I cycled over Blackfriars Bridge last week about 6pm just as the sun was going down. The pastel colours were stunning in the dying sun and I got off my bike and took a couple of pics on my Canon G10 . This one struck me , I hadn’t seen this view before and thought it was worth a post. There are three London Landmarks in this photo, one is obvious but can you name all
London Tourdates Magazine Venue Review – Half Moon, Herne Hill Your guide to essential bricks and mortar – the venues that are home to the capital’s greatest live music events by Tourdates Staff Writer, first published in London Tourdates #024 ,13th June 2008 Not many people know about Herne Hill. Like Brixton’s quieter, more well behaved neighbour, it sits at the entrance to the sprawling Brockwell Park. And with its leafy Victorian streets, you’d be forgiven for dismissing the area as just another boringly wealthy South London suburb that’s not on the tube. It does, though, have its livelier side! The Half Moon has existed as a live venue since the early 60s. The Police, U2 and Van Morrison have all reportedly played there and it’s rumoured that once upon a time even Frank Sinatra popped in for a jam after a show. Robert Harrison took over the venue in 2006. He’d worked in bars and venues since the early 90s and after starting out at the Tea Rooms Des Artiste in Clapham opened The Dogstar – often regarded as the first DJ Bar – in Brixton in 1995. Since taking over, Harrison has transformed The Half Moon in terms […]
The Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant Streatham Back in the late 1980’s I shared a bedsit with my friend Dennis in Streatham, it cost £23 a week, unimaginable these days. In true bedsit tradition we had our local Indian curry house, we went there most weeks, eat the same dishes and always seemed to pay £22 for two. Recently when Dennis was back in London I returned to the restaurant for a trip down memory lane, some 20 years after my last visit. The Taj Mahal was established back in 1962, it has basic seating for about 30 people and a small bar at the front of the restaurant. On arriving we were met by the owner Moben, who remembered us from years before, he is very knowledgeable about his food and he made us feel very welcome. We chose starters of, Onion Bhaji, Prawn Puree, Vegetable Samosa and mains of Chicken Jalfrezi, Lamb Naga and for old times’ sake we had Chicken Korma and Lamb Rogan. The Naga Lamb was tender and fell apart in my mouth the flavour was excellent and the chicken in the Jalfrezi was perfectly cooked. The curries were very tasty and not overly spiced. We […]
Apparently its National Pisco Sour Day in Peru 1st February I discovered this only today on the fb would you believe. It reminded me of my time in Peru a couple of years back , I loved the Pisco Sour and had many when I was in Lima Here is the last one I tasted in the airport on the way back. The top is whisked egg white with a dash of Angostura bitters. The best Pisco Sour I had in Lima was at Huaca Pucllana a lovely bar at the historical site with my friends Javier and Ronald who runs Lima Walks
I made a cake at the weekend and here it is. A simple lemon zest sponge cake, it took me 20 minutes to make the mix, 30 mins in the oven. As the cake was cooling I dropped some Lyle’s Golden Syrup into the hole at the top which gives it a lovely sticky texture that goes well with the lemon zest in the sponge.
This is a dish recently cooked for me by my friend Dennis whilst visiting here from Australia. I didn’t like the look of it at first but was pleasantly taken with the flavour and from what I remember you wrap the sweet potato in foil and bake and then peel off the skins and mash the potato into a thick mix, add some butter, 2 eggs, milk, almonds, sultanas, cinnamon and brown sugar. You then bake it in the oven until it gets a nice toasty crust. Its an old school comfy pudding, goes well with ice cream. It fits in well with halloween, conkers and bonfire aromas, school dinners all rolled together.