Archive For September 2015

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Herbs and Honey

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Herbs and Honey

From BBC Food   Forget about carving this easy slow-cooked pot roast – pull the fragrant, tender lamb from the bone, rustic style.   Ingredients 1.4kg/3lb shoulder of lamb, trimmed handful dried camomile (or contents of 4 camomile teabags) ½ bunch fresh thyme, leaves only 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only 12 fresh sage leaves,…

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Mango Tree for Regional Thai Cuisine – restaurant review

Mango Tree for Regional Thai Cuisine – restaurant review

The Mango Tree Thai restaurant is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. A stone’s throw in this case isn’t estate agent speak for a couple of miles away. The Palace’s garden wall is just across the road and literally a stone’s throw away, although to do such a thing might likely result in the cartographic…

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The Princess, the Palace and the Painter – travel review

The Princess, the Palace and the Painter – travel review

OK, so I have lied and we are only into the first paragraph! The Princess, the Palace and the Painter is an intriguing title with almost fairy-tale charm. All the characters are real, although the Painter was actually an Artist, but that didn’t begin with a ‘P’. The story is set in The Hague in…

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Bel & The Dragon, Godalming – restaurant review

Bel & The Dragon, Godalming – restaurant review

The town of Godalming is situated in the countryside in southern England but not far from London. Its narrow streets are lined with many historic buildings. It’s a town with history. The name means “of the clan of Godhelm”, and the Saxon settlement of Godalming was first recorded in the will of King Alfred the…

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Bel, the Dragon and the Village – hotel review

Bel, the Dragon and the Village – hotel review

Sounds like the title of an improbable fable or fairy tale but here it all is and not far from London. Yes, there is more to Britain than just the tourist attractions of our Capital. It would be a shame to come here and just visit those well-publicised spots. Churt is an old village even…

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Rijsttafel in The Hague – travel review

Rijsttafel in The Hague – travel review

I love The Netherlands and am an unashamed supporter. It’s an oft-disregarded tourist destination even though it’s easy to get to from London. Short breaks are more usually taken in Paris or Berlin. That’s a shame as Dutch cities offer history, architectural charm and delicious food. Yes, dear reader, that statement isn’t an affectation of…

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Sake – a Japanese History – travel review

Sake – a Japanese History – travel review

We in the West are becoming more familiar with Sake. There are now many more Japanese restaurants in our cities and all of them will have a drinks menu that will include a sake or two. It’s the Japanese national alcoholic beverage and most people already know that it’s made of rice. Yes, it’s called…

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Rack of Lamb Provençal with Mustard, Thyme and Rosemary Crust

Rack of Lamb Provençal with Mustard, Thyme and Rosemary Crust

by Royal Warrant butcher Donald Russell   Ingredients 1 Rack of Lamb with fat scored 2 Shallots (finely chopped) 3 tbsp Olive Oil 2 large Garlic cloves (finely chopped) 6 slices White Bread (remove crusts and crumb) ½ tsp ground Thyme ¼ tsp ground Rosemary 2 tbsp finely chopped Parsley Salt and Pepper 1 Egg…

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The Hunt for Filipino Food: Kusina to Cuisine by St. Theresa’s College Manila Foundation – review

The Hunt for Filipino Food: Kusina to Cuisine by St. Theresa’s College Manila Foundation – review

I am a cookbook reviewer, and it’s always exciting to leaf through pages that offer an insight into a new and vibrant cuisine. And I am a food writer, so I appreciate the effort it takes to compile such a book. Kusina to Cuisine – The Theresian Cookbook had me glowing with child-like joy. We…

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Lancashire Hot Pot

Lancashire Hot Pot

From BBC Food   The Hairy Bikers’ slow-cooked classic Lancashire hot pot is perfect for a hearty, family meal.   Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 1kg/2lb 2oz neck of lamb, chopped into bite-sized pieces 4 lambs’ kidneys, cleaned, trimmed, cut into quarters 2 onions, peeled, sliced ½ tsp salt 1 tbsp plain flour 250ml/9fl oz…

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