A pleasant hour in Cardigan’s new produce market; lots of mouthwatering goodies!
10.00 am – 4.00 pm
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While stumbling about the internet looking for info on the magnificently retro Russell Hobbs brushed stainless steel coffee percolator, I found the the Harry Palmer Movie site.
So apart from learning that Deighton taught Caine how to crack an egg I learnt that my vintage Russell Hobbs Model 3008 looks cooler than an Insta-Brewer. And it makes damn fine coffee.
“I Think Ludovic Dieumguard is a Magician With Food” “High Wire Trickery” “Extraordinary” “A Miracle! Who Is This Guy?”
To be honest I haven’t seen the show so wasn’t able to share in the disappointement when Ludovic was dumped out of the show despite being many people’s ‘shoe (or should the be ‘choux’?)-in to win.
Anyway fate would have it that gastro-naut sister and brother in law were here to stay for the Halloween frolics; our lovely Mum and Dad stepped up to the plate to babysit and, better still, foot the bill! Astounding.
So I expect you’re wondering, was it any good?
You bet! First up, 3 courses, with drinks and including tip, it came in at under £40 per head. For this kind of world class cooking, 20 minutes from our doorstep an utter bargain.
The simple and straightforward menu doesn’t mess about; it’s all about what Ludovic can do best. Quality ingredients simply presented and beautifully cooked. And I mean beautifully cooked. Not well, not competently, but beautifully. The Terrine of Pork and Apple starter was sublime and complemented with a cheeky piccalilli. Yes that’s right, picallili. That he has rehabilitated piccalilli (of sulphurous yellow memory) is itself a remarkable but that he has combined it with a creamy soft delicately flavoured pork terrine means that it can only a matter of time before he’ll be turning water into wine.
Next: Rib Eye Steak with frites, horseradish butter and dressed leaves or steak and chips. Also known in our house as ‘Birthday Tea’. Did he know I was coming? The steak, cooked for me ‘English Rare’, was greedily demolished and I only regret I couldn’t have had it twice. I love horseradish with my beef; and here, subtly flavouring a neat roundel of butter it actually drooled over the meat, disappearing with the last mouthful.
I’m not going to dwell on puddings because to be fair I’m not all that fussed about them. I did opt however for the Chocolate Truffle Cake with Creme Anglais you know just to see what is was like. Eating it while eyeing enviously Spouse’s giant Creme Brulee was difficult but as ever I’m always ready to take one for the team. Delicious, creamy, almost frictionless on the tongue, it even managed a distant hint of saltiness. Yum.
Er… recommended. Go there while you can.
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Sample Menu From July 2009
Starters / Cwrs Cyntaf:
It’s autumn for sure; two pounds of blackberries from the lane behind the house. I reckon there’s a couple more brambling Sundays this year though I’m told the Devil likes to spit on them after September 29th. I’ll take my chances; it probably only happens in England.
I like them off the briar, I like them in a crumble but best of all I like them stewed; a little sugar and then enjoyed with (say) Conti’s vanilla ice cream.
Here are some berries I enjoyed in 2007.
More on a watery theme and as far as I’m aware without Rory McGrath.