Thursday, 26 September 2013

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

Last week I went to one of the final performances of The Sound Of Music at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Even though it rained pretty much throughout it was still a great evening! 

All the performer's were excellent the singing was so strong and they dealt with the rain so well. 
The quality of the sound was also excellent for an open space and I will defiantly look to going back to see something else at the theatre. 
It would be so nice in summer to have a picnic in the park and then go and see a performance here. 


Monday, 23 September 2013

Wahaca, Mexican Market Eating.

Mum and I went to Wahaca near Waterloo Station, we needed a quick meal and Wahaca was perfect for it. 

I had an apple and rhubarb juice as I have now given up fizzy drinks and most caffeine (it's been 55 days). 
We had the guacamole and tortilla chips while we ordered. There is so much choice so we decided on the Wahaca selection. This includes 3 pork pibil tacos, 1 large broad bean quesadilla, 3 chicken tinga tacos,  black bean tostadas, 2 new potato taquitos and Wahaca slaw. This feeds two people for £19.95. We also got some sweet potato cubes which were amazing. 

Below are the new potato taquitos, corn tortillas wrapped around a new potato filling fried and served with salad and feta on top. Below them is the broad bean and feta quesadilla, a toasted tortilla with melted cheese, feta, new potatoes, broad beans and peas. Of all the dishes this was probably my least favourtie. Too bland in flavour. 

Below are the black bean tostadas one of my favourites these were so refreshing after the spicier dishes. They are crisp tortillas piled with re-fried bean, avocado, cheese and salsa.

On the left is the spicy chicken tinga, soft tortilla with chicken in a spicy sauce with some sour cream on top, very spicy. The pork on the right I loved, it was similar to pulled pork in a soft tortilla with some spicy pickle on top and went well with the slaw.

The food arrived really quickly, I would compare it to wagamama in it's style of dining with the reasonable prices and quick food. I would go back again but probably wouldn't go there to spend an evening, its the place to go before going on to somewhere else or for lunch. 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Donut, Doughnut, Croissant, Crodough, Cronut, Doissant.

These seem to be the craze in London at the moment and are becoming a bit more widespread now Gregg's are even set to make their own version.                                                                        
I got mine from Rinkoff's Bakery, they call theirs crodoughs FYI. They did three flavours when I went, custard, raspberry and toffee apple. But this week they have released a new flavour, chocolate fudge!

We also bought some bread and a honey cake. All yum

Inside they are flaky like a croissant but the outside is like a doughnut. I think raspberry was my favourtie, but best to try them all!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Columbia Road Flower Market.

A few weekends ago we drove up to Columbia Road Market on a lovely Sunday. 

We went here for breakfast, a little Spanish cafe.

I've been craving churros for months and I finally got round to having them, even if it was for breakfast!

The market is a lot smaller than I thought but packed with flowers and later on in the day packed with people too! We got there around 9am so it wasn't too busy. The flower market is in a road with lots of cute shops so we had a bit of a look in them too.

We then went to Brick Lane where there are lots of world food markets, it all looked so good we didn't know where to start!

I ended up having chicken katsu, but wish I had been more adventurous. I really recommend going to the flower market and to Brick Lane on a Sunday as they are both really close to each other.  

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Asain Style Beef Soup.

This weekend I made this soup, it is perfect for the end of summer/ beginning of autumn as the soup gives you that warm comforting feeling while still being nice and light for summer.

To serve 3-4 people you will need: 
a small handful/10g dried porcini mushrooms,
5 spring onions
2 carrots
1 pack 350g steak strips
oil for frying
2 cloves garlic
1 inch ginger
1.35 litres boiling water
beef cube
3tbsp dark soy sauce
75g/ 2 nests, fine egg noodles
4 handfuls spinach
ground pepper

Start off by soaking the mushrooms in 150ml boiling water, cut the carrot and spring onions into strips and chop the ginger finely. Chop the garlic too, but I was using lazy garlic :)

Brown the beef in some hot oil, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. 

Add the carrots, spring onion, ginger and garlic, fry for a few minutes. 

Add the mushrooms and their water, soy sauce, a crumbled stock cube and the 1.2 litres of boiling water. Season with pepper and leave for 5 minutes.

Add the beef back to the soup and cook for another 5 minutes. Then add the noodles and cook for another 2 minutes.  

Cover the wok with spinach and press it into the liquid with a spoon until wilted. 

Then it is ready to serve.