Clams with Rice Noodles al fresco

Posted in fish, lunches on March 15th, 2016 by Kevin – 1 Comment
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Our first taste of Al fresco dining, enjoying the touch of Spring in the air over the weekend. This was a lunch inspired by a walk past the Hackney Fin & Flounder fishmongers on Sunday. I couldn’t resist picking up a batch of Scottish clams, which were cooked in white wine, garlic and fresh parsley, then tossed in Rice Noodles with Olive Oil and more chopped parsley. This was served with a Raw (Massaged) Kale, Sprouts, Orange and Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salad courtesy of my dear wife Nicky Clinch, along with a glass of the crisp Chardonnay which went in with the clams. What a treat! Fin & Founder is well worth a visit – they’re a top notch local fishmonger based on Broadway Market in E8, with a policy of sourcing and supplying sustainable and line-caught seafood.

In the French sun

Posted in lunches on April 12th, 2014 by Kevin – 1 Comment

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A baguette picked up fresh that morning from the local Boulangerie, with a smear of sea salt infused butter; slices of Comte cheese; Proscuitto Ham; a lambs lettuce salad with a reduced Balsamic and Olive Oil dressing. A simple, delicious brunch/lunch.

Land of the Savoury Muffin

Posted in lunches, reviews, summer on April 14th, 2013 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Sure, Aotearoa means ‘Land of the Long White Cloud,’ but there are plenty more things that jump out as significant features of the New Zealand experience. Among these is the humble ‘Savoury Muffin’ a prominent counter feature at caf├ęs or ‘lunch bars’ across the land. These homebaked delights are generally bursting with seasonal ingredients (various combinations of Sundried Tomatoes, Zucchini, Leeks, Spinach, Feta, Cheese, Mushrooms, Herbs etc.) and packed full of flavour. This was the pick of the bunch, picked up at a lunch bar in Gore, at the bottom of the South Island. As was the case here, they are invariably served warm with a healthy slab of butter. Melt in your mouth home cooking!

Christmas Day lunch

Posted in lunches on December 28th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Christmas Day lunch with Nicky: Salmon and Mushroom en croute (Salmon Fillet and Sauteed Mushrooms wrapped in Puff Pastry) served with Jasmine Rice and leftover veg from our pre-Christmas lunch: Red Cabbage, Apple and Sultanas and Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts.

Christmas family lunch

Posted in dinners, farmers markets, lunches, winter on December 28th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

This year, we were joined by my sister, her husband and family for a few days, to enjoy a pre-Christmas, Christmas meal together. This year, we cooked a goose, which proved to be exceptionally popular this year in the UK. Our organically reared goose was supplied by Iain and the boys at Stock’s Farm who run the butchers stall at the Stoke Newington Farmers Market. The goose was cooked with a Dried Apricot and Orange Stuffing and served with Roast Potatoes; Honey Roasted Carrots and Swedes; Red Cabbage with Apple and Sultanas and Brussel Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts.

Lunch in progress

Posted in concord institute, courses, lunches on December 10th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Snapshots of a Foundation Course lunch I created, ‘in progress.’ First, a little experiment. How do Red Onions respond, when cooked (left) with Sea Salt, and (right) without? A visual comparison of the subtle difference in colour, form (and taste).

Second, assembly of colourful ingredients of our ‘Millet surprise.’ Originally intended to be Croquettes, they eventually emerged as fritters: due to an over-mushy batch of cooked Millet which didn’t lend itself to forming into patties. No matter, the combination of Millet, Pressure Cooked Squash and Sweet Potato, Caramelised Onions, Engevita Yeast Flakes, Thyme and Parsley panfried as fritters proved to be a winner.

Working lunch

Posted in lunches on November 8th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A lunch meal with David and Ping of Henningham Press, with guests Kris and his daughter Rosa. A simple, delicious dish of steamed Beans and Cabbage, White Rice, and an Omelette made with chunks of pickled Turnip, followed up with a dessert of Raspberry Ripple icecream drizzled with Malt Syrup.

Weekend lunch

Posted in lunches, summer on August 30th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A delicious combo of Baby Gem Lettuce, Pea and Mint Soup, and a plate of Quinoa with a warm Chickpea and Broccoli Salad and Alfalfa Sprouts. Love that Lettuce Soup!

Taste of Morocco

Posted in lunches, summer on August 16th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

Lunch dishes served at a riverside cafe on a trip we took to the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech: a Moroocan Salad, Chicken and Preserved Lemon Tagine and Chicken and Vegetable Couscous.

Summer plate

Posted in lunches, summer on July 9th, 2012 by Kevin – Be the first to comment

A reminder of sunshine, from recent days… Short grain rice, Ling Tempura, Mixed Leaf Salad with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar, pressed Carrot Salad with Gherkins, Grilled Zucchini smeared with Toasted Walnut and Basil Pesto.