Anthony J Sargeant, Anthony Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Lobster Thermidor – a classic dish cooked for Christmas Eve Dinner 2017

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Anthony Sargeant prepared this dish using a  wonderful lobster bought from the outstanding Barkworths Fish Stall in Shrewsbury Indoor Market (Shropshire, England).

The recipe of Lobster Thermidor was created around 1880 by Auguste Escoffier then working in Maison Maire, a Parisian restaurant near the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin. In March 1896, a successful reprise of the play Thermidor by Victorien Sardou opened in that theatre. The play took its name from a summer month in the French Republican Calendar, during which the Thermidorian Reaction occurred, overthrowing Robespierre and ending the Reign of Terror.[1] Maison Maire’s owner, Paillard, changed the name of this recipe after the play gained in popularity. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

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Anthony J Sargeant, Anthony Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

It was snowing in Shropshire when Anthony Sargeant took this photograph on 8th December 2017

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Photograph was taken from the bedroom window of the Shropshire home of Tony Sargeant around midday on 8th December 2017. The snow kept us trapped in the house for 5 days. It was however no hardship given a well stocked ‘American’ Fridge Freezer.

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Anthony J Sargeant, Anthony Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Shropshire, England, 8th December 2017 – A bleakly beautiful winter’s day

Photographed by Anthony J Sargeant from his garden. The deep snow around his Shropshire home made it difficult to get out for some days after the snow fall. The lane that passes his house has steep gradients in both directions before reaching a road that is gritted and salted.

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But being imprisoned among beautiful bleakness is an “imprisonment” worth suffering.

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Anthony J Sargeant, Anthony Sargeant, cooking, Shropshire

Christmas Eve Dinner, December 2017 prepared and cooked by Anthony Sargeant

The main ingredient a wonderfully fresh Cornish Lobster bought from the excellent Barkworths in Shrewsbury Indoor Market, Shropshire, England:  http://www.barkworths.co.uk/

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Barkworth’s are a very highly recommended supplier of fish – if in doubt ask for their advice. Tony buys and cooks a lot of fish and has yet to find a better supplier of fish. The lobster was prepared and used to create a somewhat Retro-meal by Tony Sargeant – Lobster Thermidor.

 

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Anthony J Sargeant, Anthony Sargeant, Landscape photography, Shropshire

Shropshire Snow – photographed by Anthony J Sargeant from the bedroom window of his home 9th December 2017

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Blue skies and crisp deep snows in Shropshire, England on the 9th December 2017. Living on a narrow country lane with steep inclines in either direction before reaching even a ‘B’ road meant that for a few days we were ‘imprisoned’ in this winter wonderland – but what a delightful prison!

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