Month: April 2010

Fruit skewer

Baking fruit brings out the natural sweetness of it, as well as making it softer.  This was yet another from Sam Stern’s “Eat Vegetarian,” from which I am extracting the maximum value.  I took a nectarine, a large plum, strawberries and...

Crown roast of duck

This is not like the other kind of crown roast. A crown roast, in poultry terms, simply means that the legs of the bird – in this case a Gressingham duck – have been removed, leaving only the breasts and wings....

Wheat Free

The Evans family have recently gone wheat free. Although the occasional baguette is tempting when dining out, we are persevering at home. This process has actually been a little easier than I would have thought. The purchase of a bread maker...

Saintly wine

Chateau de l’abbey de saint-ferme, 2000. At under £10 a bottle it represents phenominal value. I’ll be buying more! The first sip was slightly acid and tannin heavy. And I thought I’d got what I’d paid for. However, with the next...

Pigged out

Honey mustard pork chops with mash and tomato salad. The delicious summery weather made me eschew warm vegetables and opt for a side salad. The chops were left to marinate in honey, mustard (Dijon & grain), soya sauce and Worcester sauce....

Thai red kangaroo curry

I like kangaroo. A lot. So much so that, at a recent Conference in Australia, I was introduced with a line that my hobbies included – amongst other things – “eating kangaroo.” I was, therefore, a little disappointed by Xander’s recent...

Hooky Bitter

Hooky Bitter, from the Hook Norton Brewery, is a golden and hoppy beer, and one I’ve enjoyed before. At 3.6% it’s light and designed as a session bitter; it’s also won a number of international awards over the last decade. Progress,...