Month: May 2011

Lime friand recipe

I have two sources of inspiration for this recipe. The first is 15 year old Conor McLean who beat me to win Britain’s Best Dish. He made a fantastic vanilla friand dessert and during the process, I realised that I had never made one. The second inspiration is The Flavour Thesaurus by Nikki Segnit. This book gave me the idea for my dessert on Britain’s Best Dish. I love it. Literally weeks before it was released, I was wishing that I could have a book that would tell me what flavours go together. Then, voila, it appeared. The complete idea for my dessert was lime friand with lemon and ginger sorbet, candied ginger and a tuille biscuit. In reality, making such a dish for two people isn’t really worth it but its an idea that i’ll hold onto for future dinner parties! I started making the elements of the dessert about a month ago. First was the candied ginger, then the lemon and ginger sorbet. I never got around to making the friand, much to …

Small plates – lamb and pearl barley, tomato salad and roasties

Small plates are all the rage at the moment. Some of my favourite London restaurants are serving them and those restaurants have become extremely popular over the last year. Take Polpo as an example. The small Beak Street Venetian restaurant did so well that owner Russell Norman quickly opened a sister restaurant, Polpetto on Dean Street above the infamous a French House watering hole. This was followed by Spuntino, a scarily cool American diner set in downtown New York in the prohibition era. This week he is also due to open his fourth, no doubt fabulous restaurant in Covent Garden, Da Polpo. I can’t wait. So my Sunday dinner this week was mostly inspired by a few dishes that I have recently had at Polpo. Roast shoulder of Lamb with pearl barley and pan fried mushrooms, vine ripened and Golden Beauty plum tomatoes with marinated red onion, basil and radish and a simple plate of rosemary roast potatoes. For some reason, food seems more satisfying when sharing with your fellow diners and I much prefer …

Sin free granola recipe

A pot of fat free apple and mango yoghurt landed on my doormat last week. I wasn’t particularly sure that I was going to like the flavour combination but it gave me an excuse to buy some luscious blueberries and make some healthy granola. I love quick and easy recipes and this definitely falls into that category. Simply mix all of the ingredients in a big bowl and then bake in the oven. A bowl of this granola makes for a very healthy breakfast. The sugar is substituted for maple syrup and honey, and, because there is no butter, it’s vegan too. Ingredients 150g whole rolled oats 80ml maple syrup 1 tbsp runny honey 1 tbsp sesame seeds 25g sunflower seeds 25g pumpkin seeds 60ml vegetable oil Method Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees c 1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined 2. Place on a lined baking tray and bake for 25 – 30 minutes, tossing it every 10 minutes to prevent the edges from burning 3. To enjoy …

Baked eggs with ibérico ham and parmesan

Most of you will know that we got three beautiful hens a few weeks ago. Only one of them is laying so far and the eggs have been quite sporadic, until recently when we’ve been getting one every day. Although we currently have 5 Bantam eggs sitting in our egg rack, I have to admit that the eggs in this recipe aren’t from our hens, they are from my boyfriends parents hens down in Chichester. We had some ibérico ham in the fridge that needed eating so I made a delicious dish of baked eggs with ibérico ham and parmesan for dinner. This dish is exceptionally easy and fast – it only takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, if that! Serve with a couple of slices of bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Ingredients 2 large cloves garlic 6 slices of ibérico ham (or enough to cover the pan that you want to use) 4 large free range eggs sprinkle of curly leaf parsley – about 4 …

Riverford Oraganic Farm trip

Veg boxes delivered to your door. Some people love them, others think they’re a bit of a waste of money. I’m going on various conversations that I’ve had with people over the last couple of years. Yes – that’s how long I’ve been ‘thinking’ about getting one but I hadn’t managed to get around to it. Until now. Until I took a visit to Riverford Organic Farm in Devon. I was invited on a press trip along with a group of bloggers and journalists. The email landed in my inbox entitled ’24 hours of wild garlic’ and before I even opened the email, I knew that whatever greatness lay inside the body of the email was going to appeal to me. And it sure did. The email was aptly titled, we were to leave London at 7pm on Friday evening and return at 8pm on Saturday evening. OK, so maybe we were away for 25 hours but I’ll blame that on the delayed train. The lovely ladies at Story PR provided us with an astounding …

Mooli’s summer menu

Mooli’s opened nearly two years ago on Frith Street in Soho, one of London’s busiest restaurant areas. Born out of a passion and a pining for good Indian street food, founders Sam and Mathew traveled around India for months for recipe inspiration. I live in an area with a large Indian community and while fantastic authentic food is plentiful at cheap restaurants nearby, I have noticed that these are somewhat lacking in Central London. The only other good value (and by this I mean cheap) Indian restaurant (apart from Mooli’s) that I could recommend is Dishoom, who, by the way, has a pop up restaurant on the Southbank this summer. However, Mooli’s isn’t your typical curry house. They serve a range of Indian wraps, which they call Mooli’s. Also on the menu are a fantastic range of side dishes, plus delicious lassi. They even have an alcohol license so you can enjoy a nice cold bottle of beer or a crisp glass of wine with your dinner, or lunch if you like that kind of …

Easy wholemeal seed and nut loaf

This recipe is adapted from a fantastic Delia Smith recipe. It is incredibly easy and tastes delicious warm from the oven, smothered with salted butter. I made this to accompany a fantastic BBQ that we had over the ferociously hot Easter weekend. Ingredients 285g wholemeal flour, plus a little extra for the top of the bread 1 tsp salt 1 tsp light muscovado sugar 1tsp easy bake yeast (this is half of an easy bake yeast sachet) 200ml tepid water 100g mixed nuts and seeds (save some to sprinkle on the top) Method Pre-heat the oven to it’s lowest setting 1. Warm the flour in the oven for about 10 minutes, then turn the oven off. 2. Put the warm flour into a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the salt, sugar and yeast over the top. Mix thoroughly. 3. Make a well in the center and pour in the tepid water. Take a wooden spoon and mix the water into the flour gradually to form a dough. 4. Mix with your hands until you have …