Private Pizza Party
So we were chilling on Saturday when Justyna suggested we check out our local butcher shop. I put my pants on and we headed out to support a local business and procure some fine steaks in the process.
We opened the door and walked into a dank and dingy butchers populated by two women sitting on chairs, and one slab of ropey meat. We both thought “Well. We are probably not buying our food here” but didn’t want to come across as too rude by simply turning around and walk back out, we went along with the facade and asked for some steaks.
Fortunately, the ladies didn’t want us there either, and told us the only meat they had was the one giant ropey slab, sold in slab format only. So we left thinking it’s probably a front for an illegal operation.
I suggested we go down to the poncy Spar on Orford Road to pick up some meat, but we both decided that we really secretly wanted pizza. So Eat17 Artisan Pizzas we had, for the third time!
I was a bit saddened to see that Spar have changed their menu, offering a much more basic selection with conventional ingredients. No aged sausage and oyster mushroom toppings today, but what the hell!
We both opted for the Quattro Stagioni, topped with mushrooms, olives, peppers, ham and salami. I thought it was a very good Quattro Stagioni and an excellent pizza, but it paled in comparison to the masterpiece I ate last time. Justyna disagreed, and dubbed this the best Spar pizza she’s had so far. Good on ya, Juzzler!
Keep It Simple Sunshine
As the summer got rained into the ground this bank holiday we dabbled with decadence AND we kept it real. The latter is best represented by the jacket potatoes and beans we had all up on a Sunday night.
We got 2 large potatoes, stabbed them all over, rubbed them in salt and baked them for 2 hours in a 200C oven and they were PERF(ect). We got some Sainsbury’s own brand beans (not the very cheapest ones because they are crunt) and tarted them up a bit. I gently fried red onion and chili together for bit, honked in some cumin and paprika, when it got all fragrant I added the beans and heated them through. We had some fresh corander leftover from friday night, so that got shoved in too. And if I hadn’t messed around with simple jacket and beans enough - I dappled the top with avocado.
A spicy pseudo-Mexican things was going on here, turning the cheapest dinner ever into a bit of a treat! So not that simple, but v. tasty and using guff we had lying around from Friday’s dinner! A bit of a tarty jacket, and you don’t hear us complaining!
Elegant Fish Dish
… the criteria I googled to get this banger from internet to plate. It was completely easy, so just what we wanted on a Friday night after a tough week. It was a riot of colour and nutrients and the palate popping combo of lime, coriander and chili always pleases! Take it from us, crusting up a lovely fillet of fish is always elegant as we ably demonstrate here!
A simple side of boiled rice is all that’s needed with this crusty nut dream!
Who’s this rockabilly greaser laying on my coffee table brandishing a made up cake?! It’s me showing off a honey and spice cake loosely based on piernik, but with a lot less effort. I’m proud that measured it all out by sight and it turned out rich and moist…unlike me..
A lentil loaf that is both at home in a bowl or in a box, a lentil brick that won’t give you no stick! This recipe was sort of based on this, but I used carrots and parsnips as the veggie filler, which was a great idea! Plus I didn’t have stuff to make the glaze, so I grated the arse end of some strong cheddar up and popped it on 20 minutes before it came outta tha oven. I also took the liberty of mixing a whole egg in there to bind it - to thoroughly un-vegan it. Boiled up some brown rice and boom-bang-a-lang a hearty healthy plate of scran!
Hell-fucking-o! Another week and more reasonably priced food, generally pulse-based because they’re cheap n tasty! I farted out some Mediterranean Bean Burgers. They were’t as good as first time round, but they were still competent. Plus the seedy bap was a laugh, we put roasted garlic jam inside. That’s spinach and cucumber on the side - do I have to spell it out for you?!
The burgers were almost TOO BIG FOR THE BUN, but we made it werk!
Something From Nothing
Well, not technically - but here are two pasta dishes I cranked out over the weekend with stuff that we already had in - no shopping necessary - except to replenish our wine holes!
I made a bacon and lentil pasta with tricolor pasta, revved up with sun dried tomatoes, plain old tomatoes and loads of garlic. I was generous and slung some red wine into this to posh-it-up. Boom some Parmesan on and it’s like we’re in a rustic restaurant.
Next day I roasted a whole head of garlic in olive oil the oven for 40 minutes and mixed it with peas, some greens, olive oil and I think some dill. The roasting a whole garlic trick is one to remember if you want a sort of fancy meal without being sort of fancy yourself. Remember to slice the top off the garlic before you roast, so you can pop the mushy cloves out with ease. We ate the whole thing between us, that’s like 5 cloves each and it feels and smells GOOD! And on with the Parmesan!
Made these again, coz they were so great the first time. Our modifications was the use straight up sweet potato no white potato shit. We also used low fat pork mince coz we couldn’t get turkey. I don’t really have a preference - they both tasted BANGING!
As before - tremendously exciting when your gnocchi bobs up to say:
HI I’M READY EAT ME
What is this crap? A drunken purchase in the middle of mojito madness over the weekend. Hence the blurry photos and why we ended up with some low grade confectionery on a Friday night.
So to review: First off, really bizarre these are marketed toward kids and have red fluid inside, LIKE YOU’RE EATING A REAL BOLLOCK, like you’ve always wanted too! Macabre and comical, hence why we grabbed a bag of nad. They’re gross, the fluid unsettled Robert and the flavour was cheap sugary shit - as you would imagine. The best feature was that it was bubble gum so I made insipid and annoying bubbles for about 15 minutes solid. I think I might have accidentally swallowed it too.
Bob’s Note: We made the shopkeep lady laugh a lot by commenting on/buying these. Justyna drunkenly kept saying “I’m really loving this!!” as she chewed on her camel ball, whereas I immediately felt like I put something from the floor in my mouth, and had to spit it out.
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Happy Burger Day to EFIR
Say it with beef, that’s our motto! To celebrate blogging solidly for TWO YEARS we took ourselves to Honest Burger in Soho. Their beef is supplied by Ginger Pig, the fine folks who hooked us up with our goose last year! We wanted burgers and responsibly farmed meat, and that’s what we got!
I had a glass of whatever glass of red wine that I had, and Robert got classy with the Honest Cocktail. I was already impressed by the relaxed atmosphere, Arrested Development’s Everyday People blasting out and our drinks! I plumped for the Special which involved tobacco onions and backyard mayo, I don’t know what either of these components would be like - but they worked for me. Crispy onions that look like a pile of shit but taste like a pile of HIT! The mayo was citrus-y which I loved! The fries were possibly the best I’ve ever had, crispy right down to the last bite! Robert grabbed the TRIBUTE which he will fill you in on after he’s gotten back from a dinner date with his boss. YO I’M BACK and I had The Tribute. This was my kinda burger: Bacon, Cheese, Yellow Magic Mustard, Burgery Sauce, Pickles, Onion, Lettuce. All plopped together in a beautiful fashion on a nice steamed bun. Honest Burgers know what they’re doing and the medium-cooked burger was just soft enough to provide a bit of smoky bite that went wonderfully with the slightly crisp bacon on top. We have a winner!
In summation we highly recommend this place a great up-market burger without being offensively expensive. Great vibes, great fries and great beef!
Happy Birthday Eating Food Is Right!
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