Archive For June 2014

Cheval Harrington Court, Kensington – Apartment Hotel – review

Cheval Harrington Court, Kensington – Apartment Hotel – review

It’s summer in London! Sure, the weather might be unpredictable but there will be the guarantee of a throng of visitors who are looking for a diverse menu of accommodation options. From 4th June 2014 there is a well-appointed addition to those choices. Cheval Harrington Court is a residential hotel or an aparthotel or a…

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Herbed Beef Roast with Beer

Herbed Beef Roast with Beer

From Stop and Shop   Bake flaky biscuits from the dairy case to take advantage of the pan juices.   Ingredients 3 pound blade-in beef chuck roast, trimmed of all external fat 2 tsp dried thyme leaves 2 bay leaves, crumbled 2 tsp garlic, minced 1/2 tsp each salt and freshly ground black pepper 1…

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St Kitts – History and Tranquillity – travel review

St Kitts – History and Tranquillity – travel review

I am no expert on the Caribbean. Truth to tell, this was my first visit to the islands. Friends had described their vacations to some other Caribbean islands with enthusiasm, but those things over which they so passionately enthused kinda left me thinking that I might stay home! Perhaps it’s an age thing. I wanted…

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Eggplant and Beef Hotpot

Eggplant and Beef Hotpot

Photography by Rob Palmer   Preparation Time 15 – 180 minutes Serves 6   Ingredients 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil 1 (about 450g) eggplant, cut into 3cm pieces 800g beef chuck steak, cut into 3cm pieces 2 brown onions, coarsely chopped 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 1 tbs ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander 1…

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Dutch Oven Beef and Noodle Casserole

Dutch Oven Beef and Noodle Casserole

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 6 to 8 A hearty thank you to Donna for sharing this satisfying one-pot meal. She explains: “My Irish grandmother used to make this dish for my Hungarian grandfather and my father. When my father and Polish mother married, my mom tried to learn some of my father’s favorite…

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Caxton Grill – St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s Park – restaurant review

Caxton Grill – St Ermin’s Hotel, St James’s Park – restaurant review

St Ermin’s has long been a favourite hotel although I have, in truth, never actually stayed there. One is impressed by its charm before one even reaches the front door. The red brick, stonework and planting all contrive to create a vision from a more elegant era. The hotel foyer is stunning with a sweeping…

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Cranberry-Orange Braised Beef on Ciabatta

Cranberry-Orange Braised Beef on Ciabatta

From Whole Foods Market   Makes 24 pieces Braising in flavourful ingredients is the secret to making lesser-known (and right-priced!) cuts of beef impressive. The beef can be cooked and shredded up to three days ahead and then gently reheated with a splash of water.   Ingredients 1 piece (about 1 pound) London broil 1…

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The Tomb of the Unknown Uncle – Flowering of Liberation – travel review

The Tomb of the Unknown Uncle – Flowering of Liberation – travel review

2014 is a special year and after my recent visit to the Netherlands I am reminded that every year should be special. This year we remember the Liberation of parts of Europe, towards the end of the Second World War, and the heroism not only of servicemen but of civilians. This was a bitter-sweet trip….

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