Mango with tamarind

Mango is one of my favourite fruits, and I love tamarind with its somewhat sour taste. So when I dined at Thaikhun in Cambridge and my companion ordered sea bass and mango salad with tamarind, I was intrigued. I sampled some and was most impressed…

Pumpkin time

I cut a pumpkin into segments after scooping out the seeds. After peeling them with a potato peeler and chopping them into roughly 1″ pieces, I simmered them for about 15 minutes until tender. Then I zapped them in a blender with just enough liquid to for a purée. That made a delicious soup and […]

Salmon at the National Liberal Club

I ordered the salmon as my main course for lunch. It was adequate, nice and moist, not over-cooked. I would call it competent rather than special. The potatoes were good, but the salad garnish as bland. Fortunately the club white wine did not disappoint. My verdict is that this is not among the top rank […]

Lamb at Browns

Browns is a standby, a place you go to when no other choice appeals. It is reliable and not very expensive, and the range of dishes means almost everyone can be satisfied. This time I chose roasted lamb rump with potato gratin, crushed minted peas, and red wine jus. The lamb was nicely done, served […]

Bramble and apple pie

Still on my pie theme, this time I made bramble and apple pie. The bulges in the pastry are the brambles (aka blackberries). I added only a sprinkle of brown sugar, but it needed a liquid to allow the apples to cook, so I added a mix of creme de cassis, lemon juice and orange […]

Cherry and apple pie

Punnets of cherries were going quite cheaply, so I bought one and stoned all the cherries with my handy little device that pits both cherries and olives. I used two Pink Lady apples, cored but not peeled and chopped up into roughly half-inch pieces. The pastry was white flour with added bran and goose fat […]

Captain Cat’s seasoning

Among my birthday presents was a tin of Captain Cat’s seafood rub from Pembrokeshire in South Wales.  It’s a light brown/orange colour, and is intended to be rubbed into fish before you bake it or fry it. I tried putting it into a prawn quiche, and it worked very well. It gives a salty tang […]

Elderberry Port

I was given some. It’s from the Lyme Bay winery, which seems to be a National Trust property, with revenues from its sale accruing to the Trust itself. I’m not sure. It’s 17 percent, fortified wine level, rather than the ‘liqueur’ it is sometimes described as. I like port, but I suppose this might qualify […]

Bramble and apple pie

In Southern England the fruit is called blackberries and the bush brambles. In Scotland, however, and some parts of England ‘bramble’ means both the fruit and the bush. Either way, it goes well with apples in a pie. I made the pastry as usual with 4oz flour plus bran and about 2oz of goose-fat. The […]

The revamped Architect in Cambridge

Wow! This is a keeper. The Architect pub in Cambridge has been taken over by the owners of the award-winning Blue Lion of Hardwick and given a complete make-over. It’s now a gastro pub specializing in fresh fish and homemade pies. Everything is fresh every day. I started with a sharing board featuring popcorn crayfish […]

Giant fish at Bank

I went to Bank Restaurant in the St James Court Hotel, and ordered their fish and chips. Wow! the fish was gigantic. It was very fresh with really nice crunchy batter, and came with mushy peas and tartare sauce, plus a poke of chips with some skin on them. I could eat just under half […]

Medjool dates in quiche

The idea came from my BBQ. If I can wrap bacon round medjool dates for devils on horseback, could I put them in a quiche alongside bacon? I made a normal quiche, adding a spoon of bran to the white flour and using goose fat for shortening. In went strips of mature cheddar cheese, chopped […]