Saturday, June 28, 2008
Green Thai curry was on the menu the other night but someone was chatting too much and the naan bread ended up burning and needing to cool off on the back patio.
There is also half a can of coconut milk left and not sure what to do with it, any suggestions?
Sweet potato and snap beans with fresh coriander added to the mix, gave it such nice flavours and textures. Served with basmati rice it was a delicious meal. I even had some chili sauce from Street Hawker that gave it that extra spicy kick - yum!
Am in Spain for the next few days so will be sampling lots of cocktails by the beach and some Spanish food...stay tuned for some updates next week.
Friday, June 27, 2008
We had a very SITC night out the other night - the lovely French Madame M was in town from NYC. We had champagne to celebrate seeing each other after a long period and to celebrate all of our recent pieces of good news.
So our actress extraordinnaire decided to arrange the night - it was a walk from M's hotel in Mayfair to Randall and Aubin's in Soho. We got to the entrance and she screeched, you took me here last time! (2 years ago) But we decided we all really liked it there so why not go again.
Then after dinner the actress said she had another great suggestion - Soho House - we get to the main entrance and again our New Yorker said - this looks familiar - you took me here two years ago too!
It was quite funny - as we all seem to have our usual haunts we take guests too - I am a fan of a quick bite at Busaba and then onwards to a gig or a show and the actress's is Randall & Aubin and Soho House. When I go to NYC am going to get the usual Madame M tour too which is sure to include her partner's bar Bua. We had a great night, feasted on lobster and champagne and caught up on all the Toronto, New York and London gossip - aren't girlfriends great?! Love the disco ball and dancing waiters at Randall - they are all gorgeously gay. Pics are from Randall & Aubin's - not the best but perhaps the champagne hindered the photograph quality :)
Thursday, June 26, 2008
That is the question put forward to me from Jennifer from The Domestic Goddess food blog and Jasmine at Confessions of a Cardamom Addict, they are working on Taste Canada - a project asking people what Canada tastes like to them. Great idea, non?So here is what initially came to my mind when I read their email on what reminds one of Canada. Growing up in Ontario we always had an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in our fridge, in our lunchboxes and on our tables. We ate seasonally and we did a lot of family trips to the 'Green Belt' (mainly St. Catherines) to pick our own fruit at different times of the year. In the fall we went apple picking and in the summer we went strawberry, peach and cherry picking.
It was a day out, it was fun and it was a great way to spend the time with family. It was cheaper to 'pick your own' and the fresh fruit we got was incredibly tasty; am not sure if farmers really made more money as we ate so many strawberries while picking we should've left some extra money! I even forgot my shoes one weekend and went strawberry picking with only my funny slippers. My forgetfulness still continues to this day.
Back to strawberries...on the way to the cottage we picked a few baskets then headed to the beach, swam all day like little sea lions and came back for lunch or dinner to eat more strawberries. At lunch one day we decided to make a strawberry sandwich. I think my cousin Mary or Tami invented this - not sure who can take the credit?
We cut up loads of the little strawberries - they were tiny bulbous and strangely shaped, not the perfect kind you get in the shops today and laid them on freshly toasted bread with melted butter and sprinkled it with sugar. The sweet and the salty mixed with the sugar and the warm bread made it the most excellent and delicious sandwich ever. What an invention! I should sell these from a little stall somewhere. They are sooo good.
So that was what we ate for lunch or snack almost every weekend (during strawberry season) - a strawberry sandwich. We were picky eaters when we were young so I guess our parents thought as long as we were eating something why not a strawberry sandwich for lunch!
I made one the other day for the blog and it was good, but the strawberries were nothing near the ones that you get in the Niagara St. Catherines - Canada's fruit belt. I can't wait to have another strawberry sandwich at the beach again - will have to show my nephews how to make one so the tradition continues.
Happy Canada Day for all reading this on July 1st!
Check out their website for more info. http://www.lactofree.co.uk
There is news, advice and more information about lactose intolerance and Lactofree milk. There is even a community hub and a guide to restaurants that cater for lactose-intolerant people, making it easier for them to choose where they eat out in the UK. How helpful!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
PB got this for his lunch. It smelled good...it is hard to tell, but there is a massive cone of chips underneath the shavings of kebab and squirts of garlic and chili sauces. I asked him what meat it was and he said, 'best not to ask.' I guess it doesn't really matter does it as it could be anything!
Sunday, June 22, 2008
They said that another agency down the road told them to come visit us at The Leathermarket (we work in an old leather market), which was very nice. So we each got a can of the new cola and the lovely sampling staff explained that it is all natural with ingredients like lime, cinnamon, ginger etc.. and there is no 'secret recipe' like another cola brand, all ingredients are listed on the back of the can.
The verdict in the office: we said it tasted like Haribo candy and most people liked it, no one really said they loved it but at the end of the day no cans were left over. Many said they still like the one and only Coke.
Not sure I would buy it often as having a few Haribo candies is great but drinking a can of it may be a bit too much, will have to try it again.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I get an interesting array of press releases each day and I thought snippets of this one was worth sharing. It stated that, according to scientists, eating turkey could enhance an athlete’s performance by up to 20%.
Researchers at the
It goes on to say that you must eat 250-300g of turkey a day for 6-12 months to see these increases.
The research also discovered anserine & carnosine was high in certain muscle meats, including whale, prawns and turkey. The scientists chose to concentrate their research on turkey for practical reasons. Good thinking as we wouldn’t want to have plates of whale meat every day, wouldn’t that kill the species off and a plate of prawns every day could get expensive!
Sometimes I wonder about press releases – they could really be shorter and sweeter and with less useless information. Am I being a bit cynical today? Well I do think the British Turkey Federation sure got my attention but perhaps am a little grumpy today. I do like turkey and recommend it to all to eat as it is quite healthy.
Maybe you can get your muscle concentration up by lifting a few weights at the gym each week or bench pressing your little nephews, kids love that stuff!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It was quite funny and luckily I didn't fall - as I did scrape my knee on an escalator earlier on in the week - I think I am turning into my clumsy Aunt Grace. Luckily only the statues witnessed my slip as it was early in the morning. When I looked around I could only see that cleaner in the distance creating a trail of water for other poor workers around the area to slip on. Well onto the exhibit, I wasn't sure what to expect - who knew there were so many varieites of spuds?! Well there are, and the exhibit put on by the Peruvian Embassy displays all of them, I think.
From Time Out mag: This travelling photo exhibition celebrates the humble spud's place as the third most important food crop in the world after rice and wheat. Organised by the Peruvian Embassy for the International Year of the Potato, the display explores the potato's domestication and importance in food cultures worldwide.
If you are in the area it would be interesting to look at just to see all the different types of potatoes but I wouldn't really go out of my way to see it.
Tip: don't go early in the morning with heels on!
Thanks ER, next time we meet am looking forward to another Spanish treat and hearing about your boss trying to seduce you and turn you into a gay man ;)
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Well, what else do you get kids to do in the summer? We put them to work making mohitos for us a few weekends ago at the beach. They are great at picking the fresh mint from the garden, stirring in the sugar and very exact at pouring the lemon & lime juice and mixing in the solda and vodka; it is like being in home economics class! Kids love tasks that are usually left to grownups. They didn't get a chance to taste the drinks but we did make them a virgin version.
Belli is the cutest little angel and a great helper. I wish I was a teacher like her mother and had a little star sticker to give her. Thanks for your help cutie and see you soon!
Westwood Mohito Recipe:
*We altered the recipe for what was in the cupboard
- Lots of fresh mint from the garden
- A squirt of lemon and lime juice (as much as we had in the fridge)
- A tbsp of sugar per glass – brown sugar is nice
- We used Havana Club rum – but any rum will do – the flavored Bacardi Limon one would be nice
- We didn’t have club soda so we used Perrier water with a hint of lime
Can you tell I am away for the weekend?
Topeka - good place to dig potatoes (Kansas, USA)
Harbin - where fish is dried (tenth largest city in China)
Danube - river of sheep (longest river in the EU which starts in Germany and flows all the way to Romania/Ukraine) Pic is of the Danube gate on the Romanian-Serbian border
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
The original meaning of a few place names:
Aran Islands - kidney islands (pic of laughing horse is from the Irish islands)
Bangkok- region of olive trees
Bethlehem - house of bread
Thursday, June 12, 2008
A travel idea: travel to Italy for a truffle hunt! It may be muddy and dirty but it sounds like fun and you stay with a family or in a small town and eat like a King (or Queen). In the past, truffles were only found by trained pigs but it seems like dogs are now the main way that these precious fungi are found.
They are edible subterranean mushrooms that are hard to find and therefore a much sought after delicacy. Pungent tasting and rich smelling, round and not quite hard - they are brown and wrinkly and plain ugly (see pic above). They are used very sparingly in dishes and am not sure you can really taste them when they are on menus (in truffle oil, truffle infused sauce etc.).
I have been meaning to make a truffle themed dinner for a while and will have to get some fresh truffles from Borough and make it happen, maybe when Momma Dolce is in town.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
When people say they don't know how to cook, you wonder if they ever really tried? It is not that difficult to get it wrong with simple stuff like this.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
And I need to go back and write a proper post about the Whole Foods store on High Street Kensington as I loved going there a few weeks ago. I spent forever in there. I actually lost track of time, checking out all their products, produce, cheeses etc.. it was a great food shopping experience which resulted in me buying oysters, an oyster shucker, swordfish steaks and white sea bass. It was too much fish for one weekend but it was great, bar the Oysters that were not too juicy-how do you choose oysters? Do you shake them to see if there is lots of seawater inside?
More places like this are needed in London, am really getting annoyed with shopping at the local petrol station for my fruit and veg.
Anyhow another busy week, am surviving on golden pineapple in the morning, chicken and rice soup for lunch and whatever is in the fridge for dinner - lots of Thai food is being consumed from our local favourite, Street Hawker - the guy even knows us in there and asks, 'nasi goreng for you?' Errm...maybe should go there a little less. How do you get bathing suit body in 2 weeks?
Running & Pilates marathon to commence immediately...
Monday, June 09, 2008
And, while in Canada I bought this little bottle of drops which I thought would allow me to drink milk daily again. Instructions are to add 15 drops to one litre of milk and then let stand for 24hours to kill all the lactose. I did as directed, and the next day had cereal and milk for the first time in ages, but it tasted a little funny. I ignored that and thought about the next day's breakfast. Day 2 - I open the milk and there is a funny rotten smell - like yoghurt that has gone off. I rush off to work without drinking it as not too sure about the smell. When I get home that evening the container of milk is completely turned into some sort of slushy, solid pudding. It was gross and in the bin it went!
The next day I am taking my calcium pill at work and moaning about it -wishing the milk brand Lactancia was sold here and up pops an email from a nice young man saying he has been reading about my lactose intolerance on the blob (as my family calls it) and he wants to send me some samples of lactose free milk to try.
Will let you know how the new product goes - am sure they don't sell it in my petrol station super market.
A question I have been asking is, if you don't drink milk or eat any dairy, what are other food sources provide calcium?
Saturday, June 07, 2008
They were handing out free paella at Borough Market on 5 & 6 of June for a Spanish/city of Valencia showcase. The queue was massive but it looked good and everyone was enjoying their little dish of rice.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
My friends and I had a fab time in Tuscany. The weather was a bit rainy though so we decided to splash out and take a cooking class with a local lady at her farm house. Giulietta was so nice and welcoming and let us get stuck in. We made 4 courses: Zucchini risotto, ricotta and asparagas ravioli, chicken with sweet peppers for main and then apple cake. yuuummmyyyy...
Look at Dee getting right in there with the pasta machine, she better make dinner for us soon before she forgets her Tuscan techniques!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Tip for the weekend: take your girlfriend/boyfriend for a cocktail to the Sanderson - hopefully the sun is shining and you can relax outside. Be sure to check out their lifts, their billiards function room and even their toilets are very posh.
Second tip: Try not to act like a dumb, snoopy tourist.
British GQ calls it - 'the hippest hotel in the world'
Pics below: entrance & lobby