Category Archives: Food and drink

First Brexit, Then Trump, and Now This…

…Patak’s have stopped importing their pickles to the Netherlands! This is an absolute f***ing disaster! No more Hot Lime Pickle or Brinjal Pickle? My Indian cooking will not be the same. What are we to do?

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The Egg Master

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at Rhik Samadder’s review of the Egg Master So I did both. The comments are worth reading as well. A&E units – you have been warned…

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Feed the Birds…

We’ve got a large cherry tree in our front garden. Every year it gives a wonderful display of cherry blossom, followed by a large crop of cherries. Unfortunately, as soon as they are ripe, an equally large flock of starlings … Continue reading

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RIP, Clarissa

Clarissa Dickson Wright has died. The phrases: “larger than life” and “a true British eccentric” fitted her like gloves. It was almost 20 years ago that she, together with Jennifer Paterson (also, alas, dead) roared onto British TV with an … Continue reading

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Mellow Fruitfulness

At the moment, we’re seeing Keats’s poem “To Autumn” come to life all around us. We’re harvesting our fruit trees and shrubs. This year we have a bumper crop of plums, pears, elderberries and blackberries, backed up by a reasonable … Continue reading

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Potential Food

I’ve always had a barrier about eating insects. Sea crustaceans, no problem; but insects in general? Well no, thank you. So cricket broth, or wax moth larvae mousse are not exactly what I’ll be sitting down for. Unfortunately, it’s probably … Continue reading

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Culinary Meme

Courtesy of Nicholas Whyte, here’s a list of kitchen gadgets. Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don’t use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid … Continue reading

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RIP, Santi Santamaria

Damn, I see that the chef, Santi Santamaria has died of a heart attack – he was only 53. We have made three visits to his three-Michelin-star restaurant El Racó de Can Fabes in the sleepy town of San Celoni … Continue reading

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The Indefatigable Elena

When I was living in London, back in the 1970s and early 80s, I was fortunate enough to be able to dine at L’Escargot in Soho a couple of times. The restaurant was ruled over by Elena Savloni, the tiny, … Continue reading

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The Wine Cellar

A rather clever illusion. Simple, but the timing has to be just right… (hat tip to anaglyph on Richard Wiseman’s blog)

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An Ethical Dilemma

Foie Gras – simply delicious and simply cruel in its method of production. An article in today’s Guardian puts both sides of the argument well: Foie gras is objectively, indisputably cruel. What a tragedy, then, that it should be so … Continue reading

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The Alternative Masterchef Final

I rather like watching the Masterchef programmes on the BBC. The series for professional chefs has just ended. I rather like this spoof version of the finale: Hat tip to Andy Hayler for the link.

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Masterchef Again?

I see that yet another series of Masterchef is starting on BBC TV tonight. It hardly seems any time at all since the last one finally ground to a halt. I have to say that I have a sneaking attraction … Continue reading

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Equilibrium

A fine review of a not-so-fine restaurant by the Guardian‘s Food Critic today. One almost feels sorry for the restaurant owners. Almost.

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Wine

BBC Four has started a new series on the wine industry, centred around the venerable firm of Berry Brothers and Rudd. It is clearly going to be absolutely spellbinding, mainly because the contrast between the mystique that is being sold … Continue reading

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Omnivore’s Hundred

Here’s a foodie meme that’s currently doing the rounds. It’s a list of 100 foods that Andrew, over at the Very Good Taste blog considers that every self-respecting omnivore should have eaten in their lifetime. I’ve bolded the items that … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To…

… decent programmes about food and cooking on the telly? In the last few years, the quality has gone down the toilet, as expertise, simply presented, has been replaced by the flash-bang-wallop of meeja-studies graduates’ crap. As the latest example, … Continue reading

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The Dark Side

Delia Smith has been cooking for 39 years. Her cookery programmes have influenced millions, and caused stampedes on ingredients. Last night, her latest series began on BBC2. But what’s this? She’s using convenience foods; opening packets of frozen mashed potato … Continue reading

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Made in Transit

An interesting post over at the Cornell Mushroom blog, which reports on an idea from Agata Jaworska.

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The Tastes of Hell

Liz, over at Gastronomy Domine, goes far beyond the call of duty when she subjects herself to tasting the various chemically-enhanced liquids marketed by the Coca-Cola Corporation around the globe. Rather her than me.

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