Food for Thought with Sam Briggs

Sam Briggs
Sam Briggs

Sam Briggs is a freelance writer. He lives in Meersbrook and is frequently visited by next door’s cat. In his spare time he writes fiction and tries to protect his courgettes from slugs.

Are you a cook?

My girlfriend and I are vegan and we cook every day.

Any cooking tips?

A freezer is the most useful bit of kitchen equipment. Make food in batches and freeze portions.

What’s your favourite dish?

A great dhal is an understated dish. But at the moment brussell sprout pearl barley risotto is my favourite meal.

And a drink to go with it?

If it’s a weeknight, water. At the weekend, Tanqueray gin and Fever-Tree tonic with a slice of grapefruit.

Your favourite restaurant?

The Bhaji Shop Thali café on Chesterfield Road. The food and staff are equally lovely.

And pub?

The Beer Engine does loads of vegan beer and vegan food. My locals – the Brothers Arms, White Lion and The Sheaf – are spot on.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

Eating from a plastic plate at Damon’s – put me right off.

And the best?

The Riverside’s vegan Sunday dinners. Or a pizza I found in a bin when I was drunk one night – that changed my food consumption habits – I’m a lot more conscious about waste now.

Your favourite TV cook?

Ottolenghi is wonderful.

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out.?

This city is wonderful for many reasons, and its food is one of them. There’s the food festival, Peddler Market and some great independents… what’s not to love?