Month: December 2011

Fichi ricoperti

Ooh, I was just given a box of fichi ricoperti from Carluccio’s.  They are sourced from the hilltop town of Aiello, and are chocolate coated figs stuffed with walnuts and orange peel. “Inside the bijou factory adjoining Aloisio’s parents’ home, the...

Sauce for the goose

That was the main difference to the Christmas meal I cooked.  It was goose, as usual.  I noted that recommended cooking times have increased, and I suspect the hand of health and safety officers not wanting us to eat undercooked bird. ...

Engaging drinks

We’d travelled to Cambridge for drinks with friends to celebrate our engagement; the venue was the Allhusen Room at my old College – Trinity. We served wine and cake; the cakes were lovingly made for the occassion (cakes by Mr Marks,...

Pre-Christmas bird

There was a time when chicken was regarded as a delicacy, and it was a real treat for working class families to enjoy at Christmas.  Then came Sir Antony Fisher, a decorated World War II fighter pilot, who founded Buxted chickens...

Special occassion wines

I’d been saving these for a special occassion: Penfolds Koonunga Hill Autumn Riesling 72, and Heidsieck Monopole Gold Top Vintage 2002. The riesling I’d purchased when I was in Adelaide in 2008. I ducked out of an afternoon conference session and...