Archive for the ‘food’ Category

New Year dinner

January 1, 2017

Excellent sausages from butcher in Heighington.

Excellent red wine from Melissonas Hill vineyard.

Christmas dinner

December 25, 2016

Christmas dinner, fresh chicken, roast potatoes, sprouting broccoli and peas.

Fresh chicken from local butcher in Heighington, collected Christmas Eve.

Cooked guidance of Jamie Oliver.

Christmas dinner 2015, carrots, celery, laid in the base of baking tin. This lifts the chicken up off the base, allows air to circulate and aids cooking.

This year a variant. Two carrots, two sticks of celery and a red onion. The celery and carrots chopped into large chunks. The red onion cut into quarters, then halved again.

Chicken smeared with butter (to stop drying out), or would have been had the butter been taken out of the fridge, used olive oil spread instead, add a little salt and black pepper (for flavour). Half a mandarin stuffed inside the chicken. No stuffing.  Chicken wrapped in cooking foil to keep in the flavour. Cook for 20 minutes per pound, plus a extra 20 minutes. Weight 5.5 lbs. Cook for two hours at 180 C.

After an hour, remove cooking foil, around the chicken, add roast potatoes and pigs in their blankets.

Last year, par boiled potatoes, then added to roast. This year, roast potatoes from the chiller cabinet in M&S.

Pigs in their blankets, small sausages wrapped in bacon. From Curtis in Sincil Street, a small independent butcher in Lincoln.

Should have stuffed the chicken with a small orange. Er, forgot. Was added, but a mistake as blocked air flow to cook the chicken from the inside.

Sprouting broccoli and frozen peas for vegetables. Bring water to boil, cook for around ten minutes. Add sprouting broccoli, bring to boil, then add peas.

No white wine, white grape juice. Only a con, fizzy water flavoured with concentrated grape juice, sugar added.

Christmas pudding, courtesy of Aldi. Not recommended. Poor quality.

No cream or white sauce, used ice cream.

Kings Cross Station Real Food Market

December 14, 2016

Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, a handful of food stalls outside Kings Cross Station selling overpriced cakes, a few pastries and very expensive cheese.

To be fair to the cheese stall, it was high quality cheese. But 19 month’s old Comte, is not two year’s old, as the stallholder claimed. It was though excellent cheese, but very expensive. My piece came to £7-50.

The market seems to have shrunk compared with a year ago, and it certainly was not busy.

A good idea, but needs more variety and not so expensive.

El Rastro en El Mercado

December 3, 2016

Every Saturday and Wednesday a market, fruit and vegetables, books, wine, cakes, bread, tools, clothes, honey, junk, everything you could wish to find.

Wednesday is smaller than Saturday, though last Saturday very small due to heavy rain all morning.

Zumo de naranja en Nada Mas

December 3, 2016

 

Popular juice bar day and night.

Unfortunate that during the day moronic music blasting out, which is out of character with  Calle Mequinez.

After dinner at El Maná and a midnight wander around the all but deserted fun fair that has opened in the harbour, sat outside and had an orange juice.

Juice good, though service somewhat slow.

Although looks nice on the outside, inside leaves much to be desired, grim.

Cena en El Maná

December 2, 2016

My main reason for jazz at Teatro Timanfaya was to then dine out.

It had been a hot day and was a very warm night.

I had considered eating at Los Gemelos. But was pleased I did not.

Dinner at El Maná excellent.

Zinger en Roots

November 30, 2016

Zinger en Roots en Puerto de la Cruz en Tenerife.

Zinger un zumo zanahoria y manzana y naranja y jengibre.

  • dos o tres zanahorias
  • una manzana
  • una naranja
  • un poco de jengibre

Granadas más caras en días de mercado

November 30, 2016

On market days, pomegranates are more expensive than on other days.

  • Friday 1-80 euros
  • Saturday 2-40 euros
  • Monday 1-80 euro
  • Wednesday 2-80 euros

This fluctuation may be due to suppliers, but doubtful.

Cappuccino y florentina en Lekkery

November 29, 2016

A bakery cum coffee shop in Icod de los Vinos.

San Andres 2016

November 29, 2016

A strange festival in Icod de los Vinos, kids hurtling down narrow streest on short planks of wood.

At the bottom of the street, a pile of tyres.

The festival marks the first of this season wine, availble on stalls, together with roast chestnuts.

The kids shooting down the street, dates from the barrels of wine being rolled down the street.