Today is Eid al-Fitr, or to most of us, the end of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar. After a month of fasting between the hours of sunrise and sunset, which in the times before clocks was determined by the Imam being able to tell the difference between a black thread and a white thread, … Continue reading Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby!!- As The Kaiser Chiefs put it
If you read my last post you'll have a good idea what this one's going to be about and, provided I haven't had a brainstorm in the intervening days, you'd be right. Firstly an apology. I'm going to (un) wax lyrical about a lemon that only grows in one place on earth and, unless you … Continue reading When God grants you lemons….make lemonade!
I wanted to write a little bit about the place we stay in Minori. It's an agriturismo called Villa Maria and it sits in the hills above Minori town The owners, Vincenzo and Maria, are the perfect hosts and, I'm honoured to say, also our friends. Maria's cooking is well known in the area and … Continue reading Villa Maria – Italian for Heaven
Mi piace MOLTO l'Italia. OR...I like Italy....A LOT. Italy is changing though. But in many places, and especially if you keep off the well mentioned "beaten track", the old traditional Italy is alive and well, even in places like Venice, Florence and Rome. I've just got back from my annual trip (or should that be pilgrimage?) … Continue reading Cucina Povera??….Not Likely Mio Amico!!
Reading the post from fellow blogger Martin Dawes about the wholesale ethnic cleansing of the prawns that live in glasses, prompted me to think of the other end of the typical 70s restaurant meal at Bernis...namely Black Forest Gateau. Let's face it, for those of us who remember it, the meal ran: Prawn Cocktail, Steak … Continue reading The Bleak Forest Gateau
Wine fads are a fact of life. If you're a miserable old git like me and you can remember the eighties you'll remember Lambrusco, Chardonnay, and the daddy of them all, Beaujolais Nouveau (henceforth BN for brevity). I swear that the nervous tick I develop each year in November is caused by BN as it (the … Continue reading Beaujolais Nouveau?-Thankfully Not
I have to admit I view festivals of any kind with mixed feelings. Be it pop, food, whatever the pros and cons are usually the same. Pros: You get to see hard to come by stuff all under one roof. Most of the people there share your passion. When it's right, it's top quality. Cons: … Continue reading The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Or Sheffield Food Fest 2017
Martin, I Wholeheartedly agree
This is what a prawn cocktail should look like
I’M not sure which chef first took prawn cocktail out of a cocktail glass and onto a plate but he deserves to have his liver gently sautéed as punishment. You eat first with your eyes and no matter how you dress it up, once you give the glass the old heave-ho you’re left with a pink splodge.
I still remember the giant prawn cocktails served up some years ago at the Yorkshire Bridge Inn at Ladybower. They were famous for it. Later it was reborn as the hipsterish crayfish with avocado.
Restaurant kitchens are constantly reinventing. I’m all for that. It’s when a chef offers a ‘deconstructed dish’ of a classic that I reach for my coat. Some dishes you just don’t mess with and this is one.
Now a slight smirk might be starting to form…
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How and with whom, I hopefully hear you cry? Well read on and I fervently hope you won't be disappointed. I've not been writing this blog very long and I'm still very much learning and grateful of any bit of journalistic advice that I can beg, steal, borrow or, even better, be offered. You can … Continue reading Around the World in 80 Minutes with a Local Legend
I've just had a nice relaxing week on the Isle of Wight. Some of the produce produced there is up with the best in the country. Bacon from the IOW Bacon company is a bit of dry cured piggy delight. And they do a cut not seen very often these days, collar. It's a bit … Continue reading I’ve got Crabs……On the Brain