Source: General election
In response to the Ex-Prime Minister of Belgian and now EU Parliament negotiator for Brexit talks, Guy Verhofstadt, likening the UK leaving the EU to “rats leaving a sinking ship”. Anthony Sargeant says that there are two interesting points about the comment; (1) the Belgian Europhile seems to think the EU is sinking (which it probably is) and (2) rats are an extremely successful species which thrives around the world (which may well turn out to be how the UK fares in terms of global trade post-Brexit). But as a Belgian you can imagine the dismay at the very thought of the collapse of the EU infrastructure and consequent redundancy of all of those vanity-project buildings in Brussels – what will Belgium do with them? And what will it do as an economy no longer propped up by the income generated by over 50,000 well paid EU civil servants in Brussels, plus ancillary staff. If you think that closure of the Port Talbot Steelworks would be bad for Wales then the collapse of EU would be a disaster for Belgium which is economically challenged, not least by the internal schisms of its society on language and religious grounds (this leads to duplication not just of language in government documentation but also of whole institutions. So in Brussels for example, you have the Universite Libre of Brussels but also the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels and so on down the educational system in towns and Villages across the country.
Anthony Sargeant cooked this very simple and modest meal for dinner on Christmas Day. The cherrywood smoked venison was cooked surrounded by garlic cloves sous vide at a low temperature and then finished in hot pan in cold-pressed rape-seed oil. After resting the individual venison portion of just 80g was thinly sliced and plated as shown. It was served with the halved garlic cloves, cubes of celeriac, carrots, brussel sprouts, and baked potatoes. The relish at 11 o’clock in the photograph is home-made pickled damsons stoned and in their own syrup. The sauce on and around the venison was manufactured from previously home-made (defrosted) chicken and beef stock with damson vinegar added to sharpen the taste. A surprisingly and charmingly light meal and unlike so many peoples idea of ‘Christmas dinner’ – it left one feeling satisfied but not bloated.
Anthony Sargeant bought the Skate wings at Birmingham Indoor Bullring Market. thick meaty fish easy to separate from the underlying bone it is a delicious dish
A late Victorian Lady – stiff and rigid in all senses of the word according to Tony’s mother.her dates must be something like 1870 – 1940 but needs some family research.