Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Back at work and committing to a detox diet after four days of delectable delights in Derbeyshire.
What a wonderful surprise my dear friend Mario called and said he had just arrived in London and would i like to meet him at Claridges for Tea. I decided i would start the diet tomorrow.
Earl Grey Tea and Scones, Clotted Cream and Jam. I also am well aware it is the second one in a week but i feel it is important for you to see different variations of the Great English Cream Tea.
Claridges Hotel,Brook Street,London.
Christine's Marvellous Easter Treat Display.
Yes I know that there are precut frozen chips but.... there is also a crab in a marie rose sauce sandwich and hidden a half pint of freezing cold cider and also hidden are the rolling hills of the Peaks and a perfect country pub called the Druid Inn.
The Druid Inn, Matlock,Derbeyshire.
Back in the Peak District in the Glorious Sunshine and after a 5 mile walk felt a cream tea was totally acceptable, eaten on the lawn at Hassop Hall Hotel...Heaven.
Hassop Hall Hotel,Bakewell,Derbeyshire. 01629 640 488.
I am sorry Pieter i have forgotten what was in this cake but i do remember it was not Polenta !!!
I do remember it was fantastic and lemony served with a creme fraiche.
Pestle and Mortar. Details on Post below.
Spring Vegetable Soup with Pesto.That description does not even begin to describe how delicious it was.
Pestle and Mortar. Details on Post Below.
May i present to you amazing Crostini. Tapenade with Chilli, Borlotti Beans and Spinach, Parma ham and zucchini. At a dinner at the Max Wigram Gallery we were lucky enough to be served dishes by Pieter Maritz the chef and owner of the bespoke caterers Pestle and Mortar. I would not be exaggerating if i was to say that this was the tastiest freshest most sumptuous food i have eaten out in a long time. Thank you Max and Pieter.
Pestle and mortar 07779272862.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

We did splash out on Green Tea ice cream, black Sesame Ice Cream with a red bean sauce.
Chisou See post below for details.
Julies Black Cod set lunch.
Chisou.See Details on Post Below.
Craving a little bit of sashimi the lovely Julie suggested Chisou on Princes street.On arrival we contemplated the crisp fried prawns on spinach leaves with yuzu dressing or the soft shell maki rolls but after the suggestion by the sushi chef of the set lunches we changed our minds and went for the easy option and at approx £20 ahead thought that was a much more sensible idea.My Sashimi set lunch.
Chisou,4 Princes Street,London W1B 2LE. Tel No.0207 629 3931.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Chocolate Slice with Creme Fraiche and Brandy Snap.
St John details on post below.
Roast Beef, roast beetroot and horseradish. My mouth is watering. Writing a food blog whilst hungary is not a good idea.
St John details on previous post.
Turbot white beans and aioli.
St John Details on post below.
Kohlrabi is a stout cultivar of the cabbage. The most commonly eaten vegetable in Kashmir.
Light and refreshing may i present to you Kohlrabi.
St John. Details on previous post.
My new discovery this week....not St john the restaurant but how to get a table and not have to book weeks before...answer just turn up. I forgot that saying "Bums on Seats" it really is the truth. The food was faultless as always. Here are 5 delectable dishes well chosen as we sat next the kitchen so had the added benefit of seeing everything as it came out. Only problem was the whole suckling pig staring at me throughout the meal. Mussels mediterranean style.
St John.26 St John Street,EC1M 4AY.Tel No 443301 8069.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

And some more choices of ice cream and another great picture.
Fouberts Ice Cream Parlour,see previous blog for details.

A selection of ice creams at Fouberts and love this picture.
Fouberts ice cream Parlour see previous for details.

Fouberts of Chiswick have been around for 50 years. I took my 8 year old friend there today he loved it and opted for the mint chocolate chip. The ice cream is hand made and family run. There is always a line and the parking is a nightmare but apart from that well worth the visit. Just one more thing was a little bit scared of the bright blue option?
Fouberts Ice Cream Parlour. 2 Turnham Green Terrace,Chiswick W4.

A fantasy American with hot milk on the side, oh and two macaroons just because we had to.

A selection of fantasy cakes.
Laduree. Harrods.Knightsbridge.

What is it about this shop?? Apart from the stupendous packaging, visually outstanding cakes and pastries the decor makes me feel like i am in a stage production of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. It is pure fantasy as nothing can be that perfect....or can it???
Laduree .Harrods.London.

Here we have a bowl of sumptuous chorizo cabbage and potato soup eaten at approximately 11pm at Moro London.
I often make this delectable dish so here is my version.
Slice the chorizo, 1 onion and 2 cloves of garlic soften in some olive oil.
Peel and cube 3 large potatoes. Add the potatoes and vegetable stock. Once the potatoes are cooked lightly smash and add green spring cabbage finely sliced. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
Moro 34/36 Exmouth Market,London EC1R 4QE. Tel No 0207 833 8336.