Eat well - travel often

Month: March 2013

Farmison Meat Box

Farmison Meat Box

With prices rising and the size of products shrinking these days it is rare to have a pork chop on your plate that is almost too big to fit into your mouth. Trust me that would be big!! I was recently sent a box of […]

A Substantial, Nutritious Meal for under £5.00

A Substantial, Nutritious Meal for under £5.00

There is a lot of talk around these days about the price of food and believe me the general prices have risen beyond recognition but it is still possible to eat well and cheaply but it takes a bit of thought and planning. Recently I […]

Wine tasting with Wines from Spain

Wine tasting with Wines from Spain

I spent a few relaxing hours last seek at the Spanish 2013 Food & Wine Fair evening by special invite and as the guest of Wines from Spain.

When I go to buy wine I usually head straight for the French selection because that is what I know best followed by Italian wines. This is primarily because I, and I suspect a lot of people forget about the bounty of wine from Spain.

Recently I was scrolling down on Twitter and there was a quick competition to win 2 tickets to the Wine and Food from Spain 2013 evening being held in the City (of London) at the Old Billingsgate fish market (this market has now moved premises to further east – 04:00 fish market is an experience like no other !)

Anyway, I searched for the correct answer to the qualifying question, entered and a few hours later was told that I had just been ‘piped to the post’ and missed winning the tickets! Thanks anyway I replied and added that I wold love to accompany the winner if they didn’t have anyone to go with. The next day I got a tweet from the winner saying ‘you shall go to the ball!’ And the ticket was duly received in the post!! Yay!

Upon arrival we were ushered into the Cava room and invited to taste what we wanted from an impressive row of Spanish Cava. Off to a good start then !

 

At 18:00 doors at the far end of the room opened and we were presented with a room full of tables of the finest and vast selection of wine producers and tapas that Spain had to offer.

Perspex tables of canapés lined the middle if the room and off we went, sipping and nibbling as we made our way to the other end of the room.

 

I tasted wines from producers I had never heard of, from all over the country as well as better known ones such as Gonzalez Byass, Cordoniu, Campo Viejio to name but a few.

The range of tapas was equally impressive and essential to soak up all that wine coming from some of London’s best Spanish restaurants. It was lovely to see Omar Abilhoy from Tapas Revolution again

and to meet (and taste) offerings such as the extremely thinly sliced jamon from Tozino , so delicious with thinly sliced bagels and a glass of dry sherry

 

or the chorizo from Deli of Spain who offered a spreadable chorizo containing potato!!

Just as a postscript I thought I would mention that the Old Billingsgate market building was near Monument underground station, so named after the monument to the Great Fire of London 1666.

All of the years I have lived in London I had not been to the Monument before. I must say blogging has taken me to all sorts of new and interesting places!

The Monument just around the corner from Old Billingsgate fish market

Very tall and imposing – 202′ high.
Puro Fairtrade Coffee –  coffee roasting and my caffeine fix!

Puro Fairtrade Coffee – coffee roasting and my caffeine fix!

There is a lot of talk out in the blogesphere about Fairtrade and as it has recently been Fairtrade Week I am pleased to have been sent a selection of coffee from Puro Fairtrade Coffee. The mystery parcel as it was delivered!! What could be […]

Yuki’s Kitchen – Japanese Cooking at Home

Yuki’s Kitchen – Japanese Cooking at Home

  I had the pleasure of meeting Yuki at the Sozai Cooking School in London last month. Yuki taught the segment on making sushi and it was the first time I had actually made my own sushi.   We got talking and Yuki invited me […]

Happy St Patrick’s Day – A Lite Snack!!

Happy St Patrick’s Day – A Lite Snack!!

A little something to eat on St Patrick’s Day.

First of all I wanted to use some if the ingredients in my surprise St Patrick’s Day box that I received.

Mr R loves a cooked breakfast and this one did not disappoint. All the way from Ireland we had Clonakilty White Pudding, Truly Irish Maple Cured rashers of bacon along with scrambled eggs, sausages and a home made beer bread. It was yummy and kept us filled up all morning.

Inspired by a post I read by Fiona who writes a blog called London Unattached who made a soda bread, I decided to try to make a beer bread.

Ingredients:
250gm Redbournbury Flour (a local mill near where I live)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
150ml beer or any fizzy drink.

Method:
Preheat oven to 200oC
Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Make a well in the centre.
Add the beer or fizzy drink (it’s the fizz that’s important)
Lightly flour a baking sheet
Place dough onto the baking sheet and press down slightly

Sprinkle flour onto to dough and cut a cross in the top.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes

Leave to cool slightly and eat warm with lashings of butter!!

Morrisons Cellar Wine Tasting

Morrisons Cellar Wine Tasting

Wine heaven, that’s where I was recently when I was invited to a wine tasting evening with Morrisons Cellar. The supermarket Morrisons has a very wide and extensive range of wines in store and on-line. They have devised a unique system to help the consumer […]

St Patrick’s Day Breakfast with Burren Smokehouse

St Patrick’s Day Breakfast with Burren Smokehouse

A quick breakfast from Ireland for St Patrick’s Day tomorrow.  Smoked Salmon from Burren on top of toasted bagels and cream cheese.  Incredibly simple but complexly delicious! Burren Smokehouse is an award winning, family business dating back three generations and based in Lisdoonvarna, Republic of […]

Friday is fish night

Friday is fish night

It started with a kiss in the song but today in my kitchen it started with a feta cheese and a freezer of fish!! I had seen someone on TV cook a feta cheese on top of sliced tomatoes which I thought made a good start.

I did a fridge veg raid and found 1.5 red peppers, a pack of button mushrooms, some little vine tomatoes and some normal salad tomatoes.  I roasted all the veg in olive oil and for the last 25 mins placed a block of feta cheese on top sprinkled with herbs and some of the oil from the vegetables.

 

Then there was the question of what to have with the cheesy vegetables.

Being Friday I looked in my freezer and picked out some fantastic looking salmon filets. They were sent to my by Fish-is-the-Dish and were provided by Delish Fish up there in the north of Scotland.  This fish is so fresh and delicious.

I marinated the fish in a bit of olive oil, juice and rind of one lemon, grated fresh ginger (I keep a piece of ginger root peeled in the freezer and just grate from frozen whenever I need it), a couple of tablespoons of My Secret Kitchen Miso Dressing with Ginger and salt & pepper.

I pan fried the salmon at a high heat and poured the marinade in at 2-3 intervals to keep the fish moist.  This worked really well and we had beautiful, moist and very tasty fish with lovely cheesy roast vegetables and broccoli for dinner.

Accompanied by a glass of crisp, cold Chablis wine and this was indeed a Friday Feast!!

 

(The fish was sent to me from Fish-is-the-Dish)

Chablis and a Take-away! A Blogger Challenge

Chablis and a Take-away! A Blogger Challenge

I have been invited to take part in a challenge to give my opinion on the best take-away to go with a nice cool bottle of Chablis wine. This was quite daunting at first because Chablis is one of my favourite white wines and I […]