raw lamb

Half leg of lamb

It is among my favourite roasts because it comes out so sweet.  I score the outside and insert slices of garlic.  Then I brush with sunflower oil and rub rosemary onto the outside, and finally crystals of salt from Blokhus in Denmark.  My cooking time in a 160 fan oven is 25 minutes per half […]

beef sandwich

Rare roast beef at Balls Brothers

There’s a branch in Buckingham Palace Road, just across from Victoria Station.  I chose the rare roast beef sandwich, which comes on brown bread with beef tomato, watercress and horseradish sauce. I asked for mustard as well as horseradish. It was good, chunky with beef, but way too much bread for my tastes. I’d prefer […]

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Loch Fyne’s Smokehouse Ashet

Loch Fyne restaurant serves a starter called “Smokehouse Ashet.”  It is for sharing between two persons and contain 3 salmon dishes.  There is traditional sliced smoked salmon, chunks of cold smoked salmon, and bradan rost, a cooked steak of salmon.  It is served with peppercorns and brown bread.  All delicious!

casserole

Chicken casserole

It’s not the most difficult dish.  Chicken pieces about half an inch square, seared on the stove top in oil.  Then add chopped onions, red and green peppers, plus peas, sweetcorn and mushrooms in a half pint of chicken stock from an Oxo cube.  Add chopped garlic, cayenne pepper and herb and pepper seasoning, then […]

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Chicken Milanese at the Ivy Market Grill

The Ivy Market Grill is on the corner of Henrietta Street in Covent Garden.  They do a huge menu featuring international dishes.  I had their brioche crumbed chicken Milanese with fried hen’s egg and black truffle mayonnaise.  It was nicely done, moist inside and with the egg yolk suitably runny.  I liked the parmesan on […]

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Tapas at All Bar One

All Bar One does offer plate sized meals, but I usually go for a selection of the smaller dishes. Among my favourites are the spinach and feta bourek in flakey pastry, the chorizo and halloumi skewers, and the chicken skewers with a ginger teriyaki sauce.

gurnard

Pan-fried gurnard at Fish Works

I chose it at Swallow Street’s Fish Works, just along from Bentley’s Oyster Bar. Pan-fried gurnard served skin side up, signalling that you’re supposed to eat the skin.  I did.  It was very good, enhanced by the excellent salad.  Feta cheese. olives, cucumber, and most crucially, hardly any leaves! Brilliant.

hamper

Luxury birthday hamper

I bought a friend a hamper for his birthday. It was from John Lewis and contained orange marmalade, 3 fruit marmalade, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, chocolate chip cookies, traditional fudge, lemon curd, cranberry & port sauce, Cumberland sauce and blackcurrant jam.  Wow!  Delicious!  And after eating it all he gets to keep the hamper as […]