Archive | September, 2012

Crop update from our Fruit & Veg supplier

Every couple of weeks we receive a crop update from our Fruit & Veg suppliers, Fresh Direct. Here is what they have to say on Apples. Apples The UK Bramley apple crop is forecast to finish earlier than normal next year from the stored crop. This is mainly due to the cold wet weather in […]

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Roasted Aubergine and Feta stack

Start by thinly slicing aurbergine around 1.5cm thick, 1 pepper cut in half seeds removed and drizzle Both with olive oil salt and pepper and bake for 7 mins until almost tender and allow to cool. Then build your stack by placing aubergine on the bottom then pepper etc….. And finish with crumbled feta on […]

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Seared salmon with panfried oregano polenta, mixed leaves & lemon.

  I cracked this little dish last night as its really quick and easy….The polenta can be made a day in advance to really save time. Polenta (Make me up a day in advance) 1/2      Small Onion diced 1/4      Clove Garlic crushed 3         Sprigs of Oregano chopped 125g    Polenta (corn meal) 400ml  Boiling water with 2 Vegetable […]

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Paddingtons Smoothie recipe

We had a request last week for Peter and Rhys recipe for smoothie which we serve each morning. I’m sure every venue has a slightly similar recipe but here is how we do it over in the West. Natural Yoghurt Frozen Fruits of the Forrest Apple juice Honey to sweeten Place all your ingredients in […]

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Toasted caraway seed bread

Now Autumn is truly upon us, there is nothing more warming than some home-made bread. Travelling through the Czech republic i noticed a distinct flavour in their breads, very aromatic with a punchy after taste. After a moment of deep thought i realised it was caraway. So here it goes, give it a whirl and let me know […]

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Rosewater meringues with blueberries and soft whipped cream, crunchhhhhhy!

tyle Pistachio & Rosewater Meringues Makes about 7 5                      egg whites 300g                caster sugar 1tsp                 Rosewater 30g                  Pulsed Pistachio Heat the oven to 200oc and spread the sugar over a lined tray. Heat for 8 minutes or until over 100oc. It should be slightly dissolved at the edges. […]

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Mackerel…..simple

I think one of the simplest tastiest and quickest things to cook is mackerel, not only is it extremely good for you it tastes great too. Place the mackerel on a lightly greased tray skin side up and grill under a medium heat till golden (between 6-8 minutes depending on the size) The salad on […]

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The great London food frenzy

Interesting article in The Standard

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Big Al’s Catalan fish stew

4 tbsp    Rapeseed oil 1 large   Spanish onion, diced 2            Fennel bulbs, diced 100g      Chorizo, diced (optional) 1            Red chili, finely chopped 1 tsp       Fennel seeds, toasted 2 clove   Garlic, crushed ½tsp      Sweet paprika powder ½ tsp     Smoked paprika 1 tbsp    Fresh thyme leaves 1 tsp      Saffron strands 3            Fresh bay leaves 1 tin       Chopped plum […]

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Minced lamb burger

To make the burger finely dice 1 red onion saute with garlic and season. Allow to cool then mix with mince and add chopped basil and season. Bake for roughly 15 mins on 180. For ratatouille dice 1 onion 1 courgette 1 aubergine and 2 peppers of your choice. Start by frying your onion until […]

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