My first taste of Korea

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20th October 2011

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Korean Bibimbap – This week’s new food-to-try

Wikipedia says:
‘Bibimbap… is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed meal.” Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.’

As you can see from my photo, it’s not the most glamorous of dishes but super tasty and healthy (a rare combination!). Also a great way to use up leftover ingredients. 

If you want to try this but don’t want to make it yourself try visiting Bibimbap on Greek Street in London’s Soho. It’s an inexpensive, casual restaurant with a huge following. Time Out has listed it as one of the best ‘cheap eats’ in the area. and I have it on good authority that it’s good quality grub (just don’t expect fine dining)
http://bibimbapsoho.com/

Earl grey CUPcakes with orange blossom buttercream

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17th October 2011

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Jasmine Earl Grey cupcakes with orange blossom buttercream.

I made these CUPcakes (haha) for a girly night in last Saturday. 
It’s an ordinary sponge recipe with a few tablespoons of black, strong jasmine Earl Grey (the better the quality of the tea the stronger you can brew it. Cheap teas can go very bitter).

The two-tone icing is buttercream with a tsp of orange blossom water, half coloured peach and the other half left natural and all shoved into the same piping bag. The pearls are sugar balls that I’ve shaken in a baggie with white lustre dust. You can buy sugar pearls but they’re often not as pearlescent as you would want so I always keep some gold/silver/cream/white lustre dust to hand. 

*Please excuse the terrible piping, my regular, large star nozzle had gone walkies that day!

Teacup silicone cake cases can be found at many online sites such as Amazon or eBay. I bought my 4 from The Works in Windsor.

 

Huevos Rancheros -leftovers, Mexican-style

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13th October 2011

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Huevos rancheros omelette (with chorizo, chillies, paprika, spring onions, red peppers, rocket and tomatoes)

Huevos rancheros are a kind of Mexican-style scrambled eggs that usually include ingredients such as chillies, chorizo, peppers and onions.
They’re a perfect breakfast for people like me who prefer something bold and savoury rather than sugary cereal or toast. And yes, I am one of those people who like curry for breakfast. Long live leftover lovers!

 
 

Cheese souffles -that they’re tricky is just a load of hot air

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12th October 2011

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My first cheese soufflé -a recipe from French cookbook, ‘Nobody does it better’ by Trish Deseine.
Probably my most cooked dish for friends, once you get over the initial soufflé fears it’s easy peasy to make. The French have these as a simple after-work supper, a big difference from our view of the dish as something fancy-pants. The only disaster I’ve had with this was when the oven turned off during an epic French thunderstorm! Lovely with simple, crisp, bulky salad leaves and some cornichons if the cheese is strong.
 
 
 

The end of a sticky, day-glo era…

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11th October 2011

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Following the news that Millar McCowan, makers of the Wham bar, have gone into administration I have been stocking up each time I see these sticky lovelies!

*Apparently these have been saved. Unfortunately too late for me to have them as favours for this year’s Burns Night supper. I wonder when we’ll be seeing them again? -2/4/2011

Bubbleology, Soho

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8th October 2011

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Bubbleology in Soho.
I love a good edible gimmick so I had to pop into this little place where there were bubbling vials and test tubes everywhere and the staff wore lab coats. The product is bubble tea, originally an 80’s Taiwanese milky or fruity drink with chewy tapioca pearl ‘bubbles’. They can now be found all over China Towns worldwide (I always buy a cup if I see a seller)
 
I had:
Coconut milky bubble tea with extra passionfuit flavour popping boba (little bursting balls of passionfruit gel, a bit like those bath pearls you used to get from your Aunty at Christmas). Yummy, but I prefer the good old milky tea flavours.
My friend Sally had:
Ginger fruity bubble tea with extra lychee popping boba. Revolting is the most kind thing I can say about this flavour! 
 
Anyway, try it. You might not like it, but I’m addicted.

 

A Hampshire picnic from Newlyns Farm Shop

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5th October 2011

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Sunny days = countryside picnics
Rain or shine, the Boy and I are always thinking with our bellies. The freak October heatwave gave us the ideal opportunity to have one last summer picnic so we raided Newlyns Farm Shop and found a sunny spot with a fab view of the beautiful Hampshire countryside.

Newlyns Farm Shop: 

It is no secret that I am a massive supporter of good animal-welfare practices. I believe that some things are worth the high costs and that moral values go hand-in-hand with our consumption of meat and dairy products.
When you drive into the Newlyns car park you are met by a small tribe of pigs, chickens and sheep. They are kept there in spacious pens as an example of the husbandry methods used throughout the farm. For some, walking out of the shop past the pigs, sausages in hand, might be too much. But to be shown how well-kept these livestock are means that I can be content that my purchases have not lived lives of suffering, and that makes my lunch just that little bit tastier.
If you are happy to invest in good food (it really is not a cheap place to shop), even once in a while, it’s worth having a splurge here.

What we ate (an edited selection):
•Ham hock terrine: A moreish, mustardy deli favourite. Perfect with homemade piccalilli.
•Rosemary crusted sheep’s cheese: Unfortunately not as fragrant and herby as expected, instead rather musty. Not recommended.
•Bramley apple juice: Surprisingly sharp but much more refreshing than a Braeburn or Katy variety. Would be lovely with a cheddar.
•Chicken liver and wild mushroom pate with garlic: Much richer than the average chicken liver pate, the strong garlic gave it a very ‘grown-up’ flavour.
•Mars bar rice crispy bites: A sickly but fun Newlyns classic.