Barbecue foods

With Autumn in the air, I doubt there’ll be many more barbecues this year. I held two last week, cooking the usual hamburgers and hot dogs, both Frankfurters and Lincolnshire sausages. I made skewers with prawns, onions, mushrooms and green, red and yellow peppers. I also did devils on horseback, removing the stones from medjool […]

Smoked chicken at the IoD

Lunching for my first time at the Institute of Directors, I ordered their smoked chicken starter.  It was excellent with the chicken moist and not over-smoked.  The herb-crusted half egg was done just right, and the blobs of aubergine mousse were a great complement.  A great starter.

Wine & cheese in Cambridge

The Cambridge Wine Merchants have an area for people to sit and drink wine, with a small range of foods to go with it.  Of their cheeseboard I chose Suffolk Blue, Suffolk Gold and Godmanchester cheddar – all good cheeses.  It was a pleasure to see oatcakes, rather than bread and crackers, provided with chutney. […]

Marscapone ravioli

Flying out on British Airways to Boston via New York, I chose their marscapone ravioli for my main course, and was glad I did so. The pasta was al dente, and the filling delicious. It went down very well with rosé champagne…

Loose Cannon at the Punt Yard

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 […]

Frittata

I made myself a rather nice frittata. It took 4 eggs, whisked up with half a cup of goats’ milk, two big spoons of yoghurt and some cream. I put in bacon pieces, chopped red and green peppers and onion, plus seasoning. Crucially I lined the oven with a piece of baking parchment cut to […]

Seafood bisque

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 […]

Bavette at the Loose Box

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 […]

Steak on a stone, or not

Steak & Co, just off Leicester Square, offers steak you cook yourself on a hot stone.  They supply it in raw slices ready to cook, with side dishes. Most diners choose this, but I prefer to receive it cooked, because then I can have it medium rare, difficult to achieve in thin slices on a […]

Mixed fried seafood

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 […]

Salad Nicoise

I was at the Cafe de Paris, just outside the Casino at Monaco. Their salad Nicoise was certainly ample. It had big chunks of tuna, hard-boiled egg, cucumber, anchovies, tomatoes, olives, capers, and of course lettuce. It went well with a Provence rosé wine.