Gone Fishing

I’m taking a little break for the next couple of weeks, and I can’t really talk about it here yet – but suffice to say, it’s really exciting. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. I just didn’t want anyone to think I was neglecting my little patch of the internet…

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It’s been a really busy couple of weeks, as I’ve moved house, work has picked up a lot. I’m incredibly happy and grateful for all the opportunities that have come my way through this little blog!

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A Night with Idahoan

Po-tay-toes. Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew – there’s nothing more comforting than a good potato dish in the autumn.

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The team at Idahoan invited me and a few other bloggers down for a challenge – to try a potato-based tasting menu created by Billy and Jack (of Masterchef fame), but with a twist.

 

While some of the dishes would be made with potato, some of the others would be substituted with their products – and we were challenged to guess which was which.

For those of you who haven’t heard of Idahoan, they are a US-import and specialise in all things potato – from instant flavoured mash to soups and casseroles.

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I can be quite competitive when I want to be, so this is exactly the kind of challenge I could get on board with!

Our tasting menu started off with some croquettes – one cheese, and one flavoured with ‘nduja.

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This was followed by a delicious crab gnocchi with sea herbs and veloute.

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Followed by a pressed potato dish with a three-cheese sauce, and an unbelievable cottage pie, which had been slowcooked for hours in an entire bottle of red wine.

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The final savoury dish transitioned nicely into the sweeter portion of the menu – a potato-fried quail with maple syrup, followed by a honey potato cake with yoghurt, figs and honeycomb.

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It was incredibly difficult to tell which was which – particularly as all the dishes were equally good. The only giveaway was the texture – the Idahoan based dishes were a lot smoother.

It was a close call, but I did okay – and even won a bottle of Lanson in the process!

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I had an incredible evening, with delicious food and fantastic company – and a whole new bag of products to play with!

Have you ever tried any Idahoan products? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram

Autumnal Bakes

It’s October! The year has absolutely flown by – the days are shorter, and it’s a lot trickier to get myself up in the morning.

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I do love this time of year, though – it’s definitely one of the coziest. So when I was invited to an Autumnal Bakes afternoon hosted at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School, it definitely got me excited for fall.

The event was hosted in partnership with Hotpoint and Currys PC World, who provide the ovens. Having just moved into my new house, I am extremely envious – having the proper equipment is so important. I’ve also recently started a part-time course at culinary school, and it’s definitely got me dreaming about my own kitchen!

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I’ve been along to the Mexican Street Food Class at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School previously, and I absolutely loved it. In this one, we learned all about what makes truly excellent bread.

We made some delicious crusty white rolls, which I ended up plaiting and covering in poppy and pumpkin seeds.

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I also managed to make a delicious focaccia, which was topped with tomatoes and rosemary – and we also had so much dough I ended up having a second loaf later that week, too!

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We then all tucked in to our delicious creations, with some amazing soup and a delicious cheese fondue. It was definitely one of the more wholesome Sundays I’ve had in a while!

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Have you ever baked your own bread? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram

Fresh Pasta Making at Borough Kitchen

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was pretty certain that a good pasta dish was down to the sauce.

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Fresh pasta, in particular, never seemed worth the effort. That all changed, though, when I went along to the fresh pasta making course at Borough Kitchen, in Hampstead.

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The classes take place from 6.30 pm in the Borough Kitchen store, which is full of the most beautiful kitchen things – all of which are just so tempting.

The classes are small, and intimate, meaning that you get to ask questions throughout, and the demonstrations are easy to see. If you’re more of a spectator, then this isn’t the class for you – you’re going to get your hands dirty, but it’s an incredibly practical class.

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We worked with basic and wholemeal pasta, and made tagliatelle, which we were able to take home with us. We also made butternut squash and goats cheese ravioli and cannelloni, which we also made to go – there was enough fresh pasta for the rest of the week, which was so handy for lunches!

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After all of the hard work (all that kneading!), we had a delicious roast vegetable lasagna, with a salad and a glass of wine – an excellent end to a great evening!

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Inspired by Ottolenghi’s talk at Wilderness, I had some of the leftover tagliatelle with his smoked oyster sauce for lunch later that week.

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At £89, I think the class is incredible value – not only for the amount of food you get (I ate fresh pasta for about three days), but for the valuable skills and tips you learn as well. Now, excuse me while I add a pasta maker to my Christmas list….

Have you ever made pasta from scratch? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram

Galvin La Chapelle

I really love street food, and casual dining at lunchtime – it’s where I feel most at home.

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But, just occasionally, it’s nice to go somewhere a bit special for lunch. So when the lovely Kirsty invited me to go for lunch at Galvin La Chapelle, I was really excited. First of all, it’s in a beautiful building, and has some great credentials, having won ‘Best French Restaurant’ at the Bookatable awards this year.

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Spitalfields is a funny area for lunch – you either have to go pretty casual (street food) or go for a chain, so I was really excited to check La Chapelle out.

What really stood out for me was the attention to detail when it came to service. Kirsty had rung ahead, and said we only had an hour for lunch – something they brought up as soon as we sat down. It was such a small thing, but really made an impact, especially as we were on a tight schedule with client meetings shortly after.

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I opted for the heritage tomato salad for a starter, which came with a slice of prosciutto, while Kirsty went for the rabbit terrine.

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(As an aside, I absolutely love going to restaurants with other food bloggers, who never mind you taking photos of their meal!)

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For my main course, I went for the trout with gnocchi, which was cooked perfectly. Crispy and salty skin, while the flesh was still juicy in the most beautiful sauce.

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They’re really into their gnocchi at La Chapelle, as Kirsty opted for the chicken, which was also served with gnocchi.

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The whole experience was just seamless – everything was timed so well, and we were able to enjoy our meal comfortably, without feeling rushed.

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I really enjoyed my lunch at La Chapelle, and would definitely recommend it as a great place to take clients – especially ones you want to impress.

Have you been to La Chapelle? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram