Category: Mike

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,...

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...

Chili with a difference

This was a good chili con carne, taken from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s meat book. In order to avoid what he describes as “a second-rate bolognese with beans”, more care goes into the preparation. It started with the meats – lean minced beef,...

Marmite chocolate

I was browsing through the delightful Firebox website when I found something marvellous: Marmite chocolate! It sounds odd, but I can see their logic in likening it to the equally-odd, yet incredibly popular, strawberries and balsamic vinegar combination. I’m a big...

Home-made mince pies

These mince pies are the first to be made from the mincemeat I mentioned before. As it happened, this first batch was made using my friend’s beef and apple mincemeat. The pastry was a simple shortcrust – two parts flour to...

Two meals at d’Arrys

A recent trip to d’Arrys was a significant improvement on my last visit there. We started by sharing the baked Camembert and meat platter, which was excellent. The miniature Camembert was creamy and delicious and studded with just the right amount of garlic, and...

The end of an era

Bad news, everyone: Fitzbillies, home of delicious Chelsea Buns (and delicious Chelsea Bun ice cream) has gone into administration. It would seem that, once again, it’s the economy, stupid, that’s forced Fitzbillies to close after 90 years of serving Cambridge. Sadly, I think...