foodie for thought

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
Garlic kale pasta with sun dried tomatoes. A nice little twist on a classic.

Garlic kale pasta with sun dried tomatoes. A nice little twist on a classic.

Marinated chicken skewers with tzatziki at Bill’s, Covent Garden.
When you eat here, you just know that the ingredients will be fresh and healthy - which suited me perfectly. Except I did eat half a loaf of potato and rosemary bread. Oh and the warm mini cinnamon doughnuts with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate dipping sauce…

Marinated chicken skewers with tzatziki at Bill’s, Covent Garden.

When you eat here, you just know that the ingredients will be fresh and healthy - which suited me perfectly. Except I did eat half a loaf of potato and rosemary bread. Oh and the warm mini cinnamon doughnuts with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate dipping sauce…

This is my friend Josh’s meal last night. Sushi has never looked like such a work of art. This particular one was salmon, crab and prawn with cod roe on top.
TAKE ME THERE PLEASE.

This is my friend Josh’s meal last night. Sushi has never looked like such a work of art. This particular one was salmon, crab and prawn with cod roe on top.

TAKE ME THERE PLEASE.

I really do love my friends, especially when I’m lucky enough to be cooked for.
Here’s Hana’s thai green chicken curry, complete with sticky white rice and soy sauce with a sprinkling of fresh coriander to top it off (this was serving one of two).

I really do love my friends, especially when I’m lucky enough to be cooked for.

Here’s Hana’s thai green chicken curry, complete with sticky white rice and soy sauce with a sprinkling of fresh coriander to top it off (this was serving one of two).

Homemade Cauliflower Cheese - the ultimate comfort food.
Simply boil the cauliflower, then make the cheese sauce as follows:
For 1 large cauliflower -
1 pint of milk
4 tbsp.plain flour
50g butter
Grated cheddar (as much as you can handle!)
Bring the milk, flour and butter to the boil, whisking quickly so the mixture does not turn lumpy, until it the sauce begins to thicken. Turn off the heat, then stir in the cheese.
Pour the sauce over the cauliflower in an oven dish, add extra cheese on top and grill till nice and crispy as the picture above.
DELICIOUS.

Homemade Cauliflower Cheese - the ultimate comfort food.

Simply boil the cauliflower, then make the cheese sauce as follows:

For 1 large cauliflower -

1 pint of milk

4 tbsp.plain flour

50g butter

Grated cheddar (as much as you can handle!)

Bring the milk, flour and butter to the boil, whisking quickly so the mixture does not turn lumpy, until it the sauce begins to thicken. Turn off the heat, then stir in the cheese.

Pour the sauce over the cauliflower in an oven dish, add extra cheese on top and grill till nice and crispy as the picture above.

DELICIOUS.

Lamb and spinach fragrant curry complete with cashew nuts and naan at The Jack In The Green, Exeter. Don’t forget the mango chutney and raita on the side - this really makes it. Don’t go for this if you’re looking for hot spice - I had to ask for fresh chillis with mine, but this is a brilliant fragrant curry, and the meat was incredibly tender. Not what you’d expect from your every day gastro pub.  

Lamb and spinach fragrant curry complete with cashew nuts and naan at The Jack In The Green, Exeter. Don’t forget the mango chutney and raita on the side - this really makes it. Don’t go for this if you’re looking for hot spice - I had to ask for fresh chillis with mine, but this is a brilliant fragrant curry, and the meat was incredibly tender. Not what you’d expect from your every day gastro pub.  

L’Escargot, Soho

Easily my favourite restaurant in London after just one visit. But only as a treat, as this is fine dining to a tee.

L’Escargot is classic French cuisine, with a pristine dining area and plenty of private dining rooms upstairs (I like the look of the Picasso Room). Everything is polished and runs like clockwork here. And one cannot help but appreciate the statement art hanging on the walls by Miro and Chagall.

Choosing from this menu was incredibly difficult, as everything looked appetising. To start I had the beetroot and goats curd ravioli, toasted hazelnuts and honey dressing. Just look at that presentation - simple classic and vibrant in colour. This was an ideal starter, very light and left plenty of room for my main of pan fried scallops, caramelised cauliflower purée, golden raisins and saffron emulsion. Again a faultless presentation, with plenty of sauce to soak the scallops in (I could have done with maybe 1 or 2 more of the juicy scallops). The cauliflower puree complemented the caramelised scallops ever so perfectly. This was rich but without being heavy. And the wine, oh the wine! The French do fantastic white wine, which went down far too easily and went extremely well with my dishes.

I cannot wait to visit here again. If you ever want to impress a loved one then there couldn’t be a better place. The trouble with a lot of French restaurants is that they can be pretentious, but that’s the beauty of this place, you don’t feel out of your depth - perhaps only when the bill arrives. Anything you order will look and taste the crème de la crème.

http://www.lescargotrestaurant.co.uk/

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Another healthy one for you.
Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki (take out the French fries in this if you desire)
January detox!

Another healthy one for you.

Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki (take out the French fries in this if you desire)

January detox!

A healthy meal to get the New Year’s kick started! Handy for Meatless Monday’s too.
Beluga Lentil and Pomegranate Baba Ghanoush
Light but filling at the same time.

A healthy meal to get the New Year’s kick started! Handy for Meatless Monday’s too.

Beluga Lentil and Pomegranate Baba Ghanoush

Light but filling at the same time.

Jamie Oliver’s Diner, Piccadilly.
We went for the ‘dirty dog’ hot dog - smoked frankfurter, pulled pork, barbeque sauce and crackling on top. Complete with a serving of guacamole tortilla thips and salsa.

Jamie Oliver’s Diner, Piccadilly.

We went for the ‘dirty dog’ hot dog - smoked frankfurter, pulled pork, barbeque sauce and crackling on top. Complete with a serving of guacamole tortilla thips and salsa.