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...

Saturday – must go shopping…

Yesterday I ate: 1 lemon, 3 potatoes, 1 tin of beans (on borrowed bread), some honey. It is time to go shopping again…...

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...

Mintade

One of my favourite drinks when it’s sunny (warmth is a bonus) is lemonade or limeade with fresh mint. The juice of either of these, plus still water and sugar or Splenda makes a fine drink, but the mint elevates it to another level. I have drunk four large...

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...

“Chicago’s lame ducks”

Journalist and foodie author Nancy Rommelmann has the goods on the foolish Chicago foie gras ban....

Tex-Mex kitchen supper

Thursday night, we had a couple of friends (Brian Micklethwait and Patrick Crozier) round for supper. Brian has a thing about food which resembles in any way a school dinner – by which I mean he does not like that sort of food – so I picked a Tex-Mex...

A three fish day

For breakfast, I made myself scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, plus wholemeal toast and strawberries. (One of the perks of my new freelance status is being able to nip to the kitchen at 9.30 – which is much better for breakfast than, say, 7 – and rustle up something...

Lemon and prawn pasta

Supper tonight was a lemony pasta dish I have made many times before. It is quick to make, but the key is to prepare all of your ingredients while the pasta is cooking, because everything goes in right at the end. While the (wholewheat) fusilli cooked, I grated a...