Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Two Magpies Bakery Southwold

 The Two Magpies (for more info click here )  is an artisan bakery in Southwold. and a little gem not to be missed. There are a few seats inside and one small table outside, altogether room for about 16. The seats were all taken so we waited till something became available, we sat at the table outside.

The coffee was excellent and accompanied by the most delicious buttery plum frangipane tart! Well worth the wait.
If I was staying in Southwold I would probably be in there every day. Everything is available to eat in or take away.
There are GF options available.

A few passers by stopped to look in the window and commented on the prices being too high. I thought the prices we justified given the quality. Maybe they were used to something mass produced from a chain.
I returned late in the afternoon and most things were sold. I left with a chocolate hazelnut brownie.

Beautiful selection of sour dough breads

                         and savoury treats,

Supersize (rose and pistachio?) meringues and triple choc roundies, so spoilt for choice!

On leaving I noticed that the tiled floor at the entrance tells what this was before it was a bakery.

We climbed over 200 steps to the top of the lighthouse which should have helped to work off some of the calories.

Southwold pier from the lighthouse.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Nonsuch Mansion Cheam

Nonsuch Mansion is a Geogian gem built in a Tudor-Gothic style with walled gardens. It is in beautiful Nonsuch Park 
On open days you can visit the Service Wing that has been restored and is shown in the Victorian-era There is a dairy, sculleries, kitchen, larders and  laundries. It is well worth a visit. There's lots to see and plenty of information about the people who lived and worked here. For more details please click  here

Nonsuch had a supply of ice from its own ice house. Below are 2 ice cream makers from that era.



 I like the designs of these iron stands.

 Several irons could be kept hot.

 The Orchid room in the Mansion

Monday, 17 April 2017

Japanese Cheescake

This recipe came from a Japanese friend called Shigeko.
It's very light unlike the usual American baked cheesecake. It's closer to a souffle.
There are other recipes on the internet that include a bit of flour. This one doesn't so is gluten free.

I added orange zest to the mixture. it wasn't in the original recipe.

225g cream cheese
 (I used Farmhouse curd cheese or you could used Philly plus a little milk to soften.)
2 large eggs separated
1/4 cup caster sugar
Grated zest of orange( 1/4 -1/2 area of orange surface)
Orange slices halved

142 ml sour cream
1/4 cup castor sugar

To Make
Mix the egg yolks, cream cheese, sugar and orange zest in one bowl.
In another bowl whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage. If you tip the bowl a little the whisked egg whites should stay put.
Add this to the first bowl and fold in gently.
Transfer the mix to a buttered 8 in round pyrex dish.
Bake at gas 3 170C for 35-40 min.
 Switch off he oven after the cooking time is up and leave the cheesecake in the oven for 5-10 min more to flatten. Then pour the topping  over and the cheesecake return to the oven for 10 more minutes.
Leave to cool then arrange orange slices on top.

 I didn't have any sour cream so I used some full fat yogurt, added a little sugar and spread it on the top of the cooled cheescake with the orange slices.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ametsa at COMO Halkin for Lunch

Ametza with Arzak Instruction at the COMO Halkin details here

The food was fab-u-lous!!

Glass test tubes of spices are suspended from the ceiling and I could smell the fragrance on entering the restaurant.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Chiccetti in Venice

All'Arco was featured on Rick Stein's 'Venice to Istanbul'on TV
Sestiere San Polo, 436 | Calle ArcoVenice

 Only a few steps from the Rialto Bridge this tiny bar serves chiccetti (a Venetian version of tapas) and wine or beer. There are one or two tables outside and a small bar were you can perch your goodies while you eat. Or you could take them with you and find a square to sit down and eat.
I think we tried them all and they were delicious especially the baccata mantecato This is made from dried cod which is soaked then whipped with olive oil, as you would when making mayonnaise, till it reaches a light and creamy texture. Also excellent value.

Not far away is Aqua & Mais, a hole in the wall serving chiccetti as street food in cones to be taken away.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Eneko at One Aldwych

 Memories of the Bay of Biscay: oyster, crab and wild prawn tartare.

This was presented with a bit of theatre, something was poured through the lattice onto some seaweed from the Bay of Biscay. This produced an ethereal mist with a faint smell of the sea to complement the most delicious seafood and beautiful presentation.
The white wine is BizkaikoTxakolina one of the wines form Eneko and his uncle's winery.

Anchovy tempura wrapped in a cornet (the Fork Times!) with ginger and tomato granite

Basque style hake in tempura with red pepper sauce and parsley emulsion. Beautifully cooked succulent fish with a crisp tempura coating.

Potatoes in herb and txakoli ( a Basque sparkling wine) sauce with fried crisp egg yolks. The potato seemed similar to gnocchi, I would have preferred some new potatoes.

A selection from the sweet trolley.

Raspberry macaron with basil ganache

Basque vanilla pudding. Both deserts were served with Basque ice cream. It was made with sheep's milk and perfectly smooth and delicious.

Dappled sunlight from windows above bathes the natural materials of wood stone and copper and highlights the sweet trolley.the sweet trolley

Eneko is a new restaurant at One Aldwych near Covent Garden London. Opened at the beginning of August it is a new venture for Eneko Atxa whose restaurant in Bilbao has 3 Michelin Stars. Azermendi Restaurant
Menus for Eneko can be found here
The interiors are stylish with bespoke furniture made from Spanish wood.