Sunday, 22 December 2013

Tapas at Three O Two, Waterloo

Where ?     Three O Two restaurant is at the H10 Hotel near Waterloo, London.
When?        Early evening

Tapas dishes with house white,  Catalonian Vina sol

 venison carpaccio with shaved manchego cheese, honey vinaigrette and thin crusty focaccia; 

 homemade croquettes  with chorizo  

duck and crab fritters with thyme aioli;  YUM this was my favourite!
sorry about the quality of the photo was done with my phone    below

 piquillo peppers stuffed with rice pudding made of black rice and pork, with a roasted red pepper reduction sauce; 

mussels in marinara with bitter orange moscatel sauce; below

 huevos rotos with oyster mushrooms, shrimps and spring garlic. 

  Desserts: Spanish torrijas with nougat ice cream; warm brownie with Baileys ice cream.

Verdict  Excellent food and good service in a pleasant environment.

Excellent value, I went with a friend on a Travelzoo deal for 2.

Happy Christmas

                             Home made Mince Pies

I bought the mincemeat at a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer care. It was made to Delia Smith's recipe by a local lady. Originally mince pies contained meat with fruits and spices. Now mince meat for Christmas mince pies does not contain meat except for some suet. This is sometimes replaced with vegetarian suet.
I made the pastry with flour butter and an egg.
When cooked I drizzled some Madeira wine into the pies and dusted with icing sugar,

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Honey & Co

Honey& Co is a little restaurant serving Middle Eastern food in Warren Street, London, just minutes from the tube station. Blink and you could miss it. 

Meze a good balance of interesting flavours and thankfully not over seasoned.
 Very good cheese and herb bread.

       Moussaka  the best I have ever tasted.

Luscious plum and pistachio cake with almonds and cinnamon.
 ( the chef used to be pastry chef for Ottolengi)

Pros   Lovely food and friendly efficient staff.
Cons  Tables packed like sardines and noisy.
PS      We had an interesting chat with the people on the next table.
There are some tables outside and the street is traffic free but it wasn't warm enough the day we went.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Chillis and Tomatoes From the Garden

 I bought 2 chilli plants from a Summer fete in June The variety above is Cheyenne and the one below is Apace. Both are medium hot.
The 3rd one with the upward facing fruits came from Waitrose. There is a variety called Facing Heaven with upwards facing chillis but I don't know whether this is it.

Chilli Apache

Facing Heaven ?

Tomato Tangela
 These tomatoes ripen to an orange yellow colour and are juicy, sweet and flavoursome. This is an heirloom variety. The seeds came from a Cottage Garden society seed exchange and were a few years old. I sowed the seed quite late around the end of May so they have done well to have caught up and produced so many tomatoes helped by the heat wave in July and August.

Below from the left Marmande, Tangella, Gardeners Delight and ?
The ones in the pots by the house did well but the ones up the garden got blight.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Sugar Snap Peas with White Beans

Sugarsnap peas picked at Garson's Farm PYO briefly stir fried in olive oil with white beans and chives both from the garden, crisp sweet and delicious.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear. 
William Shakespeare

When I was a child I lived in a village and my mother took us for walks into the countryside. We discovered a field on a hill, dense with cowslips. I loved the smell of them and we picked bunches to bring home. Local people filled bags with the flowers for making cowslip wine. In the Winter we would return there to slide down the snowy slope.
Cowslip flowers or leaves are used in cooking to flavour vinegars or syrups, as tisanes, in salads or crystallised to decorate cakes. I have never tasted them, that will have to wait till next year, meantime I will scour the internet for recipes.
Have you ever tasted them or know of any recipes?

I have cowslips growing in a small area of long grass. Primula veris is the species name, veris meaning 'of spring'. I had one plant in the grass that has seeded. This area is not cut until the seed pods have turned brown. Some of the seeds will self sow and I remove some and scatter the seed further a field into the grass. So the meadow patch is growing. Some have hybridised with the primroses in the garden and have larger flowers, some even pink.

Growing cowslips

Plant late Summer/Autumn. If planted when ripe and soon after gathering they take 4-6 weeks to germinate. If left unplanted the seeds become dormant and need a cold period to break their dormancy so wouldn't germinate till Spring.

Either sprinkle them directly on the ground or into grass or plant in a container. Don't cover the seed as they also need some light to germinate. You could use either John Innes seed and potting compost  or a multi purpose soil free one.Water from the bottom and don't let it dry out. Use a container at least 4in deep helps against drying out. Some people put a layer of damp sphagnum moss on the top of the compost and sow the seed onto that. when the seeds sprout put a thin layer of compost over them to grow through.

Thursday, 30 May 2013


Sohan is a delicious and very rich flat biscuit from Iran. It is made from honey, butter, flour, sugar, pistachios, almonds and flavoured with saffron and cardamom. I haven't found a recipe yet so I don't know the proportions to use.
Koosha is the name of the company that makes this particular sohan and this tin was brought from Iran as a gift.
Sohan can be bought in London.

I found a recipe for sohan asali Persian honey candy, It has similar ingredients and is a sweet rather than a biscuit.  From the ingredients it probably has the texture of butterscotch. Sohan Koosha is also like butterscotch but with a touch of the crumbly textures of a biscuit.

Friday, 26 April 2013

A Taste of Spain in Bermondsey

Jose's Tapas Bar, 104, Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UB
details here
Jose's is opposite and a few doors along from the Fashion and Textile Museum. It made an excellent watering hole after our visit to the Kaffe Fassett exhibition. It's very small, cosy and atmospheric and the food was fantastic. I am hoping to go again soon. They don't take bookings so its turn and and hope there's a space to perch at the bar or at one of the tables. There is also a pop up version at the nearby Maltby street food market if you can't get in. more info here
Jose also has a restaurant at Pizarro's 194 Bermondsey Street where you can book.

 Patatas Brava and tomato bread

 Sea beam a la Sevillana
 Chorizo al vina


Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Chocolate Goodies

 In January the Porto Bay hotels in Funchal, Madeira had a chocolate event. Chocolate found its way into food, cocktails, treatments at the spa, demonstrations and workshops and several imaginative displays made from chocolate.
The photo below shows a display near the entrance to the Cliff Bay Hotel.

the entire table is also made of chocolate. This was my favourite.

and at the Porto Mare hotel, a chocolate boat