Month: November 2007

Ecclefechan tart

Ecclefechan tart has been given a popularity boost this year because the supermarket Sainsbury’s have included it in their Christmas selection. Taking its name from a small village on the Scottish border, Ecclefechan is probably pronounced with the ‘ch’ soft, as...

Adnams Yuletide

Adnams is my favourite of the mass-market breweries, which explains my love for Cambridge’s Castle Inn. Their new seasonal beer, Yuletide, is an excellent treat at 4.5% – although it doesn’t taste quite that strong. Nicely red-tinted, dryish, it’s oddly refreshing:...

Boisdale and cigars

There was a party on at Boisdale restaurant in Belgravia to launch the new book, Scared to Death, by Christopher Booker and Richard North. It was a drinks reception, and there were a few canapés being handed out. The party started...

Pinkberry

Pinkberry Originally uploaded by dynamist. Pinkberry is the first eating establishment I can honestly say – and not without some degree of embarrassment – that I visited purely because I read great things about it on blogs. (There is also a...

Saffron gin

Christmas came early this year for me, being the lucky recipient of a bottle of Saffron Gin (see picture). It has some very interesting components, including: juniper (of course), coriander, lemon, orange peel, iris, fennell and angelica seeds, not forgetting the...

A pheasant enough dinner

Bad puns aside, a recent Saturday night gave rise to a rather nice pheasant casserole. Into a large pan went a little oil, onion, garlic, and pheasant thighs. When the pheasant was browned, I added flour, and stirred to coat the...

Light lunch at Strada

It’s interesting to see how child friendly Italian restaurants tend to be. This includes Strada in Cambridge’s Trinity Street; several tables had quite small children at them, and a group of buggies was lined up just inside the door. I had...