January 2014 Eats

Hello lovely people and welcome to our little update on what foody delights have been occurring with us this month. Wow January has been a long month, but as you can see we’ve mainly managed to survive it by eating lots of yummy things! Yay to us right.

January Eats

Cooked
Kedegree
RSC#5 – Cod with bacon and a tomato sauce
Butternut squash pasta
Butternut squash risotto
Steak and potato wedges – the stuff of dreams!

Baked
Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Bourbon Biscuit brownies (as see on this rambling corner)
Avocado brownies
Bread & Rolls
Granola (coming soon I promise!)

Eaten
Dinner at Five Guys
Pizza and quiz fun at the Elephant on the Hill
Brunch at Tom’s Kitchen. Look out for a post about this soon.
Drinks at the Tinder Yard
Dinner at The Seahorse Pub (One of our favourite places ever – their sticky toffee pudding is to die for)
Lunch at Denbies Vineyard

What about you lovely people? What have been your food highlights this month?

Lau xxx

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October Foody Wonders

As another month draws to a close it’s time for the inevitable foody round up on this here bloggedy blog and let’s be honest it does seem to all be about the food recently, I think that’s due to the change of weather. After all all you want to do when it gets darker is snuggle up on the sofa with warming food and a hot chocolate, or is that just me?! So yes it’s fair to say that we’ve embraced that this month, particularly with the addition of Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates at Starbucks. Um can we just take a moment to ponder at the geniusness of this idea, someone knight that person ASAP. What a clever person!

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Anyway enough salivating let’s move on to the foodie delights that we experienced a couple of weeks ago in The Peak District as that was all kinds of awesome! We tucked in to Mum’s much lauded over homemade lasagne and of course exclaimed over the amazingly delicious proper Bakewell Tarts (we were in Bakewell after all so it would have been rude not too!). We also ate at a couple of delicious little spots whilst in the wonderful peaks; the first place that deserves praise is the picturesque Beehive pub which we stumbled upon after visiting the otters in Chapel-en-le-Frith. It was a lovely quaint pub with local beers and the most fabulous food. I had a platter which featured smelly stilton and the most delicious chicken liver pate I’ve ever experienced and Lau had a crunchy and creamy jacket potato piled high with prawn mayo – delicious! If you’re ever in that neck of the woods you simply HAVE to experience it. The other brilliant restaurant we experienced was a restaurant in Bakewell itself called The Pointing Dog and Duck. We had a three course meal, plus cocktails there on the Saturday night and the food was simply divine and incredibly good value too! I think the high points were the individual chicken, leek, mushroom and ham pie, the mojitos and the duck and potato hash which also included a deep fried egg. Simply a-maze-ing!

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So enough of the Bakewell reminiscing for one post! We have also been busy bees in the old rhubarb and custard kitchen and we’ve made the following: Oat and Banana Bites, Triple Chocolate Cookies, Pinwheels, sausage casserole (yes again!), Welsh Cakes (my favourite), Chocolate Tea Loaf Cake, Marshmallow Brownies, Peanut Butter Brownies (oh no scratch that earlier comment, maybe this was my favourite!) and our third RSC challenge. Phew what a lot of things! And unsurprisingly most of them are sweet things, oh well what can I say we both have serious sweet tooths!

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This month I also FINALLY experienced the wondered of Five Guys (not once but twice) whoopee! And can I just say – it absolutely lived up to my expectations it was scrumpdidliumptious and I can’t wait to go again. Their fries are delicious and so moreish and the addition of mushrooms to the cheeseburger? Bloody genius even if I do say so myself! We also discovered the GBK app this month so have been making the most of the free bits and bobs with that.Oh and Lau’s been revisiting our travelling month with the L&P from GBK, as she basically existed off of that when we were travelling!  Plus we were lucky enough to eat out at Bill’s (yes I may also have gone here twice, oops), Wembley for burgers (twice here as well – the second time was for the American Football and unsurprisingly they had upped the size of everything for the visiting fans), Nando’s (it had been far too long!), The Rochester Coffee Company, Manor Farm Barn and Le Pain Quotidian for a lovely breakfast treat. Note to self we should most definitely have shared one basket rather than having one each. But hey it was all delicious so I don’t regret any of it!

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Oh and I forgot to mention we tucked into a lot of seasonal delights, first up were the Screme Eggs, perfect Halloween fodder and then there were some Mousse Snowman – they’re new so had to be tasted! Then Lau discovered the wonders of Oat so Simple porridge pots, perfect when you’re in a rush but don’t want to be tempted by a chocolate croissant at your desk. Have you tried any of the flavours yet? I think the Apple and Blueberry is my current favourite, although it is a tough call!

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So there we have it a month of wondrous food, what lucky people we are and I wonder what delights we’ll receive in November. Personally I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the wonders of Christmas goodies. Can you really beat mince pies, gingerbread men, Starbucks Christmas drinks and sticky ginger cake? No I don’t think so either!

– Fi xxx

A Jolly June Round Up

When I sat down to do a monthly update on what we’re we’ve eaten and what new things we’ve baked over the last month, I was a little shocked to see that we haven’t posted anything new this month. Oops. This reads like all we’ve done this week is eat jacket potatoes and cheese or takeaways, which is only half-true I promise! In fact this month has been fairly busy and has seen us out and about a lot so our eating out list is fairly epic. We’ve also been trying some new bits and bobs, which we’ll be posting about iminently, I promise. So the month of June looks a bit like the below in terms of foody fun!

  • London delights: Zizzi’s for lunch, Pizza Express for dinner (both have good GF menus don’t you know!), The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen for scrumptious steak sandwiches (read about a past visit here), Leon for their fabulous sharing dishes, a family farewell dinner at Carluccio’s – I could literally just live off their gnocchi, it’s that good. Lau also headed to the Udderbelly Beer Garden and Belugo’s at Waterloo and I made another pit stop to both Pizza Express for a ‘healthy’ pizza and also Giraffe. I think the stand out delight in our eating month had to be Del’Aziz in Clapham Old Town, the food, decor and atmosphere were all absolutely perfect!
  • Other UK hotspots: A picnic in the shadows of Bath Abbey, Dinner at the Hop Pole, a delightful country pub in Limpley Stoke, Sandwiches in Marlborough and pre-theatre sandwiches on The South Bank
  • Our own concoctions: Fish finger sandwiches (yes again!), more freshly baked bread, Morning rolls, Lemon and Lime Poppyseed cake (recipe to come), Eton Mess, a layered cake version of my peanut butter and chocolate chip cupcakes, raisin and oatmeal biscuits (again I will write this recipe up asap!) and yummy homemade popcorn with agave syrup – delicious!
  • New foodie discoveries: Having ignored them for years we’ve both fallen hard for iced coffees this month. I know this isn’t massively exciting BUT for two non-coffee drinkers up until December this is an amazing discovery. Since first tasting them on Saturday, we’ve consumed five between us….
  • Things that have outraged us this month: the discovery that our Aussie cousin thinks it’s perfectly acceptable to eat ice cream and hot custard together. Yes really. I mean what the hell is that about. I’m actually concerned that we are related.

Fi’s Favourites – eating out

So Lau and I thought it might be a good idea to start a ‘Favourites’ section on the blog, where we can share some of our favourite restaurants, foods and treats with you all. We thought it’d be interesting to note them all down and see how similar or different these favourites are, and also how much they change over time. So first up we’ll each look at our favourite eating out spots. So mine are:

  • Bill’s – I’m sure I must have mentioned my obsession with this restaurant before, after all it’s a go-to restaurant for work lunches or meetings. With scrumptious food like haloumi and hummus burgers, classic doorstop fish finger sandwiches and warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream it’s certainly a must visit when you’re nearby. They also sell lots of gorgeous food like chutney, pasta and sauces, so you can try some delicious cooking at home – win win! Plus the decor and feel of the restaurant is so chilled out and relaxed, so you can sit over a drink or pudding for an age without feeling rushed. 
  • The Diner – My obsession with this restaurant is certainly no secret – I think I’ve been about five times this year alone. Sometimes you just need a cheeseburger, fries and vanilla milkshake (with added peanut butter of course) and there really is nowhere better than The Diner on Shaftesbury Avenue for that American experience!
  • Leon – I’m a sucker for their Sweet Potato Falafel, aioli chicken, haloumi and brown rice what can I say. Also because all the food is without additives and other bad stuff I feel like I’m making a good choice when I go here. Even if I go for the chocolate brownie. At least it’s wheat and gluten-free I suppose!
  • The Laughing Buddha – This is the local Chinese where I grew up and I can’t even guess how much birthdays or special occasions have seen us at this restaurant. Honestly, I think this restaurant has spoilt me for life as their Lemon Chicken, Seaweed, Crispy Duck and Sweet and Sour Chicken are out of this world and I’ve yet to find a place in London that even comes close to making it as well as they do. Woe is me!
  • Sandbanks – This beachside restaurant on the Algarve Coast is wondrous. It’s the first place we head to when we land in Faro, as the spicy wedges, salads, club sandwich and chicken and avocado wraps are legendary. Not to mention their fresh orange juice and pancakes with banana and chocolate sauce. And with a gorgeous view over looking the beach and sea, it can’t be beaten when the weather is glorious.
  • Ripley Curry Garden – The most delicious curry in all of Surrey can be found at this small restaurant. It’s everything you’d expect in a family run restaurant – small, friendly and with the most mouth-watering food. Whilst I don’t go for the most exciting of Indian dishes – Onion Bhaji, Bombay Aloo and Chicken Korma – they are all absolutely delicious.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some really excellent restaurants that I love, so perhaps I’ll have to do a second part to this post in the not too distant future. Now I wonder what Lau might choose as her favourites? I’m certain she’ll choose one or two that overlap with mine, but I wonder what else will feature?

April round up

Fi and I were having a bit of a chat the other day about this here blogalog and brainstorming ideas for the next set of posts. We always like to have a few things in the works ready to go so it helps to chat things over and get planning. You’ve probably noticed that Fi always ends up writing more things, it’s because she’s more organised (or I’m lazy) but I’m trying to improve myself here – hence the chattering and planning! Anyways we came upon the idea of a monthly round up of any food related shenanigans – eating out, new recipes, new shops discovered, that sort of thing. So welcome to the first in the series…

3 new recipes tried – Fruit smoothies, Red Velvet Cheesecake squares (coming soon), Chewy Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookies

3 doughs made – pizza dough, a seeded loaf and a plain white loaf

2 brunchesRiding House Cafe and Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House

10 meals out – including Yo Sushi!, Zizzi’s, Leon and The Diner

5 new dining experiences – Tom’s Kitchen, The Seahorse, Cafe at The Medicine Garden, The Riding House Cafe and The Wolseley.

Okay so it looks like we’ve eaten out a lot this month – but I’m blaming that on our birthday fun as 7 of those meals out were part of birthday celebrations. Let’s hope May isn’t the same as I’m not completely sure my bank balance can handle it!

We also seem to be a bit low on the new recipes front, again I’m blaming that on the birthday too – any one else seeing a theme here? We do plan on getting these newly mentioned recipes written up and on the blog soon.

Lau xxx

Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, Hyde Park

A couple of weeks ago Fi and I (plus the parentals and the mini sister) had tickets to see Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s the latest show from Cirque de Soleil and it involves all kinds of acrobatics and circus acts. As it was an afternoon performance we all decided to meet up earlier and have lunch beforehand. We wanted somewhere quick and easy, but new. I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try the Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, which (surprisingly) is in Hyde Park next to the Serpentine. It’s a place I’d heard of before and had been dying to try out, so I floated the idea and luckily after seeing the menu the rest of the Evans family agreed.

And it was simply perfect, exactly what we needed. We only had a small window of time to get there and eat, which was made shorter by certain roads in the park being closed, so we couldn’t park as close as we wanted to. So after a fast paced walk around the Serpentine we were seated in this little food haven, right next to the back entrance of Winter Wonderland – if i’d have known it was so close I’d have certainly made the most of it on my last trip there! Obviously it’s a great location, right on the water’s edge with glass walls so you can see out to the park and watch the geese and swans playing up to the crowd for bread while the flocks of pigeons swirl around their heads. It’s the sort of place where you could mull over a coffee for hours or, like us quickly wolf down lunch before heading out for a show.

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Lunchtime view – miserable day i’m afraid.

So back to the food, what did we have?

Well between us we ordered 2 club sandwiches, 1 mushroom risotto, 1 beef bourguignon and 1 fish finger sandwich (see the pics below). I had the club sandwich and it was scrummy. The ciabatta bread was a completely inspired idea. It came with chips and aioli which I love! But I think the meal of the trip has to be the beef, I had a cheeky taste and now know exactly what I’ll be ordering on my next visit.

Don’t you just love the plates. I was seriously contemplating taking one of these away with me! Also check out the handy condiment holders – an ingenious idea if you ask me.

Condiments in a cake tin

Condiments in a cake tin

We were tempted by the Benugo cake selection, but we had homemade cupcakes for snacking during the interval of the show (skinny blueberry lemon cupcakes, totally delicious and they went down well with the whole family!) so instead i’m definitely going to stop there next time i’m in the park for a coffee and cake to take away. I’d highly recommend you do the same!

Lau xx