Category: Europe

Very Nice, Tuna Niçoise

I’ve been taking a little break from writing, and I have been the worst food blogger ever!
Forgive me?
I have some really lovely recipes to make it up to you for my little absence!

Perfect for summer, and simple to achieve!

Feeling refreshed and full of inspiration from  my latest trip to Nice, Cannes and Monaco in the South of France.
I was definitely ready to get back in the kitchen, I had some really incredible food on my trip along the coast.

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From Moules Marineres, Cheese Boards, Homemade Gnocchi, Strawberry Tarts and Brie & Fig picnics on the beach – It was bliss!

Nice was our first stop, so I think it’s only appropriate to show off an amazing classic summer salad which was founded in this beautiful Italian/French town

Tune Niçoise

I N G R E D I E N T S

1 Tuna steak

1 Egg – Poached

Crisp Lettuce

Red Onion

Spinach

Basil

Mustard

Salt & pepper

Olive Oil

H O W  T O

First of all for a Nice french dressing, Basil leaves, Spinach leaves a little olive oil, french mustard and a splash of water.

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Next – I just made a really simple salad of lettuce, red onion and cucumber – black olives would be perfect here too!

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And of course pour yourself a nice glass of something…

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use some excess dressing and coat the cooked green beans, then cook again in a hot pan – oh yum!


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Sprinkle salt and pepper on the Tuna steaks and Put a little olive oil in a pan, cook on a high heat for 2 minutes on each side.
(Tuna is best served a little pink in the middle! OH YEAH)

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 To make this a proper Tuna Nicoise salad you need boiled eggs, in your salad – I am not a fan of hard boiled eggs!

Poached Egg, just slightly over done and laid on top of the tuna finished this dish of perfectly!

SUPER HEALTHY, really simple and delicious!

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Voila! Bon Apetit

stmr

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PRAGUE

WONDERING EUROPE
Part 2 : PRAGUE

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I Could not recommend Prague MORE!
I had the best time ever, and was sad to leave

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It was so diverse, from visiting the sex museums, drinking EXCEPTIONAL Pilsner and dancing in the streets
to climbing to the top of the Astronomical Clock and hiking up hills to enjoy the view & hot chocolates.

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Prague is actually really romantic – and I thought I was in for a ‘lads’ weekend!
so it was lovely just to enjoy some time doing what we do best.

Eating &Drinking in Prague:

The wine is really bloody cheap, as is the beer – and the Czechs don’t not do badly at their regional tipple!
so finding little brick underground bars was my favourite lunch time mission:

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That’s right
That is hollowed out fresh bread
FILLED
with a beef!

OH GOD.

Incredible!

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and then getting lost in the incredible old cobbled streets near the famous gothic Chares Bridge
it was brilliant! I bought so many prints and things for our new home
everybody is a struggling artist, or a poet in Prague… or just plain drunk… I Loved it.

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After a day of museums of the less sexy kind
it was all about the cake!

I think Tiramisu is on the to make list.
so that’s the next blog for you to anticipate….

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Night in, Goulash!

 COLD DAY DINNER DATE

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Berlin was a trip full of amazing food, but my favourite meal was at the fantasticly rustic
Max & Moritz in the Student District.
(sort of wedged between some trendy bars and Turkish kebab shops was this beautiful little restaurant)

Dinner there was incredible, I had some life changing Goulash and Crispy dumplings
(I never thought I’d call Goulash “life changing”)

 and with an awesome 3 piece folk band rocking up half way through it was a night to remember!
Or not, after consuming 3 bottles of red wine….

So here is my take on the rich comfort food of Central Europe, eaten and enjoyed with a glass of red wine for a lazy late afternoon feast!

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I N G R E D I E N T S

Diced Beef
Red Onion
Garlic
Chorizo
Beef Stock
Tinned Tomatoes
Paprika
Salt & Pepper

Selection of Veggies:
Celery
Carrots
Courgettes
Cherry Tomatoes
(but basically anything else in your fridge)

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Dice all the ingredients up and chuck them in a crock pot with a little oil
brown the meat slightly, and add in the salt, pepper, paprika and let it cook together for a few minutes.

then its a simple as chucking in the tomatoes and your stock,
putting the lid on, and transfer to the oven on a medium heat for an hour or two.

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(the longer you leave it the more tender the meat will be and the more delicious your goulash)

To go with the Goulash, it is traditionally noodle dumplings,
but in my version – amazing smashed & roasted baby potatoes in a crispy garlic coating

Simple
Bring Baby potatoes to the boil with a little salt
and when they are semi-soft drain and squash them!

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sprinkle them in oil, a little flour and garlic salt
& roast until crispy!

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Leave the lid of the goulash for the last 10 minutes to give it a nice colour on the top and serve with glass Red wine.

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ENJOY

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BERLIN

Roaming Europe: Part I

I’ve spent a big chunk of the winter months running around Europe to somewhere
EVEN COLDER than rainy old London town.

It was brilliant, delicious and a little drunken
here are a few recommendations from the first stop!
The very, very cool, beautiful but bloody nippy

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it was Christmas when we arrived there
so there were the amazing traditional Christmas Markets

GLUWEIN & BRATWURST
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Literally, so much Bratwurst…
but they were worth the trip alone!

Between the Gluhwein, Hot Apple Ciders and Grogg
we managed to stumble our way around some pretty gorgeous sites too

SITES & BEERS
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The first afternoon – after drinking some seriously strong beers,
we strolled the sites and the Berlin Wall

DINNER & RED WINE
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Life changing Goulash and fried dumplings
& listening to some folk music in Max & Moritz

 COFFEE & CAKE
head to Michelberger Hotel

I sat in the bar sipping flat whites and eating heavenly chocolate tart
and reading their handrawn magazines

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HOTEL

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Gorgeous owners, and a great alternative to a standard hotel – for a really fun hotel I recommend The Huttenpalast whole heartedly! We stayed in the original 1940s Airstream caravan in a warehouse.

Too cool

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Meat Market

Budapest

I have just come back from a long weekend in Budapest,
it was absolutely incredible.

Strolling through the romantic city lanes in Buda and admiring the view of the world’s most beautiful buildings
spending all morning in the Natural Spring Baths and all afternoon drinking wine in the sunshine in a little cafe in Pest.

It was bloody brilliant

& The Bit I Liked Best

THE MARKET HALL

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Hungarian Paprika Salami is serious business.
with locals lined up around the corner waiting for their favorite shop to open!

It was amazing, and we took some Salami and some Cheese, Wine and Bread
we had it after a 10 mile walk around the city on Margaret Island.

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This old babushka looked like she knew exactly what she wanted for her afternoon treat
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so I queued up right behind her and ordered the same!

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Safe to say she knew what she was doing!

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Apple, Cinnamon & Nut Strudel

&

Spiced Plum and Sour Cherry Strudel

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xx