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Sunday, January 31, 2010

e and i went to hastings this weekend for a small break - it was very lovely. we strolled along the beach and up onto the cliff tops. we stayed in a modernish hotel with decor deeply in the last decade but nice fittings and a good breakfast. we ate dinner (terrine, turbot, spring rubarb &c) at st clements which is a very decent sort of place. today we went to an aquarium (one of my not so guilty pleasures) and had a roast lunch. good times.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

well, another week of january has shimmied by in a blur of emails and me trying to work out how i will get through. i went out west again on tuesday night to have bibendum's roast chicken for dinner with e after her drawing class. on friday i went to jamie's birthday party and met an old friend form school - good times, but perhaps one too many camparis. to be honest i fear that there will be a few weeks yet of me just trying to get through before things let up.

for some reason, this has been on my mind all week:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

delicious meal this week at stjb&w, most significant highlight was coddled duck egg with cauliflower cream, smoked eel and croutons. on friday, e and i went to pulpo and finally got a table. it was quite good (i enjoyed some cuttlefish very much), but i am not sure it was any better than barrafina, brindisa etc.. last night e and i went to the pembroke arms - this is rapidly becoming my favourite pub in london, not only as it seems consistently to have mild on tap. not a bad first week back at work, even if the week was rather busy.

Monday, January 04, 2010

anchovies in green sauce (from nye) and goose breast with leeks and celeriac anna (from december)

Sunday, January 03, 2010

top dozen resto eats of 2009 (in no particular order):

smoked cod roe on toast (hereford road)
chuleta (asador imanol)
roast chicken (bibendum)
roast poussin (richard coutenceau)
roast grouse (st john bread and wine)
potato soup with foie gras (anchor and hope)
percebes (unidentified bar, madrid)
parillada (constancia)
turbot (sportsman, twice)
salgamundi (sportsman again)
roast bone marrow and parsley salad (st john)
wet walnut ice cream (st john)
roast chicken, roast garlic, stuffed cabbage:

Saturday, January 02, 2010

how nice for me to have a weekend almost totally at liberty: so far i have eaten a kipper, bought a bottle of wine, had a bath and done my ironing for the next two weeks. i have done quite a bit of cooking over the last few weeks with big meals on christmas day (turkey &c) and boxing day (glazed ham). for new year's eve i cooked dinner for e: vegetable essence with lardo, anchovies in green sauce, black pudding, shoulder of lamb with turnips, carphilly and then a pear in chocolate sauce. i owe my reader (s?) some pictures, and by god they will come.