All posts tagged: bbq

Lunch at Temper, Soho

I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so excited about a new restaurant opening as Neil Rankin’s ‘Temper’ in Soho. I read about it in the Evening Standard earlier in the year, and their description of the new BBQ restaurant where diners would be able to see their meat being prepared and cooked before them had me drooling from the start. I’ve got a bit of a gripe with many British BBQ restaurants, in that most of the ones I’ve been to slather their ribs, chicken etc with a thick, sticky BBQ sauce. In Cyprus we had an enormous gas BBQ in an outdoor kitchen area which was my Dad’s pride and joy. He was infamous for his BBQs amongst our family and friends, both when we lived in Yorkshire and in Cyprus. And there was no glimpse of a burger or sausage in sight – he would do steaks, pork chops, lamb chops (to name just a few!) and a plethora of side dishes and even puddings cooked in silver foil. You hadn’t had …

Dinner at The Square Pig, Holborn

A few weeks ago I was invited to try out the new menu at the recently refurbished ‘The Square Pig’ in Holborn. It’s a short walk from my office and it’s always useful to find good restaurants around that area, as it’s a great spot for meeting friends for a quick bite after work. As you walk into The Square Pig, it’s got a typical ‘gastropub’ feel to it, with a lively buzz and mix of people drinking and eating. Now I have to point something out right away in this review – it was particularly dark on the night I visited, and my camera was having absolutely none of it! I tried the flash a few times, but no fellow diners want to have a paparazzi show on the table next door. So The Square Pig kindly gave me some photos for this post, which were much needed. I’ve never had to do this before, so it must have been particularly dark in there! But hey, dark means cosy, and there’s nothing better than a …

Jamie Oliver’s BBQ Beans Recipe

Last weekend, we decided to crack out the BBQ and really fancied some home made baked beans to go with our meat. I remembered watching Jamie Oliver make some amazing baked beans when he was travelling across America years ago, and managed to find a similar recipe online. I decided not to include the sweet potatoes as we just wanted beans, and we didn’t do the bread and cheese stage as we were trying to be a little less indulgent than normal (!!), but it was absolutely gorgeous! Even if the pan did take a bit of a battering! My advice would be to allow it to cook in the oven for as long as possible. Ingredients (serves 6) 2 red onions 2 cloves of garlic 1 fresh red chilli 2 large carrots olive oil 1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika 1 level teaspoon cumin seeds 1 level teaspoon dried chilli flakes 6 medium sweet potatoes 1 x 700 ml jar of passata 2 x 400 g tins of mixed beans 100 ml BBQ sauce …

Lunch at Meat & Shake, Tooting

Now who doesn’t love a good American BBQ place? There are some brilliant ones in London, Bodeans has always been one of our faves. This weekend we tried out a new local one, which we’d been meaning to check out for a while – Meat & Shake. The name pretty much does what it says on the tin – meat and milkshakes! It’s a pretty big menu, with a wide choice of burgers and smoked BBQ dishes. As you might have read, I adore anything with truffle flavour, so I had to order the Truffle Shuffle burger –  Beef Burger with Truffle Mayo, Gruyère Cheese, Honey & Onion Truffle Glaze. It was absolutely gorgeous and definitely up there in my top 5 burgers to date! I also ordered a side of Pit Beans – 5 kinds of beans slow-cooked and smoked in tomato sauce, enriched with the smoked meats that were cooked alongside them. Tim ordered something rather epic which frustratingly doesn’t seem to be on the website – I was hoping to be able to find …

Summer isn’t over yet – keep that BBQ out!

Well the weather over the past week has certainly taken a turn for the worse, hasn’t it? It’s still August, which should mean it’s still summer! Some people have been quick to say that summer is now over, but come on guys, let’s be a bit more positive! When I received an e-mail from Ginger Pig yesterday talking about their #SaveOurSummer campaign, it certainly made me smile. Obviously a company selling meat for BBQs is going to want to encourage people to keep in the summer spirit, but I’m all for supporting it. Why should BBQs be limited to the summer months? In Cyprus we used to BBQ pretty much all year round. Sure, it was warm most of the year round there, but we even did it when we lived in North Yorkshire! There are photos somewhere of my Dad hunched over a BBQ with a big golfing umbrella in the pouring rain. If I ever manage to find them, I’ll scan them and add them in here, as they’re quite amusing. It was …

A Gourmet British BBQ!

Well the UK weather this week has been pretty incredible/horrendous, hasn’t it? Temperatures reached 36 degrees Celsius in London on Wednesday, the hottest I’ve ever experienced in the city! You would think I’d be used to the heat having grown up in Cyprus, but that’s definitely not the case! In hot countries you stop work/school by 2pm due to the heat, so having to deal with similar temperatures in a city, in an office with no fan or air con, or on buses packed with people (with no opening windows, I’d like to add) it’s pretty testing!  What would have made this week much nicer, is coming home to a nice BBQ in the garden at the end of the day. We can’t do this in the flat where we currently live, but as soon as we get a place with a garden, it’s one of the first things we’ll be buying. In fact, my sister-in-law and her partner kindly offered to get us one as a wedding present. We can’t wait!  BBQs were always …

Foodie Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day and June in general is a bit of a tough time for me – I lost my Dad in 2013 and as if that wasn’t hard enough, it happened just a few days after Father’s Day. But we love occasions like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Valentine’s Day in our household. Some people are cynical about ‘made up occasions’ like these, but we always like to celebrate them, and buy each other gifts and cards. So just because my Dad sadly isn’t here anymore, I didn’t want that to stop me sharing some great Father’s Day finds with you all, especially if your Dad is anything like mine was, and adores food! Some of these I’ve tried myself (or other similar products from the company) and some are simply gifts I’ve come across online that I liked the look of. For the sweet-toothed Dad! Personalised Dad’s Big Breakfast Tin, from Biscuiteers, £43.50 As you may know from my previous blog posts, I love Biscuiteers. You might think that £40+ is a bit expensive …