Month: May 2016

Cooking With Cheese Cookbook

Last weekend I fuelled my cheese obsession even further with a new cookbook – ‘Cooking With Cheese,’ published by Ryland Peters and Small. It’s just cheesy heaven, with over 80 recipes, and it’s beautifully put together. When looking at what to cook for this post, I eventually decided on Creamy Orzo Pasta Bake, with Comté Cheese and Courgette and it was DELICIOUS (even if it had about a 1,000 calories in it – it was totally worth it!) And it’s actually incredibly easy to do. Ingredients 250g orzo 400ml crème fraiche 1 courgette, roughly grated A large handful of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley leaves Grated zest of half a lemon 50g grated hard cheese – I used 18 month Comté Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Cook the orzo according to the package instructions, drain well and transfer to a mixing bowl. Pour in the crème fraiche and add the courgette, parsley and lemon zest. Mix well until thoroughly combined. Season well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and sprinkle over the cheese.  Bake …

Review of The Fable, Farringdon

I’d only ever been to one of the Drake & Morgan restaurants/bars before, The Happenstance, in St Pauls. I loved the style and décor of the place, and as well as the food being really tasty, the cocktails were excellent! So I was excited to try out the new Spring/Summer menu at The Fable, located between Chancery Lane and Farringdon. The bar downstairs was pretty busy with large groups of people, but I was led upstairs to a much quieter restaurant area with its own bar. I was also really pleased to see that the tables were arranged a decent amount of space apart – I’ve got a real bugbear at the moment with being crammed into a small space, and the people next to you hearing everything you’re saying! My friend Kelly joined me, and within minutes the cocktails and conversation were flowing. We started with a Passion Fruit Mojito, with Duppy Share Rum (one of my new favourites), passion fruit, mint, lime, sugar and bitters. The manager (who was an absolute gem!) also brought …

#OrganicUnboxed – Greek Lamb Curry Recipe

This is the second of my recipes for the #OrganicUnboxed Challenge. You can read about the challenge here, and my first recipe here. For this recipe, I thought I’d draw inspiration from my upbringing in Cyprus. Looking in the box, I could see quite a few items which would go into a moussaka. I’ve actually written a recipe for this on the blog previously, so I thought I’d try something a little different. And this is where the idea for a Greek ‘curry’ came from. Greek Lamb Curry Serves 2 Ingredients 1 white onion (chopped finely) 2 cloves of garlic (minced) 2 aubergines (chopped into bite-sized chunks) 400g lamb mince 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tin of chick peas (drained) 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp tomato purée Salt and Pepper Olive Oil 1 cup of brown rice Method Fry the onion in a medium sized pan (one which has a lid) on a medium heat, with a dash of olive oil, …

A Sunday Roast of epic proportions at Blacklock, Soho

I’m always in search of fabulous Sunday roasts. We normally visit local restaurants to us rather than travelling into Central London, but a couple of Sundays ago I was tasked with finding somewhere for a group of friends and I to go. Turns out trying to find fairly last minute availability for eight people for a Sunday roast in Central London isn’t easy – some of them couldn’t actually accommodate groups of this size! Eventually I struck gold with Blacklock in Soho. I’d seen some incredible instagram photos of their food and couldn’t wait to experience it with my friends. The only availability was at midday (it’s a very popular place!) and when we arrived at 11.45am, people were already waiting outside for their reservations. There’s nothing to see from the street – you go through the door and straight down the stairs to the underground den of meaty goodness. It feels like a nice secret! We were seated on stools around a long wooden table, with another group of people down the other end …