All posts filed under: beef

Serious Steak at The Kitty Hawk, Moorgate

I recently visited The Kitty Hawk for dinner, in the heart of the city. It describes itself as an ‘all-day destination for those with a love of food, drink and discovery, infused with a heady blend of London cool and New York glamour’ with five bespoke dining experiences under one roof: The Bar & Kitchen, The Restaurant, The Coffee Bar & Patisserie, The Bar and The Private Dining Room. We were led downstairs to the main restaurant – I was a little bit scared for my photos when I saw the lighting, but luckily I happened to be sitting right next to a spotlight. I loved the decor and open plan kitchen. A really nice feature of The Kitty Hawk is the complimentary artisan bread, butter and herb-infused oils, which are prepared for you bespoke to your tastes at a little trolley next to your table. I chose to have thyme in my oil, with onion bread. The restaurant also provides complimentary still or sparkling cucumber water, another nice touch. The menu at The Kitty …

A Royal Bath & West Show Sunday Roast

Last weekend, Tim and I visited the Royal Bath & West Show – you can read a full write-up about it here. As you’ll have read in that post, we bought lots of goodies while we were there to cook with, so on Sunday, we thought we’d put some of them to good use in a Sunday Roast. We used the Rapeseed Oil and Beer & Horseradish Sauce from Fussels and the Smoked Garlic from The Garlic Farm.     Ingredients 1kg Topside of Beef Fussels Rapeseed Oil The Garlic Farm Smoked Garlic 4-5 King Edward Potatoes 4-5 Sprigs of Rosemary 200g baby sweetcorn & mangetout Method Pre-heat the oven to 170C. Season the beef with salt and pepper and place on a lightly oiled oven tray (using the rapeseed oil). Cook for an hour and allow to rest for half an hour. We wanted ours rare and therefore it needed to be cooked for 20 minutes plus 20 minutes per 500g. If you prefer yours more well done, it will need to be kept …

A Spontaneous Dinner at Paternoster Chop House

On Friday night, Ceri and I decided to go for a spontaneous dinner. We’ve been trying out some of the restaurants around the St Paul’s area and this time, we tried Paternoster Chop House. For those of you who have been watching Channel 4’s hilariously entertaining ‘First Dates‘, you’ll know all about this place. I knew that their speciality was steak, so I always assumed it would be quite expensive, and more for special occasions. However, I came across the set menu on their website: Two courses for £19.50 or three for £24.50, which seemed very reasonable. Being a food blogger, I love a restaurant that’s on the ball with their social media. Just as I was leaving the office, I tweeted to say that Ceri and I would be visiting them that evening and within half an hour, I’d received a reply saying that there would be ‘two glasses of Chapel Down waiting for us on arrival‘. Fab customer service! I wasn’t sure if it would actually happen, but look what we were indeed …

National Butchers’ Week – The Ginger Pig Beef Class

Seeing as this week is National Butchers’ Week, I thought I’d make my Sunday post about The Ginger Pig beef butchery class that we attended last summer, as I referred to briefly in a previous post. As I mentioned, my dad worked for the Meat and Livestock Commission for his whole life up until the late 1990’s when he retired, and spent a lot of time working with local butchers and abattoirs to make sure top standards were maintained, to ensure high quality meat, which is something that has always been important to me. The message behind National Butchers’ Week is that “butchers remain the number one choice for range, service and convenience when it comes to purchasing meat,” which I couldn’t agree with more. I think the problem these days is that it’s all too easy to include meat in your weekly food shop at the nearest big supermarket, rather than having to take a detour to a local butcher. In fact, I think it’s the same with fish, and even cheese, to an …