Food and Drink

  • I'm travelling back up to Scotland from my London visit on the overnight sleeper train tonight. Having sunk a barrel of delicious cocktails I'm now making my way through some decent (by London standards) US 'cue at Bodeans in Soho. Smokey thighs, tender ribs, seasoned fries, creamed corn (outstanding - that subtle touch of nutmeg) and unctuous BBQ beans studded with soft rich burnt ends. I'm slathering it all with the in-house hickory and hot chipotle sauces and on to my 4th paper napkin off the roll. This is a very rare treat for me and I'm loving every second.


    Having had a very good Manhattan I'm quenching with an iced Coke Zero.


    Earlier on the PA, I (as usual) enjoyed the bright zippy keyboard riff of Van Halen's Jump. Currently eating to the tense strains of Time by Pink Floyd, an odd but satisfying combo.


    Sometimes, life can be good.

    Abandon all reason

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  • "Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way" - surely one of Waters's finest moments, the talented sour-faced wanker.


    EDIT: My sister, with whom I attended the final Genesis gig, messaged me about PG being in the audience. The very moment I started reading her message Time was replaced on the PA by Solsbury Hill. As Columbo would say - well, how about that.

    Abandon all reason

    Edited once, last by Backdrifter ().

  • Improvised meal. I remembered I had a ham hock in the freezer, taking up room and waiting to be used. Defrosted it, seared it in a casserole dish in the fat left from crisping up some smoked bacon lardons. Set all that aside. Into the pan with chopped onion, garlic, bay leaf, rosemary, star anise, saffron, tomato, haricot beans, smoked paprika, chopped prune, then the ham and bacon back in with some veg stock and dry cider. Simmered on the stove then into an oven pre-heated to maximum, turned down low for 30 mins then switched off while we went out for the afternoon.


    When we got back it just needed gentle reheating. Ham tender and falling off the bone, beans soft and silky, sauce rich and flavourful. Pretty damn good for meal busked from a freezer cheap cut and store cupboard stuff. Two more portions in the freezer. Delicious and economical.

    Abandon all reason

  • Sounds amazing, Backdrifter!!


    For lunch, I took 18 Easter eggs and turned them into egg salad using mayo, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, chopped onion, diced celery, salt and pepper. About 6 sandwiches worth. Boy is it good!