Luxury birthday hamper

I bought a friend a hamper for his birthday. It was from John Lewis and contained orange marmalade, 3 fruit marmalade, strawberry jam, raspberry jam, chocolate chip cookies, traditional fudge, lemon curd, cranberry & port sauce, Cumberland sauce and blackcurrant jam.  Wow!  Delicious!  And after eating it all he...

Les Deux Salons

Located in William Street just North of Trafalgar Square, Les Deux Salons takes its name from the fact that it has a bistro at street level and a posher restaurant upstairs. It is very French in style, conjuring up something of Zedel in its ambience. I chose their calves...

What a friend we have in cheeses

The menu for High Table at Jesus College featured quite a good deal of cheese.  There was goat’s cheese to start with, cheesecake for dessert, then a cheese board.  Even the steak was originally going to be served with a blue cheese sauce, but someone must have thought “too...

Ivy fish & chips

The Ivy is quite a London institution, popular with celebs at lunchtime and its tables are usually booked well in advance. The menu features many dishes you might cook yourself at home, things such as shepherd’s pie, but done far better than most people would manage at home. I...

A rather nice frittata

I made a frittata to share at lunch with my guest, a pescatarian. So no meat or poultry, but there were king prawns, plus pre-par-cooked potatoes, green peppers, onions, tomatoes & courgettes. I whipped up four and a half eggs with two spoons of creme fraiche, two of Greek-style...

Saumon en croute

I made salmon Wellington, aka saumon en croute, using puff pastry, and spreading green pesto over the salmon before I wrapped it up and brushed the pastry with egg. I actually found how to do it by looking up a 2006 post from this food blog.  I cut it...

Ulivio’s chicken with spaghetti

After Carluccio’s came Ulivio’s chicken Milanese. It was about the same, but came with spaghetti! I didn’t taste the spaghetti, which is just as well because it had the appearance and texture of tinned spaghetti. And at an Italian restaurant. The saving grace that it was a warm evening...

Carluccio’s Chicken Milanese

I invariably used to order the rose veal from Carluccio’s in Cambridge. Alas, it disappeared from the menu. Today I ordered their Chicken Milanese, done as an escalope with breadcrumbs. The breadcrumb coating needed a little olive oil to moisten it, but the chicken inside was moist and tasty...

Feta mousse

I was intrigued by the feta mousse, offered  as a starter at London’s Carlton Club at lunchtime. It certainly looked artistic! Cubes of feta cheese-flavoured mousse were decorated with pomegranate seeds, strips of beetroot of various colours, and some thin strips of red something-or-other. It was good, with the...

Fishworks fish

At Fishworks in Swallow Street I sometimes eat the monkfish, but more often it’s their fish and chips. Their menu describes it as “Lyme Bay cider battered prime cod fillet with double cooked chips, Cornish sea salt, minted mushy peas and fresh gherkins and baby capers,” but it’s good...