” The Paul ” – Copenhagen and my strange Danish weekend.

I often wonder which one of my parents i inherited my `ever so slightly` nutty behaviour from.They both deny at times that i`m their son and said i was delivered on the doorstep in a parcel. Apparently our local Milkman showed signs of madness when i was a baby and neither of my parents would ever discuss this with me…

“Dinner” by Heston – and the Legendary “Meat fruit” .

Dinner by Heston  – There`s not a great deal that i can write about the place that hasn`t already been written in the many blogs and media reports during the 7 months since the place opened. Obviously the main question that people will want to know is ” how do i secure a booking at…

The Ledbury , London – Brett Grahams Tasting menu 2011.

I`ve been noticing quite a lot of hype about the Ledbury lately .The Masterchef finalists took on a service there , the food bloggers have been giving the place quite a lot of praise with some lovely photos, and Michelin awarded Ledbury a second star in their 2011 guide.I`ve been going back and forward to London on a number…

September / October – Wild Mushroom time in the Lake District.

   It`s that time of year again up here in the Lake district. Unfortunately for the southerners, great chefs like the Legendary Simon Hulsone stuck down on the south coast in Torquay they`re having a very poor time of it ( shame Simon ) but up here in the Lake district….its full gear ahead.So August…

GALVIN @ Windows at the Park lane Hilton , London

As far as decent lighting for taking photos goes then surely right up in the clouds on the 28th floor of Londons Park lane Hilton has to be the best foodie blogger destination of them all.The restaurant is Galvin @ windows and it`s situated right up on the top floor of the Hilton hotel with…

3 Star Michelin food by James Knappett @ Marcus Wareing.

22 Courses in the Berkeley hotel , Knightsbridge , London I`ve eaten quite a few meals over the years in a number of  high key restaurants scattered all around the UK.Some bad meals , lots of good ones and a “couple” of top of the ladder ones. I say “couple” because only that amount stand out…

Helene Darroze at the Connaught – The Inspiration Menu 2011.

Helene Darroze at the Connaught  – For a high class, fine dining  Michelin two star restaurant  things are unusually quiet and pretty low key here in the UK for the “Parisienne queen of the cooking scene”. I`ve never seen Madamemoiselle Darroze on the TV before , rarely seen her in the Media and for a 2…

Sketch – The Tasting Menu at Pierre Gagnaire.

       I`ve been meaning to get down from Cumbria to eat at Sketch for quite a few years now but i always seem to deviate somewhere else.Finally , i managed to get leave from work , booked the train , hotels and the trip was on. Sketch reports seem to come in a mixed bag…

And finally sir, “The Pigs Trotter “, it only took 25 years to try.

“Pigs trotter Pierre Koffmann”…A timeless classic in the foodie world ,there isn`t a chef worth his or her salt who hasn`t heard of this `top of the ladder` dish, one which many of the leading chefs would be eating as their`last ever meal on earth`. Strangely enough its one that has taken me almost 25 years…

ROGANIC – Simon Rogan and Ben Spalding take on London.

Just by a stroke of luck i happened to be in London on the weekend that Simon Rogans new `pop up` restaurant “Roganic” was opening on a two week`ramp up` soft start.Even luckier for me that i was searching around for somewhere to do lunch on Roganics first day and happened to discover that i could book…

Pignuts – A little hidden gem for the forager.

It`s the end of May and the beginning of June and now`s the time to go foraging for Pignuts.They`re everywhere at the moment , Woods , Roadsides , Hedgerows and Riverbanks. They`re very east to spot and identify so hopefully this quick guide will make it totally foolproof for you all. In the photo below you`ll be able…

Tom Yam , making Thailands national soup.

                                            Click the photos above to view full size Tom Yam or Tom Yum ,are two names for two very similar and very popular Asian soups originating from Thailand and Laos.They`re now very popular in neighbouring asian countries and also throughout the world.The soup is characterized by its…

Finally….Our town gets a Fish shop.

I live in a small town called Whitehaven .It sits on the west coast  of Cumbria on the fringes of the English lake district. It has one of  those picturesque little fishing ports straight off a holiday postcard with a small fleet of fishing boats and bigger trawlers that operate out of the port. The…

William Drabble – Gourmand menu at 7 Park place ,London.

Lunching in London – The Menu Gourmande at William Drabble , st James Hotel and club I had to get the `Google street maps` fired up on my mobile to find 7 Park place ,as it`s tucked away pretty well in a very quiet little corner of St James near Mayfair. Fortunately my nifty little…

The Good Food Guide celebration dinner.

The Good food guide celebration dinner with Simon Rogan and Jason Atherton at Lenclume , Cartmel. Opportunities like this don`t tend to crop up every week  up here in Sunny Cumbria, so as soon as this special Good food guide celebration dinner came up on my radar i grabbed the chance to sample what two of the…

Le Champignon Sauvage, 12 course, 2 star michelin.

The  12 course ” Menu Surprise ” at David Everitt Matthias – Le Champignon Sauvage restaurant. I had already studied chef David everitt – matthias cooking techniques and style from his two cook books full of recipes from his restaurant “Le Champignon sauvage” down in Cheltenham.I say “down” because its quite a long way down to eat…

“Meat Fruit” – Making a Heston favourite at home.

Mandarin “Meat fruit” filled with a surprise Chicken liver parfait Reblogged from 2011  – I`ve reblogged this post as it`s head and shoulders above my other posts as the most popular one on Cumbriafoodie. Seems like Heston has spread his wings worldwide as I have requests and messages from Australia , Thailand and USA from…

Temptation from my diet , Sticky Cumbrian Gingerbread.

Sticky Cumbrian Gingerbread , White chocolate mousse , Sea Buckthorn jellies , Jeffersons Rum Gel and Caramelised Hazelnuts…..a challenge to any hardened dieter. Sticking to the annual diet really isn`t an easy task and when each new year comes around things always seem to get harder and harder and the weight gets more and more…

Who mentioned diet ?

I`ve got a crazy friend called Terry who lives with the sheep in Wales ,a bit of a mountain man and loves to think he`s a “special forces” killing machine who can survive on tree bark, roadkill and berries out in the Welsh wilderness for weeks on end.

Xmas favourites – Mince Pies and Carrot cake

A great Mince pie recipe passed down through the family generations definitely holds one of the top spots in my all time xmas favourites. As far as pastry goes , then this one has to be the best i`ve ever tasted , light , buttery and very flaky but also a bit of a nightmare to work with.The…

Golden Egg drops from Alinea

There`s a  famous restaurant in Chicago called Alinea , it holds the coveted 3 Michelin star status and like all of these world famous restaurants, comes with its own cookery book based upon what the diner eats during their visit to the place.It`s one of those amazing books that seem to carry the same weight…

A Xmas dessert from the local Cemetery

Having a Czech girlfriend aint easy , infact it can be pretty tough at times.The first problem is the obvious one – “The language barrier” , i can speak very few words of the Czech language, luckily in my case Sarka can speak English virtually word perfect, plus she also subscribes to Viz magazine….so readers of…

Nice day for a beach forage

I suppose i tend to take things rather for granted living in a quiet little coastal town on the western fringes of the English lakes.One step out of my front door and i have the most amazing choices and secret little places to disappear to.If i decide to head north then within a minute I`m at the…

Truffles in Umbria…..or Cumbria ?

I couldn`t resist venturing up to my nearest lake for a foray through the woodlands this morning , it was just too nice to stay indoors.I guess i`m a lucky guy because within 10 minutes i was out of the house, out of town and looking at this fantastic view on my way to the forest…

Hestons Fat Duck

Jeez….talk about difficult to get a table. Seeing as though im trying to get back into my food again i thought it would be a great idea to take my girlfriend along to Heston Blumenthals fat duck restaurant for a double birthday treat.A great chance to experience what it would be like to eat the “Worlds…

L`enclume – Michelin Star food on my doorstep

“A gastro-laboratory in the middle of nowhere that redefines the notion of food? Is this yet another paean to Ferran Adrià’s El Bulli in northeastern Spain? Actually, no. This is a paean to Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume in the village of Cartmel at the southern end of England’s Lake District. When El Bulli closes for two…

Fruit Crumble -A quick stop on the way home from work.

Here`s a quick one , maybe 30 minutes start to finish. One of the guys from work brought a bag of apples in today , Highly perfumed and pink through the middle , possibly “Pink pearls”.He asked me to knock a crumble up for work that he could eat cold as he didnt like hot fruit. Here`s the…

New Camera – Time to move up a step

I`ve always been close to my Fuji for the last few years , a finepix S9600 has been by my side for all my food pics up to date.But now i`m looking for something with good depth of field control and a better quality lens also…..Enter the world of Canon EOS. I managed to get…