Wine Tasting in Priorat

 

Wine tasting at Mas Martinet

Wine tasting at Mas Martinet

“Thirty years ago, Priorat was dead” says legendary Spanish cook María José Sevilla. “But I remember Tony Lord [first Decanter editor] saying ‘watch this space,’ that if people had imagination then the region would be big.”… 

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lambs liver on toast tarragon

Lambs liver on toast with tarragon

If you haven’t reassessed liver since those solid grey nubbins dinner ladies lumped onto piles of mash, then I urge you to do so. Pan-fried in foaming butter, and still blush-pink in the middle, it’s a totally different beast. Perhaps the best bit is the price though. These three slices (85g) came to 50p, which makes this 5-minute lunch… 

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680 gold lips

Friday Pot Luck | Week 11

I’m becoming more and more of a magpie, like a deranged Elizabeth Taylor. It’s been aggravated by a recent visit to see the crown jewels at The Tower of London. So many gold sceptres, gold spoons and that enormous Koh-i-Noor Indian diamond set in the Queen Mother’s crown…

450 verdene

Verdene E5, Clapton

Four  years ago a friend moved to Clapton, and spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to persuade me to open a sherry and tapas bar there. It wasn’t to be. It was nothing to do with the area. Finance, capability and a million other factors were all far bigger issues.

polenta mushroom

Mushroom and polenta

To say that the last week was dreich is something of an understatement. London has been engulfed in such a large raincloud that – although I can usually see over The City, as far as The Shard from my desk – I haven’t been able to see much further than the tree outside the window for… 

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