Tuna on rye for Inauguration Day, Virginia

I am on record as declaring that English cheese is best. But I would maintain to my dying day that American sandwiches are the very best. What is a sandwich without lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, french fries and hand made mayonnaise? So here is my fleeting advice for you.Virginia Ingredients: Sliced brown bread (rye or pumpernickel …

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Christmas salad

Method: Make a simple olive oil and lemon juice salad dressing. Put it into a bowl. Wash, dry and slice the peppers and apple. Leave the tomatoes whole. Slice two or three thick slices from each breast quarter. Add these all to the bowl with most of the parsley and toss. Then garnish with chunks of feta (this is Graceburn, once made in Bermondsey but now in Kent) and more parsley. Serve with a quiche, or with seeded volkornbrot.

Chowder

My own ancestral link to chowder would have to be the hard tack eaten by sailors. These days there seems to be a lot of cream in chowder, but I don't think cream would have survived for long out on the Grand Banks. More likely a mush of hard tack and water. I imagine the cod fisherman eating saltfish chowder on the outbound journey and fresh cod chowder on the return ...