Meerah Sodha with Heston Blumental

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Fennel Ice cream is amazing!

Fennel Ice cream is amazing!

What a combo. Fennel ice cream is a first for me, what an amazing result. Heston’s slightly spiced sponge with toffee apple sauce, this time made properly, another superb result. The two combined absolute joy!

So go Buy Meera Sodha’s book, its seriously good. Then visit Waitrose maybe buy some Heston? I’m not a fan of chains and big business, but sometimes they work. Seriously if you’re using a supermarket Waitrose is the one. I travel to mine, but it is well worth it.

I visit other places when I do. In Exeter, I bumped in to the Wonderful Josie Long and friend (and very funny comedian/performer). Someone remind me of her name. If that wasn’t cool enough, just after, Henning Wehn whizzed past me at Exeter Farmers market, he was schnell schnell uber hurrying.

it tastes as good as it looks

it tastes as good as it looks

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Down beneath the swoosh of the turbines, the long grass blows in ripples
There's a beautiful spiral of roads that leads the lost up here
I was watching the birds taking off to swoop down over the city
They find and take just what they need and turn, turn, turn
The movers move, the shakers shake, the winners write their history
But from high on the high hills it all looks like nothing
The movers move, the shakers shake, the winners write their history
But from high on the high hills it all looks like nothing
That afternoon on Hustlergate with all the TVs flickering
While behind the sky was moving liquid crimson gold
Brothers, sisters, pay no heed to the unfaithful messengers
For theirs is a prison world of lies, lies, lies
Where the movers move, the shakers shake, the winners rewrite history
But from high on the high hills it all looks like nothing
The movers move, the shakers shake, the winners write their history
But from high on the high hills it all looks like nothing
The keening wind it blows through me, it blows through me
My time it must be almost done, be almost done
All these things you fear so much depend on angles of vision
From down in the maze of walls you can't see what's coming
But from high on the high hills it all looks like nothing
But from high on the high hills it all looks like nothing, nothing

Meera Sodaha’s Pistachio and Yoghurt Chicken Curry with Aunty Harsha’s Naan. Followed by Pistachio and Saffron Kulfi.

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Another superb meal, from the Made in India book, by Meera Sodha. Acompanied by some simple tasty Chutney from Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape India book.

I was astonished how good the Naan’s came out; don’t need to buy those from a take away ever again.

Three take away’s in my town, none of them make anything good compare to this meal.

The meal was finished off with Pistachio and Saffron Kulfi. This is seriously easy to make and tastes divine.

Your taste buds will love you forever if you buy Meera’s book. Gordon Ramsay is the world’s greatest chef and all round good guy. So it goes without saying his food is amazing.SDC16376SDC16375

Tori Kari Age

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Some photos from my second recipe that I cooked from Wagama cookbook, amazing cooking results, not amazing photos. My first recipe, I tried, has no photos.

I used Yasai Soba dressing on a noodle salad, amazing results. A piece of wild salmon on the side. Japans all about quality/healthy, so no farmed shit is used. I salted the salmon for 25 minutes before frying, then finishing in a hot oven.

The rice salad had Tori Kara age on the side. This is simple to make and makes KFC taste like cardboard!

I am getting in to Japanese food in a big way. Thank to you know who for getting me in to Japan, thanks also for family, for giving me the Wagamama book.

I used some Jamie Oliver ideas in my Asian noodle salad, crisping up some soba noodles. My second salad had brown rice in the mix. Both salads had chare grilled wilted pak choi on the top. Toasted sesame seeds, mandolin’d peppers, various green leaves.

Looking forward to more from Wagama.

Taste explosion, slightly blurred photo

Taste explosion, slightly blurred photo

Healthy, Tasty, not expensive.

Healthy, Tasty, not expensive.

Turning Japanese

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SDC16328 Konichiwa? I am heading towards the salmon recipe, honest. But I have been given the Wagamama book for xmas. So I am deviating towards Japan. The Thai recipe is in the post for sure. I think a recap phone call, with the chefs up North who cooked it for me. Until then It’s turning Japanese. So today I had a pretty good katsu curry  in Wagamama for inspiration. Side of Kimchee was very nice. My only gripe is, the use of  factory farmed chicken, someone tell me I am wrong.

After Royal Williams Yard and Wagamama , it was a trip to the Asian supermarket and Waitrose. Shopping  for some extras. More of these and their use is on the near horizon. Salmon is definitely in the mix, now to find wild salmon. Healthy is the future, I have tasted it!

I had more traditional Mothers Pheasant Casserole tonight, top-notch!!

Katsu Curry Wagamama

Katsu Curry Wagamama

Thai Ox Cheeks.

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Ox Cheeks browned, removed . Then a paste of shalot,garlic,ginger,turmeric,lemongrass, is fried of until the rawness is lost. Then spices tempered and ground are added,cumin,coriander and fennel.  Also added chopped fresh turmeric,fish sauce. vegetables also added along the way, carrot,sweet potato, baby sweet corn, peas,green beans. Added to taste  at the end tamarind and honey. Coriander leaf also added at the end.Season to taste. Slow cooked in water, for 6hrs.

Served with Jasmine rice and Pak Choi

Buy Jasmine Rice from an Asian supermarket and save ££s

Buy Jasmine Rice from an Asian supermarket and save ££s

Cheeks are cheap and full of flavour, many countries use them, from Italy to Thailand , Britain to France.

Cheeks are cheap and full of flavour, many countries use them, from Italy to Thailand , Britain to France.

Cheers Heston, Cheers Lidstones,cheers Ivy fish,cheers Waitrose.

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What a dessert, but don’t  be a nana like me and pierce the film lid, still nice though. Seemed to be better when I mic’d up the second hit next day. It went very well with Heston’s Malted Milk & Marmalade Ice Cream. Amazing sirloin steak from Lidstones. Potatoes from albertbartlett.co.uk these are seriously good. Waitrose after making mistakes with my delivery, came up good, sorting out problems, compensating me for my loss. That’s one of many reasons I shop at Waitrose. Seriously , ditch the other supermarkets. Do use the amazing butchers and fishmongers though.Fish Soup from Ivybridge Fish, souperb!

Does it come with chips?

Does it come with chips?

Crispy Egg, Emily Watkins.

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Not the best photo, Waitrose may have a better one.

Not the best photo, Waitrose may have a better one.

One talented chef. I hope to one day eat at The Kingham Plough . I tried the crispy egg from her Waitrose Weekend recipe. I used a different salad, celleriac fennel tomato and ham. This was down to things in the fridge. I used the same dressing mustard lemon honey. I need to cook the egg less next time perhaps. I am guessing it should be a soft yolk. Still good though, visualy and taste wise.

Caramalised banana Bavarois with bananas steeped in rum/spice syrup

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Gordon’s Just Desserts book is the best book ever. Classic standards with Gordon’s precision and beauty.

The last time I saw Malibu was at a party in the 80s being swigged by someone called Mental Maurice, Duran Duran and mullets were in vogue.

How astonishing to find it has a place in the world of good food. Vanila,cinnamon,star anise, Malibu, a light caramel. Sublime results .

I prefer meringue in my bavarois, it makes it a little lighter in texture. I used a little too much gelatine. The banana liquor, next time I use the real deal from De Kuyper or Bols. Not some miniature from Soho. But a very nice Christmas dessert, never the less. Thank you again Gordon Ramsay.

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