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    York

    York isn't great for food actually, except for J Baker's Bistro. A great culinary experience at a good price. http://www.jbakers.co.uk/ A good place for lunch is Le Langhe Italian deli. http://www.lelanghe.co.uk/ You might like L'Antica Locanda, in the Shambles. There is a good view of the Minster from M&S You can eat indifferent food, but in the amazing Assembly Rooms at Ask.
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    Going to Gaillac?

    I can second that recommendation. There was a young chef producing great food when we were there and it sounds like he still is. Steve Martin.
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    Restaurants near Pommard/Beaune

    Here is my list of the great tables of Beaune. Le Benaton. Not a friendly place, but a fantastically gifted chef makes it our favourite in Burgundy. Lervernois has a new starred chef and we have recently had two excellent lunches there. Very friendly proprietor. Jardin des Remparts has confused but friendly service and a chef who likes unusual, even wild, combinations. Generous, but not for the staid palate. Loiseau des Vignes is quite formal, yet pleasant and the food is quite classic. Our two lunches have each featured at least one truly exceptional dish. Via Mokis, from David Zuddas, is brand new and very informal. Atelier style with a surprise tasting menu. Tontons has very basic service, but an excellent kitchen. Big flavours here. L'Ecusson has very good chef, with particularly good desserts. The place seemed a bit dead, but we will go back soon. For us foodies, there was not much happening on the plate at Ma Cuisine. Too ordinary for us to go back. Further out, the starred Charlemagne has a Japanese fusion approach. We didn't like the service, but found the food very interesting. Lameloise had slightly inept service, but excellent and very generous cooking.
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    Freezing foie gras prior to cooking ...

    It is a method from Michel Bras that works very well. It allows a good searing without excessive meltdown. Why brief freezing though? Do your prep and slicing well before and keep the slices individually wrapped in the freezer. The best foie I have had was at Marc Veyrat and I've heard he uses liquid nitrogen to freeze it right down.
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    Le Champignon Sauvage

    Edited to add : Does anyone know of anywhere else that uses the tableware shown in Duncan's first photo? I first saw these plates in MPW's 'White Heat' and I think they're beautiful. I've never been a fan of coloured rims but these ones seem to act as a focus for the food on the middle of the plate rather than distracting attention away from it. ←
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    Riedel glasses & their effect on the taste of wine

    It is my opinion that the fineness of the glass makes the difference. The thin edge makes the wine taste better, either by presenting it to the tongue differently or introducing more air. It's why tea tastes better in bone china and why rolled edged glasses are a bad choice. Why is the "psychological effect" always regarded as somehow spurious and that people with less horse sense than our august selves are being hoodwinked. Here heightened expectation is a "placebo" for fools. We throw the food on the plate and drink out of cheap glasses. No fooling us.
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    duck confit

    What's that? The goose fat that I confit salmon in. Sometimes tuna or swordfish. Just a few minutes at 80C. Not to get too far off course, but -- I use olive oil for tuna confit. Nothing fancy in the way of oil, in fact I re-used some in which I had slow-poached spiced shrimp (aka Mosca's barbecue shrimp). How long does yours keep? I've got more than I can finish up this week (made it about 2 weeks ago) and hope it will still be good for another couple of weeks (fully immersed in oil). Olive oil is excellent for confit. I started with goose fat because it is a classic combination with salmon, like trout and lard. Although confit does mean preserved, I have never kept fish under the fat. Just a few minutes cooking and onto the plate. The fat itself keeps for many months in the fridge. If heated up and strained occasionally, it could keep forever. I have kept goose legs confit in the fridge for 6 weeks. The salting and long, long cooking leaves little scope for the water activity that will lead to spoiling. This probably isn't true for fish, cooked rare in a home environment. The freezer beckons
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    duck confit

    What's that? The goose fat that I confit salmon in. Sometimes tuna or swordfish. Just a few minutes at 80C.
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    duck confit

    It doesn't have to be rock salt, but it absolutely has to be coarse. Maldon's is very good for this, but pricey. Sea salt is better for every use actually, because it has the natural crystaline structure. This allows it to absorb water very well, without dissolving into the meat. Rock salt has an amorphous structure, due to grinding, and is not so efficient. Won't do any harm though, as long as it is coarse. A good rinse under the tap is best, or take it in the shower. I have more fat than anything else in my fridge. Duck, goose, beef, lard and a block of lardo. Oh, and a jar of fishy goose fat as well.
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    El Raco de Can Fabes

    It would be a useful list for everyone. I find that desserts are very rarely up to the standard of the preceding courses and very seldom a strong point. The French have the most interest in dessert and make the most effort to get it right. Most chefs have very little interest and the pastry chefs seem to have little imagination. The word pastry about sums it up. It's time they were called dessert chefs and stepped out the shadows.
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    El Raco de Can Fabes

    I have found that many French restaurants will place the petit fours (mignardise) in the middle of the table before dessert is served. It harks back to the old banquet piece montée and is not unusual. The toffee and cream isn't a pre-dessert, it is one of the desserts. Some chefs are putting 4 or 5 desserts in front of us at once, sometimes 10 in two services. Desserts are not Santi's strong point, you need a Frenchman for that. Bringing the bill sounds like a misunderstanding...or a hint.
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    Cutting Boards

    The 'wood is best' credo is purely the result of research conducted by Dean Cliver; in California, no less. http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/infxtra...ttingboard.shtm All later research, including the FDA, refutes his claims. http://www.securityworld.com/library/healt...oardsafety.html http://outreach.missouri.edu/extensioninfo...ting_board.html http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/dp_fnut/_timely/WOODVP.HTM
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    Taillevent Merged topics

    Sounds like an electrical fault while cross dressing. A TV, perhaps.
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    Marlin.... talk to me about this fish

    I've mentioned on my website that Marlin is a tricky fish. We prefer it cooked longer than tuna, but it toughens dreadfully if you go too far. Grilling on a high heat is fine but you must leave it rare. If you can't bear it rare, try cooking it on in oil or fat at 80C, or resting it in a hot oven for a little while. Really, if you don't like it rare, choose swordfish instead.
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