Category: Jonathan

Loin of lamb with asparagus

I had intended to buy lamb chops, but the Dorset loin of lamb at my local supermarket looked too good to resist. I bought three small medallions for just under £5. Not cheap, but there was quite a lot of meat and relatively little fat.  After seasoning the lamb with rosemary, I...

The perfect meal

Our evening at Gordon Ramsay’s 68 Royal Hospital Road really was special. The quality of the food was extraordinary, as was the attention to detail with which it was served. Just perusing the menu over a glass of pink champagne, and listening to the knowledgeable waiters talk about the...

Dragon Dim Sum

I spent the morning at the excellent National Maritime museum and Royal Observatory in Greenwich. On the way home I felt rather like eating dim sum, so stopped off in London’s Chinatown. It seemed most people in London felt like dim sum too, so I spent some time looking...

Ciabatta pizza

After a gentle ten mile run by the river Thames after work, I was rather hungry. I decided on pizza, but tried making one myself for a change. I took a large piece of plain ciabatta and halved it. For the toppings I started with a layer of grated...

Good, but not historic

I spent the morning at the ‘Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006’ exhibition currently being held at the Natural History Museum in London. The photos themselves and the picture quality were all excellent, and it was well worth the entry fee of £6. Before leaving I decided to...

Paprika Chicken

On a recent visit to my local supermarket I took a look through the recipe cards you often see at the entrance. They are quite a good marketing idea, as it means you end up buying a number of extra items you had no intention of buying in the...

Bacon and gruyère frittata

Whilst jogging along the Thames through sunny central London this morning, my mind turned to a dish to cook this evening. I decided upon a frittata, which is an Italian omelette that is fully cooked through as opposed to the soft-centred French omelette. The ingredients were easy to find...

Seared tuna and ciabatta toast

Normally I eat tuna on a bed of green salad with some dressing, but felt like something a little more exciting. I found a recipe in one of my books and adapted it to make a quick and tasty meal. I heated some olive oil and a knob of...

La Mancha, Putney

My first visit to this Spanish restaurant, located on Putney High Street in south west London, was not to eat but because the small bar area was pleasantly quiet in comparison to the crowded pubs nearby. My next two visits were for tapas, and my most recent visit was...

Dumplings revisited

After a not so successful first attempt at fried dumplings, I gave them another go. This time I decided to buy the small pancakes rather than make them myself, and it made everything a lot easier. I went with my girlfriend to the excellent ‘Oriental City’ in Colindale, north-west London,...