Posts tagged ‘food’

May 4, 2011

Walthamstow Market

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Walthamstow Market is the longest daily outdoor market in Europe, however is not the largest. Running almost the entire length of the street, approx 1 kilometer long, it has around 500 stalls selling everything from fruit and veg, to fabric, to household appliances. The produce at the fruit and veg stalls is always a good price, and much better quality than some street markets. It has quite a traditional cockney feel to it, but also incorporating all the influences from cultures such as Polish, Turkish and Afro-Caribbean.

On a Sunday a farmers market occupies the Town square at the top of the market, as the usual market only runs Tuesday-Saturday, with Saturday being at its busiest- often it is hard to get up the street against the flow of shoppers and browsers.

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February 8, 2011

Borough Market

Borough Market in London Bridge is by far my favourite food market in London. Although possibly not on a weekend as that is when it seems to be everyone else favourite too.
From olives to cheese, to freshly squeezed apple juice, it has so much delicious food on offer. Most stalls have tasters too, and if your actually planning to buy they will let you have a taste of most of the range to decide which you like best.
These photos were actually taken a few months ago, but I felt it was still relavant.

Borough Market by Naomi Winters

Borough Market by Naomi Winters

Borough Market by Naomi Winters

February 7, 2011

Snowboarding

Over the Christmas holidays I ate a lot of food. This of course is a given for most people at this time of year. However I was particularly spoilt this year. I went on holiday to Corcheval snowboarding with my family and stayed in a Chalet where I was cooked for everyday. The food was in my opinion amazing. Every evening we had a selection a canapés before sitting down to a 3 course meal followed by cheese. Needless to say I didn’t lose any weight while I was away!
Below are a couple of photographs I took with the Hipstomatic App on my Iphone as I didn’t take my DSLR with me. The two meals are scallops, and duck, with a chocolate tart to end. These photographs really do not do it justice.


February 3, 2011

Fire And Stone

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Christmas Pizza- A little bit late I know, but still.

Just before Christmas a group of us who contribute to the Young and Poor had our Christmas dinner at Fire and Stone. For those of you who don’t know the restaurant it specialises in very odd pizzas. For example, curry on pizza. Their standard pizza menu is divided up into continents, and the toppings are what you would expect to eat in that continent.

Thier Christmas special pizza had Turkey, gravy, roast potatoes, stuffing, cranberry and brie toppings. Even to those who that didn’t sound nice to- we were all intrigued!

So we booked a table for the restuarant in Sptialfields market, bought our own crackers, and sat down for some festive fun.

As is always the way with this group their was lots of giggling and laughing about silly things. We had a selection of their starters including calamari and crispy wonton king prawns which were very nice.

The pizza was so much better than I imagined it to be. It just worked. I was a little bit aprehensive about what the combination would taste like, but also quite excited as I love Christmas dinner, and I love pizza. And it didn’t dissapoint.

The gravy was spread like you would normally spread tomato puree on the base, and then thin slices of turkey layered up like cheese or pepperoni. The cranberry sauce and brie complimented it really well and made sure that it didnt taste too dry.

Sadly this pizza is only a Christmas special, but if you like the sound of these combinations it is definately worth a visit.

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Fire & Stone
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January 31, 2011

Courgette and Bacon Spaghetti

Ready in 20 minutes

1 Courgette
3 Smoked Bacon Rashers
100g Philadelphia Cheese
2 Cloves of Garlic
Spaghetti
Salt and Pepper to season
Olive Oil

Ingredients

1. Boil the spaghetti in a pan. In a wok or large saucepan gently fry the courgette and garlic.
2. Once the courgette is browning add the bacon. It’s important to use smoked bacon as this is what gives it a lovely flavour.
3. I normally use Soured cream for this recipe but I had forgotten to buy it, so used Philadelphia instead which also tasted really nice. Beat the cheese until soft, and add to the courgette and bacon once cooked.
4. Drain spaghetti. Once the cream cheese (or soured cream) has mixed and heated up add the cooked spaghetti and mix.
5. Serve and season to taste.

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This dish is one of my favourite meals as its so quick and easy to do- but tastes amazing. The garlic and smoked bacon are such strong flavours that you don’t need to add anything else to it.

January 16, 2011

Mien Tay

122 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP

This was my first ever experience of a Vietnamese restaurant.
I’ve been to many Thai, Chinese and other oriental restaurants, but until that night I was a Vietnamese Virgin. I have a good group of experienced friends however to guide me through, some of who have Asian ancestry and have grown up on such food, so I trusted their suggestion of the choice of location.
Walking along this street in Shoreditch I noticed that it seemed to be a mini Vietnam haven. How to choose which one to go in? I had been recommended this place, but otherwise I would not be able to decide from the front.

Once inside we were seated at our pre-booked table and the giggling began. We all love our food, and we love to giggle about food, and thankfully this place is very accommodating. It was a cold snowy Wednesday night and very busy, I’m not sure if this was just due to it being the lead up to Christmas, or the popularity of the place.

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For starters we had Vietnamese spring rolls- absolutely delicious, stuffed with vermicelli noodles, minced pork and mixed vegetables, wrapped in rice paper and deep-fried – not something I’d ever had before and they did not disappoint, accompanied with lightly picked carrot and cucumber and burdock leaf to wrap the rolls in if you so wished.
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For main I decided on the Pho- rice noodle soup with sliced Beef and Brisket. I’d never heard of Pho before, but I was informed that it is a very complex broth that is made over the course of many hours. Accompanying the beef was a selection of vegetables – chilli, coriander, bean sprouts, which you drop as little or as much into your Pho. It was a hard choice as there was such a wide range of wonderful sounding dishes, but I was very happy with my selection- it was flavoursome without being too overpowering, and it was so very filling I struggled to finish it. We all shared and tasted each other’s dishes, and I would recommend any of the other dishes at the table- rice noodle and goat dish, rice noodle and seafood, goat with lemongrass ad chilli and a rice noodle and beef dish. All fantastic flavours and great portion sizes.
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Mein Tay
To end a fantastic evening was the surprise of the bill- although should not have been such a surprise- I had seen the menu when ordering. It came to £10 per head, which for the size of my belly afterwards, efficient service and lots of laughter you really can’t complain.
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January 9, 2011

Goat’s Cheese & Tomato Tart

This was my first attempt at making a tart- and it tasted
pretty good even if I do say so myself. I found this recipe in one
of my files- I had torn it out of a Good Homes magazine from May
2007, and thought I would give it a whirl. I found it easy to
follow, easy to make, and it tasted delicious. I used big beef
tomatoes, and found I didn’t actually use the whole 500g but that’s
up to personal preference. I used a 20cm cake tin rather than a
baking sheet- but this made it a little too thick so I would
recommend either using a larger cake tin or just a flat tray. Goat's Cheese and Tomato Tart Goat's Cheese and Tomato Tart
Serves 4
Ready in 50 minutes
1 medium potato, peeled and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
85g/3oz cold butter chopped
7 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried
140g/5oz plain flour
500g/ 1lb 2oz tomatoes thickly sliced
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
100g/4oz soft goat’s cheese
Olive oil for drizzling
1. Turn theoven to 200°C (180°C fan)/390°F/Gas 6. Boil the potato for 12
minutes then drain.
2. Fry the onion in 25g/1oz of butter for five minutes until it starts to brown. Strip the leaves from four sprigs
of thyme and add to the pan, or add half the dried thyme.
3. Rub the remaining butter into the flour. Mash the potato, add to the
mixture with seasoning and the onion and any pan juices. Mix to a
soft dough, then press into a 23cm round on a greased baking sheet.
4. Arrange the tomatoes on the dough and drizzle over the vinegar.
Sprinkle over the remaining thyme and season. Crumble over the
cheese, drizzle with oil, then bake for 35 minutes until the base
is golden.

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