Food 2020 – Banquist #010, Gareth Ward

Saturday, 7th November 2020 – Banquist #010, Gareth Ward This was one I’d been looking forward to, what with the chef in question having quite the reputation, as well as a Michelin star or two. We are speaking of Gareth Ward, the man at the pass at Ynishir.Grace Dent had reviewed it recently, and it…

Food 2020 – Banquist #008, Thomas Frake

Saturday 26th September, 2020 – Banquist #008, Thomas Frake So after a series of “just lob it in the oven at 180°C” meals, I decided it was time to try out the September offering from Banquist. You may note, if you click on the link to their website, that they do say they “teach you…

Food 2020 – Haar at Home (Goan Lobster Box)

Saturday 12th September, 2020 – Haar at Home (Goan Lobster Box) After a lobster box from Côte, it was time to wheel out the big guns in September with a box from Haar. This is a restaurant in Scotland, headed up by Dean Banks, a former Masterchef finalist, who opened the restaurant a year ago….

Food 2020 – Côte at Home (Lobster and Frites)

Saturday 1st August, 2020 – Côte at Home (Lobster and Frites) As people who usually go out to eat quite a lot, I’ve enjoyed doing my own more adventurous than normal cooking at home, but now and again it’s nice to let someone else do all the heavy lifting. A review in the Guardian in…

Food 2020 – Recipes (Traditional Portuguese Duck Rice)

June 2020 – Recipes (Traditional Portuguese Duck Rice) I have long had a fascination with duck rice, having first eaten it in Macau many years ago. Since then I have been trying very hard to recreate it. It’s taken forever to find a recipe that looked even vaguely plausible, with the ones I’ve tried in…

Food 2020 – The Folly/The Brothers, Towcester

Saturday 7th June, 2020 – The Folly/The Brothers, Towcester We have had a somewhat up and down relationship with The Folly Inn, our most local gastropub, over the years with some very good food and some that really hasn’t hit the mark, along with service that can be very hit and miss but can also…