Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Return of the London Nightly Photoblog

As promised, it’s… The Return of the Nightly London Photoblog!

All through April we’ll take one last glance at London before turning in. Thanks to everyone who joined us on a London Walk today. Thanks also for reading our blog.

We’ll be back out there tomorrow. Come and join us. The full schedule of London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.




Charity begins at… Soho




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When Irish Eyes Are… Bigger Than Your Belly!

Here’s Ann with all the gen on the recent State Banquets…



Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, had a couple of grand banquets on his recent State Visit. 

At Buckingham Palace he was served halibut with leeks and herb sauce, Windsor Estate beef with wild mushrooms and watercress puree, purple sprouting broccoli with hollandaise and baked onions stuffed with parmesan and bulgur wheat. Dessert was an ice cream bombe.

The next day he was entertained by the City of London at the Guildhall, with, I think, an even more impressive menu. 


Here it is, just in case you want to impress your friends over Easter – it will make a change from chocolate eggs.






SMOKED TROUT TIMBALE
A delicate mousseline of lightly smoked rainbow trout
presented with a spring salsa of watercress, orange, young tomatoes and Dublin Bay prawns

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SPRING RABBIT AND DATE RAVIOLI
Dorset rabbit meat slowly braised combined with the sweetness of dates in a handmade fresh
pasta shell on a bed of baby spinach leaves, finished with a tangy sage butter sauce

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SALT MARSH LAMB
Salt marsh lamb from the Gower Peninsula, prepared, cooked and served in two different ways
Rosemary reduction
Crushed new potatoes

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CHOCOLATE BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
A classic English dessert in harmony with Irish Whiskey ice cream and garnished with a London ‘Shard’ of sugar work

And coffee was served with a choice of port, Armagnac, or Bushmills Irish Whiskey


And for more foodie inspiration, join Ann's walk on Saturday April 19 – Pie Crust to Upper Crust. Meet at Embankment tube at 10.45






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That Goose, He Gets My Goat

Streets Ahead is the column from London Walks' Pen David Tucker





Remember Goose?

The well-­fed guide at the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
When he’s not in London. Which of late he has been. A lot. In the, er, shape of the ongoing Jack Daniels poster campaign on the walls of the London Underground.

Goose is in two places at the same time. Well, several places if you count all those posters plus the “in-­the-­flesh” Goose “down in the hollow” in Lynchburg.

There is, so to speak, a lot of Goose.

Dunno exactly how to put this but the more I think about it it seems to me that Goose (and Jack Daniels) is sort of hogging our attention. Trying to, anyway.
Greedy for more than their share, so to speak.

I mean, they’re in Lynchburg – dawhn in the hollow – several thousand miles away. Seems to me they want something from us. I mean they ain’t runnin’ that poster campaign just out of neighbourliness, if you know what I mean.

Cuz when you get right down to it, they ain’t neighbours.

Neighbours is the folks who share this island with us. Up north, for example. Scots. Who make the stuff as well. Who’ve been doing it a lot longer and – I suspect – a lot better.

With Goose hogging our attention – blocking our view – call it what you will – it’s easy to forget that this country (and yes, it still is “this country”, for another few months at least) makes the best “water of life” in the world.

The other thing is the general principle: local, local, local. With a lot of goods and services local’s just, er, world’s better than mass produced, globalized, processed, “preservativ’d”, corporatised... You know – fresh and local as opposed to the chemical cocktail.

Ok, time to go real Quixotic. Get real local – in the interests of local.
The Brown-­‐Forman Corporation – the giant U.S. corporate multi-­‐national that owns Jack Daniels – is in the face of probably a million Londoners and visitors every day thanks to that poster campaign on the Tube.

A million Londoners and visitors every day. That’s “Here’s Goose” – ala Jack Nicholson’s “Here’s Johnny” in The Shining.

What I propose to do is put a tiny speck on the sun of all that Brown-­‐Forman greed for our attention. A sunspot on Goose, if you will. A speck, a sunspot in the shape of a bit of local – London local.

A Londoner who doesn’t hog our attention. In fact, we know almost nothing about Hannah Glossop. She lived in Soho. A couple of centuries ago.
We know almost nothing about her – but she’s a keyhole into a world that’s a whole lot more real than the make-­‐believe those posters want to make us believe.

And that’s where we’re going – where London “spinster” Hannah Glossop is taking us – in my next post.



David is leading the Westminster Walk this afternoon at 2:00pm. The next part of this post will appear on Saturday.






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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Return of the London Nightly Photoblog 16:04:14

As promised, it’s… The Return of the Nightly London Photoblog!

All through April we’ll take one last glance at London before turning in. Thanks to everyone who joined us on a London Walk today. Thanks also for reading our blog.

We’ll be back out there tomorrow. Come and join us. The full schedule of London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.



Painted Pub in the East End



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