Too much eating out, too many ready meals (shame on me) and easy stand-bys

Hmm. MOB started so well, but last weekend we were away at a wedding in Dorset, and this week business has had me working evenings and most of the weekend… So not much to talk about on the cooking front. Even a cooking fiend like myself gets overwhelmed and to the stage where he can’t really think about making something really nice. So, last week we had Sunday lunch in a very nice place in Swanage. If you find yourself in that neck of the woods, try the simple fresh food at the Moonlight Bistro. They were kind enough to...

Liming

No it’s not a verb, despite what the dictionary tells me: lime1 noun 1 loosely calcium oxide. 2 loosely slaked lime. 3 loosely limestone. 4 bird-lime. 5 dialect any slimy or gluey substance. verb (liming, limed) 1 to cover with lime. 2 to apply ground limestone as a fertilizer to (soil). 3 to trap (usually birds, but sometimes animals) using bird-lime. liminess noun. ETYMOLOGY: Anglo-Saxon lim. liming noun 1 in the preparation of leather, etc: the soaking of skins in limewater to remove the hair. 2 a the application of whitewash to walls; b the application of lime to the...

E-Kagen – where the money goes on the fish

Really good sushi is a great treat. Trouble is, great quality raw fish comes at a price; sometimes too great for my credit card, especially when my nearest and dearest remains to be convinced. The Japanese restaurant in Worthing closed not long after we moved here. We never tried it because the prices were high, and what I saw of the fish didn’t impress. So, when it comes to me getting my fix of Japanese food, it’s a hop on the train into Brighton, where there is an unexpected and unassuming gem. E-Kagen, so I’m told, was founded by the...

The Levant – is this the best food in Worthing?

The Levant is a find. Open for just a month or so, we discovered it in passing about three weeks ago, and we’ve been three times since. Situated in a bit of a no-man’s-land on The Strand, just up from Durrington-on-Sea Station, don’t think this is just another coffee shop servicing the local businesses – although it looks as if it does that very well, too. I discovered last night that the Levant is what the French call the Near East – Turkey, the Lebanon, Syria and so on. And that’s where much of the food on the menu comes...

Garnishes – doncha hate ’em!

There are few words on a menu that get my goat as much as ‘with a salad garnish’. You know it’s going to be a disappointment – an excuse for a mean, sad little bit of boring food, a visit back to the bygone days of the 70s. And then sometimes the damned garnishes just creep up on you unannounced and sit there like a bacon sandwich at a Jewish wedding. Ah, actually this is a story of a bacon sandwich and a garnish, would you believe? Stopping at the otherwise fine Sea Lanes Café by the beach at Goring-on-Sea...