Eat well - travel often

Month: June 2013

Book Launch for Sushi at Home by Yuki Gomi

Book Launch for Sushi at Home by Yuki Gomi

  I have already written about Yuki Gomi, Japanese cookery teacher and now cook book writer.  I recently wrote a book review of Yuki’s book and recently Yuki held the formal book launch to mark the official launch of the book. Yuki is such a lovely […]

Breakfast at Kippings

Breakfast at Kippings

Breakfast at Kippings, maybe a nice film title? Or a great restaurant? I was invited to Kippings Bistro & Wine bar in Wheathampstead a couple of miles from where I live in St Albans.  They have been open about 6 months now and even though I […]

This little Wiggie went to market!

This little Wiggie went to market!

I was invited to the launch meal of a new pop-up restaurant near to St Paul’s Cathederal. It is called Wiggies.

Wiggies has taken up residence for six months upstairs in the Rising Sun pub in Carter Street EC4 in London. The theme is pork and all dishes contain some.
My friend Val came with me and upon arrival we were sat at a table for four and told we would be sharing the table. A lovely young couple joined us and after introductions we all chatted right through the meal.  We had a lovely cocktail made primarily of tequila and lime juice.
 

We were given a cocktail as we sat down. The starter was a Black Pudding Cappucino! Sounded weird but in fact was delicious!
 

Second was a ham hock terrine with crackling dusted butternut squash, crispy pigs ear and rhubarb relish. The terrine was so tasty and really tender.  The rhubarb relish was sweet and spicy.
 

Following on from that we were served a seared scallop with hot smoked pork belly and ham hock, asparagus and pea shoots. The pork belly was so delicately smoked and the scallops lovely and tender.
 
 
 

The final course was an apple and cardamom pork fat crumble galette with mango lassi sauce. This was my favourite (I am a pudding person really!). I kept dreaming of the taste and texture of this all the way home.
 

 

Each course was tastier than the one before it. I was eating slowly to make the pleasure last as long as possible! The atmosphere was vibrant and full of chatter, like a very big family gathering.

Thank you Wiggies for inviting me and Val to experience this lovely meal. I hope to return before your six months are up.
    
    

     

Today’s coffee break is brought to you by ……

Today’s coffee break is brought to you by ……

Today’s coffee break is brought to you by …. Tesco RealFood. As a result of our blogger evening last week we received a great goodie bag and for dessert last night I whipped up the double cream and topped some sliced Finest strawberries! So simple but so […]

Laughing Cow – New Little Triangles!

Laughing Cow – New Little Triangles!

Everyone remembers being little and getting home from school to a sandwich made from those little triangles of cheese with the face of a laughing cow! Laughing Cow cheese is still going strong and have two new flavours out. There is ‘Light’ with Emmental, a […]

Today’s coffee break is brought to you by …………..

Today’s coffee break is brought to you by …………..

Today’s coffee break is brought to you by … Sabichi.  I received this melamine tray to introduce me to the new Lemongrass range of housewares by Sabichi.

The tray I was sent is melamine with two handles to make it easier to carry. It has the new Lemongrass design which belongs to a range including, plates & bowls, kitchen canisters, placemats and coasters.

The natural shades with a vibrant lime co-ordinate with any modern kitchen.

Thanks Sabichi for my tray.

British Berry Bonanza – Thanks Tesco

British Berry Bonanza – Thanks Tesco

There is no memory like picking wild fruit as a child and my mother making jam that afternoon. Every year when I buy fresh berries at the peak of their ripeness that memory comes flooding back and last night I was invited to Tesco‘s Hatfield […]

It’s Total Greek Yoghurt’s 30th Birthday and What a Bash!!

It’s Total Greek Yoghurt’s 30th Birthday and What a Bash!!

When I was invited to attend the Total Greek Yoghurt’s 30th Birthday Bash I was delighted to accept. I was there first for a baking Masterclass with Master Patissier Eric Lanlard which in itself was amazing fun but when that was finished the decks were […]

Sunday Soup!

Sunday Soup!

Whilst my mother-in-law was alive we would pop over an a Sunday afternoon to say hi and have a coffee. Now and again we would stay for Sunday lunch but more often not.

Since she passed away easier this year we have gotten into the habit of having Sunday lunch with my father-in-law (FIL) quite often and sometimes he cooks and sometimes I do.

Today as it was Father’s Day I cooked and for starters I made a soup.  I often make soup on a Sunday as FIL likes to have a couple of portions in the freezer for the coming week.

Today’s soup I used my Jamie Oliver HomeCooker by Philips to make the soup this week because I was cooking the chicken in white wine in the rest of the kitchen.

For starters I sauteed my vegetables in a small amount of sunflower oil and a knob of butter. I used finely chopped red onions, a couple of sticks of celery, four medium carrots sliced and a celeriac root that I bought reduced to 10p!

 

A Knorr vegetable stock cube, salt and pepper and some water and set the timer on the Home Cooker for 45 minutes which allowed me to get on with the rest of the lunch.

I tested the vegetables were cooked and when they used my new Masha hand mixer to blend the mixture into a smooth soup.

 
 

A couple of dollops of Total Greek Yoghurt and serve!  Mmmmm tasty, filling and very inexpensive! 

Unconventional Trifle

Unconventional Trifle

I wanted to use up some of the left over cake from the Total Greek Yoghurt cake Masterclass (not being one to sanction waste) and thought a trifle a perfect idea. I put pieces of cake in the bowl, poured a decent amount of sweet […]