I regularly dine out and am happy to share my restaurant experiences, and musings on food with you.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Here is a simple, quick recipe for chicken soup that will warm the cockles of your heart.
-chicken quarters (sourced from my good chum Derek Stott of D and D Family Butchers)
-Sauté the chicken for a few minutes in olive oil, salt and pepper
-Add the diced carrots, celery, bay leaves, garlic and onion
-Add water to cover the chicken etc
-Simmer for an hour
-Remove chicken and de-bone
-Distress the chicken meat and return to the soup
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Monday, December 03, 2018
My thanks to my good chum Derek Stott (of D and D Family Butchers) who cut me a magnificent 3.5kg joint of 28 day aged sirloin (with an excellent layer of fat) from the Highlands.
I roasted it with Yorkshire Pudding, which I cook under the meat in its juices and fat. The result being a beef infused "pancake".
Mix the batter at least an hour before needed, and leave to rest.
When the beef has less than an hour to cook, pour the batter under the joint into the fat that has rendered from the joint.
Let the meat rest for 20 mins or so, and then make the gravy in the roasting pan once you have removed the pudding.
The meat was very flavoursome, succulent and tender. The Yorkshire Pudding was superb, and by the way is also great eaten cold with salt!
Friday, November 30, 2018
My heartiest congratulations, and kudos, to Chef Jason Bear and the good people of the Dover Castle Brighton, for hosting an Italian Evening last night....oh the official title was:
Irrespective of semantics the food, atmosphere and service were absolutely bloody brilliant.
The small plates of splendid, tasty and homemade Italian food were great. Chef Jason Bear created dishes using family recipes, and made use of a rolling pin for the homemade pasta (no poncey modern pasta machines for him!).
The food was top notch and, as far as I am concerned, the lasagne was the best I have ever had (even better than my own!). Also, by the way, the lamb neck with borlottie beans was ace. Eva was well pleased with her arancini and calamari.
Oh, and by the way, the Prosecco and sambucas lubricated our palettes nicely.
Please may we have more of these evenings!
Monday, November 26, 2018
-two heads of garlic
-halve the pumpkins and discard seeds/stringy bits
-score and season
-place garlic and bay leaves in each half and drizzle with olive oil
-roast at 180 for 1 hour
-soften onion in olive oil and nutmeg
-scoop out cooked pumpkin and add to onion
-squeeze out garlic and add
-discard bay leaves
-add a good sized knob of butter
Lovely and warming for a winter's evening!
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Monday, November 19, 2018
We went to the Ivy again on Saturday, with a chum who was down from London, and had a rip roaring evening.
Kudos and thanks to the good people of the Ivy for putting on a splendid evening for us, the food was excellent (I highly commend the Shepherd's Pie - which, btw, needs to be served as a larger portion) as was the ambience and the service first class (special mention in dispatches for our splendid waiter, who is a natural people person and showman in the very best sense of the word!).
Loyal readers will recall that when I first reviewed The Ivy in May, I made the following observation:
"NB: for reasons best known to the Ivy they won't flame your Sambuca (for full details please see my views on that here)."Which I then waxed lyrical about on Nanny Knows Best.
I am very pleased to report that since then #SambucaGate has been addressed, The Ivy has grown a pair, and flaming Sambucas are now on the menu there!
They were served with enthusiasm, gusto and were splendid.
Friday, November 16, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
As we are now in the autumnal months my chum Derek Stott, of D and D Family Butchers, had some local pheasant in his shop.
Here is a recipe for roast pheasant with bread sauce.
-smoked streaky bacon (from Derek of course!)
Grate the onion and sweat in olive oil, combine with a grated peeled cooking apple and add lemon juice.
Stuff the pheasant with the above.
Smear liberally with butter, then cover in bacon.
Put the bird on the sliced carrots in a casserole, and roast at 190 for around 1 hour 30 mins.
Rest the bird upside down for 15 minutes in order to ensure juices flow to the breast.
Stud half an onion with cloves and infuse the onion and bay leaves in warm milk.
Discard onion and bay leaves, add bread crumbs and warm whilst adding butter and salt and pepper.
Voilà, a meal fit for a king!
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
-sun dried tomato paste
-sun dried tomatoes
Sweat onions, garlic, herbs and bay leaves in olive oil.
Add the mince and sauté, then add everything else and simmer for an hour.
When the spaghetti is cooked, add two ladels of the water to the bolognese.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Kudos and respect to Chef Sam Ireland and the good people of the Independent, for this splendid soup (yes, I call it soup;)) which I had last night.
It was bloody marvellous, flavoursome and silky smooth.
Ideal for an autumnal evening!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
BREAKING: William Sitwell has resigned as editor of Waitrose Food magazine after his comments about making a "series on killing vegans" and force-feeding them meat in a reply to a freelance pitch— Press Gazette (@pressgazette) October 31, 2018