Tuesday, 24 November 2009


Nadelman has recreated American war history using food to represent the different countries. It's comical and quite smart.

www.touristpictures.com/foodfight/index.htm for more info

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Posh Breakie

One has to treat one's self from time to time, and treating one's self to some lovely breakie is always a good start to the day. So i decided to treat myself to some posh nosh. I got a tomato and toped it, and scooped out the insides. Rubbed it with some oil cracked an egg into it. I sprinkled some parmesan cheese on it and cracked some pepper over it. Posh eggs need posh soldiers. So i wrapped the soldiers and some trimmed beans with parma ham. I popped them in the oven on a medium heat for 30 minuets and voila!!!! The poshest breakfast you ever did see, and pretty darn simple to.

Saturday, 14 November 2009


I watched Cous Cous (la graine at la mulet) the other night and was wowed over the food in the film... yummy yummy lovingly prepared cous cous and mullet. i really recommend the film. it's about a Moroccan family in France going through the usual family problems, but when the farther decides to open a cous cous restaurant, the whole family pull together and dream becomes reality. In true french style, the dialogue is passionate and the cinematography is beautiful.

So inspired by the movie i decided to make cous cous and fish. But good old Mr Sainsburys didn't have any decent fish, so i made meatballs instead. I made lamb meatballs with spices and the usual egg, husk (i used weetabix), and oil in which garlic, chillies and a few onions had been fried. I quickly fried them then put them in a pan with courgettes, vine tomatoes red onions and sugar snap peas. This all went in the oven for around 40 minuets on a low heat.

I'm not amazing at making cous cous. I always seem to put too much water in, but this time it was perfect. I added some saffron to lamb stock and poured it over the cous cous and let it sit. i then toasted some pine nuts and pumpkin seeds. I fried some coriander, shallots, chilli and garlic in some oil, and then poured it over the cous cous. Gave it all a mix and plated it with some lemon.

No word of a lie... it was lovely. The bite from the nuts, the spice from the chilli, the subtle taste of saffron and aroma from the coriander made the cous cous wondefrully fragrant. The moist meatballs let out a few juices when cut open, and mixed with the cherry tomato juices created a sauce which the cous cous absorbed.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

I am starting to appreciate food that's served in edible crookery. It's fun and different. It also means an amalgamation of sauce is collected and absorbed in the edible crookery. My aunt made a bowl made of corn flour and layered re-fried beans, salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos. I took the picture above when i was in india earlier this year, it's a fried potato basket with chopped potatoes, onions, tomatoes, chillies and chickpeas. It's covered in a yogurt sauce with some spices, and topped with crushed and crunchy chickpea noodles with coriander sprinkled on the top. It was lovely and al ot of fun to eat. It works well if your sharing as the bowl gets diminished as the contents lessens. It looks like it's pretty hard to make, but you have to have two identical deepfatfriyngstrainers... (that word so does not exist) which are really quite deep and round. not that hard... bread is equally good to use as is a lot of flat bread. I'm was looking at making a sculptured pie, but as it turns out pastry is really fragile and it'd probably drop to bits in the oven/kiln... i'm working on it though....

Friday, 6 November 2009

Birthday Cakes

I recently celebrated turning 21, and what an epic birthday it was... lasting two whole weeks! i also received 4 birthday cakes. the one above being the largest. Made up of 8 different flavours and weighing a ton... it was a lovely surprise from my granddad!

The second cake was a banoffee cake. With crunchy bits of toffee on the top and a soft, moist sponge. the cream on top had a little bit of banana separating it from the sponge....YUMMY!!!

My third cake was a strawberries and cream cake thanks to my unkle!

The last cake was a Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake!!!! you can't really see it here but there was a layer of crumbled cookie bit on top. The middle was made from the icing filling mixed with mascaponi, cream cheese, caster sugar and double cream. The base was just a digestive biscuit and butter mix. It was delightful... really scrummy!!! this was a lovely product from my cousin.


I have a grown appreciation for sprouts. Sprouts are amazing cause not only do they look bizarre, but they pack a lot of strong flavour. Spicy but a little bit earthy, i think they go very well with fish and surprisingly well with coconut-rice when steamed.

Here i used the sprouts as a garnish to a simple Blue Brie and onion chutney on toasted bread. Added a sharp, fresh crunch. Beautiful colour combination too with the shinny, rich red chutney and the slimmyness of the blue brie. It looked like something out of a mythical forest.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009


I'm fascinated by charabebn bento boxes at the moment. Orginally they were made to get Japanesse kids eating their packed lunches by making it fun for them. Bento boxes aren't just pretty to look at, they also have to have a good balance of fresh vegetables, rice and meats. i don't believe it's playing with your food at all, just making your eating experience more enjoyable.

You even get some really cool accessories to help make your charaben boxes more interesting. Like these egg pochers (above) and this squeezy bottle for your sauce/vinegar.

Putting all this time and dedication into your food surely would mean a meal you are more likely to appreciate and enjoy.

i think we should all get on this idea. Make a charaben bento box for your hour lunch... make one for a friend, your gran, your boyfriend/girlfriend etc. the best thing is it's a temporary art, so you could design them depending on your mood, and there are so many possibilities out there!