Monday, 28 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Went to one of our favourites this weekend. The Wild Mushroom near Westfield. We had Shirley and Mark (our tennis pals) staying for the weekend so wanted to take them somewhere a bit special.
They all ate the aged fillet of beef with the wild mushroom sauce and I went for the duck. The others loved their beef but my duck was only passable (a bit tough and a bit bland). My starter of thai beef salad, however, was excellent - melt in the mouth beef with a kick of chillie, juxtaposed on a crunchy salad of carrots, onions, coriander, etc. Steve and Shirley had scallops with cauliflower puree and thin slivers of cauliflower which they were very happy with and Mark had the pan fried salmon with mirin and beetroot risotto (as a fish lover he was delighted with the combination of flavours and freshness).
As always canapes, a flavourful amuse bouche (made with herrings - really kick started our taste buds) and wonderful petite fours were provided at the beginning and end of the meal. Service too was attentive and fun.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
The gallery will open in Summer 2011 and should include the following:
- Gallery spaces for the Jerwood Art Collection of 20th and 21st century British art.
- Gallery spaces for rotating temporary exhibitions from the Jerwood Visual Arts Programme and others specially created for the gallery and in partnership with local and national organisations.
- Sculpture courtyard.
- Education space for schools workshops, classes, seminars and community outreach work developed with local partners.
- Small first-floor café with terrace.
- Research and archive facility.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
Horrible weather outside but welcoming atmosphere inside and real shame that we couldn't take advantage of the pretty courtyard terrace.
We had seasonal starters of twice baked souffle of stilton, walnuts and spinach and a goose foie gras and chicken liver terrine, which were very good and an auspicious start to our meal.
We both wanted to try the main course of wholemeal gnocchi with truffle oil and mushrooms but I capitulated and went instead for the sirloin and chunky chips, with roasted peppers and tomato. This was served with a peppercorn sauce on the side which I, personally, didn't need as the sirloin was tasty enough. The gnocchi was very light on the truffle oil (in fact we couldn't discern any at all) but nonetheless tasty and came with sweet potato chips and a salad of tomato and rocket. All this was supported by a well priced Malbec.
Complimentary and rich, home made dark chocolates were delivered with our rather weak espressos (I love my espressos to be almost viscous so I am a tough task master).
Not perfect but good and definitely worth another visit.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
A delighted audience!
Sunday, 20 September 2009
The good weather on Saturday gave way to slightly more inclement weather on Sunday, yet the food festival remained well attended. Here are my three favourite discoveries from this year.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Sunday we had a short walk along The Cuckmere and a lovely lunch in the garden at Moonrakers in Alfriston.
Moonrakers recently featured on the Hairy Bikers in East Sussex and has one of the most delightful views of any restaurant as it looks out over the village green and church which dates back to Saxon times. Venison and Truffle were clearly in season as I started with a delicious venison carpaccio with a drizzle of truffule oil, whilst the other three had a light as a feather pea moussse. The boys then had braised venison with roasted root vegetables, Lisa had cod with lentils and I had a vegetable dish of roasted salsify and artichokes (with slices of truffle this time). Yum!
Monday, 3 August 2009
Sunday, 2 August 2009
We went to visit one of our favourite restaurants today, The Curlew, near Bodiam Castle, and turned up at lunch to find it was "under new management". We were a little bit concerned as the old management seemed absolutely fine to us but I am pleased to report that we had a truly excellent meal.
The whole place had been refurbished with a bigger car park and a new garden area set up for al fresco dining. The interior was a very elegant gray wood paneling with a white ceiling. Comfortable chairs with leather backs and plushly coloured upholstery added a touch of jauntiness.
We shared the potted mackerel to start which was light as a feather and topped with a refreshing dill and cucumber jelly. I followed this with lemon sole and a shrimp, caper and lemon butter served with delicious new potatoes and samphire (my favourite seasonal vegetable). My husband had the gurnard fillet with braised artichokes, fennel, baby courgettes and baby gem. He's not a vegetable lover by nature but he scoffed the lot with relish.
I then finished with a lovely Yorkshire cheese called Cotherstone - a descendant of Wenselydale - (the chefs I believe hale from that part of the world) served with a bite-sized fruit loaf and raisins soaked in something delicious and the 'husband' had a subtle lavender junket with raspberries and the shortest shortbread you could wish for.
We will definitely be back again, things had changed but in a good way.
Sunday, 14 June 2009
From Wikipeida: The creation of hill figures has been practised since prehistory and can include human (gigantotomy) and animal forms (cutting horses is known as "leucippotomy") as well as more abstract symbols. The White Horse probably held religious significance. The figures are usually created by the cutting away of the top layer of relatively poor soil on suitable hillsides to expose the chalk underneath.