Snacking in Brick Lane
We always seem to find ourselves wandering around Brick Lane. There’s always stuff to see, do and eat. If anyone has any other market recommendations, I’m all ears. ^ This was a chicken sambal dish I spotted at a Singaporean stall. It looked promising (normally I wouldn’t have chosen noodles to go with it, but I had just scoffed some other dish with rice). With the little...
Football and Pie
Pies at The Southerner just before the NZ vs. Italy game. Here we have a South African periperi meat pie about to be consumed by a hungry W. Earlier on, S had a NZ steak and cheese pie which was given the two thumbs up. The size was interesting. Not massive, but not frou-frou either. A good snack size.
My First Rocket
Go little guys, GO!
Dessert: Ginger & Rhubarb Creme Brulee
I is happy when rhubarb goes on special.
Event: Okinawa Day
^ Spam and egg onigiri. A bit too much rice perhaps! ^ Taco rice. J does a better version, I think. ^ Yakisoba with one of my favourite vegetables, goya. You can’t really see it in this pic though. ^ Rafute! I thought I was full after eating all the other stuff and then I saw a stallholder write the words RAFUTEI on their board. I immediately ran up to get some. It wasn’t a...
Breakfast of Champions
A la J. It’s got eggs. It’s got cheese. It’s got potato. It’s got yums.
Dinner: Couscous-crusted Fish
Prime cod with a tomato-olive vinaigrette + leftover couscous pattie. Note homegrown coriander. A la J.
Taste of London
The first thing that greeted me at my first-ever Taste of London was the missing apostrophe in the large sandwich board that said “Worlds Best Food Festival”. The second thing that greeted me was the shocking weather — “Where can I get the ponchos??”. This killed any major photo-taking opportunities, but my first Taste of London was still pretty cool. And greedy. ...
Go for Gran
A perfectly sized farmers’ market just started near my work. It’s on only once a week, and offers all the essential grub like freshly baked croissants, gluten-free goodies (gloodies?), excellent coffee, giant sandwiches, Portuguese dishes, crepes and falafel wraps. The overcast day only made the colours of all the fresh food pop. With so much delicious choice, it was difficult to decide what to...
Using Your Noodles
[photo from RasaMalaysia.com] It never fails to surprise me when recipes or backs of rice noodle packs call for the dried noodles to be plunged into boiling water. Doing this results in a limp, floppy, texture-less noodle that falls apart. A bit of forward planning is all it takes. Soaking dried noodles for 30 minutes or so in cold, or slightly lukewarm water results in a noodle with lovely...
Thai Festival, Ealing Common June 12-13
A bevvy of food stalls were at this festival. Lots of smiling faces and happy tummies. ^ A deliciously squidgy and crispy leek dumpling with sweetish, spicy sauce full of kick. ^ Pork noodles in a richly flavoured, five-spice broth. Not sure if those noodles were meant to be in large clumps though… ^ Deliciously crispy banana fritters! Another store was selling them for an extra...
Eggs-periment: Poached Eggs
^ This little eggy was wrapped in cling film, then left in a pot of boiling water (taken off the heat) for 6 minutes. Although a little fiddly to take out of the cling film, it held its adorable wee shape. ^ Yolk-wise, it was a little runny for my liking. I think if I left it in for longer though, the white would get too hard. ^ This egg went into a small cup before being poured into a pot...
Dinner: Chili-garlic prawns + rocket spaghetti
Dinner: Whatever's-in-the-house Frittata
With potatoes, garlic, carrots, chillies, basil, mozzarella, eggs and parmesan. And a little salsa and spinach.
Dessert: My First Panna Cotta!
It turned out (after a few curses and swears while trying to get it out) beautifully creamy and wobbly. Recipe courtesy of the lovely Yotam Ottolenghi. The strawbs were soaked in a mixture of icing sugar, balsamic vinegar and whisky. The recipe asked for Pernod, but I didn’t have any. Tasted lovely all the same! The orange zest really lifted all the flavours.
Dinner: Lamb patties with a limey mango and...
A la J.
Dinner: Chilled Cucumber Soup with Garlic Prawns
A la J. Creamy, refreshing soup full of nice textures. Perfect for a balmy day.
Dinner: The Walpole
Yet another most-excellent local. First, the photos. Here are dishes from the first course: ^ Gressingham duck confit with a cherry tomato and watercress salad. ^ Charcuterie, pear chutney and brioche. ^ Bucatini with Sicilian tomato sauce and basil. ^ English asparagus with butter and parmesan. .. and now the main courses. ^ Guinea fowl supreme with deliciously buttery jersey...
Dinner: 12-hour Slow-cooked Beef Chili
Not bad for a teeny, tiny Argos machine. Beef bits were lovely and tender.
Best blueberry pancakes in the land. Glad it’s back in business! http://ow.ly/1Sknm
Comin’ up: June 5-6, Trafalgar Square http://ow.ly/1S7Hu June 12-13, Ealing Common http://ow.ly/1S7Il
Lunch: The Grange, Ealing Common
^ Chicken liver, smokey bacon and mushroom parfait with red onion marmalade. The Grange is yet another lovely local. Bright, sunny, and guaranteed football-free all summer!