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Spring Lunches

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.

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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!

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(Recap on how here)

1-2 Red Onions
Spoonful of Sugar
Dash of Balsamic
Dash of Red Wine
Salt
Pepper
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!

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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.

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Serve with Pear & Walnut Salad

&Thats it! Promise!
Really quick and satisfyingly decadent lunch!

Enjoy the long weekend

stmr

The Rum Kitchen

REVIEW

The Rum Kitchen

I love reviewing restaurants, I love them even more when the word ‘Rum’ is in the name.
but this one in particular has been on my hit-list since last summer!

After indulging in some jerk swordfish and all the other culinary delights of The Rum Kitchen at Feast Festival in Bricklane last year… I’ve been dying to have a long and drunken lunch at their restaurant.

& wow!
it did not disappoint – from the gorgeous waitresses and the kiss and cuddle upon arrival
(she won me over immediately!)
This Jamaican shack of joy is so relaxed, we ended up spending all afternoon there.

We had some banging plantain crisps while we perused the mouth watering menu.
It isn’t a huge menu, but that is not a bad thing – you wont need any more options!
Trust me, you’re going to get something you love here.

To start we ordered two “Lesser of Two Weevils”

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To accompany our mind-blowing mash-up cocktail of red stripe, Jamaican ginger beer shandy spiked with Mount Gay Rum – We opted for the Salt Fish Fritters and sticky jerk ribs.

Now I don’t know if this is the rum talking, but they were some seriously excellent choices by us…

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After quickly downing our cocktails to calm the fire of spicey jerk and chilli dressings, 2 beers please.
& then swiftly followed by our mains

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I definitely won on the mains front :

after originally heading in for the rainbow salad with grilled tuna – which looked stunning at the table next to me.
I then saw the woman behind devouring the crab burger & then there was no question.
The crab burger would be mine…

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Soft Shell Crab Burger, with spicy tamarind sauce, ginger aioli & guava-lime relish.

We also had the Jerk Fried Chicken Thighs with Shoe-string onion rings, homemade slaw and rum jerk bbq ketchup.

Our awesome waitress gave us a tasting session of all the sauces, and well we went for them all…
a girls got to have options.

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With two more beers to follow, we were suitably hiccup-ing our way out of The Rum Kitchen, with very satisfied customers. I’m planning my next visit already!

stmr

Pad Thai & Tuna Steak

Ok, so I know I am bad and have promised a Tiramisu recipe!
but this week there just hasn’t been time, and it’s been about speedy meals after long days.

So I’ll be sharing this absolute winner of a dish instead

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I N G R E D I E N T S

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For this dish I topped with 1 tuna steak between two, which was more than enough!
(you could use chicken, pork, beef, salmon, anything you fancy!)

For the Pad Thai
Rice Noodles
Courgette
Peppers
White Onion
Cherry Tomatos

Best Easiest Sauce Ever!
Soy sauce
Sweet Chilli
Chopped Red Onion
Fresh Ginger
Garlic
1/2 Red Chilli
(Lemon Grass if you have it)
1/2 Juice of 1 Lime

Additional
Shrimp
Squid

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First of all put ALL the sauce ingredients in a blender, and viola there is your base of the best dinner you’ll have this week!

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Then put your Pad Thai ingredients in a little oil in a hot wok for a minute of two, add half of your your amazing sauce, then the squid and prawns if your using them!
and then add the other half , let this do its thing and cook for a few minutes.

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Get a frying pan or griddle pan really hot on the stove and then add your Tuna.
I sprinkled some Sesame seeds on each side, because I’m fancy like that and placed the tuna steak in the pan for around 2 minutes on eachside
it was rare, and perfect for me – but feel free to cook a little longer on each side.

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Sprinkle with some peanuts and top with fresh Coriander if you have this handy.

Super Quick, and only around 400 calories

BEAUTIFUL!

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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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American Pancakes

VALENTINES WEEK & FIRST BREAKFAST IN THE NEW HOME

There was really only one choice!
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To Make the Fluffiest American Pancakes
(For 2)

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)
1 Egg
20g (around a tablespoon) of Melted butter
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(Thanks Cath Kidston for my beautiful measuring jug)

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!

Leave it for a minute to rest while you make the coffee and set the table
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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

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AND FLIP

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Repeat, and then serve with lashings of maple syrup & strawberries on top!
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SO SIMPLE!
ENJOY

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Fresh, Grilled, Delicious.

I’m so excited about food today!
well, no, most days.

BUT

I have been talking to a really good friend of mine down in sunny old Brighton,
his working on a really exciting project “Flavour Town” and has asked me to help him at the Street Food Diner
in a few weeks, so I’ll keep you all updated on that one!

Make sure you go say Hey over on Twitter too

But as my stomach rumbled whilst listening to his incredible South American inspired menu
I realised I hadn’t eaten any Argentinian Food in months!
Argentinian Steak Houses are where dreams come true

But since I’m on a health kick, and I’m strapped for cash
I’ve swapped the steak for some cheap, easy fish

So this little, simple, delicious recipe is for

Sardines & Chimichurri Sauce

– eaten in the Bank Holiday sunshine, with a glass of white wine

H E R E ‘ S  H O W :

Sardines
(Fish / Meat of your choice)

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Stuff your lovely fish with your Chimichurri Sauce, and sprinkle, oil, flour, chilli, salt & pepper on top

SUPER SIMPLE CHIMICURRI SAUCE
Parsley, Garlic & Onion finely chopped
Really finely chopped
KEEP Chopping – alternatively use a food processor / chopper
then pour in the Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper to taste
Some people add Red Wine Vinegar to their Chimichurri – I don’t

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Then I add some roughly chopped red chilli, because I’m an addict – and it has to go in everything!

  I served mine on some delcious rustic seeded bread baked in a drizzle of olive oil & MORE GARLIC!
You did not want to kiss me last night…

& then some roughly chopped cherry tomatoes & rocket.

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Bloody delicious! I recommend Chimichurri on meatier fish, Tuna would be amazing, Swordfish too!

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