How not to become obese

One answer is not to eat too many breakfasts on Delta Airlines. It began with champagne and nuts, which is harmless enough. Then the first course came: croissant and herb butter, tuna carpaccio with rye bread, fresh fruit plate and yoghurt with strawberry and muesli. Then came the main...

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...

Chateau Renouil 2006

Christmas is a time for family, right? Its also a time for chaos at the family home. 13 humans, 4 parrots, 3 dogs and two smaller humans (aged 3-6). So it’s inevitable that when they leave I need a little something to calm me down. This year it comes...

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...

Thai Tapas at the Thaikhun in Cambridge

I often eat lightly at the Thaikhun in Cambridge, preferring a selection of starter dishes. In this case I ordered the spring rolls, pork & prawn dumplings and chicken skewers with satay sauce. Sometimes I have the deep fried prawns, and sometimes the Thai fishcakes. It’s quite enough to...