Monthly Archives: December 2014

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.

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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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Rockfish Plymouth, Echoes of Blackpool.

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So many bad fish and chip shops around these days, it’s a crime. When you have a good one, it’s a real joy. I had a mediocre trip to the restaurant, on my last visit. This time, the take away was as it has been in the past really good. I think the picture captures it well. Crispy batter great chips firm outside nice and fluffy inside. Wonderful service, the lady serving me was passionate about what she was serving.

My last visit to our local chip shop was rubbish, soggy greasy fish. Sometimes they are good other times awful.

Oddly enough I had just returned from Blackpool, where there are lots of similar circumstances. My food was for once very good. I had nice salmon cooked very well,by my friends. Watch the blog for this.I also had a nice curry. We were on the edge of Blackpool , so out of the danger zone. Blackpool centre can be a rough place. I had a great potato and meat  pie, that cost £1:35, amazing.  My hotel was next to an airport, lucky for me the airport is shut. £29 a night Premier Inn, superb service, clean, quiet ,warm, result! I massively enjoyed my stay in Blackpool.

crispy batter, fresh fish, nice chips

crispy batter, fresh fish, nice chips

I had the Blues, but I shook them off! With some hot Soup.

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This is soup weather, if ever there was soup weather. I have made Spiced whole cauliflower and coconut, Jerusalem Artichoke, pictured is pheasant with real garlic bread.  All amazing.

If your near a Waitrose , get your hands on that bread. The label says best toasting bread, there not wrong. For the garlic bread ; just rub a freshly cut half clove of garlic over both sides of hot toast. Serve immediately with warm/hot pheasant soup.

Pheasant soup, everything except the breasts. I schnitzel’d the breasts. Some good streaky bacon cut up , I used Heston’s bacon from Waitrose

Wild pheasant soup, keep winter colds at bay.

Wild pheasant soup, keep winter colds at bay.

. Whatever veg you have , onion, carrot, fennel, parsnip, went in mine. Some hard winter herbs if you have them  When all the meat is cooked and tender, take out the meat and discard the bones.  Blitz the soup until thick Shred the meat back in to the soup season with salt and black pepper. Pheasants are free range to wild, they are also uber healthy. £6 a brace .If you live where I live, there is no excuse, for eating factory/torture farmed chicken.

 

I threw nothing away except a slice off the bottom of the cauliflower. A base of onion garlic and curry powder. Finished with some coconut and seasoned to taste with a stock cube (shoot me) and pepper. I sived this soup before adding the coconut milk.

Similar with the Jerusalem Artichoke soup onion garlic artichokes, seasoned with a stock cube(shoot me)and pepper. If you scrub artichokes instead of peeling them you have more flavour. You don’t get the white soup you see in restaurants. Substance over style. A few vegetables have flavour on the outside carrots are another example of this, I scrape carrots, no peeling. You could finish this with a little truffle oil, or real truffle perhaps. At Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen I had spiced lobster added, fucking amazing!

Wild/free range, healthy, tasty, cheaper than you think.

Wild/free range, healthy, tasty, cheaper than you think.

Full of Flavour

Full of Flavour

 

London Again

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Produce at http://brockleymarket.com/ is amazing

Produce at http://brockleymarket.com/
is amazing

No picture can do justice.

No picture can do justice.

Seriously the best, no picture can replicate the  patisserie des reves taste sensation.

Seriously the best, no picture can replicate the patisserie des reves taste sensation.

Returning from a great visit to the North, seriously nice people, some nice food. Thank you know who you are. The Salmon dish will be blogged later.

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Lewisham Micro Library, its free. Not trashed, by riots or Black Friday consumerism. No newspaper media in this library. So cool.

So I find my self in London again, the coolest city on earth. I find its No. 1 Market, that lives up to its award. I find a micro Library in a phone box. I find the best Patisserie in Britain. I visit some seriously good chocolatiers. John Lewis wins the Christmas window display award again.

Oxford Street was the busiest I have ever seen.  Great to see consumerism kicking right in , literally as people fought for there televisions.

Rococo as ever supplying great chocolate. On route I found La pâtisserie des rêves , its as good as the twitterfolk say it is. My caramel was one of the best things I have had. The taster they gave me with a layer of vanilla running through it blew my mind. William Curley Dessert Bar also gave pretty good, chocolates are there best product I think.

Little Dragon played an amazing gig at Brixton Academy. Atmospherically, Visually and sonically  they were amazing. Great news Bone Daddies were still open after the gig, a three course special, hit all the right notes.

 

Heartbreaker Burger made using 50% good ox heart and 50% dry aged beef from native breeds. Superbly dressed with chimichurri sauce. Up there with Gordon's Ramsay's burger.

Heartbreaker Burger made using 50% good ox heart and 50% dry aged beef from native breeds. Superbly dressed with chimichurri sauce. Up there with Gordon’s Ramsay’s burger.

John Lewis Christmas Window Display

John Lewis Christmas Window Display

William Curley, so near Victoria coach station, it is a must visit.

William Curley, so near Victoria coach station, it is a must visit.