Wild mushroom lasagne

Lasagne of chanterelles

To make this you need a glass or ceramic baking dish approx 30cm x 15cm x 4cm. Serves 2. For the bechamel sauce: 80g unsalted butter 80g plain flour 600ml semi skimmed milk (half fat) Pinch of salt, black pepper and grated nutmeg   Additional ingredients: 350g wild mushrooms cut into 1cm pieces (I used [...]

Eating and drinking at the Arsenal

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul,” wrote Oscar Wilde in 1890. In 2013, the Arsenal celebrates 100 years in Islington. At the time of going to press, the club is making a fortune but the skinflint regime in charge isn’t prepared to invest [...]

Eating out: Au 14 Fevrier, Lyon

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Au 14 Fevrier describes itself as a Franco-Japanese fusion restaurant. As with many very good French restaurants, the chef, Tsuyoshi Arai, is Japanese. He describes his food, accurately, as ten per cent Japanese and 90 per cent French. I usually run a mile from ‘fusion food’. Especially when I’m visiting another country and want to [...]

It’s not every day you discover a new type of doughnut

bugnes

Especially on Gray’s Inn Road, in the King’s Cross hinterlands. But French bakery Aux Pains de Papy has just opened up there, at number 279. They’re a small French chain that has looks set to take London by storm with their secret weapon of bugnes: mini doughnuts that they flavour with orange blossom water. Very [...]

Ten out of ten for Mosel Riesling

Vineyard slopes in the Mosel

London wine merchant O.W. Loeb recently organised a tasting tour of the wines of Mosel region of Germany, an area famed for its Riesling. So here are ten facts about Mosel Riesling and ten tasting notes on the wines tasted: Germany is the country that grows the most Riesling in the world and the Mosel [...]

An evening of extreme wines … and pizza

The wines!

Come along on a Friday night and try some legendary wines, which will set your palate ablaze! Three white wines and three reds from around the globe, from the extreme to the extremely good! Wines served with Comté cheese, charcuterie and choice of a margherita or ham sourdough pizza from the wood-fired oven. Cost £45 [...]

Grilled lamb chops with herb vinaigrette

Grilled lamb chops with herb vinaigrette

This is a really lovely summer dish, featuring BBQ lamb and seasonal vegetables dressed with a tangy and sweet vinaigrette. Serves 2. Ingredients: 2 thick lamb chump chops 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 2 cloves garlic 5 black peppercorns 1 tsp sea salt Handful of mint leaves Handful of parsley leaves 1 tsp thyme leaves 2 [...]

Perfect roast loin of pork

Roasted pork loin

Roast loin of pork is a wonderful thing. It takes less cooking time than belly and when cooked perfectly has an amazing texture. But it’s quite easy to overcook and dry out. The key is to get the timing and temperature right So here’s a recipe that produces a really succulent roast loin of pork, [...]

Recipe: lime sorbet

How to make lime sorbet

This is a great recipe for a zesty lime sorbet, with minimal effort. Ingredients: 10 limes, quartered 250 g caster sugar 600 ml water Place 300 ml water in a pan with the sugar. Heat up, stirring, bring to a boil and let the mixture simmer for a couple of minutes. Leave to cool. Place [...]

Recipe: ‘Kentucky fried’ scallops with lime alioli

'Kentucky fried' scallops with lime alioli

Serves 4 as a starter. Ingredients: 8 scallops, each cut in half into two discs For the coating: 50g plain flour 50g breadcrumbs 1tsp each of chilli powder, paprika, sage, marjoram, ground fennel seed, ground white pepper, garlic powder and onion powder, with 2tsp salt 1 egg, beaten For the alioli: 1 clove garlic, finely [...]

Next pop-up on 19th June: Scallop Frenzy

Some lovely scallops!

Pork and Salmon is back with chef Mark Blatchford (and Boycie the dog) on 19th June! This time we’ll be dishing up FOUR courses of diver-caught scallops, fresh from Cromer, and a non-shellfish dessert. Menu: ‘Kentucky fried’ scallops with lime alioli Thai marinated scallop salad Scallops roasted in their shells with chorizo* and red pepper [...]

Tasting Vosne-Romanée

Fine wine and nibbles at Roberson

Burgundy is a red wine-producing region that can be hard to get to know. I’ve struggled with it. Perhaps it is the large numbers of producers and appellations. Or maybe it’s the variation you see in the quality of the wines, based on the fact that pinot noir is a temperamental grape to grow. Though [...]

Joe’s: where to eat seafood in Las Vegas

The Flamingo and the Strip viewed from Caesar's Palace

Las Vegas Boulevard, aka The Strip, is essentially a series of mega-resorts which features 15 of the world’s 25 largest hotels. And of these, Caesar’s Palace, which opened in 1966, remains the most kitsch, camp and over the top of the lot. It’s been added to and renovated significantly over the years. Like Vegas itself, [...]

Where to eat steak in Las Vegas

The dry aged ribeye at Craftsteak

If you’re thinking about where to eat in Las Vegas, the first thing that comes to mind is steak. But with more than 60 steakhouses to choose from, where do you go? Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, located in the MGM Grand, came highly recommended. A quick look online seemed to back this up. In fact, the [...]

Postcard from … Girona

Girona panorama from the old city walls

Girona is a Spanish city in Catalunya, around an hour’s drive from France to the North. Despite being beseiged more than 20 times in its long history, Girona remains a bit off the radar, perhaps because it’s only 70 miles from Catalunya’s lively capital, Barcelona. But Girona is a relaxing, friendly town packed with history, [...]

Barcelona tapas tour: La Rambla to El Born via Barceloneta

setas a la plancha at kiosko universal barcelona

There are so many fabulous places to eat in Barcelona. The challenge for the greedy and time-poor visitor is to get to eat in as many of the good ones as possible. So, here’s a walking tour that takes in a diverse group of five of Barcelona’s best tapas bars which can be completed at [...]

Recipe: breaded pork loin

Breaded pork loin with green beans

Didn’t have time to go to a butcher today so ended up in the meat aisle of a small city supermarket. The meat selection in these places is usually very limited but saw some nice pork loin slices, so decided to bread and fry them. Served with some fine green beans and lots of Dijon [...]

Pop up on 17th April: Lobster Frenzy

Lobster frenzy!

On Weds 17th April, Pork and Salmon is putting on a pop-up restaurant with legendary chef Mark Blatchford. The theme is lobster, lots of lobster! Come along and enjoy three courses of crustacean, and a non-shellfish dessert. Menu: Lobster croquetas, watercress salad Fresh tagliatelle with lobster sauce Grilled lobster tails with french fries and sauce [...]

Recipe: scotch broth with leftover lamb

Scotch broth with leftover lamb

It would be nice to be cooking some of the seasonal dishes of Spring by now. But on April 4th 2013 it’s snowing in London. So more winter warmers needed, for another week or so, at least. This recipe deals with the problem of leftover lamb, which is less versatile than, say, cold pork or [...]

Recipe: pasta con le pilchard

Pasta con le pilchard

Love the classic Sicilian dish pasta con le sarde, which features fish, saffron, pine nuts, raisins, breadcrumbs and fennel. It’s got a truly unique flavour. Here is a British version made with pilchards, aka Cornish sardines! Sicilians are the masters of making do with what you’ve got, I feel sure they would approve. Serves 2. [...]

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