Sweet Potato Pie with Clementine Whipped Cream via Jamie’s America. A delicious sunny pie that fulfils all my sweet pie needs!
The return of my favourite “Pork Marsala”, the successor to the dreary Beef Stroganoff! With cabbage and our own homegrown carrots! via Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals (a true lifesaver)
…I love you Pork Marsala <3
Pumpkin Soup with Chestnut Dumplings via Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals.
I love this recipe so much, its truly unique to its kind. Pumpkin soup has always been a chore to me, often yielding little results after hours of hard work, but this recipe takes the cake! It actually uses butternut squash which you blitz in the food processor and directly add to the pan, compared to roasting for an hour as per normal. The chestnut dumplings that compliment this soup are scrumptiously chewy, well flavoured with nutmeg, sage and pancetta and moreover filling to boot! For anybody who wants a quick autumn fix, I highly recommend making this meal, it works the treat!
Tuna Meatball Spaghetti & Florentine Rice Tart with Orange Zest Whipped Cream via Jamie’s Italy.
Okinamiyaki at Abeno London
I didn’t know there was a place that did Okinamiyaki so close to where I work in London, infact there are two - Abeno & Abeno Too (yes spelt like that) in both Soho and Tottenham Court road.
Dan took me the first time to Abeno Too after church one Sunday to try it since I had last in Japan. Of course I prefer the one I had in Tokyo, but it was still nice to retry this dish after two years. Its different because of the ingredients and how its prepared, but taste sort of similar. I had a “modern” Okinamiyaki, where they cook it with noodles, just the same as my first one before, then Dan had one with spicy kimchi in it, which really was spicy! The atmosphere of Abeno Too is too stagnant for my liking, where I prefer a more cheerful atmosphere. Despite the way the meal looked though, it was very filling and Dan and I left bursting!
Then this week I actually took Alan to have his first Okinamiyaki at Abeno in Soho after rush hour lunch time, which was great. We are poor so we could only get one, but we ordered onigiri and had green tea ice cream at the end, which was wonderfully strange! The waitress we had was also particularly lovely, who was a pleasure to talk to as she made our dish in front of us.
All in all, okinamiyaki is definitely a dish you should try if you’ve never eaten it before, its addition to ones pallet and also very fun food. Its messy and saucy and can be made with any topping, like an omelette. I hope that if you would like to try it for yourself, to check out the Abeno branches in London as I listed before, to tell which you think is best!
Ali’s 24th Birthday
For our friend Ali’s Birthday, we went to a spanish restaurant in Bank to celebrate. We had bought his gift before in Covent Garden and felt mighty chuffed with the results. We met together at the station after work, then went to the restaurant where the celebration was held at.
Ali very much liked this restaurant, and although the dishes were present in the menu, Alan felt a bit disheartened by the lack of passion in the cuisine and the loss of charisma in the employees. Being spoilt with rich exotic spanish delights from our previous travels, I understood how he felt, but enjoyed the experience none the less.
We gave Ali a book of how to do everything and anything, which we thought was pretty awesome from the moment we saw it. He seemed to very much enjoy it, teachings of how to make a pond to how to blow out an egg (like on youtube) so it was a success.
We soon moved onto the next event, where we all went to see The World’s End at the Barbican. We walked from the restaurant to the venue, where on the way we picked up Cornetos to suit the moment. The World’s End in my opinion is not quite what I imagined it to be about, I was a tad bit disappointed but it was overall still a funny movie, I just prefer Hot Fuzz.
Pork Chops stuffed with Prosciutto-Apricot Butter & Diced Roasted Potatos via Jamie’s Italy
Handmade Tuscan Pici with Tomato & Meat Sauce via Jamie’s Italy
Now this was a hard dish to make, it was my first crack at making pasta by hand, not like noodles or dumplings, far more dainty and disastrous. In theory its simple enough, but it takes practice, mad practice and by the end we sort of botched it. To make this dish the dough must be made first, then it sets in the fridge, rolled out and twisted on skewers to form a hole in the pasta tubes, before being placed in the pot of salted boiling water. But we had no skewers, only chopsticks which often the dough would stick to and distort.
By the end the closest match we had was using dried spaghetti as skewers or a cut piece of metal from a hanger, but the hold formed was too small and so when it boiled, the hole closed up. None the less the dish was of course delicious, but in all far too much effort for what I believe is the lesser form of spaghetti bolognese.
Homemade Salami & Mozzarella / Potato & Egg Pizza via Jamie’s Italy
Had another crack at a pizza recipe. I think my favourite is still the one you make an a frying pan, thats good stuff! This one had a lot of prep before hand, for a result I would have preferred less thick. The dough rose to the size of a loaf, and by the end we had so much bread left, I made sandwiches the next day! As for the flavours, potatoes ok, eggs really quite nice, but nothing beats this, it was worth a shot!
The Best Tuna Salad (Gennaro’s Salad) & Chunky Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro) via Jamie’s Italy.
As i’ve said before in the past, i’m not a huge salad lover. I sometimes feel like its just there for decoration or to feel like your balancing a particularly fattening dish with. This was Gennaro’s Salad though, from my new book - Jamie’s Italy (2005), which I made the most amazing salad ever from! It was delicious, with body and character, I have had my share of salads before, even in Spain I had had one rather similar, but it just lacked all the charisma that this one offered, probably because of the way this ones dressed and flavoured. I made also alongside it (although it had already stolen the show), a sort of chunky tomato soup, which had chunks of bread in it, sort of like a unblended gazpacho. This dish was very rich with bold tomato flavour, compared to traditionally made soups, very unusual, quite fun and overall a great use for leftover bread.