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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

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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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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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A FRESH START

I’m back!

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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

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and moving in a new home

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I have been a crazy busy lady
& something had to give,

…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!

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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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Russian Dumplings.

My apologies for my tardy blog post this week!

BUT
I was holding our to review this amazing event I was invited to last night for you all.

The lovely Matt from http://www.bridgeandbeacon.com asked me to come along and take on some Russian inspired food for them

I’m mean
HOW CAN I RESIST?

So after throwing on my red lipstick I headed over to Troxy

After entering from a secret entrance
&being led by some beautiful women with husky Russian accents

I knew I was in for a treat!

we walked through to an amazing ball held by the “Russian Embassador”,

HERE HE IS:

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sponsored by Compare the Market and in honor of their new advert
and introducing Miaya as a secret agent

HERE SHE IS:

so after gauping at Liz Hurley, who hosted the event
(and looked incredible)

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Liz Hurley for Compare The Market Photograph by John Wright
Future Cinema took over the reigns with an amazing live cinema screening of Mission Impossible!
Whilst I drank mountains of champagne – de-light-ful.

I chowed down on some amazing suckling pig, Russian Dumplings & Sauerkraut
which was so so good, really savory, melt in the mouth dumplings.

I love the word Dumplings.

& then a bang on trend man-eat of Chicken Schnitzel Burger!

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Followed by an interim of chatting with some beautiful people
more Champagne & Tom Cruise

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Then Finally,
Some beautiful apple & cinnamon Strudel with Vanilla Whipped Cream!

I got to spend my evening with some lovely people, including Erica, check out her blog
& The icing on the cake – these bad boys:

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which I haven’t taken off since.

I’ll definitely be trying some new Russian inspired recipes this week!

Goulash is back on the menu!

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