Hipster Hummus at Kanaan

Whether you call it hummus, houmous or humus, this is the best.

Happy Hummus Smiles

Whilst in Berlin, a friend recommended that we try this place, as she’d recently discovered it and couldn’t rate it highly enough! I am now passing the word on.

It was the best hummus either of us have ever had. Full stop. Served with a sort of potato fritter/bhaji with a salsa salad on top, it was so creamy and smooth with so much flavour. I used to think a coarser texture in hummus was great, but this place has change all of my hummus perceptions.

We sat outside in the garden which is also a sandpit, with brewing clouds overhead, and very quickly made our way through our shared bowl…I’m just sad we didn’t have time to go again!

To find out a little more and plan your visit, go to: http://www.kanaan-berlin.de/en

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Dumplings for Dinner

Always looking for a new culinary challenge, Ross and I made Potsticker dumplings for our Friday night supper. Such a simple recipe, that with just a little time and patience, gives incredible results.

We found the recipe on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube and had been meaning to attempt it for a while, following in the Dumpling Sisters wise footsteps.

With a Youtube video to accompany, it really couldn’t be easier to follow, as I say, you just need a little patience and a lot of soy and this is really worth a go.

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Filled with pork, bok choi, spring onions, garlic, ginger and soy, they sizzle in the pan until golden brown when you finish them off with a steam. And the dumpling mix is super easy as well, just flour, water and salt! The Dumpling Sisters have made this relatively fool proof… it just may take a while to get those neat little seal folds down to a ‘T’!

Find the full recipe and video here:

Perfect Potsticker Dumplings for Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube  VIDEO

 

 

Ginger Goodies

These ginger biscuits dipped in dark chocolate are a recent discovery, and will now become a go-to bake of mine…scrummy!

Ingredients:
100g caster sugar
150g soft light brown sugar
150ml vegetable or sunflower oil
80g black treacle
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
220g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
Soft light brown sugar (for rolling)

For Dipping:
525g dark chocolate, melted
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1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees (fan assisted) and line two large baking trays.
2. Combine your sugars, oil, treacle, egg and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Then add your dry ingredients until just combined. Your mixture will be fairly sticky, but this is a good thing!
3. Make your mixture into small balls…this should make roughly 20, or maybe 16 big ones.

4. Then roll in soft light brown sugar and add to the baking tray.
5. Bake for 8 minutes or until you can see the surface of the biscuits begin to crack. They may look a little under-done, but have faith, they’ll harden up once out of the oven and be such lovely gooey treats.
6. Leave to cool on a wire cooling rack.
7. Once cooled, dip one half of the biscuit into your melted dark chocolate and leave to cool again.
8. Then enjoy with a nice cup of tea!

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Baileys in the Bathroom

On a recent visit to Norfolk, Ross and I went to a pub we’d heard a lot about from his family – a pub with a bit of a difference.

Deciding to head for a pre-dinner pint, we thought it was about time we checked this place out. Owned by an avid art-collector, The Gunton Arms is full to the brim of famous artwork. There’s David Bailey shoots in the gents and naked sketches by Lucian Freud hung above doorways.

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Not to mention the erotic ladies painted on dinner plates above the bar, done by Tracey Emin herself specifically for her friend, the owner.

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This collection of artwork is arranged in a beautiful, otherwise traditional pub set in a historic park near Cromer in North Norfolk. Visiting on a misty evening gave the interior a perfect warmth, lit with more Emin neon’s and a nice glass of Merlot.

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I’m looking forward to heading back for some food on our next visit. We watched as steaks were cooked on a griddle over the open fire in the dining room, meaning you can ask the chef for your exact preference, giving yet another level to this unique pub experience.

One thing I would say though – maybe don’t take your elderly Grandma!

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Burgers and Bikinis

Getting the ball rolling with some proof of my love for food!

This burger was from the best seaside shack in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand. Everyday we would head down for lunch (or rather up from the beach!), normally choosing the exceptional Panko Chicken Wrap, which was truly sensational. On this particular day, deciding to be a little daring and change things up a bit, we opted for the burger, with the hope that our favourite eatery wouldn’t disappoint…and it certainly did not!

Here is me with said burger. I promise that I also ate plenty of delicious Thai food, but there is really something to be said about eating a burger in a bikini.

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Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of the place, but I have included a photo of its fab ceiling/signage combo to do it justice…only in Thailand!

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