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Friday, March 17th, 2017 03:43 pm
On Wednesday evening L and I went to BoxPark Croydon to peruse the board(s) of fare.

For those not familiar with the BoxPark concept, it consists of filling an area of otherwise-unused ground with a construction of black-painted shipping containers, which are converted into some form of retail opportunity. The original London BoxPark is a painfully cool "pop-up" lifestyle and fashion mall in Shoreditch, where each container serves to sell trainers, t-shirts, or other artistic designs, with a couple of food stalls and a bar stacked on top.

Croydon's BoxPark, next to East Croydon station, is a slightly different concept, specialising as a food court - rather than the stores opening onto the street, the containers are stacked to open onto an almost-square central roofed-over area, which is then filled with tables with benches, accompanied by gas patio heaters. One 'short' end has doors opening to the street, while the other has a bar area. Each 'long' side is lined with the narrow ends of the containers, with each retailer having one or two seven-foot-ish wide doorway to the seating area. Some have seating inside their area, but most simply provide food-service, using the seating in the main area - which also means that you can apply a 'portfolio menu' approach to your food selection.

(There are a couple of other eateries on the upper level, balconies that run along the long sides (and are also the primary street entrance), including the renowned Meat Liquor - but we headed straight to the main area this time.)

I opted for a baked potato from The Potato Project - filled with mushrooms and spinach and topped with blue cheese and truffle oil. Which was delicious. Although in my pre-choice wander around the stalls, I'd also found myself rather tempted by the offerings at Arancina, so, for a second course, I ordered a ricotta-and-spinach arancine (and, during the brief wait for it, I found myself ordering a slice of pizza, too). The excellent pizza slice turned out to be a good idea, as eating it gave time for the arancine to cool slightly - not much holds heat like an insulating layer of risotto. All washed down with a nice pint of Henry Weston's cider.

Meanwhile, L had opted for a tasty dish from Feed Me Primal, and then followed that with a couple of tapas items from Donde Tapas - tasty smooth Jamon Croquettes and some delicious Honey Glazed Chorizo (dripping in honey, and mild enough for my lightweight tastebuds).

So, overall, good food, and a location that with drifting smoke, and some holes in the roof for constant heavy rain to pour through, would make a good Bladerunner location.

No photos this time - I forgot to take my camera, but L took a snap. (And we'll probably be back again at some point.)

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016 10:48 pm
When [personal profile] cookwitch suggested that we pay a visit to a newly opening restaurant which combined Eastern Mediterranean recipes with free-range turkey as the choice of poultry, it sounded worth a visit. It was, it really, really, was. We visited on Wednesday, during their 'soft launch' this week. I'd hate to think what a hard launch would have been like, as pretty much every seat was full throughout the evening.

Their turkey is marinated for 24 hours, and then slow-cooked with a herb-and-spice mix before being used in a variety of dishes based on home-cooking recipes. Which are delicious.

We had the green Sicilian olives and the butter beans with cumin as initial nibbles while trying to decide what to order from the actual menu. For starters we decided on a fresh-tasting salad of watermelon chunks, crumbled feta, kalamata olives, mint, and roasted pumpkin seeds, while I had grilled sourdough with aubergine, soft-boiled egg, silk-smooth tahini, sprinkled with sumac, inspired by the Israeli sabikh sandwich. Both choices were excellent, and we're considering going back to go through the rest of the starters in instalments.

For our main dishes, [personal profile] cookwitch had the slow-roast turkey thigh on a bed of caramelised red onions and sweet potatoes, scattered with dried red barberries, served with a small jug of gravy. I had the hand-pulled turkey shawarma, which was served on a bed of freekeh (roasted and rubbed green durum wheat) with dates and pine nuts, and topped with a dollop of labneh (strained yoghurt).

We were initially considering steering clear of desserts, but having seen the dessert menu, and heard about the exclusive sorbets and gelato, we decided that we had space after all. [personal profile] cookwitch had a milk pudding topped with a delicious raspberry and rosewater treacle and a scattering of pistachios, while I tried a couple of the exclusive flavours - a toasted pistachio and orange-blossom gelato (in which you could taste both flavours independently) and a lime-and-mint sorbet (which was like a frozen, non-alcoholic, mojito).

Photos under here )


You'll very likely need to book, but I would recommend that you do so - so go to Strut & Cluck.

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Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 09:40 pm
On 21st November, Bruno of Bruno's Bakes & Coffee hosted one of their intermittent "Donut Days", featuring a range of novel fried goods (and some of Bruno's excellent cakes, as well as Rick's very good coffee). The menu of 'donuts' was extensive and inventive, including breakfast donuts (maple glazed ones with bacon and other fillings - which had all gone by the time we arrived), sweet-filled donuts, and a savoury donut (filled with duck and pork rillette), some fritters and assorted sundries (again, the "three deep-fried Oreo cookie dough balls on a stick" had also all sold out before we got there). Next time a "Donut Day" is announced, we'll need to make sure that we get there even earlier.

Samples behind cut )


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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 10:27 pm
While visiting Rochester in April, we also visited the new premises of Bruno's Bakes and Coffee (next door to the previous premises), which, it seems, is one of the few non-Dickens-themed venues in Rochester. Excellent coffee, and absolutely stunning cakes. If you're ever nearby, I recommend popping in. As per previous set of photos, Rochester's quite pretty, too, but I'm not sure that it lives up to the cakes.

Samples behind cut )

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Monday, January 30th, 2012 11:28 pm
This was the dessert that [livejournal.com profile] cookwitch made for Saturday night's dinner party - a design fork from bread-and-butter pudding, but using emergency ingredients due to oversleeping following a late night ... madeira cake and Jamaican ginger cake in alternating slices, glued together with marmalade and then baked under custard. And it was delicious ...

Photos )

The rest of the photos are here.

It was delicious, by the way ...
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Saturday, September 10th, 2011 05:00 pm
Last Wednesday [livejournal.com profile] cookwitch and I went to Albert's Table in South Croydon, once described by Jay Rayner as being the only reason to go to Croydon. While I might be offended by that, he definitely has a point. I originally discovered the restaurant by accident while looking for a restaurant with [livejournal.com profile] valkyriekaren, and after that visit, decided I definitely had to return! While I'm not really a foodblogger, I felt that this one should probably be written up ...

Writing about a restaurant. With photos. )

There may be a more culinary review, with photos of both meals, going up on cookwitch.blogspot.com, at some point.
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Friday, August 13th, 2010 08:05 pm
Well, Heston, and the Co-Op, for reasonable pricing. I appear to now own a Breville sandwich toaster. Tonight, I am planning to put it through its paces for the first time (with the old standby, a cheese toastie - well, two, actually).

Update: Nyom nyom nyom. Damn, I'd forgotten how nice a proper cheese toastie can be. Mmmm.
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Thursday, July 8th, 2010 11:48 pm
If you too boggled at the "Have you thought about accompanying roast pork with apple sauce?" ads, I've got a new "why don't you try ..." recommendation ...

From the side of a bottle of Sainsbury's Caesar dressing ...
"Try ... drizzling over crisp Cos lettuce and cooked chicken strips for a chicken caesar salad"
You see, I'm just wondering who would purchase a bottle of Caesar salad dressing without any idea what they were going to do with it (with the exception of shoppers for Ready, Steady, Cook, who might find the hints useful).
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Thursday, May 13th, 2010 01:56 pm
Oh, I've just remembered to put up what we ([livejournal.com profile] valkyriekaren and I) had for dinner at Bel & The Dragon in Godalming the other week ...

Our selected menu. )

And a) yes, it was delicious, and b) damn, now I'm rather hungry. Now for lunch, although it'll be nowhere near as mouth-watering.
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dancefloorlandmine: (Food)
Thursday, September 24th, 2009 09:28 pm
CoOp double Gloucester cheese with onion and chives.

Definitely comes into the "rather nice" category.
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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 04:59 pm
A colleague of mine recently came back from the States, bringing with them, as is traditional, some provender. In this case, it included some (admittedly slightly melted) mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Some of my colleagues aren't keen on them, because "They're basically just lumps of peanut butter."

Yes! Exactly! That's exactly the point of them! Nyom!
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dancefloorlandmine: Me hiding behind camera (CameraEOS)
Sunday, August 16th, 2009 06:32 pm
Just finished a short-notice photoshoot for someone wanting some shots to start off a modelling portfolio. A bit of shunting stuff around, and it's definitely possible to set up the 2m backdrop support and a backdrop at one end of my living room, set up the lights halfway down, and stand at the far end with the camera, and get decent photos (at least looking at the screen on the camera). Now to take them off the camera, sort through them, and pass them on to the 'client'.

Food this weekend has included delicious bacon sandwiches, Wensleydale with apricot on crackers, garlic² goats cheese balls on crackers, tentacle salad and, most recently, ginger cake. Still to come is sweet potato and corn on the cob with seasoned chicken. Nyom.

¹ Not a Phil Collins track.
² I am told the 'garlic' in 'garlic goats cheese' should be typed 'GARLIC' - they were rather enthusiastically flavoured.
dancefloorlandmine: (Food)
Sunday, August 9th, 2009 09:55 pm
Please be not sneakily adding a 'salsa' sauce to the pizza base of your Stuffed Crust Cheese Feast pizza - when I want a pizza, I want a basic tomato sauce, not one featuring diced jalapenos. I know it's not especially hot, but it changes the flavour combination to one that I wasn't especially looking for.

Kthnxbye
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Sunday, May 17th, 2009 11:50 pm
Now, that's a nice evening - sitting on the sofa, watching CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds and CSI, time with [livejournal.com profile] cookwitch and a fine meal by her ... skin-on chicken breast fillets flamed in brandy with mushroom, new potato and asparagus in an onion and white wine sauce. Mmmmm. Nyom.
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Thursday, November 27th, 2008 02:29 pm
Today's lunch has been accompanied by innocent's "smoothie of the month" - festive fruits and spices - I wish they did this one all year round ...

2 pressed apples
½ a mashed banana
12 crushed blackberries
8 red grapes
some freshly squeezed orange juice
a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice
a touch of cinnamon
a touch of nutmeg


It's very nice!
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Tuesday, October 14th, 2008 02:00 pm
Last night [livejournal.com profile] valkyriekaren and I went to a little Italian restaurant in Crystal Palace, Lorenzo (strangely enough, the owner's first name). When we arrived it was fairly empty, but almost all of the tables had 'reserved' signs on - by the time we were having our starters, they were all full, with customers including some local Italians.

Very very good. K had Calamari Mare e Monti (whole small squid marinated in chilli and garlic, fried with fresh spinach, pancetta and white wine) - slightly too spicy for me, but delicious. I had the Calamari Fritti, which were just right - crisp light batter and they managed to avoid vulcanising the squid.

Then, for main course, I had Crespoline Salmone - pancakes filled with fresh salmon, prawns and mushrooms, baked in a tomato and bechamel sauce, and then sprinkled with optional parmesan. Again, very nice, although the portion could have been slightly larger - it wasn't that it was especially small, just that I suspect that I've been spoiled by my own local genuine Italian restaurant. However, K ordered the Pizza Capricciosa, where they certainly hadn't stinted. A proper Italian-style fresh base, topped with cheese, ham, artichokes and onion. Quite a lot of all of the above, actually. Sufficient that I finished off the last quarter for her, and can vouch for it being delicious.

I finished off with an ice cream, although that might have been partly because our table was next to the ice-cream freezers, so that they'd been in the corner of my eye all evening.
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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 03:55 pm
Can anyone recommend somewhere to eat in the Paddington area - reasonably priced, and not likely to need booking? [livejournal.com profile] rich_r is on a training course, and [livejournal.com profile] cookwitch and I are meeting him for dinner - but none of us know that end of town at all well.
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Friday, May 16th, 2008 05:27 pm
Today is apparently National Cake Day, being the feast day of St Honoré, the patron saint of bakers. Given that many people have been posting about cake today, I was peckish, so I checked what was on offer at the Spar around the corner, while purchasing more important comestibles (well, OK, Diet Coke, but I'd run out ...)

Ah well, I suppose Tunnock's Tea Cakes count. They're named "cakes" after all. And I like them.

Who else has caked, or intends to cake¹, today, and in what form?

¹ I rather like the idea of "to cake" as a verb, indicating consumption of cake ...
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Friday, April 4th, 2008 12:18 pm
Remember Mars® Milk, the faintly chocolatey, slightly caramelly, slightly malty milkshake? It's undergone a transformation ... it's now Mars® Refuel. That's right, it's an energy drink now. Same drink. Same bottle (bar some new wording), but now it's a sporting essential rather than a guilty pleasure.

Cut for potentially spurious nature of evidence )

And the ingredients of this miracle drink: Behind the cut ) Sounds very similar to what it used to contain. So, proof that drinks full of protein and carbohydrates can be useful after exercise. Shock.

Then again, the Mars bar has been advertised as a source of energy for years (rather than, say, 'gooey stuff', topped with caramel and coated in (ever-thinner, allegedly) chocolate).
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Saturday, March 15th, 2008 11:02 pm
Now for a recipe. Don't gasp. I know that cooking and myself are unusual compatriots (eating is a whole different matter). However, this is actually a recipe put together by [livejournal.com profile] thalinoviel last night, which she then scribbled on the back of an envelope as I was very enthusiastic about it, and I promised that I'd post it up. So, here it is. Format is as per back of envelope. Some of it might be somewhat simple, but that's possibly in the hope that I could replicate the recipe.

The Marinade
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What to do with it ...
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What else to do ...
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It was delicious. I ended up mopping up the spare lime juice/marinade (mixed with the melted butter from my potato) from my plate with some bread.
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