Category: Madsen

Launch party at Cambridge

later on Friday May 5th I held a party to celebrate the new book How to Win Every Argument. I served champagne, but the catering by livecooking was magnificent. We had biscuit of puff pastry in onion purée with red pepper and fillet of beef. There was duck foie...

Dinner at Oxford

Friday May 5th I was a guest speaker at the Oxford Union last night. They entertain very well there, with champagne before and after the debate, and a set-piece dinner for the speakers and the union committee. The goat’s cheese we started with was excellent and had exactly the...

Italian in style

Wednesday May 3rd Lunch today at Quirinale, an up-market Italian restaurant in the heart of political Westminster. It’s a good place for celebrity spotting – there is usually a government minister and an opposition spokesman, sitting at different tables, of course. At basement level in Great Peter Street, it...

Goose egg omelets

Monday May 1st The holiday Monday started out rainy, as it usually does. It’s a pointless holiday, coming thick and fast after so many others, and in a shower-prone time of the year. It will probably be replaced soon by a Trafalgar Day holiday on Oct 2nd. However, I...

Cambridge blossoms

Saturday April 29th I returned to see that Cambridge has blossomed in the spring sunshine. The white blossom is outside the Maypole pub, and the pink stuff is in front of St John’s College. I passed both on the way to dine at the University Centre, whose River Restaurant...

Kites and mussels

Friday April 28th I’m in Normandy for a few days. Time enough to fly kites from the beach at Cabourg, as many do. Mine was colourful enough, but two teenagers were competing with semi-circular sails big enough to drag them across the sand. After that it was time for...

Hard cheese

I like most cheeses and eat more of the stuff than is good for me. I like the English hard cheeses, and was pleased to see them making a comeback. Their sales were reported up last year, at the expense of some foreign ones. Alain Guilpain, Tesco’s cheese buyer,...

Roast beef on St George’s day

Sunday April 23rd St George’s Day. Somehow my usual porage with maple syrup (first breakfast) and croissant with cheese and blueberry jam (second breakfast) didn’t seem to do it justice. I found a place with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding on the lunch menu. It was M A Potter’s,...

Trout, chicken, apples, brambles

Saturday April 22nd The meal started with maple-smoked trout, for which I made a whisky-based horseradish sauce. For the main course I roasted chicken legs the easy way, by wrapping them in greased foil and cooking for about 35 minutes in a hot oven, then opening the foil for...

Venison burgers and Byzantine chanting

Friday April 21st The barbecue went well. Cambridge was prickling with light rain as it started, but we guessed correctly that it wouldn’t last. This time there were jumbo franks, and instead of the rather doughy finger buns, we used fresher and lighter mini-sub rolls. Once again, French’s mustard...