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    Simple pasta dish tonight, Sicilian style, so lots of tomatoes, onions and garlic reduced right down with generous extra virgin olive oil, and a handful of basil, GOOD pinch of salt, and GENEROUS grind of black pepper. Served with tagliatelle or rigatoni, haven’t decided yet.
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    Steak Pappardelle

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  3. #1533
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    Well, it was last night’s meal really. Youngest son came over and likes Mexican so I did a chilli with all the works.

    8 hour chilli made with Shin and Skirt Beef, using Ancho & Chipotle peppers. Mexican Red Rice. Refried beans done with Pinto beans from scratch. Fresh Guacamole in a Corn Tortilla bowl. Made the bowls using a little set of moulds I got last week on fleabay for a fiver.




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    Some of yesterday's spiced Moroccan mince and roasted potatoes



    Was nice
    Regards,
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
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    **I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**

    **Hate makes you impotent, Love makes you crazy. Somewhere in the middle you can survive.**

    “Nothing discloses real character like the use of power. It is easy for the weak to be gentle. Most people can bear adversity. But if you wish to know what a man really is, give him power. This is the supreme test. It is the glory of Lincoln that, having almost absolute power, he never abused it, except on the side of mercy.”

    “You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home -- all the more powerful because forbidden -- terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.”

    There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. -- Johann Sebastian Bach.

    “There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!”

    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

  5. #1535
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    Pour Madame:

    Tiger prawns in a chilli, lemon and balsamic vinegar dressing to start, followed by oven-baked marinated Sea Bass with a green side salad.

    Pour Monsieur:

    Chicken liver paté to start, followed by Lamb Costolette (lamb with a rosemary and red currant dressing) with poached leek parcels.




    Washed down with a 2011 Chateau Les Eyquem, Haute Graves, Margeaux.

    Chocolate Mousse for dessert.
    Barry

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    Fantastic stuff, Barry! Could you link to the restaurant (is it Italian or simply just European), as the food looks rather good?

    Good wine choice, too! No 'e' in Margaux, though..

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  7. #1537
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Fantastic stuff, Barry! Could you link to the restaurant (is it Italian or simply just European), as the food looks rather good?

    Good wine choice, too! No 'e' in Margaux, though..

    Marco.
    Shucks Marco,

    After consuming 3/4 of a bottle of wine, you expect correct orthography?

    Anyway, it's an unassuming little Italian restaurant in Camden, London, called 'Small and Beautiful'.

    I wouldn't recommend them for their pizzas though (they're not freshly made), but other a la carte items are pretty good.

    The chocolate mousse was not as good as it used to be - less rich and less firm, and served in a larger dish.
    Barry

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    Small and unassuming can be most desirable... In Italy, the best places to eat are often the trattorie, and even osterie, as opposed to the ristorante.

    Like you, I'm a big fan of Margaux (and good Médoc), but with your lamb dish, and since you were in an Italian restaurant, I'd have gone for Brunello di Montalcino, at I suspect around a similar price. When in Rome, and all that...

    The slightly disappointing mousse may have been down to it having been made by a different chef, or they've cut back on the quality of the ingredients.

    Just had a Google... http://www.smallandbeautiful.co.uk/

    I like the sound of the live jazz and blues. Have you been there when live music has been on?

    Oh, and having checked out their wine list, I note the presence of Brunello di Montalcino. Next time you're there, try it, as trust me, it will really hit the spot with the lamb or Tournedos Rossini

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    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

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  9. #1539
    Join Date: Apr 2017

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    Potatoes & Onions in Chicken Stock and Saffron. Having this with Maple & Dijon Chicken Thighs with mixed veg.

    Amazing smells while listening to some nice tunes.







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  10. #1540
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    Default OK, What's For Tea Today?

    Beef braise is in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours tonight. Meat is braising steaks cut in half and a beef short rib. Onions, celery. carrot, swede, garlic, butter, stock, red wine Worcestershire sauce, bouquet garni, cornflour to thicken.

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