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Month: August 2016

Happy Hens Make Happy Eggs – The Happy Egg Co

Happy Hens Make Happy Eggs – The Happy Egg Co

Happy hens make happy eggs! Sounds like a cliché right, that’s what I thought anyway. I was invited to visit one of The Happy Egg Co farms recently and drove there with a smirk on my face. Happy hens indeed!! Well let me tell you […]

Grenada: 3rd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival

Grenada: 3rd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival

I was privileged to attend the 2nd Annual Grenada Chocolate Festival in 2015, the first time I had been to the Spice Island and I knew from day one it would not be the only visit! I was so touched by the people, the spices, […]

Restaurant Review: The Gate Islington – A vegetarian paradise

Restaurant Review: The Gate Islington – A vegetarian paradise

When my vegetarian friend Nayna invited me to join her for a restaurant review of The Gate Islington, a vegetarian restaurant I was up for it.  Although we are omnivores in our family (we eat meat, fish, vegetables etc) I like to have 2 or 3 days per week without eating meat or fish and actually you don’t miss it.  Mr R never complains if it is a vegetarian meal.

We went to The Gate on a Tuesday evening and were surprised to find it so packed full.  The Gate originally had one restaurant in Hammersmith before opening in Islington, a short walk from Angel Underground Station on the Northern Line.

As we went in it smelled really lovely and herb crusted if that makes sense!  It made me want to order something comforting and filling as well as delicious.

For starters Nayna had a sweet potato soup which was a beautiful orange colour and I went for the Pickled Asian Salad.  The salad was a mega pile of crunchy, vibrant and beautiful slices of candy beetroot, green papaya, heritage carrot, shimeji mushrooms, sweet peppers, frisee lettuce, fresh peach and mangetout with a sesame dressing

This dish was crispy and crunchy and required lots of chewing time, rather a good thing really as the more you chew your food the easier it is to digest.

For my main course I chose Aubergine Teriyaki which consisted of glazed and grilled teriyaki aubergine, stuffed with horseradish coriander pesto, roasted pepper, shitake mushrooms and ginger duxelles, with warm noodle salad with peppers, flat beans and carrots, and mango and coriander salsa. It was not what I was expecting (do you do this and make your mind up what something will look and taste like before seeing it?) but it was really nice, crunchy and satisfying.  It made you feel virtuous just for eating it!

We each had a side order of sweet potato wedges – these were huge and really we could have shared a portion.  At least Mr R got to sample some of this lovely meal!

Nayna had the Sweetcorn and Cilantro fritters which was served with black beans, roast pepper and grilled corn on the cob salsa, topped with char-grilled Mediterranean vegetables and chunky guacamole.

She said the sweetcorn fritter was a bit too large and thought that perhaps the dish would have been better with 2-3 small fritters. The whole plate had so much food on it she could not finish it!

We were both so full up but couldn’t resist the selection of desserts.  I had Strawberry Eaton Mess swirled with a strawberry coulis.  This was the perfect end to a really lovely meal and was light and summery matching the summery weather outside perfectly!

Each of the desserts had a suggested dessert wine available by both the glass or bottle.  A dessert wine is often overlooked these days but a practice we should really revive!

You can find The Gate Islington at 370 St John Street, London EC1v 4NN (Tel: 020 7278 5483) and The Gate Hammersmith at 51 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9QL (Tel: 020 8748 6932).

I was a guest of The Gate Islington.  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions and photos are my own.

If you want to see what Nayna wrote about the meal just click here.

Aldi: Special Buys – Handmade with Love

Aldi: Special Buys – Handmade with Love

Aldi, one of the the relaltive newcomers to the UK supermarket scene keeps prices low and quality high. They have a great meat section and their wines are winning all sorts of awards. Alongside the produce they have a limited edition range of household, garden, […]

Great Yarmouth – SeaLife – A Family Day Out

Great Yarmouth – SeaLife – A Family Day Out

Up until the 1970’s when cheap holidays to Spain took over, the British seaside was the place to go for most families for their annual holidays.  The hotels, restaurants and tea rooms were packed during the summer school holiday time and the shops with bucket […]

Review and Giveaway:- Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable Food Wrap

Review and Giveaway:- Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable Food Wrap

These days mankind really must make every effort to preserve our resources and to opt for sustainable products wherever possible.  We have a law to stop the unnecessary use of plastic bags and we are encouraged to re-use and re-cycle.

Bee’s Wrap is one more product to help us be kinder to our environment.  They are sustainable food storage wraps whose purpose is to reduce the use of cling-film type plastic wraps for bowls of food and sandwiches.

The wraps are made with beeswax and cloth and are re-usable and washable too. You can wrap cheese, half a lemon, cabbage, bread or cover a bowl and loads more too. (They are not however recommended for covering meat).

The colours vary but are all sympathetic to nature and it’s surroundings.

The Assorted Pack contains 3 wraps, one small (7″x8″), one medium (10″x11″) and one large (13″x14″).

The Sandwich Wrap contains one wrap 13″x13″ with a tie, perfect for wrapping your sandwich then using it as a place mat to eat!

Each pack comes with care instructions to get the most out of your wraps.

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I was sent a set to review and was not paid to write a positive review or to run this giveaway.  All opinions and photos are my own.

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