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 […]

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 […]

Healthy barbecue

A healthy barbecue sounds like a contradiction in terms, but I thought I’d try one. This one came without hamburgers or hot dogs, and without buns either. Furthermore, it had no sauces. I made skewers, some featuring prawns, some with chicken pieces. Alongside I put red, green and yellow peppers, purple onions and mushrooms. They […]