The Well Hung Meat Company

I think I’ve mentioned to everyone that I have a good mate who’s involved with The Well Hung Meat Company. This Devon based business supply some of the finest organic meat in the country and we had one of their turkeys at Christmas and can attest to the quality of the product. Have a look here http://www.wellhungmeat.com

Well Hung Meat has expressed an interest in providing a discounted deal for the Globe Troffers on all Well Hung products (us being influential and all) and also sponsoring a Devon foodie event for us. We’ve not worked out what this might be as yet, but can everyone let me know if in principal it’s something you’d be interested? The guy who owns Well Hung has some lovely cottages on his soil association certified farm in deepest Devon and he’d be happy to come and talk to us about his work – he’s a real food hero in the mould of Hugh I’m told. We could have a cracking weekend and I’m sure there will be Brown sauce for Linda (only kidding!!!)

Could I get a sense from everyone when would be a good time to do it – I’m thinking early Spring when we’re all around…let me know what you all think, I’m happy to arrange.

Great foodie photography

We’re currently working with a great photographer based in Sheffield called Shaun Bloodworth. We started working with Shaun about 6 months ago and his work is fantastic. It was purely by chance that I found out he has some really superb food photography up his sleeve from his time working for food publications. Check these out…

California’s French Laundry – smoked salmon ices

Noma in Copenhagen – chef Rene Redzepi

Chris Chown – Las Bodegroes, Wales

Salt Cod, Lofoten, archipeligo in Norway

Alain Ducasse, Plaza Athenee, Paris

Finnish superstar chef Hans Valamaki

And finally, in this batch, the world’s best chef Ferran Adria. This shot was taken by Shaun at a food demo where apparently the dish was ‘Candy Floss Sardine Bones’. You might struggle to find that at your local eatery but I’m sure Mr Flynn would give it a go!

Thanks to Shaun for letting me use his shots – have a look at some more of his work here…. http://www.shaunbloodworth.com

Piazza by Anthony, Corn Exchange, Leeds, 25-01-09

Second visit in a week, resulted in probably the best value meal deal in Leeds. Four people can enjoy a first class free range roast chicken dinner which includes 3 types of potato, cabbage, swede, sugar snap peas, cauliflower cheese and gravy……..wait for it….. £15(all in, proof below)! Would usually stop there but having spotted across the room a chocolate fondue we then shared an excellent dessert followed by a small cheese plate.

D&G

Ps forgot to take pics of the chicken but pud as below and presentation is as you would expect from an “Anthony’s” establishment. Service was top notch, we bought olives and garlic to take home from the deli but for now refrained from buying cheese/meats/ breads/chocs/puddings from the specialist shops.


Kendell’s again

I had a voucher for Kendell’s bought for my birthday and with the rush of Christmas and the Cornwall trip, I’ve just not had the chance to redeem it until this weekend.

We would have gone sooner, but Kendell’s have been closed for the first two weeks of January (eminently sensible) and we returned yesterday for an early doors dinner whilst Georgia skated at Millennium Square. As usual, it was reasonably busy with the pre theatre crowd and they’ve got the quick service down to a fine art.

There’s not much more to be said about Kendell’s that hasn’t been said already except that the usual high standards apply. Since it was my birthday meal (albeit a late one) I had half a dozen oysters to start (a dozen would have been better, but that’s me being greedy) and a fillet steak for main course (a wallet busting £23, but worth every penny) . Julie opting for the moules to begin with (described as ‘plump and tasty’) and calves liver for main course (‘lovely calves liver but too much bacon and potato’). We shared a creme brulee which finished things off nicely.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience – we really like the unpretentious nature of the food, the staff and the surroundings. Although it wasn’t cheap by the time we’d finished – £85 for two including wine – we did have the a la carte menu. But if you go for the set pre theatre menu, it’s pretty hard to beat in terms of quality of food and value in Leeds.

WELCOME to 2000&DINE, 2000&WINE, 2000&SWINE..

Hey,

Just had a most ace afternoon and late eve… at the Deano’s. The “2000 and” connotations were just flying so we raced from the Dean’s to get them on first…………..

Did we do it???

Love you all …and most happy 18th Mr Joshua Dean!! a most perfect roast pork with apple sauce…rib of beef with gravy and mustard…homemade desserts of cup cakes….what else does one need !!!!!!!

2009…brew our own beer and drink excellent wine and hopefully…. roast another Hog in May 2009?

G&D..Chester xx

Retrospective on missed stuff from 2008

I thought I’d try and redeem myself by retrospectively adding a few things that I had not added to the site last year.

In addition to J&L’s blog on our trip to Portugal and Seville. D and I have added the unbelievable menu we were blown away by at elBulli Hacienda Benazuza. Ferran Adria is truly THE KING OF GASTRONOMY! The dates are when each dish was created ; This is the taster menu we had……FANTASTIC….

Mojito Co2 2001

Snacks

Candied nuts with honey 2005

Spherical olives 2006

False sea cucumber 2004

Hydrated walnut with mayonaise 2004

Carrot Knots 2007

Hazelnut in textures 2003

Black olive and Cauliflower Skewer 2007

Tuna tartare 2007

Iced tomato 1996

Bread of Cheese 2003

Crab Thigh 2007

Tangerine gelee 2003

Spherical mushroom croquet 2007

Iberian ham”mollete” 2006

Melon with ham in suspension 2006

Cru watermelon 2005

Tapas

Potatoes foam with truffle crown 1998

Spherical yoghurt knots with king size prawns 2005

Scallops with beetroot ravioli 1995

Crazy “salmorejo” 2006

Dishes

“Ajo blanco” with crab ceps and asparagus 1989

Hake fish with spinach in chick peas 2006

Beef sirlion with peso auce 2007

Advance Desserts

Candied olive oil 2006

Kumquat sorbet 2006

Desserts

Black sesame biscuit with coconut soup 2007

Sponge with Tangerine and lavender 1989

Every course ……..had!!!!!!

Wines were suggested by the sommelier and yummy.

There are 3 other restaurants within the hotel bar/tapas. Breakfast is a true Michelin 2 star experience, best breakfast I’ve ever had by a country mile!! Day beds, incredible pool and lounge area ensured a 5 star rating is well earned.

Then moving on……

to

The little fish restaurant in Faro mentioned by J&L is called Marisqueira a real find.

Additionally I would definitely recommend the following;

Awana Malaysian Restaurant in London, amazing food.

Serigio’s Itallian restaurant in Great Titchfied St., London is now my favourite mid range Italian in London, definitely worth a visit!

North of the border I finally managed to visit the legendary Witchery in Edinburgh with some business colleagues. The food is fantastic as you would expect but the real star was the place itself, on the Royal Mile and “underground”. There were 10 of us and we had a great time but he Witchery is made for that romantic dinner so it’s n my list for D and me next time we’re in Edinburgh.

Last but definitely not least I had dinner at The Houses of Commons hosted by Adrian Bailey MP(menu below), I have to say it was the most amazing experience to be in the corridors of power and history.

And that as they say is that.

G



Black Forest Martini

We’d heard about this drink – more of an urban myth, we thought as it isn’t on the menu at Anthony’s in the Corn Exchange, but we were assured if you ask for it, it will be served. Julie had one and she declared it was ‘an alcoholic wagon wheel in a glass’. Good enough for me, hopefully it’s the size of the wagon wheels we ate as kids – ie enormous. 

Anyway, out last night for Josh’s 18th celebratory meal at Anthony’s. They really looked after us and made it a very special evening –  table decorated with balloons and all sorts of stuff, a freshly made, deeply great chocolatey cake and I have to say they looked after us, which was perfect. 

Food was well up to scratch (it really is a superb value menu, main course chicken for £6.50?) and the highlight had to be the Cote de Bouef that Julie and I shared. Joy.