Sunday Sessions: Brunch & Chocolate Truffles

Recently, a group of us vowed to make full use of our Sundays and always plan something fun. (it’s the one day where everyone is pretending another working week is not about to begin- let’s be real)

Mark and I started off the day by going for brunch. I had always walked past Pamela and had never had the chance to go. It serves food from the southern states of the U.S, and the menu was certainly different and unique to the typical brunch places I’ve ever been to! We decided to be adventurous (nearly everything was different to your standard scrambled eggs or avo toast anyways). We ordered the fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits and gravy (bear with me… this was AMAZING) and the Eggs Pont-Breaux (again I’ll explain!)

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Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Gravy

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Eggs Pont-Breaux

I’m not familiar with authentic American food from the south (a Tescos southern fried chicken wrap just doesn’t quite cut it). So, when the gravy was placed in front of us, and it was not what you would picture as ‘gravy’ if you live in the U.K and have roast dinners I was like…wait whaaaat? It was essentially more of a Bechemel sauce. Alone, it was average but mixed all together…. the southern states of the U.S know what they’re doing! The biscuits were slightly sweet, the chicken crispy and salty and the gravy tied it all together. On the other hand, the Crawfish Ettoufee originates from Louisana (so I’m told). It was like a stew, seasoned to perfection and full of crawfish and spices like cayenne pepper and parsley, laid over two poached eggs and biscuits. I don’t know why someone thought of putting this over eggs but trust me when I say… it works! I honestly could not pick a favourite out of these two. We were pleasantly surprised and satisfied.

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My top = my life motto

Go here if you love brunch and you want to try something to your regular brunch destinations! There are also a few vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu and if you are out to celebrate (or not) there is a £18 bottomless brunch option (food is not included, and you do have to eat) … next time I’m going to try the french toast with caramel rum sauce.. because.. who doesn’t love caramel and rum?We also went to Junkyard Golf in Brick Lane. They have four different courses, and we went for ‘Helga’. You’ll be pleased to know I came joint third with Laura who always managed to do the courses with flying ease. I say ‘pleased to know’ because I am pretty shit at mini golf and at least I was not last (there were only four of us, though, but we can forget that part). Tickets are 9 pounds, and you can book it online beforehand. There is a bar near every course as well which is handy… booze and mini golf what more could you want.

Then, to top it all off as Mark, Sava and I were walking back home we passed Dark Sugars. It’s a chocolate shop that does truffles, chocolate and vegan treats! (Of course, I was like: wait! guys we HAVE to go in). We ( I say we but I mean I) picked an assortment out: Red Velvet, Salted Caramel, Raspberry, Chocolate Cherry, Chocolate Mango and Chocolate Covered Almonds.

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In my element

img_2741My least favourite were the almonds; they were basically just covered in raw cacao powder. But, the red velvet one (see above)… YASSSSS. I only bought us one each and as I’m sitting here writing this waiting for Mark to cook me pasta (thanks, babes) I am contemplating running into his room and eating the rest.

I wish I were joking.

 

Thai Inspired Prawn Curry

As I left Broadway Market on Saturday afternoon, I couldn’t help but stop at the local fishmonger, Fin and Flounder. Here we eyed up the vast array of beautiful fresh fish (Rebecca waited outside, hating the smell of seafood) and after much deliberation decided on getting 12 king prawns for dinner. Combined with my other Thai ingredients, I was adamant: we simply had to make a Thai dish.

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Inside Fin & Flounder

What we used: 

  • 12 sustainably sourced fresh king prawns
  • Brown rice (we used about 1/2 cup per serving)
  • Eight tablespoons of Coconut Milk
  • 250ml of Water
  • 80g of Mangetout
  • 4 Lime Leaves
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 cup Coriander
  • One Red Chili
  • One stalk of Lemongrass
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • Sesame Oil

What we did:

Firstly we created a spice paste, using the garlic, coriander, lemongrass, ginger and chilli, placing them into a  food processor. After blending for a few seconds, it should turn to a paste consistency. Set this aside.

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NOW: drink a glass of wine. Preferably white… the flavours will really extenuate the fish flavour.. joking I just like wine and needed an excuse. sip sip gulp gulp

Next, I decided to create a stock from the prawn shells. De-head and peel the prawns, making sure to take out the digestive tract. Fry these in a large pan with a splash of sesame oil with the freshly cracked black pepper and lime leaves. This does give prominence to the prawn’s distinct flavours (not joking this time). Cover the prawn shells with enough water and leave to simmer on a low heat for 25 minutes – the longer, the better.  If it appears to be reducing quickly, you can add some more water, and if you are in a rush, you can obviously decrease the time. When you are done, strain the stock through a sieve and keep warm.

While doing this, I would also suggest putting on the rice (this is because I never do this myself and then end up waiting for ages while the rest of my meal sits on my counter idly waiting…lesson learnt and duly noted).

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Fry baby fry disco inferno

Finally, in another saucepan, pour in a little olive oil, fry the paste until fragrant (around 2 minutes)  and add 250ml of the stock. Add the coconut milk, the prawns and the mangetout. Simmer for 3-4 minutes and season with salt. Place the rice in a bowl topped with the curry.

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The finished product

ENJOY and marvel at your food awesomeness. (I know I did)

 

 

Where it all began…

The perfect way to spend a Saturday morning:

Broadway market was one of the first food markets I found myself mesmerised by when I officially moved to East London. It is super local to me and sells everything from vintage clothing, fresh (and organic) fruit and veg, meats, seafood as well as different cuisines from around the world.

When I am not hungover (Like today -wahoo go me) I usually like to spend my afternoon going up and down all the rows of the market to make sure I know exactly what I’m in for. This is also so I don’t get jealous when someone else gets a better dish than me (this happens all the time… so I convince people that sharing is caring… haha suckers there’s always a method to my madness!)

Today my sister Rebecca, Mark and I decided to make our way over on this gloomy September’s day to brighten our spirits (and stomachs).

There was a whole stall dedicated to olives, and Rebecca chose the ones marinated in lemon, olive oil and tarragon, as well as a few items for her dinner. She’s recently moved to London to start uni and she luckily has been inspired by cooking a lot earlier than I ever was (better late than never right). Mark and I got some ingredients for our dinner: coriander, lemongrass, ginger, mangetout… any ideas on what cuisine we’re going for?

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East London food Girl: In my natural habitat

Then we proceeded to get some lunch. I had been eyeing up Deeney’s toasted sandwiches for a while now and after coming back from Mexico recently and eating my entire body weight in guac and tacos… toasted cheese was exactly what I wanted. IT WAS DELICIOUS. Made with a large abundance of cheese, mustard, caramelised onions and rocket, it all was squished under a hot flat-iron and melted to perfection. Rebecca decided to try out the fried chicken (I obviously tried some as well… I am starting a food blog so…) it was crispy. But not as crispy as we quite liked it. Mark got fresh crab tortelloni with a simple dressing of olive oil and parmesan cheese (wise choice as you could really taste and appreciate the filling this way). Below are some of our food pictures (an upgrade, you’ll be pleased to know from my first post)… many of you told me there’s only so much visualising you can do when there’s no proof of the goods- SO HERE YA GO!

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Butchies fried chicken and spicy guac

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Just the way uh’ uh’ I like it

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Hot iron in action at Deeney’s

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And the egg keeps runnin’ runnin’

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50 shades of olives

 

As Game of Thrones likes to remind us, WINTER IS COMING – however; if you love food as much as I do it is a great place to visit at all times of the year. I am currently feeling very food satisfied after that trip so make sure to pay it a visit, and if you have already been then, you know what I’m talkin’ abouuuuuut.

I’m already excited for our evening meal-tune into my next post to see what we made.

Toodles!