Eat well - travel often

Month: July 2017

Blackberry Jam with Lemon and Nutmeg

Blackberry Jam with Lemon and Nutmeg

Making home made jam fills your kitchen with intoxicating smells and give you a sense of achievement.  We have an allotment where we spend loads of our free time and grow lots of our vegetables during the summer and fall growing seasons. Something that does […]

Tobago: Take Your Writer to Work Day

Tobago: Take Your Writer to Work Day

You may have heard of  ‘Take your dog to work day’ or Take your child to work day’. Well as part of my visit to Tobago, the hotel we stayed in Le Grand Courlan Spa Resort wanted to treat me to a short cooking session […]

London: The East End Regenerates – Eat at Est.India London

London: The East End Regenerates – Eat at Est.India London

Home is where your heart is and although I wasn’t born in London my heart really beats here.  There is something happening to areas in London in the form of a regeneration and the area around Borough Market (nearest Underground station is London Bridge) is really alive, vibrant and full of energy.

As my friend Nayna who writes at Simply Sensational Food and I searched for the restaurant Est.India London we were going to review we discovered a part of East London neither of us had known before. Flat Iron Square and Union Street have some great looking buildings, a case of  ‘New London’ which is really ‘Old London’.

And on a small triangle opposite the entrance to Flat Iron Square we found Est.India London the restaurant we were looking for –

From the outside it was busy with people sitting at tables enjoying the warm, sultry summer evening, trains passing overhead and the noise of revelers drinking and eating at the establishments in Flat Iron Square. If you want a relaxed atmosphere and a lovely meal you should pop in!

We were warmly welcomed. Poppadoms were delivered to the table.

For our starters I chose the Stuffed Paneer, beautifully presented however I felt it was a bit dry.

Nayna picked the Vegetable Samosa.

We liked our starters but were not bowled over.  Then the main courses arrived and the real fun began!  I often order Chicken Tikka Masala but really this can be hit or miss in my local Indian restaurants.  This however was superb.  The chicken was tender and moist and the masala sauce really tasty, buttery and creamy. I also had a pilau rice and a side order of raitha, the yogurt and cucumber sauce so essential to any good Indian meal.

When the owner came over for a chat I mentioned that the paneer I had for a starter was a bit dry.  He asked us to try the Kedai Paneer – wow it was amazing; the paneer was served in a tasty sauce with big chunks of green pepper. It was a bit spicy but not too much for my little taste buds. Full of flavour and really moist.  He explained that the paneer was made on site.

Nayna who is a vegetarian ordered the Sag Aloo – spinach and potato dish along with pilau rice and raitha. The Sag Aloo was served so beautifully in a bowl that complemented the colours really well (you don’t expect a spinach dish to look so lovely)!

Lately when I eat out I am too full for a pudding or dessert. After this meal I was full but really fancied something refreshing so I ordered the Mango Sorbet.  Three large scoops of refreshing and home made mango sorbet.  The flavour was so natural and creamy and very, very refreshing.  (Nayna ordered the Pistaccio Kulfi Stick.)

The management were really friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had a really lovely meal.

I would certainly come back here for a meal and would really like Mr R to experience this fantastic food as well.  I want to discover more of the new East End of London!

I was a guest of Est.IndiaLondon.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As usual all opinions and photographs are my own.  None of my photos may be reproduced in any form without my written permission.

Read Nayna’s review click here!
Watch Out – There is a Watchaholic about!

Watch Out – There is a Watchaholic about!

If there was a support group for people who love watches then Mr R would have to say “My name is Mr R – and I am a Watchaholic!”. Seriously he does love a good looking and quality watch and was more than happy to […]

nkd – Next Generation Hydration: Review and Giveaway

nkd – Next Generation Hydration: Review and Giveaway

I love a water bottle! Taking water out with me in my own re-usable bottle helps me to cut down on the amount of plastic I need to dispose of. I recently was given an nkd – next generation hydration pod+ bottle and filter.  The […]

Aldi: Limited Edition and Retro for your Kitchen

Aldi: Limited Edition and Retro for your Kitchen

Aldi are known for their weekly deals.  They produce a booklet weekly with the coming offers helping you plan your shopping for the upcoming week.  They call them ‘Specialbuys’ and include at least 6 fruits or vegetables at a really low price and various foods that are on offer.

The ‘thing’ with the ‘Specialbuys’ is that they are limited in quantity and when they are gone they are gone! Starting today (06 July 2017) the kitchen items are retro influenced.  The main range comes in three great colours; red, cream and light blue.

I was sent a selection from this retro collection.

The Retro Juicer takes me back to my early married years when I really wanted to get a hand press juicer with the lever arch. Available in red, cream, light blue or orange and will retain at £12.99.

I think I shall visit the market on Saturday to stock up on oranges!! I will be juice happy!

Enamel has always been a favourite of mine. I have built up a collection of enamel mugs, individual serving dishes, pots and pans and more.  I was really excited to get this enamel oven dish.  It is available in three colours and oven safe up to 250oC.

It is a good size for a lasagna for a family of four or roast chicken pieces and really so much more.  The retail price is £12.99.

Also in the enamel with a lid  range is a Casserole Dish with Lid, a 16cm pan with lid and as shown below a 14cm milk pan also with a lid.  The pans retail at £9.99 each and also come in three colours

Retro Storage Jar, each 1.1 litre capacity and come in a range of five designs.  They have lids and would make great tea and coffee containers.

Mr R was excited with this 3 in 1 Retro Grill.  It has a hotplate, griddle and kebab grill.  It comes with skewers and the skewer rack is detachable

This immensely popular and really versatile and useful electric item will retail at £29.99 and comes with a 3 year warranty!

Also in the range is a Retro Under Counter Fridge, Retro Microwave, toaster and kettle, stick blender with accessories and more.  Pop down to your local Aldi and remember they are only available while stocks last!
I was sent a selection of products from the current Aldi Specialbuys.  I was not required to write a positive review.  As usual all photos are my own and may not be reproduced in any form without my written permission.
Pizza Express Live – Coming to High Holborn Soon

Pizza Express Live – Coming to High Holborn Soon

Imagine a Friday or Saturday evening – you want to go to your local Pizza Express for pizza and a few drinks, listen to the background music and then either go on somewhere else or make your way home.  What if that could change? Let […]