Friday, 27 February 2015

Street Food comes to Ealing Broadway TODAY!!

Today is a big day for Ealing

After the launch of cool cocktail joints, the opening of restaurants normally found in Soho and the second summer of the roof top cinema, we've finally got the last piece of the 'Ealing is bloody cool actually' puzzle.

We have STREET FOOD!!!


Launching today is Eat Me Drink Me - a weekly street food festival hosted in our very own Ealing Broadway shopping centre which will see an array of food trucks serving delicious things usually only found East of the city.

Eat Me Drink Me are a collective of food, drink and event experts and I spoke to the lovely Kate McKenzie (mega article about her here) who is part of the collective and a fellow Ealing resident.


She told me all about the line up we've got to look forward to including Pulled - delish pulled meats - Grilled cheese (umm think you can work that one out for yourselves), Route 66 (Mexican, ariba!), The Joint (a favourite of Tom Kerridge) and Korrito (named a top 10 food truck by C N Traveller).





I for one am delighted about this as it is a brilliant reflection of how Ealing is on the map and it can only encourage more visitors and residents to our lovely corner of London.

Also, and more importantly, the food looks awesome!

So make sure you check it out and let me know how you get on.

The street food will be running until 17th April and - apart from a few - is on every Friday so check out the Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre website to make sure you don't miss out.



All pics thanks to Eat Me Drink Me

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Wright Brothers - Oysters with Sophie

Last week one of my best friends had a birthday and, always the fan of stretching birthday celebrations out as long as possible, I suggested that we went for dinner the week after her party so she had another treat to look forward to.

As I was at a work thing at Vineopolis (yes there was wine, yes it was free, yes I did drink too much) I suggested we meet up in Borough - one of my fav parts of London and my old work stomping ground - and go to The Wright Brothers for dinner. 

The Wright Brothers in Borough is one of 4 Wright Brothers in England - 3 in London (Spitalfields, Borough - Oyster & Porter House & Soho - Fish & Seafood with an Asian twist) and 1 in sunny Cornwall.


Ain't that the truth!
Now, if any of my lovely readers are familiar with how nights out with Sophie go, you'll know that there's always lots of chat (don't ask what about, I can't remember), yummy food and LOTS of wine.

This standard, combined with my work do going well into the evening meant that we were a little bit late for our table (sorry Wright Brothers!) but were soon seated at the bar to peruse the giant menu.





Having studiously looked at the board we decided to skip the starters and go straight for the Grand Fruits de Mer -  no messin'






I must have been drunk to willingly eat that!
 So the whole plate got demolished accompanied by a fantastic white Bergerac - heaven - plus there was the added bonus that neither of us fell of our stools.........winning.



You can follow The Wright Brothers on Twitter HERE or interact with them in a more delicious way HERE by booking yourself a table!

Needless to say, Soph and I rejoined the party and had a few more wines - Thirsty Thursday happened, followed by a Frazzeled Friday.

Funnily enough I have recovered sufficiently to go out again tonight - what are all your plans? I'd love to hear them @RevealingEaling

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

RECIPE - no ordinary biscuit

Today I'm trying something a bit new and sharing one of my favourite recipes.

This recipe is pretty easy to make, a bit healthier than your usual biscuit and perfect for when you've got people coming over and you just want to show off!

Let me introduce you to gluten-free biscotti with pistachio, rose water and dark chocolate.......you just bisGOTTA try these! (PS they are only 81 cals each!!!)



This recipe is from the Jamie Oliver website (and you can find FULL DETAILS HERE) but I thought that I'd break it down and give you tips from trying this recipe a few times.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED.....




  • 120 g shelled pistachios
  • 200 g gluten-free plain flour, plus extra for dusting (I used Doves Farm)
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 200 g golden caster sugar
  • 30 g dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa solids), (Jamie says this is optional, it isn't!)
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • semi-skimmed milk, optional

  • HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT...


    Put the pistachios on your baking tray and roast for 5 mins in a hot oven (keep an eye on them as my first batch caught really quickly) and then leave them to cool once you're happy they're nicely toasted. Once they've cooled chop them up but not too small. 





    In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and the chopped pistachios. Finely chop and add the chocolate (you have to add the chocolate!). 






    Beat the egg in a separate bowl, add the rose water, then whisk well until light and frothy. 




    Gradually add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring continuously until you get a firm dough, adding a small splash of milk to bring it together, if needed............I must say at this point that my first batch was a bit of a mess. I didn't get large eggs so used two medium ones and this messed the combination up quite a bit. So my tip here is to make sure you get large eggs! 




    Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper. With lightly floured hands, halve the dough, then shape each portion into a cylinder, roughly 30cm in length and 4cm thick. Place them onto the lined baking tray, making sure they have enough room to spread out as they cook. Another tip here is to not be shy with the flour! My first batch was far too wet (blaming the eggs here) but once I'd got the quantity right and mastered the flour they were much easier to shape into cylinders.





    Bake for around 25 minutes, or until lightly golden, then allow to cool for 5 minutes. 




    Reduce the oven temperature to 150ºC/300ºF/gas 2. Transfer the biscotti to a board, then use a serrated knife to slice it into rounds at an angle, roughly 2cm thick. 




    Place on the tray, cut-side up, then bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until crisp and golden.




    Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely (but if you want to try one, for research purposes, then that's OK by me!)




    So delish and very impressive (psssttt did I mention that they're pretty easy to do?) - I made them at Christmas and scored some serious brownie points with my future mother-in-law.

    Hopefully you'll give them a go and let me know when you do?

    x

    Thursday, 19 February 2015

    Alluring Orchids - Kew Gardens

    I've written about Kew Gardens before (post here if you'd like to read it) and if you haven't heeded my advice to get yourself down there, then this post should help seal the deal.

    At the moment, Kew have their Alluring Orchids exhibit on, and it is truly a sight to behold!



    It is a riot of colour with a vast range of orchids all displayed in mesmirising, gravity defying ways.



    Also it is only on until 8th March, so hurry up!

    Now, I know virtually nothing about orchids, but I like pretty things and I do have a few growing at home, so you don't need to be into your flora to enjoy this - it really is a visual feast so go and tuck in!















    Also there's a really cool part that has UV lighting that fades up and down so you can see flowers through the eyes of insects - beautiful!







    Let me know what you think @RevealingEaling x