London/Blackpool/Lake District

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Now that is an Ice Cream!

Now that is an Ice Cream!

Amazing times. Megabus is the only way I can do this sort of travel. Much as I want J.C. running things will megabus still exist under his rule?
Highlight of London was Gunpowder at Spitalfields what a find. Highlight of Blackpool was the company, plus the ice cream. Nice curry, but Gunpowder was still fixed in my mind. Highilight of the Lake district? All of it! Amazing scenery, it’s been so long. The best beer I have had since I was running a bar. Jennings served from Wateredge Inn was stunning! Big Thanks to the drivers and lovely hospitality as ever!
Bowness Lake District Fish and Chips really good another great find!
Streetfeast allways delivers, Winerama is a must!
Now that is a pint of beer!

Now that is a pint of beer!

You Doughnut is also a must!
If you get the chance to eat in Shakeshack London, don’t! Its really gone down hill since my first visit, when it opened. Service is OK burger was not amazing. Fries were Cold, second batch given free were warm on top and cold below. I got a free concrete for my troubles, a mc Flurry is as good as possibly better?
YHA Bolsover Road was cool. Dover Street Apartments were excellent, basic clean cheap quiet, very good service. Premier Inn was again really good, don’t bother with the food though.
Amazing Food

Amazing Food

Venison Doughnut

Venison Doughnut


Superb wine

Superb wine

Cauliflower/Paneer/Pea Curry, with homemade flatbread.

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Meat Free!

Meat Free!

Viva Pataks!
Curry paste, onion, ginger, garlic, water, Cauliflower, Paneer, frozen Peas, chilli powder, natural yogurt.
Brown the paneer first then remove it. Then fry the onion to light brown, then add garlic ginger cook until soft add chili powder fry for a minuet. Now add cauliflower and paste fry for a few minuets, add water a little at a time until cauliflower is cooked but still firm add peas and paneer cook until peas are done and paneer is warmed through. Now stir in the yogurt, until warmed. Season to taste.
If you have it, chopped mint or coriander or wild garlic or chives all go well on top or stirred though just before serving.
*Paneer is very cheap cost me £1 reduced from £1:50 from Tesco’s. Asian shops are probably even cheaper. Meera Sodha does a great chilli Paneer seek her books out, seriously good ! http://meerasodha.com/

Dandy Warhols Bristol

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What a gig!!! I knew it would be good, it was amazing. Maximum respect, to all the Dandy’s crew. Maximum respect to Academy staff, another great gig!!

Dandy’s are so cool, there fantastic catalogue along with a great new album. Seriously go see The Dandy Warhols!!

Great new single, off the superb Album.

Had some nice food at Sticks and Broth A new Ramen Bar in Bristol. A few pints at BrewDog.

http://www.sticksnbroth.com/

spicy miso

Great night out. Hello to all the nice people I met that day, there were many.

 

Chicken Mole

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SDC17408Pipers farm chicken, Mexican black turtle beans, Willie Hardcourt-Couzes 100% Cacao, peanuts,cinnamon stick ,star anise, cumin, Wahaca Chipotle, chicken stock.

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On the side Summer Mexican Coleslaw in Corn Tortilla wraps. Salad, (whatever you have). Dressing of  Coriander, mint, lime mayo, garlic granules, cactus syrup(or sweetening of your choice),salt.  Result!!!!!!

 Star of the show!!!

 

Amazing Rae

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Amazing Night!

Amazing Night!

Hometown gig, great night. Thanks massive to my best mates for making the weekend complete. Love to St Anne’s and the tea shop!! Superb Herb (tea) Join you for a Beer next time. Rae Morris is superb live and studio. A genuinely nice person. Looking forward to her next album and gigs. Speaking of which Eliza Shaddad is about to tour, with superb new material.

 

When Lucy and Rae Duet its the most beautiful thing on earth!!!!

Love Unguarded, seriously one of the best albums ever!!!

 

Moroccan Pigeon pie

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SDC17351  SDC17352

Wow! Another one gone! Happy New Year.

Excessive rain storms on a daily basis, no thanks? Moroccan Pigeon pie yes please.

Most of these pies have a similar format that you can change, to suit what you have available. Good chicken works well instead of Pigeon, Pipers Farm Exeter do the best chicken in the world, French Bresse is a close second, but Waitrose Free range/organic, label rouge ,sheepdrove organic or similar would be acceptable.

Basically its cooked shredded meat and/or vegetables with spices with almonds/raisins or dried apricot. This is bound together with an egg, encased in filo pastry and baked.  If using chicken, left over roast or thigh/ leg would be good. I roasted two pigeons off at 180 degrees for 25/30 mins. I made a good stock with the leftover carcases.

Pigeons are cheap and plentiful, as with all wild foods they are massively healthy. So go seek out a good supplier (that’s not a supermarket).

I used Cumin Cardamom, orange zest (very good with pigeon), garlic ginger turmeric, cinnamon.  Remembering its Moroccan you can easily arrange the spice mix to suit your store cupboard.

Vegetables? I used diced carrot and thinly sliced onion. I used mandolin for the onion garlic ginger and fried these for the base of the pie mix.

Melted butter between each sheet of filo, about 5 on the bottom, add the cooled pie mix. Then 4 or 5 on the top.  Fold them all over, brush beaten egg yolk on the top. Bake In an oven for 35 40 minutes  at 180.  Just watch nothing burns. Dust very lightly with icing sugar, if you like. Serve with some homemade or Ugborough/Ermington Sustainable or Rubies in The Rubble chutney!

*Words of wisdom on cinnamon, home ground sticks are better than most of the pre ground rubbish in the supermarkets.

pipersfarm.com    www.rubiesintherubble.com            www.ermingtonparish.com/sustainable-saturdays      www.facebook.com/UgboroughSustainableSaturdays

Peanut and Vanilla Ice Cream

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Gordon Ramsay Just Desserts is the best book ever published. Seriously forget the Bible, I’ve tried the loaves and fish recipe, it didn’t work, don’t get me started on water in to wine.

This time I learnt Pate A Bombe, not difficult, very well explained, amazing result. My Ice cream maker may have taken some of the air out of the mix, but it was still the best Ice cream, I have ever made or had for that matter. The recipe was my own, peanut and vanilla love each other.  Looking forward to using Pate A Bombe to make Parfait and more. You all need to invest in Gordons Just Desserts Book. French classic techniques , most of which are easier than you think. There are no short cuts, once you have learnt some of them, you will be wowing the world with your results. Gordons recipes are Beautiful!

Use only the best ingredients!

Use only the best ingredients!

China Town Kitchen

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Lizzie Mabbott is the author of this cool book. I have tried 3 recipes, great results.  Hoi Sin Ginger Pork ribs, I used Waitrose ribs, outdoor free range,good result. Chinese Fried Chicken , I used Tesco free range chicken, acceptable but try and get better.  Cola Chicken Wings, I used Pipers Farm chicken wings, best chicken outside of  France, seriously good. Cola wings were not overpoweringly sweet as I feared, really nice.

Cola Wings, So Good

Cola Wings, So Good

Cheap and Tasty

Cheap and Tasty

amazing flavour, fall off the bone.

amazing flavour, fall off the bone.

It is well worth investing in this book. Great advice modern Asian dishes and classic. Cool pictures, good instructions. Very colourful, very inspiring, great results, GO BUY!

Totnes Devon

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best bakes in the world!

best bakes in the world!

Totnes brings out the best in all of us. Lancashire Cheese, Dorset Blue Viney, Dorset Knobs, hemp clothing. Annie’s Fruit and Veg, owls, yes owls. Round the corner it’s the Almond Thief Dartington, for the best bakes in the world, with Monmouth coffee. Great company, great morning.

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