All posts tagged: meat

Barbecoa and the perfect steak!

As I’m sure many of you know, a good steak is one of my favourite things in life. And if it’s been cooked badly, it upsets me greatly! This is something I’ve been discussing with the team at Barbecoa recently, as they’ve put together a rather nifty (and pretty!) infographic (below) showing you how best to cook steak, as advised by Steve Pooley, Executive Chef Director at Jamie Oliver. I first visited Barbecoa a few years ago for brunch with Tim, and really enjoyed it! I tried to dig out some photos and found this collage – you can just about see the food (this was clearly pre-blogging days!) some gorgeous steak huevos rancheros.  As you can see, the view is also amazing, looking directly across at St Pauls Cathedral. The team really do know their meat. Barbecoa is described as the UK’s first ‘barbecue steakhouse’, with the chefs cooking the meat using Texas pit smokers, tandoors, fire pits, robata grills and wood-fired ovens. But let’s face it, not many of us have any of …

Do you know where your pork comes from?

The question raised in this blog post is something which has always been very important to me. As you may have read in my ‘about’ section, my father was a manager for the Meat and Livestock Commission, set up by the government in the 60’s to promote British meat and to maintain standards within the industry. As you can imagine, our house was stocked with good quality meat and growing up in a tiny rural village in North Yorkshire, I was always aware of what ‘good’ meat should be. But as time has gone on, meat has become cheaper, often without people really questioning how or why. And the reasons are usually pretty horrendous. There has been plenty in the news over the past 10 years about free-range chickens and what ‘free range’ actually means. But what about pigs and other livestock? This is where ‘Farms Not Factories’ steps in. I came across this non-profit organisation a few weeks ago and in that time, their campaign has created a storm! Their aim is to expose the …

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 …

Some Seriously Good Salami, from Serious Pig!

You know me, I love good meat. And even better, meat with a story! I recently came across a company called Serious Pig. The name caught my eye, I liked the boldness of it. Serious Pig is the brainchild of friends George Rice and Johnny Bradshaw, who wanted a nicer snack to eat in the pub, rather than your typical crisps and pork scratchings. And so, their ‘posh pepperami’ was born. They’re now based in Peckham, not too far from me, in South London. I was sent both their Classic and Chilli & Paprika salamis, and they were both fantastic. I think I preferred the latter as it was a bit more unusual, but both were the perfect snack. Much nicer than a pepperami, I would like to point out, and more satisfying as a snack than some nuts or crisps. Let’s face it, if it’s meaty, it’s always going to be satisfying! (unless you’re a veggie, but then you’re probably not reading this post!…) Another thing I really like about the business is their …

August 2015: A house, a kitten, and lots of blogging!

Hello all! As I’m posting quite a lot on the blog now, I thought it might be nice to do a little round-up of the things I’ve written about at the end of each month, collated in one post. So here’s my first one for August! And it has been a busy month! We exchanged, completed and moved into our very first house in Tooting, and at the weekend, we got our first kitten, Dexter (yes, named after the TV show serial killer!) A month of firsts, big expenditure and lots and lots of packing boxes (which Dexter seems to be having a lot of fun with!) I’ve still somehow managed to keep up with blogging, alongside my day job, so here’s what I wrote about on the blog this month! Restaurants/Pop-ups I visited… I visited a very cool Berlin Brunch pop-up in London. Read more here. I tucked into gourmet sandwiches, salads and puds at Aline in Mayfair (possibly the most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting!). Read more here. For Afternoon Tea Week, I tried …

Being an Asda Butcher’s Apprentice for the evening!

As I’m sure you’ll know by now, high quality meat is very important to me. My Dad worked in the British meat industry for over 40 years and so I have rather unconventional childhood memories of visiting his office during the school holidays and seeing posters with images of animal carcasses on the walls, and overhearing discussions about abattoirs and auction houses. Some might be a bit taken aback by that, but for me it was all pretty straightforward. We lived in a little village in North Yorkshire and some of my friends were farmers, so there was never any doubt about where these animals were going, and what was happening to them. We always had good meat in our house and I honestly can’t recall a single meal that didn’t contain meat of some kind. I think my Dad would have refused to eat it. Or he would have grumbled his way through it! As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I’m a bit worried about the way food/cooking trends are going in the UK. …

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 …