Month: June 2007

Montana fizz

This one was from New Zealand, a very well-respected label. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially its fine fizz. It’s made from Champagne-approved grapes – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – and was of course dry and a typical 12.5 percent. It kept...

Finally!

I’ve finally worked out a way to make bread which isn’t extremely heavy compared with supermarket brands. There are two tricks which I hadn’t before used. The first involves activating the dried yeast before mixing it into the flour. This is...

Guentota Estate

This Chardonnay is from Argentina and is 13%. I found it as part of the Tesco ‘Finest’ range, which suggests serving this 2006 slightly chilled with fish, seafood, or roast chicken. I had it with little caviar snacks (tiny pancakes, creme...

Le Deuxième

Le Deuxième in London’s Covent Garden district is one of three French-style restaurants under the same ownership. First was the Café du Jardin, and more recently came The Forge, but the second in the chain was, unsurprisingly perhaps, called Le Deuxième....

Watermelon salad

Watermelon salad Originally uploaded by dynamist. Oh gosh, is this ever easy. I always worry that people won’t like the concept, and so won’t like the execution, but it always gets eaten with gusto. It’s from Nigella. Thinly slice a red...

Jam doughnuts

There was a launch party in London for my new children’s science fiction books, Children of the Night and Dark Visitor. Guests enjoyed Casillero del Diablo Chilean pinot noir from Casablanca Valley, Dona Dominga, a Chilean chardonnay/semillon blend, and an assortment...

Uno on the corner

It’s actually on the corner of Denbigh Street and Warwick Way in Pimlico. It’s had various makeovers, and I don’t go there often, maybe every ten years, because it seems too expensive for what it offers. I had the calamari fritti...

Rare tuna steak

It was done as it should be, quite rare, otherwise there’s a tendency to a dry, powdery texture. This was flawless. It was at Chez Gérard, and came with the agreeable criss-cross of the grill on it. It was lightly drizzled...

Pleasant pizza

I had rather a good pizza at La Margherita in Magdalene Street, Cambridge. I chose a pizza del Contadino, with nicely thin-and-crispy pastry topped by mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, sweet peppers, sausage, chilli and garlic. It was nicely balanced, and the big...