Archive For July 2016

Orange, Salt Cod, Onion and Black Olive Salad

Orange, Salt Cod, Onion and Black Olive Salad

From BBC Food   This clean, fresh-tasting recipe makes a great winter salad, when oranges are at their best.   Ingredients 500g/1lb 2oz salt cod 3 large oranges, peeled, segmented ½ small red onion, thinly sliced into rings 24 good-quality cured black olives, pitted 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 hard-boiled egg, peeled and roughly…

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Mackerel with Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste

Mackerel with Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste

by Chrissie Walker   This is so simple that it’s hardly a recipe at all. But the end result of very little work will make this a favourite with outside-grillers in the summer and also with indoor-cooks for the other 11 and a half months. Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste is a traditional Japanese…

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Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

The mountains have been here for 80 million years; humans have been using the mountains for a lot less time than that, but nevertheless for a long time, historically speaking. The Romans used one of the peaks as a military fort. Later, in the 14th century, a monastery was built that gave birth to this…

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Mackerel on Toast with Salted Cucumber and Horseradish

Mackerel on Toast with Salted Cucumber and Horseradish

From BBC Food   A potent combination of fresh mackerel, pungent horseradish and refreshing cucumber that’s a smashing start to any meal.   Ingredients ½ cucumber, peeled, thinly sliced on a mandoline salt 4 tbsp grated fresh horseradish 2 heaped tablespoon crème fraîche 2 tsp English mustard powder 4 fresh mackerel fillets salt and freshly…

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Hanger SW6, Fulham – restaurant review

Hanger SW6, Fulham – restaurant review

Fulham is trendy these days, but it wasn’t always such a sought-after address. In 879 Danish invaders had a winter break at Fulham and Hammersmith. Fulham during the 18th century had a reputation of debauchery, prostitution and gambling. My grandfather lived in Fulham at the start of the 20th century and he was a part-time…

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Mele e Pere for Vermouth with a Master – bar review

Mele e Pere for Vermouth with a Master – bar review

Vermouth has been ubiquitous in and on cocktail bars since mixed drinks became popular more than a century ago, but many of us have no idea what it actually is, apart from being the bottle that stands at the back collecting dust. Now it’s enjoying something of a revival since the days of the ubiquitous…

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Lobster Lemongrass Lime Leaf Risotto

Lobster Lemongrass Lime Leaf Risotto

by Balmer Lawn Hotel Executive Chef Chris Wheeldon   Serves: 4   Ingredients: 1 native lobster 200 grams mussels 3 tablespoons butter, divided 1 glass white wine 3 lime leaves 1 litre kombu dashi stock (available from Asian supermarkets) 2 lemongrass sticks, bruised 1 tin coconut milk 1 shallot, finely diced 1 clove garlic, crushed…

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Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho – restaurant review

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho – restaurant review

Mele e Pere opened in the heart of Soho in February 2012, but that neighbourhood dates back centuries. In the Middle Ages, what is now Soho was known as St Giles Field, land belonging to the Convent of Abingdon, with its leper hospital. In 1536, the land was taken by Henry VIII as a royal…

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Brunch Counter, Vauxhall Arches – restaurant review

Brunch Counter, Vauxhall Arches – restaurant review

One could easily miss it! Counter truly is under the arches at Vauxhall station. Its entrance is understated but don’t pass by. This is worth a visit at any time of day. It has great character and is something of a Tardis. Its narrow frontage opens onto London’s longest restaurant, its 175 covers in a…

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Romulo Café, London – restaurant review

Romulo Café, London – restaurant review

This is a leafy corner of the capital. It’s not a neighbourhood of steel and glass. This is the preserve of people who actually live here and those who choose to visit this end of Kensington High Street to seek out a little charm and calm. Now there is a new draw along this high-end…

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