Little Venice and Garlic Chicken

As usual I have a foodie bit, a photography bit, and a family bit to write about this week. First of all the food….with the weather set fair for the summer we did the typical middle-class thing – we threw away our old Weber Barbecue and bought a new one…haha. We cooked a whole chicken (slowly) with a “stubby” beer can shoved up it to keep it moist and give it great flavour. I think that this is an American recipe that us Brits are learning.  We also roasted a whole head of garlic with a little olive oil, pepper and salt.  I borrowed the recipe from a blog, stored it in my Evernote notebook of recipes and now can’t give due credit for it.  If you are the author karma is coming your way (rather than clicks).  Here is what you do…


  • Whole head roasted garlic (you can roast multiple at a time)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut off tops of whole bulbs of garlic to expose the tops of the cloves.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Wrap in aluminum foil and roast in oven until soft for 35 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Use in sauces or just squeeze out a clove and spread onto a piece of good bread…my favorite!

We replaced the oven bit for a barbecue.  Squeeze it like toothpaste onto a fresh baguette….the best garlic bread ever!

Now for the photography bit.  I took delivery of my new lens this week.  It is the Canon 24-205 IS L f4.  Described as the best lens for travel photographers I took it for a little road test to a (for me) new bit of  London – called Little Venice.  Tucked away close to Paddington Station is a network of canals that have pretty narrow boats and house boats lining the banks.  Here are some photos…

I quite like this one of Paddington tube station too…

Now for the family bit (you can stop reading now if you only read this for food & photography!!)

My son is 20 years old today! We met him in London for lunch and some bubbly to celebrate (hence the photo opportunities mentioned above). He came down from Oxford (with his girlfriend) where he is coming to the end of his second year of his degree.



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