I do my best to fast all day, knowing that I’ve been invited to join the eating frenzy that is Passover dinner. We were invited to the home of close family friends. Basia, who is well known for her amazing cooking, didn’t disappoint. I was starving and knew I was in for at least 5 courses. There’s starters, see above, which include gefilte fish made with Austalian Murray perch, sweet and delicious, egg salad, various dips and smoked salmon. Oh and don’t forget the boiled egg drizzled with the salty tears of our people.
Today I wandered all the way to Belgravia with Sacha. Okay its not the worlds longest walk from Notting Hill, but I was hungry and tired and could not wait to get into this foody experience created by Courvoisier, and Bompas and Parr, famous jelly afficionados and foody conceptualists. We got to this derelict old house on Belgravia Square, full of excitement. The experience promised to be a tour through the ages of eating and drinking…
Movies have a lot to answer for don’t they? Just think what Jaws did for sharks. This is what ‘From Hell‘ starring Johnny Depp did for Absinthe. Being a big Johnny fan and never having tried Absinthe before, I was filled with just a little trepidation, feeling nervous and excited; such is the myth that surrounds this drink.
The Alchemy of setting fire to transform a simple fluid into something much more compelling I now realise is for effect and not at all the correct and traditional way to drink absinthe. The dear people at the Absinthe Shop, who supplied me with my delicious sample of white Clandestine Absinthe, recommend the traditional method. I on the other hand, could not resist the drama and pyromania of the Bohemian method, purely for effect. Both techniques are described below.
This Oreo cookie crust, peanut butter cheesecake, topped with chocolate ganache and miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups, is the ultimate death (or sex) by cake. The kind of thing that Elvis would eat? This over-the-top American dessert has been lovingly conjured by domestic Goddess in Amsterdam, Carla Madden. Warning! Not to be eaten alone, but rather, shared at a huge birthday or special occasion. Oh if only I was in the Dam to enjoy a slice of your genius Carla….
Ahhh…reminiscing I am, over Princess Lotties superb Christmas 3 bird roast, aptly named a ‘Partpheasen’, being a partridge in a pheasant in a chook, with layers of a superb sausage stuffing. All accompanied by perfect roast vegetables.
1: Roadkill crow
This cake would be perfect at a roadkill restaurant or for a halloween party. I especially like the subtle use of blood, it is just enough to know that the bird is not sleeping (well – that and its broken neck).
I’ve had a hard week and it’s affected my taste. Enjoy more sick cakes at your peril…
Big Dave our creative partner is munching his way through hundreds of sprouts this Chrimbo in the name of charity. I was tasked with making one of Daves many sprout meals, each needing to include 50 sprouts to get him ingesting loads. A soup seemed like a good idea and hopefully this brussel sprout soup with caramelised onions will do the trick! With just two bowls full, he’ll have eaten 50 sprouts. Amazing! Learn more at the site
Walking through New York on a cool Autumn Saturday afternoon, there are plenty of street food markets that reflect the colour and flavour of the season. After brunch at the Breslin Bar and Grill in the new Ace Hotel, we went for a stroll downtown, and came across these dudes spit roasting this unlucky organic lamb. Rubbed down with delicious herbs and spices, lamby was succulent and spicy, and perhaps the best I have ever nibbled on. The boys responsible for this cremation save the head for themselves though, it’s their favourite part. You’ll always find them there on Saturdays.