So this weekend I had an amazing opportunity to chef with a great team under Jimmy Garcia!
It was my first time in a professional kitchen but the guys made me really welcome and put me to work!
It was an utterly fantastic experience, I hope there’s more to come!
I LOVE visiting my Grandparents, aside from the fact I love them very much, they load me up with allotment goods!
On my recent visit I came home with Rhubarb and so of course, I made a crumble.
1.Stew 450g chopped rhubarb with 2tbsp of jam (I used my grandparents home made mixed fruit jam), 1tsb ginger, 2 TSB sugar, juice of an orange for 15 minutes
2. Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp honey, 400g oats, 50g sugar…. Squish between your fingers for a crumbly mixture
3. Pour the rhubarb mixture in a baking dish and cover with the crumble. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumble is golden
4. Serve (with vanilla ice cream!) ☺️
Well chaps and chapets, its been another 1st for me with this dish. Yes, can you believe I have never had Ramen before? Seriously, if you read my blog you will know I love noodles and so to have never had Ramen seemed an insult to the noodle lords!
So I recently pulled out Mr Olivers comfort food cook book and I made my way through this little beauty of a recipe. Its a somewhat complex recipe, it takes time so be prepared to enjoy your kitchen for a while but its defiantly worth it!
I really enjoyed the whole mix. The soft noodle soaked up all of the delicious salty broth and the runny soft boiled egg was beautiful against the tender flavorful meat. I even enjoyed the crackling (which I don’t normally), although it was a little awkward to eat and I resulted in diving in with the fingers!
Brilliant news guys, its Friday!
And because its Friday I thought I would treat my self to a little delight. I hopped along to Patisserie Valerie and delved right in. Yes they do a splendid looking selection of cakes but I am a real dairy fiend and so Ice cream was my weapon of choice.
I honestly can not tell you how disappointed I was. (It looks nice….It was not!)
The ice cream, both flavors (Pistachio and Rum Raisin) had this weird and unpleasant texture. I can only describe if as being filled with chewy (really chewy) and slightly fluffy bits, it was as though the ice cream may have developed a kind of crust and had then been mixed into itself. It certainly was not an ice cream with added bits, such as choc chip, it was very much like ice cream gone wrong and in my 30 years of ice cream eating, iv’e never experienced this.
What was far more annoying however is when we questioned the waitress about it she was clueless. When I said is it supposed to be like this? She answered “I don’t know, I don’t eat Ice Cream”….What?!?!?!?! Surely she has at some point eaten ice cream, or at least knows the basics of how ice cream should be! What a muppet. Terrible customer service, no offer of apology or even even the courtesy of checking on the issue. I will not be going back Patisserie Valerie (Chester).
Lambrini for those of you who don’t know, is a cheap, fizzy, low alcohol content wine which is sadly associated with underage teens trying to get tiddly!
However, it’s light, refreshing and easy to drink and every now and again, me and Gav treat ourselves!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Marks and Sparks do my absolute favorite lunch time salad treat, a CrayFish and Mango salad. Its a completely divine mix of Crayfish, Mango, Rocket, mixed rice and a sweet tangy dressing.
The only problem is that it is not in the meal deal and its about £4.50. OK, that’s not a huge expense but when I see that for less than £4 I can get a different salad, snack and a drink, the bad value of my chosen salad makes me slightly peeved.
So imagine my absolute joy when I stepped in to Tesco only to find that the have started to do the exact same salad, but cheaper! Amazing.
Honestly guys, try this salad. If you like sweet and savory together, this is the dish for you! Plus the mixed rice element makes it seriously filling.
I have fallen in to the coffee trap at age 30.
For years in the office a faced questions of disbelief such as “what? You don’t drink hot drinks???” and I took a small level of enjoyment in saying “No, just water for me thanks” but it has not securely locked me in its grasp and I am now a fully fledged caffeine addict.
So, happy Friday peeps, enjoy coffee, get through your day and be ready for the weekend!
Yes, yes, yes, I do love my noodles and I know I go on about them but whenever I make a noodle dish I am always thoroughly happy with the outcome!
Today, not only do I have noodles, but they encompass another love of mine……..Fruit in a savory dish!
Yet again, I have not been disappointed as this has been a complete delight to eat! Soft noodles against the bite of crunchy broccoli, a sweet sticky mango slice with a smack of hot chili, honestly guys and gals…..treat your self to this little wonder. Here is the recipe…
Chicken and Mango Noodles (With Broccoli)
- 2 x Chicken breast
- 2 x noodle portions (I used medium egg noodles)
- 1 large ripe Mango
- 300g Broccoli
- 1 x chilli
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- Chicken stock
Method (Super easy!)
- Boil the Noodles in the Stock and leave to simmer until soft
- Heat oil in a wok until bubbling hot and then add the Chicken breast to brown
- Add the Broccoli, and the chili and cook for a further few minutes
- Add the Mango, honey and soy sauce and cook for a further few minutes
- Then serve
When Gav returned home a couple of weeks ago I made a salted popcorn panacotta to welcome him.
It took some effort and time but it really was worth it! It resulted in a creamy sweet dessert which really did behold the essence of popcorn. Completely delish!
Courtesy of BBC good food: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/salted-caramel-popcorn-pots
(I’d recommend you make it the day before!)