Yuum !! Proper food !!
My favourite Italian meal when I want something filling and satisfying. I always refer to Calzone as the Italian Pasty.
By the way, a proper Cornish Pasty is my, all time, favourite “pie”. But it has to have the crust to the side, and be made with short crust pastry. It should not be of the “ridgeback” design, or be made with flaky / puff pastry. There is nothing worse than getting a faceful of “shrapnel” or losing half the pastry as it disintegrates in your hand.
I have never tried either Turkish pide or the East European piroshki referenced in this article. But they are now firmly on my food bucket list.
Had a super meal, last evening, at Cams Mill, just outside of Fareham. We met up with some friends there after a big recommendation.
This is a brand new building, constructed in the style of the original tidal mill that stood nearby, around a century ago. I think they have struck the right balance. This place has old, rustic appeal and a friendly atmosphere. Definitely not one of your ultra modern, noisy, plastic pubs. This is a place to meet and enjoy the social event, have a conversation without having to shout. Top it off with good food and drink.
Our small group started with Crispy Hampshire Hog (Breaded pork belly)with Cox’s Apple purée, London Porter Smoked Salmon Terrine with Cucumber, Quail’s Egg and Tomato Bread. For the mains we tried the Steamed Mussels In Seafarers & Lemon Sauce & Fries, Steak & Ale Pie with Mashed Potatoes, Winter Greens & Gravy, Pan-fried Calves’ Liver & Smoked Bacon served with Mustard Mash, Roasted Carrots in a Forest Mushroom Sauce and, finally, a Lamb Rump Steak served with New Boiled Potatoes and Minted Peas.
The food was well cooked, well presented and really tasty. All in our party commented on how tasty it was. Portion sizes were about right, especially for me, since I am on a diet. If it hadn’t been for that “Vintage Ale & Molasses Sticky Toffee Pudding ” I would have met my daily target. Ah well !! As they say, you can’t have your cake and eat it.
The staff at the Mill are friendly and attentive without becoming obtrusive. Once we had finished our meal they left us to chat at our table with no pressure to move on. This was a Saturday night. When asked they delivered the bill promptly.
All in all a very nice experience. Not bad for £90 including the drinks.