Friday, 15 June 2007
You are what you eat
I have been tagged by the very funny Anna at Thimbleanna to list my five favourite restaurants. Personally, I think it's just another way of Anna finding out more of my pet hates and teasing me with them. Ever since I divulged my complete loathing of mashed potatoes, Anna has endeavoured to post as many pictures and mentions of it on her blog as possible - I will be forever haunted by the sight of mashed potato - please no more, primary school dinners were enough for anyone!
1.My favourite restaurant of all time has to be Terre a Terre in Brighton. We're not meat eaters and this restaurant is one of the best veggies in England, even friends of ours who are diehard meat eaters count it as their fav place to eat too. This is where we go for birthdays and anniversaries and today being our anniversary it's nice to give it a mention. The most amazing and wonderful ingredients combined in an exciting and original way but presented in a very cryptic menu!! Fortunately for us, until recently one of our friends worked there and would come and decipher the menu for us, I think half the time nobody knows what they've ordered! Last time we were there our friend had left and we had the double embarassment of not only having to ask a waitress to tell us what the dishes were but also having to ask her to read the menu to us as we'd both left our glasses at home! A few glasses of wine later, it didn't seem to matter! We first went to Terre a Terre when it was in its original premises and just starting out. I was heavily pregnant with my first daughter and needed food! I can still remember the fruit and bowl of delicious chocolate dipping sauce (a very Dawn French moment)!
2. I love curry. Not hot, hot curry but aromatic, spicy curry that lets you taste the ingredients. Nooris in Brighton has to be one of my fav curry restaurants. Take away is also great on a Friday or Saturday with a bottle of wine when we're too tired to cook! NB Can't stand curry or any food with peas in it - darn it Anna there's another hate! I also remember a lovely Indian restaurant in Paris we went to on our first holiday together as a couple and it was gorgeous and romantic and completely different to the place we ate the following night where M got chronic food poisoning! Very fond too of Middle Eastern food, mezze, falafel, aubergine dip etc.
3. Good old English fish and chips. Takeaway is best! Bardsley's in Brighton is best! But eating chips on the beach is a very close second!
4.Pub lunches in the Sussex countryside, Ram Inn, Sussex Ox, The Cricketers are great, anywhere with real food, good beer and, preferably a roaring fire will do!
5. M's cooking. He's a wonderful cook and makes the most fantastic bread - all kinds. Artichokes on a Saturday are a family fav, his homemade pizza on a Sunday and everyone's happy!
One of my pet hates that I'm quite happy to mention is my inability to compile any list! I hate it because the minute I think I've finished I immediately think of at least four other things that I would have liked to have added. Here's one of them, one of my favourite puddings, recipe here for Louise at Beachyscapecodcupboard.
2 punnets of strawberries
1 pint double cream (570ml)
1 heaped tablespoon icing sugar
Blend half the strawberries with icing sugar in a blender and sieve to make a puree. Crush the meringues into pieces, Whip the cream, but not too stiff. Chop remaining strawberries and add to meringues. Fold in the cream and drizzle over the puree. Serve immediately.
If anyone wants to be tagged feel free!
Have a wonderful weekend with lots of yummy food.