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Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire
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.

I’m always one to show off my friends’ cooking delights. So here’s Lily’s chorizo tagliatelle she made the other night. I may be making a dinner visit there soon if this is what’s on the menu.

I’m always one to show off my friends’ cooking delights. So here’s Lily’s chorizo tagliatelle she made the other night. I may be making a dinner visit there soon if this is what’s on the menu.

Caravan, King’s Cross
The perfect Sunday brunch. Poached eggs, aubergine purée, yoghurt, sumac, parsley and soutsouki sausage with toast. Safe to say that this was eaten up in about 4 minutes flat.
This is an ideal spot if you want to just stay inside and be cosy somewhere on a cold winter’s day, ordering coffee after coffee (we spend almost 3 hours here - the staff probably hated us). In a trendy, up and coming part of King’s Cross, in an old grain store overlooking the fountains of Granary Square, this place has a very chilled out atmosphere and a great place to spend a lazy Sunday.
The service was not so great, as we had to constantly remind the staff to bring over our drinks, which arrived sporadically throughout the meal, but I could not complain about the food. This is brunch with a quirky twist that only places like Caravan could pull off, so much to the point that it was surprising that they had ketchup, although we were greeted with quizzical looks when we asked for it.
Make sure to pack your beanie and trendy trainers when you come here, or else you may be feeling left out. Oh, and visit the unisex loos purely to make the most of the Aesop hand wash and hand cream. Trust.
I’m going to make an excuse to come again soon - it’s worth the 30 minute trip.
http://www.caravankingscross.co.uk/
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Caravan, King’s Cross

The perfect Sunday brunch. Poached eggs, aubergine purée, yoghurt, sumac, parsley and soutsouki sausage with toast. Safe to say that this was eaten up in about 4 minutes flat.

This is an ideal spot if you want to just stay inside and be cosy somewhere on a cold winter’s day, ordering coffee after coffee (we spend almost 3 hours here - the staff probably hated us). In a trendy, up and coming part of King’s Cross, in an old grain store overlooking the fountains of Granary Square, this place has a very chilled out atmosphere and a great place to spend a lazy Sunday.

The service was not so great, as we had to constantly remind the staff to bring over our drinks, which arrived sporadically throughout the meal, but I could not complain about the food. This is brunch with a quirky twist that only places like Caravan could pull off, so much to the point that it was surprising that they had ketchup, although we were greeted with quizzical looks when we asked for it.

Make sure to pack your beanie and trendy trainers when you come here, or else you may be feeling left out. Oh, and visit the unisex loos purely to make the most of the Aesop hand wash and hand cream. Trust.

I’m going to make an excuse to come again soon - it’s worth the 30 minute trip.

http://www.caravankingscross.co.uk/

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