When I visit the Punt Yard in Cambridge’s Quayside, I often seem to order their “Loose Cannon” pizza. It features tomato sauce, mozzarella, Wiltshire ham, wild mushrooms, olives, oregano, and I always put some chilli oil on it to give it even more spice. It’s a big plateful, and I often cut the edges off […]
A seafood bisque is a creamy stew of crustaceans, typically lobster, langoustines, crab, shrimp and crayfish. It’s a way of using up ones that are imperfect or not considered good enough to market. Typically the crustaceans are sautéed in their shells before being strained and cooked with cream and spices. The word ‘bisque’ may have […]
A most welcome dish has been added to the menu of the Loose Box in Horseferry Road, Westminster. It’s a Hereford bavette steak, served with skin-on fries, roasted tomato and rocket garnish, and a peppercorn sauce. It’s very nicely done, served in thick slices and medium rare, as I asked. It went superbly with the […]
One thing they do very well in Nice is fritto misto, a mixture of seafood lightly deep fried. This one had lots of squid, prawns, sardines, and some unidentifiable small fish. Most of it was served whole, leaving the delicate job of extracting the bits you don’t want to eat. Very good with homemade tartare […]
Cicchetti’s Italian restaurant on Piccadilly is a great discovery. I like to sit at their long bar with a friend and sample their tapas dishes. This time I had their black lobster ravioli with crab, done with tangy tomatoes in a tomato sauce. It was outstanding. The service was helpful and informative, too.
The base is puff pastry rolled into a rectangle. I use ready-made puff pastry because it’s too labour intensive to make my own. I score an inner rectangle about three-quarters of an inch in, and spread green pesto inside it. Then come the chopped tomatoes, the torn basil leaves and the crystals of sea salt. […]