Month: June 2010

Vintage at Goodwood tea party in Hyde Park

This Saturday, armed with flyers, cakes, music and deckchairs, a few of us trailed to Hyde Park to enjoy the glorious sunshine before the Stevie Wonder gig in Hyde Park. We set up camp with our picnic table beautifully dressed, right before the entrance gate and staged a mini Vintage at Goodwood tea party having encouraged people to come down, bring a cake and join us for a cuppa. Vintage at Goodwood will be a celebration of British popular culture from 1940 – 1989, set in the glorious surroundings of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex. The festival, in it’s first year will take place on 13th-15th August and will play host to a plethora of bands, DJ’s, stalls, cafes and fashion shows to name but a few of the goings on. There will even be the worlds biggest vintage fare (so get saving your pocket money now) Expect to hear live music from Faces, Buzzcocks, Earth Wind and Fire, Noisettes and what will most likely be my favourite – The Sandy Shaw Review, which …

Taste of London 2010

I only had two hours to hot foot it around Taste of London this year before jumping on a train to Nottingham and my aim was to try as many dishes as I could in a short amount of time. I was on a mission – the tube journey on the way consisted of revising the programme and circling every restaurant that I wanted to visit and every dish that I wanted to try. There were quite a few and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to try them all due to time, money and stomach restraints (I did however skip breakfast so I could fit a little more in). To me, there didn’t seem much point in choosing dishes from restaurants that I have either visited before or that are easily accessible to me in terms of price. I chose to ignore the four lip-synching Malaysian dancers that greeted punters and headded straight to The Grill at The Dorchester where I ordered Pan roasted scallop with sardine pie and a cauliflower puree. A …

Bluberry and Pecan Granola Bars

Fed up with the usual boring bowl of milky cereal for breakfast? I am. I’ve been having a lot of porridge recently and it’s quite often ended up dry and yukky. It’s not the best to eat and certainly not the best to look at sitting on your desk half eaten. Bluberry and Pecan Granola Bars, originally uploaded by Food For Think. I’m not overly fond of pre packaged cereal bars because one just doesn’t satisfy me and if I eat two I feel like little miss piggy. So… I decided to make my very own granola bars using a few left overs from another baking sesh. They take hardly any time to make, are delicious and full you up until your stomach groans to tell you it’s hungry again at lunch time. Ingredients 100g butter 200g porridge oats (I like Jordan’s) 100g sunflower seeds 50g sesame seeds 50g chopped pecans 3 tbsp runny honey 100g unrefined light muscovado sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 100g dried blueberries Method 1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. …

Cod wrapped in Parma Ham with Asparagus tips and Watercress salad

Cod and parma ham go so well together. Plate it up alongside a few asparagus tips and a watercres salad and you’ve got a healthy albeit tasty meal. This one also goes into the quick and easy category – it took about 20 minutes from start to finish. You can bake the cod if you like but it takes longer and I prefer to pan fry in olive oil. Cod wrapped in Parma Ham with Asparagus and Watercress Salad, originally uploaded by Food For Think. Ingredients 2 Cod fillets 4 slices of Parma Ham 12 Asparagus tips handful of watercress 4 small vine tomatoes 2 spring onions glug of olive oil Method 1. Prepare the salad by chopping the spring onions and tomatoes and place into a salad bowl. Toss with salt, pepper and olive oil 2. Sprinkle the cod with black pepper and wrap two slices of parma ham around each fillet and hold together with four cocktail sticks 3. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in the pan and fry for 1 1/2 …

Homemade Pizza (is very satisfying)

My boyfriends mum bought a pizza oven for her garden last summer. We tried to use it a couple of times but failed quite miserably and had to resort to the oven. Ah, the good old oven. Unfortunately we don’t have access to the pizza oven in London so the conventional oven has become our pizza doughs new best friend. I can bang on and on and on about my love for tomatoes, mozzarella and bread so there really is no better meal for me. Homemade Garlic Pizza Bread, originally uploaded by Food For Think. We started off by testing the dough to make garlic and rosemary pizza with homemade chilli oil. Yum. Next to go was the mozzarella pizza with basil, rocket and watercress. We make our own tomato bases regularly and use them for anything from soup to pasta sauces and pizza bases. We’re desperately hoping to get the pizza oven working this summer because a charred base is just to die for! Homemade Mozzarella Pizza with Rocket and Watercress, originally uploaded by …

First BBQ of 2010

I’m just a tad excited becuase I had my first BBQ of the year today. It consisted of sausages that were in my goodie bag from Dine With Dos Hermanos at Foreman & Field on Monday evening, asparagus and a whole Sea Bream stuffed with garlic and chilli butter. First BBQ of 2010, originally uploaded by Food For Think. Here’s to many more…

Roasted Tomato, Garlic and Butter Bean Soup

Odd to want to make soup in late May isn’t it? Well this particular day just happened to be a little chilly and I just happened to fancy a bit of soup. Tomato, roasted garlic and butterbean soup, originally uploaded by Food For Think. I just love soup because it’s easy and you can blend pretty much whatever you want. One of my favourite foods is the great tomato and i’ll always choose a tomato base over anything else. I remember when I first moved to London I would walk past a newsagent where they sell fruit and veg outside and if I was a little hungry, I would purchase just one tomato and walk down the street eating it like an apple. I got some funny looks. Another favourite food is roasted garlic – oh my, there’s not much better. Then there’s the butter beans. I became obsessed with butter beans when I was a child because of a cafe that my dad used to take me to every weekend called The Peppermill in …