Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Pizza Delivery

Could this happen where you are........Here is a good reason to make your own pizza.....

Sunday, 26 May 2013

The Beagle in Hoxton, London

I am flying into London for a short visit on Saturday 1 June and I am really excited because we are going to a new restaurant, that I've never been to before called The Beagle. The reason for the excitement is I love the look of some of the dishes on the menu

Pigs Head Croquette with Aioli
Cuttlefish and Fennel (one of my favourite vegetables) Stew
Rabbit Loin with Beetroot and Butter Bean.

Now to me that sounds great it reminds me of one of my favourite restaurants called The Giaconda Dining Room, you can read a review here.

The as you scroll down to the drinks menu you also see some very interesting drinks.

Bloody Mary, Chorizo infused Vodka
Pine infused gin (not to sure about that, but will give it a go)

Fingers crossed it lives up to it's promise

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Curried Cream Dori, Cauliflower and Cannellini Bean Stew

Sometime when I'm walking around the supermarkets I yearn to see some fish from home, cod, haddock, trout, lemon sole etc. But then I remind myself that I should make the most of fish in Dubai because I won't be here for ever and may never come across them again. When I go to Carrefours in the Mall Of the Emirates, the fish counter is extensive and it's always very busy and I don't have the patience to queue, so I go to the pre-packed section and see what they have and try to choose something different. This time I chose a white fish called Cream Dori. It reminded me of home, as I thought it was part of the Dory family and I like John Dory, so snapped it up.

When I got back to the apartment I looked it up saw that the word dori was part of the dory family, but then as I kept ready I saw cream dori - talk about false advertising. Cream dori is actually a S.E. Asian fish cat fish called Pangasiu and with its rather pungent odour I was really irritated as I was looking forward to just grilling it with some minted butter.

As I mentioned it didn't smell to pleasant, and even after washing and cleaning it still had a lingering smell, but I could tell it wasn't off. The flesh is not dense like other white fish and came come away in my fingers quiet easily and wondered how I could cook this. As I was still a little concerned that the smell would come through in it's taste I decided to make a kind of light curry stew with it, to hopefully mask the aroma and it worked. After cooking the smell was gone and the taste was really lovely and is a perfect light fish for a stew.

  • 100g dried canneilli beans, prepare as on packaging(or 200g canned beans)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 500ml – 1ltr of water – depending on how much liquid you want
  • 400g cream dori (you could use any light white fish)
  • (serves 4)

Make sure you soak and cook the dried beans based on the packaging.

Put the oil in a pan and gently heat. Add the onions and garlic cook until they are soft.

Once cooked add the cumin, coriander and turmeric and mix into the onions and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the cauliflower and beans and mix into the spiced onions and garlic

Add the water and stir until the water turns a light yellow

Gently place in the fish and cook until the cauliflower is tender.

I served this with couscous, but you could easily serve with rice, quinoa or potatoes.