Category: Jonathan

Quick coq au vin

When I go home to see family, my mother often cooks coq au vin as it’s one of my favourite French dishes. The other evening I tried to make my own version, although I didn’t have time (or inclination) to marinade it for several hours before serving. In one...

Posh but cheap

When I stay in Frankfurt for the weekend, I tend to buy a pack of smoked salmon as it provides a couple of lunches that are easy to make and very tasty. I know the Germans like smoked salmon for breakfast, but lunch suits me better. The brand I buy is Krone,...

A successful schnitzel

After a long search I managed to find breadcrumbs in one of the supermarkets here in Frankfurt, and had a go at making my own pork schnitzel. I took a pork butterfly steak and coated it in flour. Then I took the remainder of the beaten egg from the morning’s omelette and brushed it...

Anything but boiled

This red cabbage is quite a discovery, especially as a 700g jar only costs a couple of Euros. It comes in a light vinegar, and I often eat it cold as part of a mixed salad including gherkins and grated carrot. Yesterday evening for a change I fried a decent portion of it in...

Not quite pork schnitzel

I had everything prepared to cook my first pork schnitzel, but couldn’t find breadcrumbs in my local supermarket. Saving that for another time, I fried my pork steak in a bit of olive oil, and wondered how to make it a bit more exciting. In the past I have used mixed herbs or sweet and...

Square Pie, Heathrow

My trip to Terminal One went surprisingly smoothly, and I arrived thirty minutes before I could check my case in. I felt like an early lunch, but found the coffee bars and pubs too busy. Fortunately Square Pie had spare seats, perhaps due to its location a little away from the main area....

Mini mince pies

Instead of the normal mince pies we have had at Christmas for as long as I can remember, this year we bought a mini mince pie selection from Waitrose. They come in a pack of twelve, and are made with a soft shortcrust pastry. Each has mincemeat at the...

Champions Bar, Marriott

I had a day pass to the Marriott gym in Frankfurt. In the event a two hour workout, followed by jacuzzi and sauna, was enough to make me feel I had got value for money. Rather than walk home immediately in the freezing conditions, I thought a more sensible option would be a...

A sweet change

I was in Cologne last week, and had a bit of spare time to look round the city. The Christmas market near to the huge cathedral was in full swing, and I couldn’t resist buying a few things from the stalls. I almost never buy sweets, but on this...

Pangasius filet in one

I was in the food hall of Karstadt in Frankfurt, buying enough good quality meat and fish to last the coming week. Nothing was on offer alas, but I did get two large pangasius filets for about 5 Euros. Also fillet steak, pork loin and sausages. I like to fry fish, but too often...