All posts tagged: chicken

A Retro Chicken Dinner at The Holy Birds, Liverpool Street

Tim is literally chicken-obsessed, I’ve mentioned it many times on this blog. I’ve never seen another human be able to devour one so quickly and so thoroughly – not a scrap is left on a bone! We were recently invited to a new restaurant in Liverpool Street called ‘The Holy Birds’ which is completely centred around, you guessed it, birds – chicken, duck, pigeon and so on. I love the concept! Their French, free range birds are brined for 24 hours, and air dried for 12 hours, to give them a delicious depth of flavour. We visited recently mid-week and we loved the decor and style from the moment we walked in the door, with its cool 60’s retro vibe.It was set up by brothers Gerry and Jon Calabrese, of The Hoxton Pony and Wringer + Mangle, both venues which I’ve previously visited and enjoyed. The Holy Birds is a large venue with a big bar area and a spacious restaurant adorned by a beautiful Murano glass chandelier, a perfect spot whether you’re looking for …

Discovering Barraka and Whichit in Spitalfields

I was recently invited by friend and fellow blogger Chris Osburn (aka Tiki Chris) to an eatery near Liverpool Street station called Barraka. There were two reasons for this event – firstly, to experience Barraka’s excellent food and hospitality, but also to learn about a new company called Whichit, who Chris has been working with, and I will discuss later in this post. The team at Barraka kindly hosted the evening and served up a number of dishes from their menu for us to try. The definition of ‘Barraka’ in Moroccan is ‘Blessing’ and the owner explained how it was always a tradition in his family to‘bless’ people with good energies and food. The cuisine served at Barraka is a fusion of cultures and influences, with wraps, baguettes and salads filled with everything from halloumi, to chorizo, to chicken schnitzel! They describe it as ‘Mediterranean Street Food Made Fresh’ which seemed spot on to me. They were also very keen to sing the praises of tahini, which I am all for! Houmous is so popular in the …

Throwback Thursday – Tramshed, Shoreditch

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about Tramshed in Shoreditch. I first went a couple of years ago for New Years Eve with Tim. We wanted a nice dinner with good grub that wasn’t too fancy, and this ticked all the boxes! You may know of Tramshed because of its controversial/awesome art display in the centre of the restaurant by Damien Hirst, featuring a whole cow, with a chicken riding on the top, preserved in formaldehyde solution, known as ‘The Cock and Bull’. Not for the faint hearted, but an impressive feature.  But this art display really gets to the heart of what Tramshed does so well – chicken and steak! There are now quite a few places that specialise in certain meats like this, but back then, it was one of the first to go about it so boldly. And the name also comes from the fact that the venue did indeed used to be an electricity generating station for trams. For New Year’s Eve, we started with a smoked salmon dish and a pate …

Chicken & Whisky at Bull In A China Shop

Chicken and Whisky are two of Tim’s favourite things, so when I heard about a new restaurant which specialised in those two very things, I couldn’t wait to take him there and see what he thought.  Bull In A China Shop opened recently in Shoreditch (just opposite Box Park) and describes itself as a Japanese Whisky House, which also serves food (breakfast, lunch and dinner).      Our visit was quite impromptu – we were going to a gig in Hackney after work and wanted to grab a bite to eat somewhere nearby, but we hadn’t booked anywhere. We thought we’d try Bull In A China Shop, which was open at that time although we were (unsurprisingly) the only people there at 6pm mid-week. It has a very rustic feel (so rustic, in fact, that one of the staff decided to dust around us. Perhaps wait until the customers have left to do the cleaning?!) and some great Japanese decor, while still fitting in with the Shoreditch style.      We both went for their …

Chicken Basghettilli Recipe

When I was a child, my mum used to make a chicken and tagliatelle dish called ‘Chicken Cacciatore’ – I always used to look forward to it! Looking at recipes for it online, it seems to vary quite a lot. So this is my own take on it, which I’m naming ‘Chicken Basghettilli‘ (basil, spaghetti and chilli…see what I did there…) Ingredients 2 free range chicken breasts 1 onion (chopped finely) 2 cloves of garlic (chopped finely) 1 red chilli (chopped finely) 4 mini portobello mushrooms (chopped into small pieces) 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato purée Generous dash of red wine Handful of fresh basil leaves (chopped finely, plus a few for decoration) Spaghetti for two people (usually about a quarter of a standard sized pack of spaghetti) Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for cooking Method Pre-heat the oven to 170C. Heat some good quality olive oil (I used PS Lambis Cypriot olive oil) in a pan on the hob (it needs to be a pan that can also go …

Dinner at Chicken Shop, Tooting

We’re currently looking to buy a house in Tooting, which is proving to be a very stressful and time consuming process. We were close to buying one, until we found it had a killer plant called Japanese Knotweed. And so it was sadly back to the drawing board. Last week we looked at a couple of properties after work and we were starving – it’s over an hour from Tooting to where we currently live, so we thought we’d try out somewhere there. Tooting really seems to be growing in popularity at the moment, with lots of cool restaurants opening in the area. One of these is Chicken Shop, owned by the Soho House Group, which currently has branches in Tooting, Kentish Town, Whitechapel, Holborn, and rather randomly, Chicago. The premise of Chicken Shop is pretty simple (much like most of the new restaurants popping up these days). You pick a whole, half or quarter chicken and then order some sides, from crinkle cut fries, coleslaw, corn on the cob or butter lettuce & avocado …

A Gourmet Sarnie for British Sandwich Week

There seems to be an awareness week for everything these days, from serious charity matters to fun, silly things. When I heard about British Sandwich Week taking place this week, I took it to be more of the latter. But it sounded amazing to me! Do you remember that episode of Friends where Joey risks his life to save his sandwich? Yeah, I get that… After looking into it, I’ve discovered that there is an official British Sandwich Association that runs the week, from 10th-16th May. It was founded in 1990 to set technical standards, encourage innovation and excellence and provide a collective voice for all involved in the making, distribution and retailing of sandwiches. There are lots of things going on to mark British Sandwich Week. For instance, Frankonia Bakery has created The Super Sandwich; a super-sized, two metre baguette, filled with pulled pork, coleslaw and BBQ sauce, which they have donated to The Soup Kitchen, run by the American Church on Tottenham Court Road. And so, to mark British Sandwich Week, I thought I’d …