Saturday, 7 December 2013

Fungi Foray

If you live in London sometimes you crave some nature and an escape from the hecticness of the city. Luckily you can find refuge in one of the many beautiful parks dotted around the city. I am lucky to live very close to Victoria Park and a few weekends ago I participated in an event called 'Fungi Foray' there. We were led by a guide around the park as he highlighted all of the different types of mushrooms, there were surprisingly loads, in Victoria Park. We only found one edible kind -Wood Blewits but it was still good fun and we even learned a little about Magic Mushrooms......

Christina, x

Broadway Market

If you read my blog regularly you will know I love going to food markets and I am lucky to have a great one near me in Broadway Market. Every Saturday I cycle on down to the market (yes readers I am a mad bitch who cycles in London although to be fair my trip to Broadway mainly involves cycling along the canal but I did cycle in a three lane roundabout the other day so there's no stopping me now!) and sample some gorgeous food and buy some fresh produce.

I have sampled a fair bit of the hot food at the market and I think so far my favourite so far has been the tuna steak sandwich from the Fin & Flounder stall, the bacon and scallop roll from them is also good. I don't appear to have pictures for this one sorry guys!

You can also get toasted haggis sandwiches which are nice if you go around breakfast time and I once heard a drunk Irish person saying they were the best 'cure' in London.

You can get hog roast which was quite good as they flavoured it with fennel and rosemary which are two of my favourite flavours. It also comes with some good crackling.

If it is a cold day a steaming bowl of vietnamese pho is very good.

I would also recommend the Ghanian food stand especially there chicken and peanut dish, unfortunately I forgot my camera that day.

If you are in London I definitely recommend Broadway market, less touristy than Borough Market, a great atmosphere and some delicious food.

Christina, x

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

The People's Kitchen

So from my last post about Michelin dining in London you may think I was living the high life in London but in fact you would be wrong because the majority of food events I attend are free or involve free food (this is a 'subtle' message to my parents....). One of my favourite free food things to do in London is the People's Kitchen at Passing Clouds in Dalston.

The People's Kitchen involves gathering surplus food from local retailers that otherwise would have been wasted and everyone cooks together to create a communal feast. You can make whatever vegetarian food you want and if you don't want to cook you can turn up at around 6 and eat for a small donation. It's not all about the food it's also about eating together and taking time to eat.

Also sometimes the People's Kitchen takes place at the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden as it did the last time I went and yummy sour dough pizzas get cooked in a clay oven.

 It is nice to take time to actually sit down and at together and enjoy food. I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time last week and even though the feast we made wasn't the best food ever it was nice to have 15 people from all over the world cooking and eating together and being thankful for the food we have.

Also speaking of thanksgiving we're still working through leftovers so if anyone wants some turkey, let me know....

Christina, x

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Michelin Star Dining

A friend of mine came to London when I first arrived, him along with another friend are attempting the 50 before 50 challenge which involves racking up 50 Michelin stars before you turn 50 (if you have the money you can fast-track the process by eating at two michelin star restaurants), so we decided to go to a Michelin star restaurant for dinner. We made a list and my friend chose Arbutus. After reading some really good reviews I was pretty excited.

To start I had a mackerel and squid burger that came with razor clams which are possibly the most delicious things ever.

The starter was actually so so good. It was really delicate and subtle. There was a nice flavour of garlic running through the dish but it wasn't over powering. It made me really excited for my main course of partridge and smoked corn. Unfortunately it was pretty disappointing...

I didn't really like presentation, a bit too slap dash for me and not really fine dining. Overall the flavour of the dish wasn't bad it just wasn't great and had no wow factor. I couldn't rally detect a smoky flavour from the corn either-all in all a bit meh.

I was hoping for dessert to redeem the meal and it was better than the main but nowhere near as good as the starter and still pretty average in my opinion. I ordered Dulce de Leche ice cream.

It was good but not as decadent and rich as I wanted it to be and overall I wasn't too impressed. I had some amazing Argentine Ducle de Leche cookies when I went to the Logan Square farmer's market in Chicago and they were much more rich.

So I don't know if I chose the wrong food or what but all in all this was a pretty disappointing star.

Christina, x

Mackerel Sandwiches at Borough Market

If you read my blog regularly you will know there is no place I'd rather be than at a food market and in London I am pretty spoiled for choice. Probably the most famous market is Borough Market. My friend came to visit a few weeks ago and so we decided to hit it up.

Apparently I wasn't in a very picture taking mood that day-I'll get more next time! I did get some pictures of a really good mackerel sandwich that I had. I have really come round to mackerel after successfully catching one during my fishing trip in West Cork.

I like Borough Market but it's a little too touristy and busy for me but I guess I did go on a Saturday. I'll go mid-week and report back!

Christina, x

Hackney Harvest Feast

So in my first couple of weeks in London I was feeling kind of down as my usual jamminess when it comes to house hunting seemed to not be working. After a week of searching and no luck I decided to cheer myself up by heading with my friend to the Hackney Harvest Feast. The event involved creating a free lunch from food that would have been thrown away and it was such a great day and definitely cheered me up.

We arrived early to help the people from People's Kitchen prepare the food......

I also got to wear my new vintage apron.....

....and take part in a massive salad toss.....

....and this all led to a delicious lunch which definitely made me feel better.

Christina, x

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Capitol Farmer's Market

If you live in Lansing you will know it's the capitol of Michigan, not Detroit like everyone seems to think. Twice in the year a farmer's market is held on the capitol lawn and lucky for me the second one for 2013 was on just before I left. It showcased the best of Michigan produce and I must say I was really impressed.

My favourite stand was the Tomac Pumpkin Patch which is where I used to get my weekly beautiful squash when I went to the Allen Street farmer's market. I do miss having a squash lady....

I also got some yummy food such as this amazing lemon blossom cookie...

I also got an awesome lunch from the Purple Carrot food truck, which is the food truck of Red Haven which I posted about before. I got a peach bisque that came with a balsamic dressing and blueberries. It was actually really nice especially as it was a pretty day.sunny day.

Also if you do go to the Capitol Farmer's Market make sure you check out the Capitol building itself, I was quite impressed with it.

Christina, x