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Luke Honey
London
Antiques & Fine Art Dealer, Blogger and Writer. Unhealthy interest in second-hand books and unreliable cars. Loves gin and backgammon, loathes mashed potato.
Interests: gin, rare breed chickens, old roses, ukuele
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Hi David, and thank you for your kind words. Funnily enough I've been on instagram for a few years now (please find me!), and getting a much better response from it. But my Facebook ban has been carried through to instagram by default, so I'm blocked from putting up a direct link to The Greasy Spoon. All I can do is to point readers in the direction of the blog. It's slightly frustrating. I'm kinda fascinated by the Cradock's Georgian Dower House near Watford, of all places. Rather pretty countryside on the fringes of suburbia. You can see it from the road. Whereabouts in outer West London did you live? Outer-outer, semi-rural London has a strange captivation- we're very much in Iain Sinclair territory, I think. I've had a few comments about Dan Farson- another 20th century character. I've just discovered his autobiography on amazon. With best wishes, Luke
Dunno. But it's just occurred to me that "Fanny" has an unsavoury connotation in the world of the internet. Facebook's wretched- loathe the thing, so I'm not especially bothered- although I did have a small, perhaps older, readership through it. I'm also banned from linking the GS on instagram by default, as of course, instagram is owned by Facebook. I like instagram, although, I do sometimes wonder if it's really just a more sophisticated version of Facebook, and actually is just as tiresome as the rest. You realise, of course, that they take all our quirks and habits- and then sell them on- Big Brother style- to advertisers. We give them content for free- and they make money from it. Perhaps I should just carry on with the good old fashioned blog, enjoy writing it for its own sake: ignore the lack of comments, and ditch the rest.
Yes. Exactly. And ahead of her time. I'm also a champion of her French food which seems to have gone out of fashion. The fad for the diet of the Mediterranean peasant seems to have been with us since the 90s- and shows no indication of coming to an end. Maybe the success of Otto's restaurant in the Grays Inn Road shows that the cause is not entirely dead.
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Aug 14, 2019
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Fear of Fanny: What are you going to eat? Live ones or dead ones? Television is dead. A generalisation, of course, but if recent viewing figures are anything to go by, this could be the end of the road for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
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Apr 26, 2019
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Apr 26, 2019
Couldn't agree more. It's that depressing herd mentality. And the self-obsession. So tedious.
I've been banned from Facebook. For some bizarre reason I am no longer allowed to post links to "The Greasy Spoon- Food & Culture". Not in tune with Facebook's "Community Values"- whatever that means. I have no idea why this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
I once tried it with vodka- a Hugh Fearley-Whittingstale effort, but have to say that- for me at least- it didn't work. And next year I was back to gin. I find that a teaspoon of almond essence does wonders- gives it that Amaretto kick.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2019 on Sloe Gin at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
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Apr 15, 2019
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Gin Lane, etching & engraving by William Hogarth, 1751. I first wrote about gin back in 2007. It's almost hard to believe but that's twelve years ago. In those days, I found myself describing gin as, I quote: 'slighty old-fashioned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
Excellent news. The way ahead with Wild Garlic, I think, is not to overcook it, otherwise it goes a bit grey in colour. Delighted it worked out.
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Feb 21, 2019
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Green Silver Shads outside the Peninsular Hotel, Kowloon Hong Kong in the Seventies. If there was ever a natural habitat for the International Man of Mystery in his later incarnation, this has to be it. Think "The Man with the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
Thank you. Really kind, and best wishes for the New Year. With hindsight, wasn't entirely convinced by the Paul Levy Brussels recipe- the shredding bit was fine, but the ginger and chilli clashed with everything else. Too 'fusion' for my taste. A better idea might be to shred the sprouts and cook them in a wok on a high heat with olive oil, bacon, chestnut and a splash of dry white wine?
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Best wishes for the New Year! Knackered this end...
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Hi Jennifer, Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. As you know, I'm a fan of Southern Cooking. A baked ham is delicious, especially if soaked for a day before cooking. I have to admit- in secret- that I prefer it to the ubiquitous turkey. Is there a special Southern way of cooking it at Christmas? Best wishes, and thanks for reading, Luke
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2018 on Happy Christmas at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
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Dec 24, 2018
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Dec 24, 2018
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The Skating Lovers, hand-coloured aquatint by Adam Buck, 1800 Oh Crikey, I have to admit that Christmas this year has crept up on me with unsettling haste; maybe it's something to do with Christmas falling on Tuesday? Poor Mrs Aitch... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
This was a difficult one. Terrific atmosphere, bags of history, packed to the rafters. I wish the India Club well, and delighted that they have been saved from sinister redevelopment. But the food there- how shall we say, has massive room for improvement? If you like curry, please head in the direction of Hot Stuff in Wilcox Road, SW8 (incidentally where My Beautiful Laundrette was filmed). Raj, the owner, is a charmer and the food is delicious and amazing value. You will need to bring your own booze, but there's an off licence directly next door.
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Nov 2, 2018
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Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The Greasy Spoon | Food & Culture
And I would add about 3/4 pint of stock, which you are going to simmer down. The thing to remember is not to get too het up about exact measurements as cookery books so often get it wrong, or make typos. And cookers tend to vary in temperature. So try it out, see if you like it, and the next time, you can adjust the measurements to your own taste. Personally, like risotto, I prefer soup to be thin- but there are others who like a rustic slush. It's also fun to take notes.