玉子焼き器 / Muji tamagoyaki pan
Very excited about using my freshly-brought-from-Japan (yay for visiting friends!) Muji tamagoyaki pan. Woohoo!
A bit of night baking..
Dinner: Santa Maria Pizzeria
I had been meaning to come here before it made it big in the Time Out as London’s best pizzeria. The four of only had to wait less than 10 minutes for a seat in this cosy and welcoming restaurant. We made it just in time, as a massive queue appeared after we sat down. Pretty much every review of this place has been incredibly positive and I canny disagree. There was a bit of confusion...
Dinner: Stilton, leek and mushroom risotto
A la J.
Accidentally Prawnographic Food
Hee. Not necessarily safe for work http://ow.ly/1DkzP
Breadstick packages have never looked sexier http://bit.ly/cqRCDW Congrats @WaitroseUK !
Dinner: A kinda Japanese dinner
Miso-shiru with potato, carrot and onion + tenderstem brocolli with Kewpee mayo + dashi-tamago (not bad considering I did it with a round pan)
Can one get drunk on Gü hot choc souffle? http://ow.ly/1CFWg
Dinner: Chili + garlic lamb on rosemary skewers
Top 10 cities for iconic food
I’m a little surprised Japan doesn’t make the top 10 http://ow.ly/1CoaM
Dinner: Halloumi + potato salad
Dinner: Garlic, chili + rocket spaghetti with...
According to this Nikkei Trendy article, the Kanto region (usually more of a fan of soba noodles than udon) is beginning to embrace udon in all shapes and forms, with the “next generation” of udon cuisine hitting restaurants and palates. The rather yummy-looking udon carbonara in the picture there caught my attention.
The omelette wasn’t as squidgy as I had hoped, but not a bad first attempt. The videos make it look so easy. Just a flick of the wrist here, a flick of the wrist there..
Dunkin Donuts’ Top 12 fan-created donuts, complete with stories https://www.dunkindonuts.com/donut/
Lunch: Charlotte's Place, Ealing
More deliciously fresh, tasty and affordable fare from Charlotte’s Place. We went for their quick lunch menu items, which were ￡12 for two courses, or ￡15 for three. ^ Cod + potato salad. ^ Fluffy gnocchi in a tomato and basil sauce. ^ Seafood pie + beans. Mussel-y, salmon-y, taste-y. ^ Blood orange sorbet with cheesecake. Both things separately were absolutely divine, but we...
Dinner: Mango, avocado and steak salad
Fabulicious. Two steaks lasted the two of us for three meals, with the last two meals being banh mi-like baguette sandwiches.
Homemade meatballs with that yummy IKEA meatball sauce..
Flight bans and imported fruit/veg — this should be interesting! http://ow.ly/1zuRa via @ostensiblyclear
Dinner: Lemongrass Chicken
Chicken thigh pieces marinated briefly in lime juice, smashed and finely sliced lemongrass, chili, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce and coriander, before getting some wok treatment. Interesting how it develops a coconut-y smell after cooking. I hearts this dish.
Suicide cuisine http://ow.ly/1zcwN
V excited about this weekend’s freebie food reads — Observer Food Monthly + Guardian’s Ottolenghi recipe book = GOOOD TIMES.
Squidgy brownie goodness
There were some teeny tiny marshmallows involved in the making of this.. and they tasted like hokey pokey! YUMsicle.
Dinner: Cape Town Fish Market, Little Argyll St.
With a massive conveyor belt of sushi in the middle and large tanks of fishy, seafoody victims waiting in the wings (audience to diners munching on their friends and family), there was no mistaking you were in a seafood restaurant. ^ We started off with some tender, juicy baby squid slathered in a delicious (and secret Robata sauce). I’m still trying to figure out what was in that...
麺とパスタ専門学校・Noodle and Pasta Specialty College
なんか、授業に参加してみたいなぁ・・ One thing I find the Japanese culture to be good at, is looking at the details. At this college, you can apply your noodle to learning ALL about noodles. Japan opened its first-ever noodle and pasta tech college in Aichi prefecture on April 1. Learning the ins and outs of noodle making and usage is no joke though..
Perhaps baby new potatoes aren’t meant to be peeled, but I gave them a shot using this method http://bit.ly/AV0yE. It kind of half-worked. Must try with something thicker skinned next time. I miss my Japanese urawaza handy hints shows.
Sunday morning fry-up
KFC's Double Down
Meat on meat (and heart attack) action comes in the form of KFC’s Double Down, coming soon…
Japan McD's "New" Burger Series
So after the success of its Big America series of American-style burgers, it would look like Japan’s Mickey D’s is going to launch a series of Japanese-style burgers. According to Nikkei Trendy’s article (which reads like a massive advertorial), from Apr. 5 to the end of April, they’ll be offering the new-and-improved NEW Teritama Mochimochi Buns. Sounds kinda tasty-sexy....
Weekend in Milan: The Final Afternoon
Food-wise, nothing much to report. We headed up to Lake Como for the afternoon where at Il Carrettiere I indulged in a GIGANTOR plate of the above creamy tomato-sauced lobster spag dish for lunch.. Deliciously messy to eat, I made the most of my €13 and picked that sucker CLEAN. A simple and tasty dish, it lasted me until 8.30pm.
Weekend in Milan: Ristorante Lautrec
After our initial dismal foray into Italian food-dom on our first night, I am so, SO happy to have found Lautrec http://www.ristorantelautrec.it/. With its high rankings on Top Table, I figured we couldn’t possibly do worse than Osteria Tipica. I wish I had booked it through Top Table — I want my points damnit! Anyway, the entrance of the restaurant, located in a quiet square, is...
Weekend in Milan: Day 2
We started off Day 2 with a quick cappuccino and chocolate croissant at a small bakery on the way to the Duomo. ^ I normally never drink cappuccino, as I associate it with fluff that gets in the way of your coffee. The cappuccinos in Milan however, had quite creamy tops. Lovely. And hellah-cheap. It was my first experience of stand-up coffee drinking in Italy. I like the idea of standing...
Magimix Vision Toaster
Hott! I have yet to use a toaster that toasts evenly. I wonder if this one will be a winner.. If only it didn’t cost ￡160 (John Lewis), then maybe I’d consider getting one. Then again, I have blown about the same amount on this sexy piece of sexiness when I was in Japan. Pity the damn thing doesn’t work outside Japan! *sob*
Weekend in Milan: Day 1
Milan is officially the second European city I’ve ever visited. Coming from New Zealand, an incredibly young country, it was amazing to be able to see centuries-old structures co-existing with modern buildings and the occasional skateboarder. ^ Lufthansa snacks. Things I’ve learned from my trip: Never trust the recommendations from hotel staff (hoStel staff are maybe OK, but...