Grilled Goats Cheese Bruschetta
Bank Holiday Weekend is a mere day away! and it’s only bloody picnic weather!
This is perfect for a little Alfresco Petit Déjeuner.
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 x Ciabbatta
1 x wheel of your favourite chees
1 x Jar of my red onion & chilli chutney
3 of your loveliest pals
Super Super Simple
& it looks pretty
1st of all you need to make the red onion chutney
I always have a little jar of this stashed away – because it is my favourite thing ever!
I have it in sandwiches, or with cheese boards. I chuck some in with gravy and have it with sausages and mash too – super versatile, and really effortless to make too!
1-2 Red Onions
Spoonful of Sugar
Dash of Balsamic
Dash of Red Wine
Red Chilli (Optional)
Let this cool and then keep in a jar, I’m not sure how long this will last you for, because mine never sticks around that long! but I’m guessing a good month or so!
Then pick up some of your favourite cheese from the market,
Grill your Ciabatta bread for a minute, and then top with the chutney and goats cheese
put under the grill until everything gets a little bit gooey.
Serve with Pear & Walnut Salad
&Thats it! Promise!
Really quick and satisfyingly decadent lunch!
Enjoy the long weekend
Part 2 : PRAGUE
I Could not recommend Prague MORE!
I had the best time ever, and was sad to leave
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.
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:
That is hollowed out fresh bread
with a beef!
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.
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….
VALENTINES WEEK & FIRST BREAKFAST IN THE NEW HOME
To Make the Fluffiest American Pancakes
Get a mixing bowl / mixing jug out and add:
150g Plain Flour
2 heaped Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Teaspoons of Sugar (caster or soft brown)
250ml Milk (I used skimmed)
20g (around a tablespoon) of Melted butter
and whisk.. I have no whisk currently – moving in nightmare! forks, spoons or whatever you can get you hands on, I’m learning that improvisation is key!
two tablespoons of the batter into a hot pan (a little oil or butter)
and then wait till the bubbles start to come through from the bottom to the top
After 4 long months of complete blogging darkness I am finally back
&I think I have some explaining to do!
First of all an apology to you my lovely readers!
&Then a big Thank You!
I have had lots of lovely new subscribers over the last few quiet months
so that’s bloody lovely – nice to meet you all!
but between getting a new job in London, & travelling around Europe for a bit
…so sadly Sausage Tarts &Marmalade Rolls has been in hibernation!
But I’m back now, and I hope all is forgiven!
I have been cooking more than ever
and looking forward to sharing some new recipes with you,
as well as a new home, and new projects!
The weather has officially turned to Autumn!
I’ve been wearing my favorite jumpers and boots,
and I’m counting down the days until that amazing spiced pumpkin coffee is back in Starbucks.
…the carb cravings have kick in massively!
SO here is something new from
Tarts Selling Tarts
to warm you up on a lovely sunny, cold September lunch time!
H O W T O
For the Sticky Sweet Caramelised Red Onion & Cherry Tomatoes with a hint of Chilli
just reduce all of those ingredients with a sprinkle of
salt & pepper
a little balsamic
MY OREGANO PATRY
For this tart I used Delia’s really simple short crust recipe,
which is so simple with 110g of Plain Flour & 50g of Butter & a dash of cold water.
BUT Boring Pastry NO MORE, I added a s**t load of cracked black pepper to the mix with some dried Oregano.
My favorite Tart base yet!
Then filled this lovely base with the Cherry Tomato & Onion Mixture first, then some Gooey beautiful Brie
Pour over a Mixture of 1 Egg & Milk
These were really enjoyed after a day out in the cold, with a glass of Red!
WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR LUNCH?
Being invited down for a ‘bloggers tasting evening’ at Stoke Newington based Japanese restaurant Oishii
really made my Wednesday!
Massive Japanese fans over here!
We were really excited to try some of the amazing dishes that they had teasingly sent over to me earlier in the week:
The starters were awesome, the tempura jelly-fish was a real highlight!
well I was enjoying it the most until i flipped it half way across the restaurant with my chop stick skills
-it was amazing so I’m going to be recreating that very soon!
Other than that we had a mixture of sushi and sashimi which was all very nice indeed!
BUT warm sake and nibbling on wasabi peas was enough to keep my attention (hic) until the next course arrived
The Next course was Chicken Dumpling noodle soup, These crispy take on Gyoza dumblings in a really savoury chicken broth!
YES YES YES!
+ a bit more sake, it was Wednesday after all…
CUE MORE TEMPURA, MORE SUSHI & EDAMAME BEANS
& bizarrely fried cream cheese and cold boiled egg mayonnaise mix
was not too keen on that one
Oishiii was a real mixture, of good tempura dishes & odd combinations of cold dishes.
fabulous crockery like this small green soy sauce pouring pot but run down decor
The owner, Teik, who was lovely and sat with us for most of the meal was fun, generous and passionate about Cocktails
– my kind of man.
MY TAKE? If your in Stoke Newington, Hackney
for any reason then it’s worth popping in for a sushi lunch date,
and maybe a little sing along in the underground Karaoke room…
I’ll have another Asahi instead
It was great to go to my first ‘bloggers’ event
I thoroughly love an evening of free food and drink
for all enquiries & invites
you can get in touch via my Twitter
This weather! yuck! Where has Spring gone?
Not impressed at all…
Although, there is a real upside to these dismal, windy, rainy, gross afternoons!
I’m so happy when I get to spend the day indoors, watching movies, cuddled up with my favorite people cooking them some good mood food, this Sunday was one such cold, wet and windy day; when I think we were all dreaming of being in sunnier climates, maybe on a deserted beach somewhere or some hot ancient city- so I reverted to what was a happy, health reviving staple for me while I was bouncing around Thailand over Christmas and New Year – when I’d spent all my cash on hareem pants and cocktails, and was burnt to a crisp!
The street-food in Thailand was a MUST! If you are lucky enough to venture over to South East Asia, I recommend only eating from the markets, the restaurants tend to be over priced and under whelming… And your missing out on some of the best fresh-as-you-can-get Thai noodle soups E V E R made by some brilliant old Thai ladies who want to massage you too, perfect?
My favorite Thai food was this spicy sour prawn soup – Tom Yum Goong. There are a thousand variations on this dish; but this one is lovely and light with some added squid and rice noodles from the traditional! I honestly love Thai food, and this recipe, although it may seem like a lot of ingredients, is so so delicious, really simple and feeds about 4 people; once you’ve bought things like soy and fish sauce and kaffir lime leaves they’ll keep forever and you’ll use them over and over!
I N G R E D I E N T S
S O U P B A S E
- 1 litre Chicken Stock
- Fresh Raw King Prawns
- Squid, Tentacles and all
- 2 Lemongrass stalks
- 2-3cm Ginger
- 1 1/2 Fresh Red Chilli
- 1/2 Fresh Green Chilli
- Lots of Coriander
- 3 Kaffir Lime Leaves
- Big Handful of Cherry Tomatoes
- Big Handful of Rice Noodles
- T H A I P A S T E
(whizz all these ingredients up in a food mixer)
- 5 Garlic Cloves
- 2 Shallots
- 2-3 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
- 1-2 teaspoons Dried Chilli
- 1-2 teaspoons Fish Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 Fresh Lime
- Coriander stalks
- 2 spoons of sugar
It couldn’t be simpler, start off with bringing 1 litre of chicken stock to the boil, chop up all your non-fish ingredients for your soup base, and add them in to the stock, bash your lemongrass so its really fragrant. then all you need to do is add in 2 nice spoonfuls of your Thai paste you’ve whizzed up into a nice chunky mixture into the stock let this infuse for 5 minutes, then add your squid, prawns and rice noodles continue to cook for 2 minutes!