I do not usually covet my neighbour’s goods but Cathy’s Johnson Brothers fishy dinner service is just about the most splendid set of crockery in the world IMHO. She not only has a beautiful serving platter, seen here, and loads of different plates, but she has the rare as hens teeth sauce jug, demonstrated here by Mr Sloman.
I think this dish was just about the most delicious thing I have EVER made. Probably due to the insane amount of butter in the sauce, the proper fish stock and the awesome Dover Sole I bought from the divine Walter Purkis fishmongers. Mr Sloman, who is a hard man to please in the food department called this dinner, “an utter triumph”. I was really, really chuffed.
I had a TERRIFIC hangover next day. It blame the fact that all three courses had booze in them. Cathy made a pear, walnut and stilton salad – the pears had been poached in red wine, vermouth in the fish sauce and Grand Marnier Gateau. I was still holding the back of my head in a gay karaeoke bar in Brighton at 10pm.
My blind date was an incredibly good sport. I wouldn’t normally introduce someone to my chums the first time I met them but there were extenuating circumstances. The fact that a few hours after meeting me he was on stage beside a DJ in drag singing, “I Got a Brand New Combine Harvester” was quite frankly bizarre. In the words of the Wurzels, “that made I laugh, ha ha!”
Recipe from: The Treasury of Great Recipes. I think the Boule d’Or was a hotel restaurant in Beaune that no longer exists. Mind you, it could be this place – warning, crazy music on this website…