Thursday, 3 January 2013

Caviar For All!

A gal's gotta eat! Here's LW's Ann, on the Foodie London march once more…

Lieutenant Colonel Nathaniel Newnham-Davis had that most desirable of foodie jobs – restaurant critic. He wrote for the Pall Mall Gazette at the turn of the last century, and you can catch up with his ‘Gourmet’s Guide to London (1914) which is now free online.

Among the meals he reports is one in the House of Commons -  ‘a very small dinner’, according to his host. 

They ate: caviar, consommé, sautéd lobster, noisettes of lamb with spring vegetables, vineyard quails, heart of lettuce salad with lemon, asparagus Anglo and French, with sauce mousseline, flambéd peaches, and dessert.

Ah, those were the days. Pause for a moment to think what the headlines would be today if it was revealed that MP’s regularly tuck into ‘a pot of caviar ensconced in a basin of crushed ice’.

For more of the colonel’s opinions, join my foodie walk this Saturday, January 5 – 10.45 at Enbankment tube.

Ann – quondam BBC journalist and current star Blue Badge Guide – knows everything there is to know about food: its history, where to buy it, how to cook it, how to enjoy it and, into the bargain, how to keep your figure! Of which she's an exemplar!! And al dentehere's a "bite" – of the sound variety – from her wonderful Foodies' "kitchen". And here's another.

A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at

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