Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

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Not lunch but dinner

April 14, 2010

As I forgot to photograph my lunch, i thought I would keep my informal holiday food journal up to date with a piccie of dinner instead.

The chicken was drizzled in olive oil and rubbed with some Basil Salt I found in the cupboard! It was then roasted for about 40 mins with some garlic. Served with potato & celeriac mash and ratatouille.

The serving plate was also in a cupboard within the accommodation, but not the same one as the salt!!!

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Moules Roquefort

April 13, 2010

Second in a series of lunches I have had.

Today was at L’Ocean Creperie in Ars en Ré.

Nikki had Moules Marinere…

whilst I had Moules Roquefort…

I’ve never had this one before but it was really good, so I will be trying that at home very soon.

Can you spot the difference?

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Galette de Fruits de Mer

April 12, 2010

Mussels & Scallops to be exact.

We found “Le Pot D’Etain” just ambling round the back streets – very rustic & charming inside.

Nikki had a Galette de Fromage et Jambon and we shared a little carafe of Merlot Rosé – yummy!!! Samuel had a sausage and cheese galette whilst the girls had Caramel (Lily-Anne) and Chocolate (Grace) crepes. The children then had ice cream – Nikki & I had coffee.

All in all, a very civilised way to pass the time of day.

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Carnivores on tour…

April 4, 2010

Having spent so long abstaining from meat, I was always going to make an event of returning to the fold. Whilst in Cheltenham this weekend, we decided to eat out to celebrate Easter Sunday and went to The Storyteller Restaurant & Wine Room

What a great place!!!

The food was very good without being pretentious, they had loads of wine to choose from at good prices (more of which later) and they are very children friendly – all of which adds up to thoroughly enjoyable time!

Irrespective of where we went, I was always going to have a steak with a bottle of red….

Steak red wine

It’s not hard to get it right but all too often you can eat out and they get it wrong. Steak please… “And how would you like that cooked sir?” It is such a minefield. I like mine rare but I don’t want it cold. Technically, it is medium rare where the steak is pink and bloody in the middle whilst being juicy and warm – but so few places get it right. Talking it over with the waiter, I ordered it rare and it came just as I wanted. Brill!!!

The wine room is an area just by the bar where they have a large selection of wines available at pretty reasonable restaurant prices. The normal rule of thumb for wine mark up in a restaurant is to times by 3!! If you can buy it wholesale for a fiver – it will be on sale in a restaurant for £15. They have to make a margin after all. (And I have never had an issue with this BTW). As we were ordering wine at the beginning of the meal, I noticed a Sauvignon Blanc on the card in front of me but it was from Australia. My favourite white tipple is New Zealand Savignon Blanc (I will save that story for another day) so I asked if they had a NZ SB and they mentioned a couple – one of which was Cloudy Bay!

Now, Cloudy Bay is still the best Sauvignon Blanc from NZ but it’s reputation means that it is very expensive. Last time I bought some from Majestic Wine, it was £19 a bottle so to pay £29 in a restaurant – well I was quite pleased with that. It’s still nearly 30 quid for a bottle of white, I know – but you wont get better. And I am sure there are other places who will charge you over £50 it – correct me if I’m wrong!

We then had a nice bottle of Australian Red to go with the steak. And sod it, we thought we’d have a pudding too.

Pecan Pie Mississippi Mud Pie

I had the Mississippi Mud Pie. Nikki wanted the Pecan Pie. When I ordered it, I asked the waiter if he had ever seen “When Harry met Sally”?!??! He didn’t get my odd film reference. He was too young of course. Am I am getting old?

Overall, a good meal and a great night out.

And I am glad to be back into the meat eating fold!!!

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I know what I’m having for breakfast…

April 4, 2010

What about you?

For those of you who don’t know, I have not been eating meat during Lent. But today is Easter Sunday so Lent has come to an end for another year. And now I am eating meat again, today at least, I am going to do it properly.

Fenton’s butchers in Tickhill are the source for a couple of my favourites. Tomato sausages on the left and Pork & Black Pudding on the right. The perfect combination for a cooked breakfast.

Not eating meat for 6 weeks has proved quite hard, but not for the reasons I expected. I am a bit of a foodie so what I eat forms an important part of my day. Not having meat as an ingredient hasn’t proved that difficult when you can put a bit of thought and planning into what you eat. We have been eating fish and seafood, so when we take the time to buy it and cook it, we have been eating very well. Moules Marinere & Salmon cooked in different sauce’s have been highlights but so too has been a Vegetable Chilli that Nikki came up with and we have eaten more than once.

The hard part has been when you don’t get time to prepare. Sometimes, you can’t get to the market for some fresh fish or you don’t have the time during the day to make a chilli. Being able to pop to the butchers and grab a couple of fresh chicken breasts or half a dozen decent sausages is a luxury that you very quickly get used to when living in Tickhill. And makes a quick last minute supper very acceptable. Without that, too many evenings this last month or so have been “pasta with pesta” – and it was starting to get boring.

We have also missed a good old fashioned Roast Dinner. Lily-Anne was at Brownies on Monday evening and they were talking about Easter camp next week. She can’t go because we are away ourselves, but she was most disappointed when they were discussing the menu for the camp and said they will be having Roast Chicken. “Daddy, when is Lent over?” she asked, more bothered that she can’t have a roast than she can’t go on camp. That’s my girl!!!!

I know – we’re very spoilt but it’s true.

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Hard at work

April 2, 2010

It is Friday afterall. And when we go to Rothwells, it makes it Good Friday….

Food

I’ve just noticed that 3 of my last four posts have been about food. Stew says it is starting to turn into a food diary. Me, thinking about food…. never!!!!

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Only three days till Sausages

April 1, 2010

Tonights dinner is Mushrom Risotto – one of the few meals I would choose to have even when I am eating meat. So when I am off meat for Lent, it is a very welcome option…

The recipe involves me just throwing in whatever we have to hand but always includes Mushrooms (obviously), onions, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Tonight also includes vegetarian stock, butter and seasoning.