Season’s first pumpkin pie

I bought a small eating pumpkin, chopped it into small pieces after scooping out the seeds, boiled it and then pureed it once it was soft.  Then came the first pumpkin pie.  It had eggs and cream as well as the pumpkin, of course, but I only added a third of the sugar and syrup […]


Chorizo and sausage flatbread

The Blue Water poolside bar & restaurant on the 5th floor of the Miami InterContinental hotel is very pleasant with fantastic views of the bay area.  There is a light menu that features ‘flatbreads’ which are quite like small pizzas.  I had one with chorizo and sausage topping and found it very good.  It was […]


Apple pancake for breakfast

In the US they mix sweet and savoury more happily than we are used to, and it often works.  My breakfast at the JFK Hilton included an apple pancake as well as scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon.  The pancake was good, with some texture to the apples.  With a trickle of maple syrup on it, […]


Goose egg omelet

I used my goose egg in an omelet.  I sauteed chopped onion and courgette in a little oil in a pan with the lid on.  I hand-whisked the goose egg and poured it into a very hot pan with just a dab of butter.  In traditional style I used a wooden spoon to move the […]


Cooking a goose egg

Wow!  I’m looking forward to cooking this goose egg.  I occasionally buy them from a street stall near the Grafton Centre mall.  Their chemistry differs from that of a hen’s egg, and their taste is fuller and gamier.  I sometimes make an omelet from them, sometimes a quiche.  One egg feeds two.  I’ll report back […]

prawn:pepper quiche

Prawn and pepper quiche

Often when I hold a barbecue I use the leftovers in a quiche next day. I had prawns and peppers in this case, so I made a pastry with 4 oz plain flour, a heaped spoon of oat bran, and 2 oz of goose fat. I lined a quiche dish and covered the bottom with […]


Oblix at the Shard

Oblix on the 32nd floor of London’s Shard tower has magnificent views on London, plus some very good food.  I ate crab cakes and blackened cod, though the place prides itself on its steaks, which it displays in a glass case just inside the door.  There’s no way, however, that I’m going to pay £72 […]


Cheeses at St John’s Chop House

St John’s Chop House in Cambridge is two remarkable things: its food is very British, and it is consistently brilliant.  I started with the pear and blue cheese tart, ate crab and smoked haddock fish cakes for my main course, and finished up sharing the British cheeses.  There was Godminster cheddar, Driftwood goat’s cheese, Sussex […]

BBQ salmon

Devils on Horseback at the BBQ

Angels on Horseback were a Victorian delicacy consisting of oysters wrapped in bacon and served hot. The variant Devils on Horseback usually has dried fruit wrapped in bacon, often a pitted prune with mango chutney. My version, which I sometimes cook at BBQs, has a medjool date with the stone removed, wrapped in bacon. The […]


The Real Greek

The Real Greek restaurants have several branches in London.  They have a neat business model of using quite small tables and serving the food on cake stands, with the dishes stacked up vertically to save space.  Their food is very good indeed, and the prices quite keen.  This time we ate salted cod (outstanding), tiropitakia, […]


Anchovy & prawn quiche

There was food left from the barbecue so I made a quiche. I used 4oz of plain flour with a heaped dessert spoon of bran, mixed in with a couple of spoons of goose fat, and crumbled it together to make a succulent pastry when cooked. I rolled it into a circle and used it […]