Moroccan Pigeon pie

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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.

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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.

Love is The message

Final Meal

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So the condemed man awaits his fate and has his last meal, before turning 50! Yikes 50! Actualy I am now 50 and it is is not that bad.
So that meal:
Sweetcorn on the cob
Holly Fuck Ribs and greens
Willies 100% Cacao ice cream with a Kent Cherry Ripple
Selection of cheese and oatmeal buscuits. Petit Basque,MonteEnebro,Snorfrisk.
Wille’s Seaflake Venuzuelan Rio Caribe 44 chocolate, Willies chocolate is the perfect end to any meal.

Rib Man Holly Fuck sauce gave these ribs the kick and special flavour the marinade required. Go buy some!

Rib Man Holly Fuck sauce gave these ribs the kick and special flavour the marinade required. Go buy some!


100% Cacao, Muscavado Sugar. Ripple made with Kent Cherries with star anise minimal amount of cream.

100% Cacao, Muscavado Sugar. Ripple made with Kent Cherries with star anise minimal amount of cream.


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Speaking of Ice Cream, it’s colder up north. Amazingly some the Ice Cream is also very good. Blackpool has an old school Ice Cream parlour, its won massive accolade and it’s been there since 1929, now that is success, others take note.
http://www.notarianniicecreamblackpool.co.uk/
If you’re in the posh part of that area St Anne’s go visit the Ice Queen
a mobile ice cream vendor that sells only the best Ice cream from that area, and also makes her own ice lollies that are to die for!
Elbournes Tea Emporium served me the best tea and cake.
St Annes is well worth a visit, more about that in another post, I’m off to work, on my 50th, that’s life!

Simplest Strawberry Mousse

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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.

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SDC16977Asian 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.

Healthy Tasty Easy All ingredients available (even the seaweed from erm Tesco).
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Food Glorious Food and Music 17th May 2015

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I added a Clarence Court poached egg and asparagus to Gordon's classic .

I added a Clarence Court poached egg and asparagus to Gordon’s classic .

Clarence Court eggs, are the best eggs, check out that yolk! Pickled Walnuts, from Waitrose.

Clarence Court eggs, are the best eggs, check out that yolk! Pickled Walnuts, from Waitrose.

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!

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Lewisham's Micro Library.

Lewisham’s Micro Library.

This is London Calling, London Calling!

 

Thank you Linna Stores and Waitrose (that coffee is free)

Thank you Linna Stores and Waitrose (that coffee is free)

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.

Three floors, superb!

Three floors, superb!

First night: I rushed to Hawker House, I had some banging Tacos from http://www.breddostacos.com/

Seriously nice!

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.

Amerterville! No this is Lewisham!

Amerterville! No this is Lewisham!

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.

Pillow Fight!Trafalgar square, is my stop. Its kicking off big time! Thankfully pillows are involved, so no one is hurt. 1000 pillows perhaps? Feathers are everywhere, seriously it’s a blizzard of feathers!

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!

Cheap Camera, amazing temple!

Cheap Camera, amazing temple!

Onward to the now closed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden (also commonly known as the Neasden Temple).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BAPS_Shri_Swaminarayan_Mandir_London

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.

Best Burger, along with Bread Street Kitchen!

Best Burger, along with Bread Street Kitchen!

Very Cheap Tasty Friendly!

Very Cheap Tasty Friendly!

This how BrewDog Roll!

This how BrewDog Roll!