Posts from 24th June 2004

Jun 04

The Cheat’s Culinary Compendium #1

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The Cheat’s Culinary Compendium #1

How I love it, in cookbooks and guidebooks, when the author comes up with a judiciously-chosen excerpt from an earlier work. I would be delighted to pepper the Publog with fascinating fit-to-eat titbits and boozy bons mots. However, I am far too lazy and badly-read to be able to achieve that, so I thought I’d copy a few out for your pleasure. This one’s quoted in Elizabeth David’s A Book of Mediterranean Food:

“Begin with a Vermouth Amaro in lieu of a cocktail. For hors d’oeuvre have some small crabs cold, mashed up with sauce tartare and a slice or two of prosciutto crudo (raw ham), cut as thin as cigarette paper. After this a steaming risotto with scampi (somewhat resembling gigantic prawns), some cutlets done in the Bologna style, a thin slice of ham on top and hot parmesan and grated white truffles and fegato alla veneziana complete the repast except for a slice of strachino cheese. A bottle of Val Policella is exactly suited to this kind of repast and a glass of fine Champagne and of ruby-coloured Alkernes for the lady, if your wife accompanies you, make a good ending.

“The Maitre d’Hotel will be interested in you directly he finds that you know how a man should breakfast.”

(From The Gourmet’s Guide to Europe by Lt-Col Newnham-Davis and Algernon Bastard, 1903)

Stuck for places to watch Euro 2004?

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Stuck for places to watch Euro 2004? Finding home too sedentary and the boozer too lairy? Sick of Davies and bored of Beglin? Pained partner who’s sick of your social life suffering for soccer? Why not come down to Club FT on 30th June at the Chapel Bar in Islington. The football will be shown, the pop will be fun, the company will be good.

CLUB FT Glasto Reunion: Wednesday 30th June

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CLUB FT Glasto Reunion: Wednesday 30th June

While the rest of the stinking crypto-hippy NYLPM set roll around like piglets in the Somerset mud, or get proper freaky with crystals in the soul zone (more likely the Perry Zone), it falls to me to remind you all of the forthcoming Club Freaky Trigger: Glasto Reunion!

That’s Club Freaky Trigger, Wednesday 30th June, at the Chapel Bar in Islington, from 7 until late-ish, FREE ENTRY, happy hour cocktails, you know the drill. I’m reliably informed that it will have all the usual pop delights, with drinking and that. Everyone’s welcome, and if you haven’t come to one of these before, this seems as good a time to start as any.

Why? Because it won’t all be stories about spilling corrosive cider over your last clean shirt in the Rave Tent at four a.m. on The Friday. No! Our FT chums have concocted the perfect mix for the football lover AND the football hater: one of the Euro 2004 semi finals will be on that night and it Club FT will, for one night only, be built around the game. It won’t all be football though, there will be plenty of the proper pop business too. Some of these delights may even provide the soundtrack to the match, which has to be better than Motson. We’re hoping the evening doesn’t demand “Dry Your Eyes”.

See you there, I hope.