Category: Cuisine

Pie at the Sanctuary pub

The Sanctuary pub in Tothill Street, Westminster, together with its adjacent hotel, is owned by Fuller’s. That means it specializes in pies. It does a bar special of 3 pies each accompanied by a recommended ale. This time, however, the choice was for a five-spice duck pie, which came...

Apple and cherry compote

It is a simple, but a very good dessert. Peeled and chopped apples simmered with stoned cherries in a mix of creme de cassis, lemon juice and orange squash (no sugar added). Cooked until the apples are soft, then cooled and chilled. Brilliant with cream. It does help to...

Caramel and sea-salt biscuits from Harrod’s

Christmas is a time when you indulge in nice stuff you might go easy on at other times. Among my best this year I was given a box of “all butter, caramel & sea-salt biscuits” (aka cookies) from Harrod’s. They were crumbly, sweet and firm without being too hard....

Conch fritters in the Keys

The conch is a large edible sea snail noted for its colourful shell, and the queen conch shell is a symbol of the Florida Keys, sometimes jocularly known as “the Conch Republic.”  Three ubiquitous dishes are taken as representative of Keys cuisine. One is Key Lime Pie, a dessert...

Uses for goose fat

The great thing about having goose for Christmas is that it tastes brilliant. Turkey can be bland and dry, but not goose. The second thing is that you get jars of lovely goose-fat. This year I had five. I use it throughout the year for roasting potatoes and sweet...

The Salt Pig – Cambridge

Madsen and I recently dined twice at The Salt Pig in Cambridge’s Green Street. Before our first visit i was extremely excited as there had been some hype about this restaurant opening. We arrived and were given a table in the window. We started off with a bottle of...

Gordon Ramsay at Bread Street Kitchen

Trying to find an ad-hoc table in the evening around Christmas time in the City of London is rather laborious due to the extreme amount of parties (most of the banks and insurance companies book out whole bars), we decided to go up-market. After getting turned away from Barbecoa we...

Honey roasted Ham this Christmas

  This Christmas was full of the usual treats, Turkey, Mince Pies and family arguments but on boxing day i love to cook a Gammon joint with honey. It’s important to get a piece of Gammon with the rind intact. You start by scoring the rind in a diamond...

Goose for Christmas

I bought a fresh 5 kg goose from Waitrose (about 11 lb). I pricked the skin, rubbed oil over it and rubbed in sea-salt. It took about 3 hours to cook in a 170 fan oven, lightly covered in foil, and basted occasionally. No stuffing. I par-boiled the potatoes...

Lamb and onion pie with English vegetables

It could be diced lamb, but this time I chose minced lamb. I pre-cooked it on the hob until it was brown, then spooned off the fatty liquid. I fried the chopped red onions in a separate pan, then added them to the mince with a little water, powdered...