aster fishpie

Baltic fish pie

I went back to Aster, the new Nordic-style restaurant at Victoria.  This time I sat in the ‘cafe’ part and ordered Baltic fish pie.  It was very unusually presented, with peaks of potato mash charred at the tip.  The fish pie underneath was good, with lots of fish chunks in a creamy sauce.

greek lamb

The excellent Olive Grove

The Olive Grove at Cambridge never disappoints for its excellent food and service. This time I had Kotosoupa – velvet chicken soup with vegetables & lemon, then Arni Filleto – skewered lamb neck-fillet served with potato wedges, pitta bread & Mediterranean salad, with a dip of yoghurt & cucumber on the side. I drank a […]

chorizo balls

Chorizo balls

It was my first time at De Luca Cucina, an Italian restaurant in Cambridge’s Regent Street. I tried a new dish, chorizo arancini stuffed with fontina cheese served with a cucumber yoghurt.  It was deliciously good.  I followed it with oven baked fillet of salmon with a pistachio & honey crust served with mange tout […]

PP salad

Pork pie salad

The pork pie was Melton Mowbray, and other protein included ham, cheese and a boiled egg.  The salad included iceberg lettuce, pomodoro tomatoes, green olives and new potatoes.  Some light mayonnaise went on the lettuce, with mango chutney for the pork pie, and mustard for the ham.  Very nice it was, too.

croque

Carb-heavy croque

Staying last weekend in the Meridian Fisherman’s Grove hotel in the Seychelles I ate Sunday lunch in the beachside bar, ordering the croque monsieur.  It looked rather heavy in carbohydrates with lots of bread and chips.  I improved it by leaving behind 4 of the 6 pieces of bread and eating only a handful of […]

saumon croute

Salmon Wellington

It’s actually saumon en croute, but I make it with a novel twist.  I put the raw salmon, skin removed, onto the puff pastry rectangles, then I put a layer of pesto on top before folding and sealing the pastry.  I brush with beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes in a 170 fan oven. […]

fission chips

Immigrants gave us fish and chips

It was Spanish Jews who settled in England in the 17th century who introduced fish fried in batter, and in 1860 Joseph Malin opened the first fish and chip shop in London, selling “fish fried in the Jewish manner.” Chips, or deep fried pieces of potato, appeared at about the same time, and the advent […]