Month: October 2006

The Wolseley

I found myself in the vicinity of the Wolseley in London’s Piccadilly. Knowing that they keep a few tables for chance customers, we asked if they had a table, and they did. When the Wolseley opened it soon made its mark...

Just soup and rolls

A quarter of this… …made two delicious bowls of this Just soup, yes, but it was fresh pumpkin soup which I made with my traditional recipe. It was really good – I don’t remember ever making it better. It’s a little...

Mekong

The Mekong is the name not only of the great river in Vietnam, but of one of London’s oldest Vietnamese restaurants. It’s in Churton Street, and has a few tables upstairs and more downstairs in what were probably once cellars. Vietnamese...

Earle Wines tasting

Today’s tasting was with Earle Wines Ltd, held at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Wine distributors vary enormously in their style of presentation, and this one is notable for the number of wines it serves. There were about fifty different bottles, from many different...

Well oiled

Last week my vinegars, now my oils. I use four regular ones, but do occasionally buy in others for special recipes. From left to right, first comes my basic cooking oil. I use sunflower oil to fry and sauté foods. Although...

A meal in Taipei

One of the most enjoyable aspects of a trip to Taipei is the wide variety of Asian cuisine on offer. After sampling Japanese, Cantonese and Vietnamese food on previous evenings, we opted for a traditional style Taiwanese restaurant. The décor itself...

Oh nuts!

Among the many good things about autumn and winter are nuts. I usually buy a big selection in for Christmas, and I put them in cakes and salads, too. I mostly buy them in shells, but the selection pictured looked tempting,...