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Apologies!

I am sorry for not writing in weeks! I have gone back to work and been rushed off my feet, then I was sick and blah…..

Anyway…

Food time!

So, the best thing I made recently was a delicious duck soup, with chillies, noodles and lots of delicious coriander. Is it me or does everything look better with coriander on top?

This is a recipe that was originally devised by Gizzi Erskine, but I adapted it slightly. Mainly because I was on my lunch break and in a rush, so I left out some of the ingredients and ´boiled it down´(lawl) to a much quicker time frame.

Please forgive the picture, my flash is far too bright!

Recipe:

1 x duck leg

Salt

Pepper

1 tbsp honey

100g noodles (any type will do)

1 litre chicken stock

1 inch of ginger, peeled and chopped

1 crushed garlic clove

2 tbsp oyster sauce

3 shitake mushrooms, or really, any mushrooms

2 handfuls of Pak Choi

4 spring onions, chopped

1 red chilli, chopped but not deseeded

A few sprinkles of mint

1. Roast the duck leg for about 45 minutes, until the skin is crispy. Pour some olive oil on top, to prevent it from drying out,

2. Mix together honey and soy sauce,  and marinate the duck leg in it. Cook gently over a low heat, until it is sticky. Then remove. Wait until it is cool then shred the meat.

3. Cook the noodles, drain them and leave to one side.

4. Put the stock, ginger and garlic in a large pan, add the oyster sauce, a splash of soy sauce.

5. Add the mushrooms, Pak choi, noodles, spring onions and duck.

6. Boil it all together, then serve with the mint and chilli on top.

Et voila!

I believe this is really healthy, and perfect if you have a cold. It´s the season, right?

And to leave you, a video of my boyfriend shuffling cards like a PRO.

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10101035052977941&set=vb.61006015&type=2&theater

40 North

I would like to share with you all a fantastic place I discovered on my recent travels to the Outer Hebrides.

I visited my best friend who lives on the stunning Isle of Lewis, in a small city called Stornoway. On my final day, we decided to stop for lunch at a local deli/restaurant named 40 North just outside of the town centre. We came on good faith, a colleague of my friend told us she drives 20 miles out of her way just to visit 40 North.

Pulling into the car park, we discovered that the little deli is actually more of a picnic-cafe. You are invited to choose as much or as little as you want, from the freshly prepared food of the day, which is then priced according to item. When we visited, our options were ; Indian spice chicken breasts, honey glazed chicken breasts, smoked duck breasts, Mediterranean-style potatoes with fried onions, pakoras, quiche, beef sausages, smoked salmon, mini beef Wellingtons with cheesy mash and Mediterranean style olives and peppers in oil. I have saved extra sentence space for the tart that I fell In love with. A light filo base, with layers of chicken, balsamic onions, mozzarella, Parmesan, peppers and oregano. My mouth died of a thousand tiny food orgasms.

I chose half an Indian chicken breast, half a duck breasts, a piece of the tart, two pakoras and some potatoes. It cost me about £10 for the lot, which was extremely good value, as portion control is not strictly enforced here.

The owner told us she makes everything fresh on the premises, including the sausages which are made from her own beef. I love this idea, particularly as you can see the pigs, chickens and ducks roaming free behind the deli. I know some might find this off-putting but I like knowing where my food has been before I put it in my mouth.

It’s a novel idea, of choosing from a small selection, as much or as little as you want and paying accordingly. It worked well for me, considering I often have eyes that routinely tell my stomach ‘come on, you can do it, more, more!’

Plus, the setting. There is nothing more satisfying than sitting on a picnic bench, surrounded by animals and tartan-coloured mountains.

You can visit the website of 40 North here : www.40northfoods.co.uk

To finish, a little drop of music that will always remind me of driving through the island: http://youtu.be/9b4F_ppjnKU

L.A Nights and H-Town

Tomorrow, I am going on holiday. Can you guess where it is yet? (Brits, inappropriate Rolf Harris joke?)

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Thats right, Hong Kong!

I will be there for 8 days more or less, considering time differences and flight times. Speaking of which, I have a 12 hour flight beginning at 8pm tomorrow. Joys. I have taken a Spanish grammar book, just to add to the fun. 

 

To to get us in the mood for chicken feet and fried toads (just kidding), my brother, mum and I went to Yo!Sushi yesterday for lunch. I know, I know, it’s a chain but it’s my guilty pleasure. 

#sushi

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I had chicken teriyaki skewers, which the waiter informed me were the best he had ever seen. Aw shucks, y’all make me blush. See for yourself.

 

Secondly, octopus balls. I was really disappointed with these, they look freaking awesome but they tasted like something you’d get from a nasty Chinese takeaway. A little bit too fatty and fishy. I know I’ve been spoilt in Spain, considering I live across from one of the best (and one of my favourite) octopus restaurants in Madrid but they were just poor. I can’t really say more because I took one bite and made my brother have the rest. Really, it was like chewing on one of those fat balls you give to a bird, but it tasted like fish.

i also had chilli beef but I ate it too quickly to take a photo. 

Considering I’ve been eating ‘Japanese’ (mostly fake) food and will soon be travelling to Asia, I leave you with another of my guilty pleasures. This song is close to genius, and always reminds me of a city, crystalline with skyscrapers and electricity circuits of life.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YjZF1wh4NMs

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That awkward first post….

Just like this video….slightly awkward but ever so charming.

For those people who read my ‘about me’, you’ll know that I started this blog because I love food. Now, I can hear you saying, ‘but well there’s a million and more food blogs on the inter webs, what’s one more, what’s so different, why should I read this and not go and look at cake porn instead?’

 

Well, lol, I have no answer to that. But, if you hang around,  you might see some cake porn. Or cheese porn.

Simply, I just love food. I think about it all the time, and sometimes I am overwhelmed with how delicious it all is. More for myself, I wanted a little record of everything I’ve eaten, tried to eat, and even what I’ve made. I live in a country where the food is varied, healthy, and more often than not, splendid. My brain hurts sometimes with the task of trying to describe it all. My mouth hurts too, but with trying to eat everything.

 

I mentioned in my mini mini biography that I try to avoid gluten. This is true, mainly because I bloat like a puffer fish if I eat it. However, I cannot abide those preachy Goop-es que blogs that try to force feed (pun intended) a philosophy. Eat what you damn well want. Are you happy? Then carry on.

A lot of what I make is influenced by dishes I’ve tried in restaurants, recipes I’ve stumbled across, or what I’ve seen on the Internet. More often than not, I’ve adapted it. I am really influenced by South American, Caribbean, Asian, European cuisine (oops, I just realised that’s most of the world, oh well) and I’ll try it all once. Sometimes, once is enough. I’m looking at you bulls testicles from Spain.

I love music and books, and I often use or invent recipes influenced by songs I’ve heard or books I’ve read. Oh yeah, and films too.

I also love cakes, cookies, biscuits, and baking generally. I can’t eat much of it but I love making it for someone else, and now, there’s some good gluten free recipes out there.

 

My first love is cheese. Always.

An important note to add is that life is bloody hard, most of the time. It’s a struggle to get up in the morning, live every day to the full, be your best self yadda yadda. However food is the one thing that is guaranteed to always make me happy (or sad, if it’s vile) and my aim, if you allow me is to make the world a little bit happier, one bite at a time.

 

so for now, bear with me and let’s enjoy the best things of this world together!