Friday, 30 August 2013

Shake Shack, Covent Garden.

At the weekend I went to Shake Shack with Max, I had wanted to go their ever since it opened a couple of months ago. I had heard that they were the best burgers in America so now the opportunity was in London we had to check it out. 
I really like where it is set, in the Covent Garden covered market. We ordered and then sat with our buzzers and waited excitedly for them to tell us that our food was ready. 

We both had the smoke shack burger. I had a single patty and Max went for a double. We both got cheese fries too. 

The burger was delicious. I loved the bacon and the peppers. However the fries I just didn't like but I think that is because I am a chip shop or pub chip kinda gal than a fast food french fry girl. The cheese sauce wasn't cheesy enough either!

We then wandered round the shops in the sunshine. If I went again I would just get a burger and try one of their concretes! 


Monday, 26 August 2013

Banana Bread.

This bank holiday weekend I made banana bread which is really simple to make and perfect for using up over ripe bananas.


To make one loaf you will need:
285g Plain Flour.
Pinch of Salt.
1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda.
110g soft Butter.
225g Caster Sugar.
2 Eggs.
4 Bananas.
85ml Milk.
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice.
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract. 

Grease your loaf tin and pre heat the oven to 180.



In one bowl put the flour, bicarb and salt. In the next cream the butter and sugar. In the last and largest bowl mash the bananas and then add in the eggs, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. 



Add the creamed butter and sugar to the large bowl until it is all mixed. Then fold in the flour mix gradually. Until the mix looks like below. 



Pour the batter into the loaf tin and place in the centre of the oven for one hour. 



Take out of the oven and leave to cool in the tin until warm, then remove from the tin to cool fully. 





Slice and enjoy with a hot drink. 


Monday, 19 August 2013

Blue Cheese Guacamole.

I saw the idea of a blue cheese guacamole online. I think it was originally a Nigella recipe but I'm not sure. I didn't use a recipe for mine but just added bits until it was the texture and taste I wanted.

I ended up using:
2 Avocados,
40g Blue Wensleydale Cheese,
10 Cherry Tomatoes,
2 teaspoons Lemon Juice.


I mashed the avocado with a fork and chopped the tomatoes into quarters. Mixed them in and added the lemon juice.  


I then crumbled the blue cheese into the mix and stirred it in.  



A really simple dip for crisps or veggie sticks or it would be nice on top of a burger!


Friday, 16 August 2013

What we have on the BBQ.

Although the weather this week hasn't been quite up to British heatwave standards next weekend it due to be great, just in time for the bank holiday! I thought I would do a quick run down of what we have on the BBQ on a normal sunny weekend. 

We always have sausages, burgers and chicken tikka, recipe here. We then have onions cooked in a foil tin for the burgers, sweetcorn and potato parcels. Potato parcels are chopped up boiled potato with some oil so they go crispy in the foil parcel when on the BBQ.



We normally eat our burgers first, in a bun with cheese, onions and plenty of ketchup. Our favourite burgers are Marks and Spencers. 



We also make up a quick salad to go with the BBQ food this depends on what we have in the fridge but this weeks was tomato, mozzarella, basil and rocket. 



Pudding wise I love cooked bananas so I either put a whole one on the BBQ or we also sometimes have cooked bananas in a foil tray with some butter, sugar and triple sec to make a sauce. We also put this sauce on some pineapple to help it grill. This can just be left on the remaining heat of the BBQ while you eat your main meal, so is nice and simple. 





Saturday, 10 August 2013

Athletics.

Last weekend we went to the Olympic stadium to watch the anniversary games, three days of athletics to mark the anniversary of the start of the London Olympics last year. We went on the Saturday. So saw sporting starts such as Jess Ennis-Hill, Christine Ohuruogu, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. 
  

We arrived, got to our seats and had some lunch that we bought from Waterloo, I'm so glad we bought food from outside the stadium because the choice was unhealthy and very cheap looking but for a very expensive price with very little choice on what you could have. I got my favourite M&S salad, hot oak smoked salmon with new potatoes, cucumber and spinach. So tasty! I also chose a limited edition drink to celebrate the royal baby called 'pear to the throne' a mix of pear and raspberry, yum.  






Pole vault. 



400m men's hurdles. 



Jess Ennis-Hill, long jump.









Christine Ohuruogu won the 400m.



Mo Farah won the 3000m.






I am so glad that I got the opportunity to go inside the Olympic stadium as last year we went to see the hockey at the Olympic Park and really wanted to go inside the stadium. The weather was great and we had good seat so it was great to see all the athletes up close. I did find it a bit hard to focus on each event as there are about four events happening at the same time so it can get a bit confusing at times as to who you are clapping! 

Monday, 5 August 2013

The Yo Burger.

Yo Sushi at the beginning of summer bought out the Yo burger. They ain't cheap at £8 a meal, for your £8 you can choose between a burger of prawn, fish, chicken, tofu or salmon. They come in a bun of toasted rice with sides of, nori crackers, daikon slaw and misochup. 

The crackers are similar to prawn crackers and the slaw is a bit vinegary for me. I liked the misochup sauce.



I had the prawn burger that lacked a lot of prawn I thought. The toasted rice is nice and different and I have not seen anything like it because but with a look round online I found it is so common in parts of Asia that even McDonald's do it. It was nice but for £8 I wouldn't get it again purely because Yo Sushi have so many other things I like so much more. 


A few things I recommend at Yo Sushi:

Hot- Miso Soup, Duck Gyoza, Prawn Katsu, Prawn Tempura. 

Sushi- Assorted Fish Maki, Spicy Chicken ISO, Crunchy Prawn ISO, Salmon & Avocado Hand Roll. Tuna Nigiri. 



Sunday, 4 August 2013

Lavender Fields.

At the weekend we went to Mayfield Lavender it is completely free to visit and is well worth a look before they cut the lavender in September. 






It's a big area so you are sure to find your own bit of piece and quiet as it can get busy, but we went for when it opened at 10am. 






A great place to visit and take photos, lots of people were taking photos of their friends and family that would look so fab around the home.