As you may be aware, I really love receiving a surprise Degustabox through the door once a month. September was no different, but I also decided to do an unboxing video which you can find below; you will see I had a little helper who was very noisy! But he’s cute so I’ll let him off 😉 The boys and The Husband also tried some of the products with me this month. I can also say this box had one of my favourite products so far.
- Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
- Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
- All for much less than you would pay in the shops!
So what was inside the September Degustabox?
Usually the most romantic part of the day – night time – can bring out the best of our thoughts. The silence in the night can also heighten our senses and it is one of the best times to indulge in some food for pleasure. As the clock ticks into the night, we can’t help but naturally succumb to our hunger pangs. Often, our options are fairly limited, and we usually end up eating the first thing that we see in the fridge, perhaps a bowl of leftovers – a massive mistake! Instead, it’s a great time to let the creative thoughts of the night flow out in the kitchen and treat ourselves to some late night gastronomic experiments that the city has to offer.
Late night cooking at home can usually be divided into two categories. Firstly to satisfy our immediate hunger pangs or secondly, to experiment with new recipes. The majority of insomniac foodies see the second option as their favourite hobby. If you have all of the ingredients necessary, it can also be great fun! Post-dinner menus can be anything from regular comfort food to exotic experimental dishes. It’s the effort factor which always needs to be minimal, simply because effort and late night don’t go hand in hand. So what are your options? You could create a fancy Spanish omelette or alternatively go for a meat option and bake it with some delicious barbecue sauce. For a lighter option, prepare a nice salad or opt for a simple sandwich. If you find that you are close to dawn, then you could choose to cook a traditional English breakfast.
Late Night Restaurants
If you don’t want to get your kitchen or your hands dirty, you could also go out and experience the late night food scene of London. The city has various culinary delights lined up for those late night hungry souls. Many of these places are located in the busy and active streets of London. The choices are endless; you can follow the neon lights to end up in a grand restaurant or alternatively opt for a more a low-key food place.
- The Delaunay, near the Royal Opera, offers classic renditions of European dishes. The ambiance and elegance are also on the plate to enjoy.
- Balthazar is one fantastic restaurant near Covent Garden and serves authentic fresh cuisine. They serve until quite late and it is a charming place to reinvent your appetite.
- There are other food havens like the comfort food paradise Duck & Waffle, the Uber-exotic Hakkasan Mayfair and the famous La Bodega Negra.
But if you’d rather stay at home then a takeaway is probably the best road to take. With a takeaway you can also find the joy of home deliveries. Additionally sites such as Hungry House also offer you the convenience of being able to order a takeaway online. There’s no need to have to compromise on the variety of food available as there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from, as well as a wide-range of cuisine to explore. Takeaway food is a great option if you prefer to enjoy the London food scene from the comfort of your own four walls.
I don’t know about you, but I do love a good steak. Medium rare for me, please. The thing is, I can never manage to cook one to perfection. I’m probably not managing to go to the right restaurants either as I haven’t found a steak I really love yet. How about you? Luckily for us, Steve Pooley, Chef Director at Jamie Oliver Barbecoa, has put together this beautiful guide to cooking the perfect steak. I’m definitely going to follow the guide next time we have steak for dinner – fingers crossed for a perfect one!
You may remember a few weeks ago that I reviewed a steam combi oven from Panasonic. I cooked so many things in it – including (but not limited to) chips, fish, chicken, bacon, beans; but the thing I was most excited to try in it, was baking a cake! Obviously, you could also make this in a normal oven. I was so impressed that I could actually bake a cake in the combi oven though!
One of my favourite cakes is coffee cake. I love coffee. I love cake. Put them together – I’m in heaven! I also had some coconut flavour Beanies coffee to review so I thought I would do a twist on the classic coffee cake. I do love coconut in a cake too. In fact, I just love any cake. Instead of two layers, I decided to go for a triple layer cake. The middle layer of frosting uses coconut oil, so it is kind of healthy…
As soon as I heard what the challenges were going to be for pastry week of GBBO, I was drooling. Danish pastries? Yes please! I was really tempted to try to make them but then I watched the show and, well… My mind was swiftly changed, ha! I think I’ll stick with ready bake ones, thanks… Anyway, I didn’t fancy fiddling about with filo either so I decided I would go with the technical (again!) of a bakewell tart. I made mini bakewell tarts a couple of months ago for my Macmillan Summer Lights fundraiser, but I’ve never made a big one before. It couldn’t be that hard, right?
I wanted to make it with a traditional almond topping rather than icing and feathering, like on the show. Rather than the usual plain pastry, I made flavoured pastry that I saw in one of my Lorraine Pascale cookbooks. Lemon and almond flavour, the perfect match for a bakewell tart. I was a bit dubious as this recipe used egg yolks, and the one and only time I have used egg yolks in pastry, it was really wet. But I thought I would give it another go. I also decided that I would make my own jam, for the first time ever! I think the frangipane was the easiest part…