The Ivy Market Grill is a fairly recent discovery for me. It’s very close to Covent Garden and has outside tables for warm days. The menu is actually closer in style to the nearby Delaunay than to its parent Ivy, but it’s very good. And the bar is spectacularly large and decorative.
The meal included Brussels paté, lemon & basil crusted cod fillet and strawberry & stem ginger Eton mess, and the wine went with it very well. It was Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes, 2006, a white Burgundy. Depending on exchange rates, it currently costs about £55 a bottle in the UK, though I’m sure Jesus College […]
The menu for High Table at Jesus College featured quite a good deal of cheese. There was goat’s cheese to start with, cheesecake for dessert, then a cheese board. Even the steak was originally going to be served with a blue cheese sauce, but someone must have thought “too much cheese” and changed it to […]
I made a frittata to share at lunch with my guest, a pescatarian. So no meat or poultry, but there were king prawns, plus pre-par-cooked potatoes, green peppers, onions, tomatoes & courgettes. I whipped up four and a half eggs with two spoons of creme fraiche, two of Greek-style yoghurt, half a cup of semi-skimmed […]
The latest food scare is about overcooked roast potatoes and burnt toast. The Food Standards Agency warn that acrylamide produced by such foods could increase cancer risks in humans, although mice rather than humans were studied in the research David Spiegelhalter, Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at the new Winton Centre for Risk […]
There’s a crucial difference between nuts you crack yourself, be they walnuts, brazils or hazelnuts, and the pre-shelled ones that come in packets. It is that the shop-bought shelled ones tend to dry out and are much less oily, and it is the oiliness of fresh-cracked nuts that constitutes much of their appeal. Note that […]
The Salt Room on Brighton’s seafront is popular and pleasant. I order the fish of the day, which was served with caper butter and some samphire. I also enjoyed the Salt cod fritters, served with a smoked cod’s roe dip. The Salt Room is much better than some of its Brighton seafront rivals, with more interesting cooking […]