Archive For August 2017

Caramelised Balsamic and Red Onion Tarts with Goats’ Cheese

Caramelised Balsamic and Red Onion Tarts with Goats’ Cheese

From Delia Smith   The long, slow cooking of red onions and balsamic vinegar gives a lovely sweet, concentrated caramel consistency. These are then spooned into crisp cheese pastry cases and topped with melted goats’ cheese and sage. Serve them as a special first course with some balsamic-dressed salad leaves, or 2 tarts per person…

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The Drift – Bishopsgate – restaurant review

The Drift – Bishopsgate – restaurant review

The Drift has an enviable location in a contemporary and noteworthy building but in the heart of the historic City of London. Its address is Bishopsgate but one finds the front door on Houndsditch. Yes, dear reader, I was thinking the same thing – that perhaps the owners, Drake and Morgan, didn’t like the shabby…

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Esterházy Torta on the Danube – travel review

Esterházy Torta on the Danube – travel review

Floating Viennese Patisserie The French tell us that they have the best food in the world. The Italians say the French learnt from them. The Germans have, in my opinion, some totally underestimated dishes; and we all remember the delights of paella in sunny Spain. But when it comes to cake-and-café culture then you can’t…

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The Test Kitchen – restaurant review

The Test Kitchen – restaurant review

I don’t often cover pop-ups. It’s not that I regard them as any less worthy than an established restaurant but it’s just that they are around for only a limited time. The Test Kitchen, although a pop-up, will be around for a while and it’s the prequel to a hopefully enduring restaurant in 2018. The…

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Arthur Hooper’s – Borough Market

Arthur Hooper’s – Borough Market

It’s a bright English summer day. A perfect time to enjoy the delicious and colourful delights of the celebrated Borough Market. It was first mentioned in 1276, although the market claims to have been around since early in the 11th century, and possibly even before that. During the 19th century it became one of London’s…

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AmaWaterways – floating luxury – travel review

AmaWaterways – floating luxury – travel review

Cruising! Now, there is a prospect that would likely divide the population in two. Each party would have very strongly-held views and would profess to know all about the subject. But perhaps they don’t! I have had the opportunity to ‘enjoy’ many a cruise so I can understand both opinions regarding a floating holiday. The…

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Melodies of the Danube – travel review

Melodies of the Danube – travel review

AmaWaterways on the Danube: first-class floating hospitality We have likely all heard of the Blue Danube, a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II. But this majestic river isn’t actually blue, although it is beautiful and worthy of a nice tune. AmaWaterways offers a trip that will cover all the famous sights along the…

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Calamity and Courage – review

Calamity and Courage – review

Calamity and Courage – A Heroine of the Raj is another in my collection of fascinating books about India and all things Indian that I love so much. It also gave me a surprise as the setting for the aforementioned heroism is in fact the very part of India that my father knew so well…

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Cabbage and Leek Griddle Cakes

Cabbage and Leek Griddle Cakes

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 8 Bring these skillet cakes, akin to latkes, to your Easter, Passover or St. Patrick’s Day table since they pair perfectly with ham, corned beef, brisket or lamb. Alternately, if you have leftovers from any of those, you can finely chop and use them in this recipe. Feel free…

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Bratislava – sculpture and urban art – travel review

Bratislava – sculpture and urban art – travel review

We have all heard of Bratislava but mostly with regard to iffy stag do’s. They are thankfully drifting into the mists of a former time, and there is so much more to this city than nightlife. The first known permanent settlement here was around 5000 BC. About 200 BC, the Celtic Boii tribe founded the…

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Butternut Squash & Blue Cheese Tarts

Butternut Squash & Blue Cheese Tarts

From Sainsbury’s   A delicious tart that combines sweet butternut squash, tangy cranberries and strong blue cheese.   Serves: 6 Preparation time: 45 Minutes Cooking time: 35 Minutes   Ingredients: 1 large butternut squash (about 1.1kg) 3 sheets filo pastry 50g dried cranberries 50g pecans, toasted & roughly chopped 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped 6…

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Stagolee’s – restaurant review

Stagolee’s – restaurant review

Stagolee’s is an American restaurant and we have plenty of those in the UK, ranging from dubious to excellent in quality. But Stagolee’s is unlike all those other US-inspired eateries. This spot will introduce the diner to a different face of American food but a truly authentic one, and you’ll likely not find these vibrant…

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Brown Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms and Apricots

Brown Rice Pilaf with Mushrooms and Apricots

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 4   This is hearty, satisfying vegetarian fare that we’ve dished up in entrée-sized portions because all you need to make it a meal is a big green salad. Enjoy the flavors as you enjoy a very affordable meal! Ingredients 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 pound sliced button…

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Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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