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Luke Honey
London
Antiques & Fine Art Dealer and Writer. Unhealthy interest in second-hand books and unreliable cars. Loves gin and backgammon, loathes mashed potato.
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Agreed. As much as I like the designer tonics, with all the hype it's easy to forget that Schweppes still makes the classic tonic. It's the slimline stuff I would avoid like the plague. Too sweet, nasty artificial saccharine taste.
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Brexit: Gin Lane or Beer Street? Since I started writing The Greasy Spoon back in the Autumn of 2007, I don’t think I have ever missed a monthly post. Not that I am going to do that now, but truthfully,... Continue reading
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When was the last time you had a Waldorf Salad? Does anybody make this anymore or has it been consigned to the culinary dustbin of history? According to our trusty friend, Wikipedia, the classic salad was “first created between 1893... Continue reading
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Toast Water? Really? Or more accurately 'Toast- and- Water’, as Isabella Beeton put it. Like coddled egg, it’s one of those slightly fragile Victorian recipes intended, presumably, for invalids- and back in the dark days of Queen Victoria’s reign, there... Continue reading
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I enjoyed the Painting the Modern Garden exhibition at the Royal Academy- especially the last few rooms featuring a series of water lily paintings by Monet. Monet’s a hero. He enjoyed an envious and civilised existence, thinking about it, not... Continue reading
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The Perfect Gin & Tonic? An interesting dilemma. The current prize (for me at least) has to go to a Portobello Road Gin, on the rocks, mixed with Fever Tree Premium Indian Tonic Water and a slice of lime. It’s... Continue reading
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Looking out of the grimy basement window onto a sodden garden, on a raw London morning in March, and I’m suddenly thinking how pleasant it would be if the clock was to whirr forward, and by some form of occult... Continue reading
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I quite understand why people don’t like liver. Back at Dotheboy’s Hall, the liver served looked and tasted like a bit of rubbery old boot leather. I kid you not. I think it must have come from one of those... Continue reading
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And now for something completely different. White Trash Cooking by Ernest Matthew Mickler. I came across this by chance (understandably it’s not as well known in England) and added it to lucky Mrs Aitch’s Christmas stocking. Ernie Mickler was born... Continue reading
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Mrs Maciver’s Good Scotch Haggis (From The Cook’s Oracle by Dr William Kitchiner (1817) Make the haggis bag perfectly clean. Parboil the draught. Boil the liver very well so as it will grate. Dry the meal before the fire. Mince... Continue reading
Ah, The King’s Ginger! I had forgotten about that, although I have a bottle or two left of the stuff lying around somewhere. Now why hasn’t that appeared on The Greasy Spoon before? We’re very much in GS Territory. Amused by the ‘wife cheater’. Luckily, no such probs with Mrs Aitch. Quite the reverse. Just subscribed to your blog.
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Over at The Peak of Chic, my blogging friend Jennifer Boles’s recent posts on The Duke and Duchess of Windsor had me scurrying to the bookcase to dig out the Duke’s fascinating memoir, A Family Album. Jennifer’s post featured rare... Continue reading
Oh, no need to apologise. We all love The Avengers.
Thanks. Yup. Indeed. Very much a stock-making time of the year, isn't it? Can't think of anything more satisfying. Actually it's kaju chicken in kaala masala tonight- from the Camellia Panjabi book, 50 Great Curries of India. Time to leave the hovel and buy some chicken.