The strawberries were from COOP, their speciality ones, some of the best strawberries I have ever had.
Whipped cream, I used this rather than double, nice and light. Whipped to soft peaks.
Whipped egg whites, this makes things lighter. I use Clarence court eggs, the egg yolk went in to a carbonara at lunch/dinner time.
Strawberry Syrup/jam – strawberries halved caster sugar heated for 20 minutes or until starting to soften. Allow to cool totally. Add some vanilla paste, Sweeten to taste with icing sugar, this will be sweetening the whole mousse, no sugar is added to the other ingredients, so it needs to be sweet.
I use a large metal spoon for folding, I’ve tried other things, there not as good. Mix a spoon of whipped cream in to the syrup/jam to loosen things up a bit. Then fold the syrup/jam in to the cream, don’t go mad, the next ingredient will mix things some more. Then fold the egg whites in to cream and syrup.
Spoon in to nice appropriate glasses to set, in a fridge for about four hours.
Simple but very tasty, summer in a glass, like elderflower cordial.
Asian broth with Lidstones Beef dumplings. Lidsones beef is the star here! An experiment with seaweed made the broth more interesting.
Dumplings Filling: Minced Beef, spring onion, garlic powder, ginger aubergine, fennel, soy sauce, chive, corn flour.
The usual ingredients of stock, ginger, garlic, star anise, miso to make the broth. Some good homemade stock that needed using up. A mix of pepper fennel. Finishing with chive flowers makes a nice touch. Seek out chive flowers or three cornered garlic flowers there not here for much longer.
Dumplings were fried before adding to the broth.
Gordon Ramsay again nails it. People wanting to know about British food, should check out Gordon’s pub food book. I cooked for the second time: Creamed Haddock and pickled walnuts on toast. Excellent smoked Haddock from caughtonline. I used Italian bread for toasting, bought from Waitrose. It’s a shame that our local pubs don’t sell good erm pub food. Our village is on the edge of Dartmoor, the two for £10 shite is not doing anyone any favours. 7 take aways , none of them any good.
There are lots of fruits coming in to our shops at the moment. I bought some apricots, its the colour that pulls me in with apricots. Back in Bavaria, you will see lots of apricots, better quality apricots. That said cooking apricots takes them to a new level. Gordon again, apricot compote, simple but gorgeous. Some real vanilla ice cream, on the side. Gordon Ramsay – Just Desserts is a book no one should be without.
Other hits food wise have come from Levi Roots. His Jamaican porridge recipe is the new alarm clock! Put some sunshine in your life, check out Levi’s recipes. Hake and Chips at Rockfish for £3 , on the monthly fish Friday, now that is amazing!
Brilliant music is in the air at the moment Rae Morris has her Love Again remixed by Clean Bandit and others its amazing. Blur have a new album out its superb. Acid Pauli and Monolink have a tune called the end that’s also superb. Lucy Rose is smashing it live and studio! Just got her CD on order with a gig ticket for £10!!!! That’s value, seriously the new stuff is so cool, her last gig was on fire! Check out 2Shy (WARPAINT-STEEZ Remix) also Ghost Poet X -Marks the Spot (feat. Nadine Shah).
Also The Notwist’s latest album called Messier Objects, it is something prety cool. I hope they play live near me sometime this year. It’s Wales at the moment?
Go see Rae Morris with Tom Odell at one of the forest live gigs. Tune in to Rinse FM Loving Josey Rebelle and Horse Meat Disco.
This is London Calling, London Calling!
Great food, Great Music, mixed weather. Thankfully after some confusion I ended up in a Premier Inn, two actually. I’m no fan of chains normally, but Premier have delivered again, it can be done. Great service, clean good sized rooms, three good night’s sleep. Thank you!
Food wise, as you may have guessed, I go elsewhere. I would like Some Premier’s having guest food coming in. London is on fire with street food. Gordon Ramsay has had street food guests in Bread Street Kitchen.
First night: I rushed to Hawker House, I had some banging Tacos from http://www.breddostacos.com/
After I checked in to my hotel, I hot footed it to Camden Jazz Cafe. On their menu was the mighty Dreadzone. Dreadzone delivered once again. They were on home turf; they are electric home or away, tonight was no exception. Whilst Exeter has the best bouncing crew London Rocked. It was a hot one, that’s for sure.
Next day finds me eating a heartbreaker burger at Tongue and Cheek. This is one of my favourite burgers. Despite the name its not overwhelming. The name comes from its ox heart centre. I had an Original . This had beef patty, cheddar, spicy chimichurri sauce, water cress, sour cream.
After a very nice coffee from www.darkfluid.co.uk. Now its Easter so I’m finding a Paris-Brest from Patisserie des Reves. Again superb.
Blood oranges, are nowhere to be seen where I live, so finding them in London was a result! Thank you La Fromagerie. Forward then to Lina Stores for another sweet and my free Waitrose Coffee. Waitrose are another example of a chain that delivers, there aren’t many.
So, money is tight, it’s a free art gallery.
On then to the national gallery. My favorite painting is not there whaaaaaa! Eventually I find out that Tate Britain, have nicked it bahhhh!
Back to my second hit of Hawker House, tonight its a slider from http://www.sambalshiok.co.uk/. Chicken Satay, again super tasty! Duck chips from Duck n Roll were OK. No alcohol so I skipped the Whiskey a go go roulette and other bars.
A quick trip around Waitrose and Selfridges, alas not doing any major shopping. Then it’s back to the hotel.
Sunday sees a misguided trip on buses to Wembley. Again saving money, as buses are half the price. Traffic jams, are out of our control, but I never had a problem when Ken was in charge?
After missing the Rib Man at Brick Lane, I settled for some other food, not the worst but not amazing. My bagel and coffee were pretty nice. Some S.E. Asian food was as I said OK.
Eventually I make Wembley, I check in and have some Caribbean food. HotSpice deliver a very nice meal, a well balanced plate of very tasty food. They also do take away, my next trip to London, sees a take away for sure!
Onward to the now closed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden (also commonly known as the Neasden Temple).
It was a clear sky and dark. The temple looked mind blowing against this backdrop. Again my next London visit sees me visiting this during the day, for a proper view.
Next day I’m going home via a recommendation from Meera Sodha. I find Ealing Road and the best Indian community food and more. Forget tourist trap Brick Lane, this is real deal! Much cheaper, tastier. A very friendly vibe, another must return visit. My Veg Pav Bhaji cost £2. Amazing food and clothes all around.
Back to Waterloo, don’t bother with the station and its rip off food. There is a small bakery nearby that does much better at a fraction of the cost. Here ends my trip to London.
Four o'clock in the morning and still we cannot sleep Turning over turning round, twisting in our sweat They say there is no rest for the wicked ones Dear God what have we done? There is no rest for the wicked ones Dear God what is this evil that we've done?
Is it that we wanted more than you gave? Why did you put us then in this smalltown grave? Humility - is that what you want? Why did you make us then the way you did? Yes we have pride - is this our sin? Is it the times that we've been out fighting? Well I'll tell you all those times - we never really hurt anybody Or is it that we were eating While other people were starving? Is this our crime?
Is it the times we laughed about it all Through all those whisky nights so far away? Yes, we betrayed you - is this our crime?
Gordon Ramsay Fast Food, Pasta two dishes tried. Great results as you would expect. Very quick very simple. Superb for anyone who has a pasta mountain. The second dish had garlic anchovies parsley pasta, that’s it That’s pretty simple, very nice though. The dish pictured ‘Linguine with tomatoes,Olives and Capers’, had more to it, but still very easy and quick. Extremely tasty! I recommend good pasta, there are some reasonably priced quality dried pastas now in the supermarket. Germany has some amazing offers, for good pasta. Also done from the same book was Sticky Lemon Chicken with Champ and peas, seriously good! Again free range chicken, it doesn’t need to be expensive French, but it does need to be free range. Good potatoes are a must! All these dishes are pretty cheap to make. Ingredients/technique posted when I have time.
Definitely on the menu, we have more salad. We also have more fish.
Pictured is an Asian noodle salad with a roasted duck leg. Check out the wilted pak choi which goes nice on salad. Crisp noodles add texture/crunch to this salad. Five spice cherry sauce with the duck leg. Salad dressings are endless, coconut/lime? Honey Lime Ginger? Tamarind is a great dressing ingredient. Apple and Coriander like each other in a salad. Keep leaves dry if you want the dressing to stick to them.
Pasta, Pheasant, Wild Mushroom, Truffle, parsley, cream, seasoned to taste.
Last of the pheasant, pretty good pasta, wild mushrooms from Tesco. Finished off with good truffle oil from www.carluccios.com.
Good ingredients, simple cooking, Great results.