Monthly Archives: March 2013

“Sodom and Gomorra this is London gov.”

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Graph is all over London Shoreditch has some cool stuff.

Graph is all over London Shoreditch has some cool stuff.

The best Coffee and Cake in the west end (£5) Lina Stores Soho. Amazing old Italian Deli recommended by Suggs of Madness. The best Delis outside of Italy.

The best Coffee and Cake in the west end (£5) Lina Stores Soho. Amazing old Italian Deli recommended by Suggs of Madness. The best Deli outside of Italy.

Ramen is on trend, London has good Ramen.

Ramen is on trend, London has good Ramen.

Camden, where else?

Camden, where else?

Seven Eleven McDonalds and Ho-Jo`s
Gettys` on the jetty watch the river flow
The Lambeth walk`s like 42nd Street
Folks I gotta tell you this town can`t be beat
But London is the coolest, Street food and some great ethnic treats. London has a superb mix going on at the moment. It’s got nothing to do with Boris either, if anything its Kens legacy. Boris bikes, that was Kens idea. That said there’s a lot of colourful stuff from youngsters, food art, music, sport.
Lucky for us we spent some time there. We could not afford 3stars this time. We discovered some amazing food, but also street art that is standout. We also saw Punk Syndrome reviewed in an earlier post. More trips to BahnMi11 , Yalla Yalla pop up in Shoreditch, Lina Stores, Shoryu – St. James – Regent’s Street – London. http://yummei.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/shoryu-st-james-london.html
Next time we are hitting some free stuff, gallery wise. The British museum, for one. The national gallery and more.
Also look out for. Labyrinth by Mark Wallinger, which is the latest art installation on the London underground.
‘Streetfeast’ is coming up at Merchant Yard E84DL Friday 5:00pm until Midnight. Art Music Screenings. Lots of cool street food vendors, craft beers & cocktails. Free entry, 12th of April.
http://www.streetfeastlondon.com
London is always on our map. Make sure it is on yours!

Pheasant Schnitzel

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Dont crowd the pan. Cruncy shnitzel mmmm!

Dont crowd the pan. Cruncy shnitzel mmmm!

Phesant Shnitzel,mushroom pea rissoto.

Phesant Shnitzel,mushroom pea rissoto.

Schnitzel should be a crispy crunchy affair, with a nice meat that has not dried out. Pork veal or chicken is usually used. I was pleasantly surprised when I found a pheasant recipe.
If you can serve it with a bowl of sour Kraut, potato salad, so much the better. I put mushroom & pea rissoto with it, not bad , but not as good as traditional acompaniments.I have had some amazing ones in Bavaria.
Holstein is a similar affair, served with a fried egg, anchovies and capers. Gordon serves chicken Holstein in one of his pubs if my memory serves me correctly, Rest assured that will be amazing.
Jamie magazine has a pheasant schnitzel; I have done this 3 times. It is well worth doing. Then it’s Pheasant with turnip and pearl barley with the rest of the bird. Pheasants ranging from free- £3:99 for four meals, who needs chicken?
Alas it’s the end of the season, and I have the superb ‘Wahaca’ book on loan from the library, so buying chicken, that will be me then.
On a cutting board, place a piece of plastic wrap. Lay the cutlets or pheasant breast fillet flat on top. Cover with another piece of wrap and pound each with the flat side of a meat mallet or rolling pin until it is about 1 / 8 inch thick. Season the veal with white pepper, no need to do this with pheasant. Place the flour on a plate. Lightly beat 1 egg and water in a shallow bowl. Place bread crumbs on another plate.
Dip the cutlets in the flour and shake off the excess. Dip in the beaten egg mixture and allow the excess to drip off. Then coat generously with the bread crumbs.
In a large skillet, or non stick pan heat 3 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Cook the veal about 2 minutes a side or until golden brown; do not crowd in pan. Serve with Sour Kraut or red cabbage.
Schnitzel can go wrong, some things not to do: DONT press down on the schnitzel in the pan. DONT prepare the schnitzel in advance, as the breadcrumbs soak moisture and become soggy.
If using veal, it must be British; it must be outdoor Rose, not a crated tortured animal, usually from abroad. Milk fed does not have the flavour our outdoor veal has. Ginger Pig does some real deal veal. But using up by-products from the dairy industry is a good idea. Waitrose sell good U.K. veal.
Quick and tasty, please give Scnitzel a go.

Munich

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Insect Hotel, Isar

Insect Hotel, Isar

Lots of types of bread in Munich Hofpfisterei's bread is very good.

Lots of types of bread in Munich Hofpfisterei’s bread is very good.

Japan in Munich

Japan in Munich

Simple, fantastic quality, duck with Kartoffelknoedel and red cabbage.

Simple, fantastic quality, duck with Kartoffelknoedel and red cabbage.

Kohlrabi, Older U.K. people  know it also as a German Turnip.

Kohlrabi, Older U.K. people know it also as a German Turnip.

Bavaria , Rainbow Chard.

Bavaria , Rainbow Chard.


A beautiful place, possibly avoid the tourist food. Eat some real Bavarian quality. The best Bread, in the world, a long history of quality bread. Some wonderful cakes. The often overlooked are the vegetables. They are what perhaps, what I love most. Avoid the supermarkets. The markets have fresh and seasonal veg. at a very good price. Notice the tops are still on the veg. This shows how fresh the vegetables are. In the U.K. notice they are not, left on vegetables. I sometimes make vegetable top soup or hash.
For the best Bratwurst, at a bargain price of 2:65 euros, follow the locals to Schlemmermeyer, Viktualienmarkt. This market has some great things. It also has some tourist traps, so beware. Some of the other local markets are fantastic value and quality.
We also enjoy the odd Bento Box at
Sasou 28 Marienplatz, Munich, Bavaria, Germany .
Probably not as authentic as Japan, but still very nice. The staff are always wonderful.
Pretzel is a must, there are many good ones, none are expensive. The huge ones along with 1 metre Bratwurst are for tourist’s. Also remember where you are, not by the sea so leave the stickfish (mackerel) with the pikeys selling them.
Other local fish from the river are very good, try Fraunhofer reviewed in a previous post.
The Bavarian state library, often has free displays. Some of the main art galleries are only one Euro on a Sunday.
Oktoberfest is well documented elsewhere, watch Australians taste real beer with hilarious consequences.
http://www.tollwood.de/en/ is a great place to visit, twice a year art, food, music, theatre and stalls.
The English Garden is a very nice walk, keep an eye open for some nice horses in that area.
For Architecture, try the Schwabing area, Art Deco/Jugendstil (Youth Style), some hidden gems around this area. Elizabeth Market is also worth a visit, try the italian cafe for some food.
Hofpfisterei’s Bread is a real Winner. People who like their bread free of additives try to buy at one of Germany’s many organic bakeries. They offer relatively small-scale production based on traditional recipes. Real bread!
A walk along the Isar is always nice. It has recently been modified, River Surfing has suffered as a result. However the local council has done a great job. Try Fraunhofer bridge one summer evening after a meal in Fraunhofer.
The oldest Deli in Munich is http://www.dallmayr.de Its worth a visit. Father down the street is another store also worth a visit called Manufactum.
A brief outline, much more to follow. My love is in Munich.