Category Archives: July 2014

Sea Bream with Greek style salad and ‘Naughty’ potatoes

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We had some lovely farmed sea bream and decided to marinade it in some rose harissa, lemon, olive oil and Paprika. We slashed the fish, rubbed it in the marinade and popped some limes into the belly, and put it in the fridge for an hour or two, before grilling it on the barbecue.

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We made a Greek style salad. I saw Jamie Oliver on the telly ages ago, saying how it looks nice if you randomly chop things like tomatoes for salads to cut them into all sorts of shapes rather than ending with uniform quarters or eighths. He is a clever fellow, and I think it looks much nicer.

So having randomly chopped some really ripe tomatoes and some cucumber, pink onions, peppers, and a little avocado (just because we had it in the fridge) we threw in a handful of black olives. Next we added salt and black pepper, lemon juice and olive oil, along with a little crumbled Feta cheese. We turned the veg through the dressing and placed in a  serving bowl adding some more feta to the top, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of dried oregano.

The day before we had saffron potatoes (basically just potatoes peeled and boiled in water with a little salt and saffron) they are really nice. There were a few left over so we used them as a side, it’s quite naughty but they are delicious done this way – we clarified half a packet of butter (125g) then added a quarter tsp of hot chilli powder (more if you want a bigger kick). Next we poured the butter onto a hot roasting tray then coated the chilled potatoes in the butter mix and roasted on a high heat until golden and crispy.

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Le Tour, Le Veg, Le Pays de Galle….

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So lovely to have a sunny Friday and we are at home. Rocket had called earlier in the week, from Wales, to say he had found a delightful, tiny butcher shop in Usk, South Wales. It’s called N.D. Lewis & Sons, it’s one of those places that is worth a mention. Continue reading Le Tour, Le Veg, Le Pays de Galle….

Guilty Pleasures

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We’ve got so foodie and ‘up ourselves’ these days, as my cousin Dewey pointed out, we all enjoy and rave about these great and innovative foods, recipes, restaurants but we don’t talk about those basic items that we eat behind closed doors! Are we are a little bit embarrassed about them?

I’m getting them out there for all to see.

Not that guilty really, so here is my top ten of foods that I wouldn’t shout about but that I regularly enjoy – for my actual dinner – in the privacy of my own home….. Continue reading Guilty Pleasures

Pass the ‘Duchy’….No! Don’t pass it, go inside!

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There is great excitement in London SE11– well there is in our house anyway!

There is a new kid on the block in the form of ‘The Duchy Arms’ and sneak previews have revealed a beautiful and classy job has been done on this old pub at the end of Courtenay Street. Yes, I am aware it has had a few incarnations in recent years, but this time it’s a proper job… Continue reading Pass the ‘Duchy’….No! Don’t pass it, go inside!