers, but the less said about that the better as (only kidding).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Some Photographic Art

Just had these (and some others) printed large format and framed for the Street Knowledge Exhibition in Jan. A kind of take on street art - old and new. The top is from Rome and the other is from one of last remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall. Both hanging in my yard till 9th Jan 2011.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tandoori Chicken and Yellow Egg Basmati Rice

When my homeboy Irv bought me my own mini-tandoori clay oven a few years back I never realized how much I'd use it. It's the kind of thing you get bought and never use, but I love it and use it whenever I've got the urge to make some Indian chicken. I rolled it out last night and sorted out some lekker Tandoori chicken and yellow rice with eggy-wegg...

Tandoori Chicken

Chicken (Doh!) (Can be breast, legs whatever)
2 tbsp Garlic & Ginger paste
2 tbsp Tandoori powder or paste
2 tbsp Yoghurt
Juice of 2 lemons

Mix the above in a big bowl and add the chicken pieces. Stab the chicken with a shank so it's covered in holes. Rub the paste in with your hands so its properly coated, cover with cling film and leave for as long as you can.

Soak the clay oven in water for a bit and place in the oven at 220. When it's hot, remove and bung in the marinated chicken, with as much touching the sides as possible.

Cook for about and hour (you can tell when it's cooked, when it begins to fall off the bone).

Remove chicken and pour juice from tandoor into a pan, adding the remnanst of the marinade. Add a bit more water, half a chicken stock cube, some chilli and pepper and then boil - this the Rassam (gravy).

Yellow Basmati

350g Basmati Rice (soaked)
2 tsp Turmeric
1 Cinamon stick
2 Cloves
4 Cardarmons (bruised)
2 tsp Garam Masala
2 tsp Coriander powder
2 Eggs (boiled and peeled)
2 tbsp Yogurt
2 tsps Chilli flakes (optional)

Stick the above in a pan and fill with water so it's a finger joint above the rice. Mix well and add a decent amount of salt.
Bring to boil and cook on lowest heat possible for 20-mins. Do not remove lid untill cooked.

Serve with chicken and gravy splashed all over...

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Leeds Street Knowledge Exhibition Postponed

None of the art or the books arrived, or will arrive on time so I've got no other choice but to push the show back till 9th Jan 2011. Soz...

Monday, December 06, 2010

A Shot in the Dark

This is from a collection of photos 1994 - 2010 that I'm sorting out for the show on sunday...

This is a shot of a breakdancer from 2003 who was performing in Riverside Park in front of a outdoor cinema screen, whilst the film WIld Style was playing. It was a mental night and after he has been getting down for a while, he started chatting up the ladies. I fired away and even though it says Nike on his hat, it's actually a Kangol...

Thursday, December 02, 2010


From the 12th December to 16th January there will be an exhibition of killer street art from artists such as Blek le Rat, Hush, 100proof, Jimmy Dodd, Asbestos...

It's all tied in with Street Knowledge and features work from artists featured in the book.

Facebook Event

Gallery North Site

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Pizze: That's Amore!

Motorino Pizza on Graham Ave, and, Roberta’s Pizza on Moore St, both in Brooklyn are the inspiration for these pizzas. I’ve taken the recipe from 1950s Italy and tweaked it a bit for the tastes of 2010 (I’ve added sugar).

The trick is to use ‘00’ flour and some good quality toppings. Make your own tomato sauce and you have a dynamite combination for the freshest pizza you gonna get at home…Bada bing!


500 g strong white bread flour ‘00’ flour
1 level tablespoon  sea salt
2 tsps of dried yeast
1tsp sugar
650ml lukewarm water

In a large bowl sieve the flour and add the salt, sugar, yeast.
Slowly mix in the water, until a dough forms that isn’t too sticky.
On a clean surface sprinkle some flour and knead dough for about 10 minutes, until it feels light and elastic.
Place dough in large bowl and cover with cling film and place in a warm place and allow dough to rise for a couple of hours.

When dough has doubled in size, return to the floured surface and divide the dough into 3 parts and shape each into a disk and pad the middle, so that the crust forms. Then stretch the dough until it’s the size of a medium pizze.


10 small Tomatoes
1 clove garlic
Salt & pepper

Place the above in a pan and smash with a potato masher until a rough sauce forms. Spread this on the bases and then top with:

Topping combinations:

Artichoke & Parma Ham
Peri-peri stuffed Olive & Anchovy
Rocket & Parmesan
Italian Salami

Chop mozzarella into thin slices and place on top and then bake in oven at 180 C for 15- 20mins.