Eight Things I Ate This November

I kicked this month off my heading to a local favourite, The Winchmore. They do a killer Sunday roast and one where the trimmings aren’t an after thought. Get the Roasted Belly Pork, I promise you you don’t be disappointed.

the-winchmore-pork-belly

Jones & Sons have recently relocated to Gillet Street. They boast a banging boozy bottomless brunch where both of the food AND drinks are bottomless. Wants not to love? If you’re a big group be sure you book in advance otherwise you’ll leave disappointed.

jones-and-sons-brunch-2

I had dinner last week with a friend from college, Serena, at Gunpowder in Spitalfields. If you haven’t been you seriously need to add it to your wish list. They serve Indian small plates which have been crafted to perfection. If there’s one thing you on the menu that you have to order, it’s the Aloo Chat – a dish where potatoes sing with Garam Masala and dressed in creamy yoghurt and topped with fried onions and chickpeas.

gunpowder-food

Scott and I headed to Franco Manca before hitting up the Fantastic Beasts. They serve up some of the best pizza’s in London, I adore their Sourdough bases and their a bargain at between £5-£9.

franco manca.jpg

This month I was taken out on a client lunch and got the opportunity to head to Hawksmoor – A place I’ve been dying to try it out since I started working in London. The rumors are true, Hawksmoor steaks are brilliant. I opted for the Fillet Steak, which just melted in the month. And, their starters are every bit as good – the Roast Scallops were served piping hot on the shell were delicious.

hawksmoor.jpg

Clerkenwell Grind is the newest member of the Grind family. Scott and I headed to their soft launch earlier in April and raved about it. Their drinks and delicious food will have you reaching for your camera for every dish. Breakfast includes treats like Kimchee and Mushroom Croquettes and French-Toast Banana Bread, and during their Dinner service they tempt you with delights such as, the Sweet Potato Harissa Cakes with a Duck Egg and Truffle Tagliolini.

clerkenwell-grind-sweet-potato-cake

I love baking and my cupboard is full of every type of flour and sugar available. But sometimes I like to mix it up and try healthy alternatives. This month I made a Carrot Cake with a twist, it’s got no refined sugar and I’ve sweetened the cake naturally using mashed banana and pure maple syrup. It’s so yummy and moist, if you have a spare afternoon I highly recommend making this bake.

carrot-cake-3

I’m not sure how I’ve managed it, but it’s taken me until now to try Dishoom. It’s regularly voted as one of the top 10 restaurants in London and I finally get the hype. I headed there for brunch one weekend in October for my dad’s birthday and it was bloody delicious. They serve up a Bombay-inspired breakfast offering spiced versions on your traditional breakfast grub. Keep your eye out for my full review coming soon…

dishoom-bombay-breakfast

 

 

Advertisements

Meal Prep Sunday | What I’m Eating This Week

I can’t remember the last time I wrote one of these posts – It’s not because I’m not meal prepping, I’ve just gotten into a rut with my lunches and keep having the same thing over and over again. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have my Thai Prawn Noodle Salad.

With the weather getting bitterly cold I’m ditching the salads and saying hello to a Brown Rice and Prawn Jambalaya, and this Green Soup with Feta and Pumpkin Seed Croutons. Both are from Jo Pratt’s Cookbook, In The Mood For Healthy Food. It’s like my bible, if you haven’t got a copy, I’d seriously suggest going out and buying it.

14694675_10157538636595247_1618101784_n

The Green Soup is a perfect winter recipe and it’s relativity light. It uses Sumac (a herb I’ve only heard of recently) and adds a spicy flavour to the Croutons. This Soup is packed with green vegetable goodness and the Croutons are a necessity – salty, crunchy and moreish.

This recipe make’s around three portions, and if I’m having a cardio day I’ll have it with a slice of rye bread.

You’ll need…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 medium courgette
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup peas
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 large handful of mint

And for the Croutons… 

  • 100g feta cheese
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sumac

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Preheat the oven to 200c. Line a baking tray with non-stick grease proof paper and sprinkle the feta, pumpkin seeds, olive oil and sumac.

Pop the croutons in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the feta is just starting to turn golden in places. Remove from the oven and leave to one side to cool.

Meanwhile, make the soup. Heat the olive oil in a pan and and the onions, fennel and garlic and gently cook for about 5 minutes until softened.

Stir in the leeks, courgette, kale, peas. Cook for a further 10 minutes.

Then add the stock and mint and gently simmer.

Remove the pan from the heat and using a hand-held blender, blitz the soup until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve the the feta and pumpkin seed croutons.

14627714_10157538636875247_1490993108_n

Monmouth Kitchen

Covert Garden is a hotbed for tourists, and most of the time it’s a no-go area for me as I’m someone who rolls her eyes when people stand on the wrong side of the escalator. But I was enticed to the area by Monmouth Kitchen, who were offering 50% off food during their soft launch. The restaurant is located in the heart of the Seven Dials and serves Italian and Peruvian-inspired small plates. I’ve never tasted Peruvian cuisine, so I was excited to see what was on offer.

It’s happened to all of us when we have had our hopes so high for a restaurant, just for them to be knocked down as soon as you walk through the door. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived at 9pm, and Scott and I quickly exchange an eyebrow raise of ‘but it’s way past peak dining time, how are you not ready for us?’ – so were quickly seated in their bar area. The restaurant was very sleek everything was white or black and all the table tops were marbled. Once seated I ordered the only Rosé on the menu, and I was immediately disappointed, I found it too tart for my taste buds.

monmouth kitchen 1.jpg

We were taken over to our table in the main dinning room only to be greeted by a DJ, so the only way Scott and I could commute to each other or the service staff was by shouting at each other. Our waitress explained the menu perfectly to us and we order a range of bites and nibbles. In total we were served by a least 10 different people and I would so much prefer less people at the table.

Now eating here doesn’t come cheap and the portions are small. We ordered some of the chicken tacos and our waitresses warned us that they were mini, but they were the size of a 2p piece. All I could taste was spice which completely downed all of the other flavours – a real shame. The only bright side of the dish that they they weren’t a mess to eat like normal tacos.

monmouth-kitchen-3

Our next dish was the mushroom and ricotta ravioli which was served with a sage butter. It was lovely, however we only had one raviolo each – I wouldn’t suggest ordering this dish if there’s more than two of you wanting to eat it.

monmouth-kitchen-6

I love Pardon Peppers and I have them quite a lot at home as a simple starter, so I thought this dish was ridiculously over priced for what they offered. Unfortunately they were under-cooked and quite chewy.

monmouth-kitchen-5

Next came the King Prawns, which were served butterflied with the shell on. I felt like it’s the type of place where people would judge you if you used your fingers instead of your knife and fork, so this dish just didn’t work for this restaurant.

monmouth-kitchen-4

We were then brought the Chicken Lollipops, and so I had to use my fingers to eat these and I was past caring what my fellow diners thought of me. What annoyed me about this dish was that it wasn’t easy to spilt between two. Again, I thought this were overpriced for what is just flamboyant chicken wings.

monmouth-kitchen-7

Our last dish was the Calamari – which they had completely forgotten about and had to remind twice to bring. Now, you can’t go wrong with deep fried food and this dish was pretty tasty and we were brought a decent portion size.

monmouth-kitchen-2

We decided not to stick around for dessert as the food  we had so far was a not of good enough quality to charge the prices asked. The type of food served here is appropriate for a bar or standing dinner, but it’s just not right for a sit down dinner.

———

Monmouth Kitchen, Radisson Blu Edwardian, Mercer Street, 20 Mercer St, London WC2H 9HD