May 10th, 2013
Last weekend I had lunch chez Rick and Su in Golders Green. Su made a stunning Jerusalem Artichoke soup from home grown artichokes – I saw a bouquet garni and some double cream go in there, but I’m unsure of the complete recipe (this one by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall looks good). The crostini floating on top with melted cheese and pesto was a delicious addition.
It’s worth noting that Jerusalem Artichokes are actually a species of sunflower. They do not come from Jerusalem and they are not actually artichokes. The edible part is the tuber, growing in the ground – they have quite a nutty flavour and can be cooked in similar ways to the potatoe and other root vegetables. Jerusalem Artichokes are a good source of iron, potassium and vitamin B1, but beware, they can cause flatulence! Be careful when planting them in the back garden, Jerusalem Artichokes will take over and can be hard to remove once planted.
Next came traditional chopped liver from Menachem’s kosher butcher and delicatessen. Chopped liver is pâté like in consistency – chicken livers are fried in schmaltz (chicken fat) with onions and chopped with hard boiled eggs. Serve with Matzo crackers
There were also some other chopped raw vegetables, such as tomato and a lovely looking tabbouleh, which I missed completely in my endeavour to photograph the liver and pickle! We were going out so time was of the essence.
To end the meal we had Alphonso Mangos
which Rick says are the best. They tasted delicious, so I’m inclined to believe him!
We rushed up to Whitestone Pond, at the top of Hampstead Heath, to watch a five meter high Godzilla puppet re-enact the Battle of the River Plate. We got up there just after 4pm, expecting to see the battle – the event was due to climax at 4.30, however, all we saw were bits of puppet being loaded into a van…
To console ourselves we marched back down the hill and ate florentines with a cup of tea.