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Win Tickets To The Christmas Foodies Festival

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I have 3 Pairs of Tickets to giveaway for a chance to attend the Christmas Foodies Festival.

When:

Friday 28th November 11am – 9pm

Saturday 29th November 11am – 9pm 

Sunday 30th November 11am – 8pm

Where:

The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch, East London

You can choose a date to suit you and take a friend!

All you need to do is enter below for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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Only 1 Pair of Tickets per winner.
All entries will be chosen at random after the closing date of 11th November.

Only winners will be notified.

Tickets will be sent directly by Foodies Festival.
Your information will not be shared with a third party but your email address will be added to the Who’s For Dinner mailing list.

A Taste of Peru at Coya

I experienced a taste of Peru recently… a cocktail at Coya.

Well that’s not true actually, I nibbled on some ceviche and corn salad from my friend’s meal just to taste a but of what Coya has to offer.

It has to offer a lot…and next time I shall go with an empty stomach. The Peruvian cuisine on offer in this luxury establishment is something to be savoured. The interior is warm and comforting and the service is impeccable.

It’s a shame that I had eaten a huge meal before meeting my friend for drinks but I was not disappointed with my Uva de Coya, a Pisco based grape cocktail…I say this begrudgingly,  I really ought to have planned my eating schedule better!

I shall return one day soon and when I do you will all know

The Coya Bar

The Coya Bar

www.coyarestaurant.com

Lunch at Nana’s Cafe

This is a quick shout out to Nana’s Cafe in Hackney to thank Nana and her team for what was one of the loveliest lunches I’ve had in a long time.

Real, authentic comfort food at decent prices with friendly and warm service in the heart of East London. You can’t ask for much more than that to be honest!

IMG-20141024-WA0003 IMG-20141024-WA0004The generous portion of Mac n Cheese I had came with lovely seasoned potatoes and a healthy salad complete with yummy chunks of avocado. I really, really loved eating here and I really love the ethos of this cafe which is hosted by older ladies from around Hackney. By giving older women in the local area somewhere that they can put their talents, knowledge and experience to good use, NANA reduces isolation among the elderly while creating a space that feels like a home away from home. Based in Homerton, Hackney it really goes to show that doing good tastes good too!

Get down there and support a great initiative.

www.wearenana.com

@wearenana

 

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

On the 22nd October it was  National Nut Day, a day established to celebrate  the delicious taste and numerous health benefits associated with nuts, with a special focus on Fairtrade nuts. I love nuts and was keen to find a recipe that I could share with you all. Why not kitchen test this nutty celebrity recipe by chef and author, Allegra McEvedy? I haven’t had a chance to make it yet but it looks so easy that I’m taking it for granted that you’ll all love it!

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Peanut Image via SheKnows

Let me know how you get on with this recipe and if have any other nutty recipes feel free to share the link below!

Homemade Peanut Butter

So very easy and so very delicious. You really can taste the difference.

150g peanuts Fairtrade and pref Malawian, raw or lightly roasted

Half teaspoon Maldon sea salt

This recipe makes a small jar, which is enough as it’s so easy to do and is much nicer and fresher than shop bought peanut butter.

Preheat oven to 170°C

Spread the peanuts on a baking tray and roast for 20 mins, shuffling them half way through until a light golden colour – even if you’ve bought the lightly roasted ones they are normally still very pale so this not only heats their oils up but gets them a better colour as well.

Cool for a five mins then tip into a blender and whizz. I like mine some larger pieces of nut in, not all smooth, but essentially just keep blending until you get a consistency you like.

Tip into a bowl and stir in the salt and a couple of tablespoons water. Mix that in thoroughly, and leave to sit for half an hour.

When you go back to it I found it needed about the same amount of water again as it had gone a bit stiff.

Transfer to a sterilized jar and keep out of the fridge.

National Nut Day UK is organised by Liberation Foods, the farmer owned Fairtrade nut company that has pioneered Fairtrade nuts. This year’s theme was Putting Nuts Back on the Menu and celebrity chefs Antony Worrall Thompson, Allegra McEvedy, Phil Vickery and Vicky Bhogal have each created a nutty dish to inspire us to go nuts in the kitchen and get cooking. These recipes can be found at nationalnutday.com

Members of the public sample and enjoy the UK’s favourite fruit at The Real Apple Store

Credit Matt Alexander/PA

Borough Market launches the first ‘real’ apple store

I have to be honest I had never heard of Apple Day, Borough Market’s annual apple harvest celebration until last week!

I made my way down to Borough market to visit all the stands and sample some apples and was pleasantly surprised by how much of a buzz there was around this annual event. Even one of the fishmongers who sold me some delicious fresh oysters was talking about it!

Some of the apples I bought from Borough Market

Some of the apples I bought from Borough Market

Borough brought together the biggest ever collection of the nation’s favourite fruit in the exhibition of 1000 oldest, rarest and most loved British apple varieties on October 26th to celebrate the launch of the seasonal harvest and to remind shoppers of its millennium birthday!

The world’s oldest known apple, Court Pendu Plat, which was introduced by the Romans and still flourishes today, is displayed in a prestigious Perspex box whilst 999 other varieties are presented on sleek white plinths and shelving units.

The Corne Queen in celebration of Apple Day

The Corne Queen in celebration of Apple Day

Varieties included the Ananas Reinette with its distinct pineapple flavour, the unattractive Knobby Russet which, covered in knobbles, shows beauty is in the eye of the beholder with its strong, firm but delicious flesh, the Robston Pippin, a favourite of Charles Dickens, and the Victorian Adams Pearmain which recalls a bygone era with its autumnal colouring.

David Matchett from Borough Market said: “This country’s love affair with the apple is no secret – we have been eating apples for centuries. However, there are some varieties under threat and we risk losing the diversity of this delicious fruit. This exhibition is not only a celebration of the British apple but a chance for us to raise the profile of these little known varieties and campaign to save them. At Borough, we’ve always been known for the variety of fresh produce on offer. Apple Day is an extension of that.”

The festival, held every year in the Green Market, sees growers, traders and producers come together to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the much-loved fruit from seed to marketplace to plate. A selection of limited edition apple-inspired produce and hot food is available from traders including apple balsamic vinegar, apple tarts, brioches and loaves, crab apple preserves, apple cider chocolate truffles and chocolate coated toffee apples.

For more information about Borough Market, its Traders and events please visit www.boroughmarket.org.uk.

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How To Eat Food In Amsterdam

You actually eat food in Amsterdam in pretty much the same way  that you would wherever you are in the world but I wanted to get your attention and it worked! I hope.

This is a visual rundown of some of the lovely grub that I managed to eat whilst on a weekend break to Amsterdam. Its been a few years since I’ve visited Amsterdam and I love that city. I don’t know if its all the bikes, cheese and canals but it is one of the most relaxed cities in Europe that I’ve been to.

The Salads! I had a scrumptious Cajun-style chicken salad with sweet chilli dressing at an eatery call La Place, which was located in a department store. This was an unusual change for me, eating a salad for lunch and eating in a department store restaurant…I’m glad I did though, it was delicious!

One of the best salads I've ever had!

One of the best salads I’ve ever had!

Food Markets filled with cheese and fresh fruit & veg stalls. This one was in Amstelveen, Centrum and takes place every Friday afternoon.

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Market life in Amstelveen

Cheese Please!

Cheese Please!

Finding restaurants along the canals. I took a long walk along the waterways and discovered so many great restaurants that I would have loved to have eaten in…I was “restaurant window-shopping”, and even though I didn’t get a chance to eat in them I still felt happy just reading their menus and looking inside…goshhh I really do love food. I loved the look of Rainarai, an Algerian  restaurant celebrating nomadic dishes.

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The Canals of Amsterdam

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Tagine pots

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Rainarai

The Amsterdam Cheese Museum was almost the highlight of my visit. I was a little bit TOO excited to visit the cheese museum, but with so many samples to try and so much cheese inside it’s easy to see why!

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

A cheese gallery

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Goat Cheese…and according to this it’s the world’s BEST Goat Cheese

Amsterdam Cheese Museum

Truffle Cheese – a strong flavoured cheese

Fast food vending machines from Febo – I didn’t buy anything but it was definitely worth taking a picture of!

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The Fastest Fast Food EVER!

Waffles and Nutella. Need I say more?

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The Ice Bakery by Nutella

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Sometimes it’s OK to waffle…

Sushi heaven can be found in Amstelveen! I discovered Kokusai restaurant and wanted to move in…that is how good the sushi was. I had a variety of dishes, here are just a few, but if you’re ever in the Amstelveen area make sure you pop in.

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Teriyaki chicken

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Gunkan salmonm chifu

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Tako nigri octopus

A Down-to-earth steakhouse makes everything better. My sister and I discovered Crazy-Grill Steakhouse, which specialises in sate style grilled meat and fish dishes. The steak “steak” was surprisingly fresh and tender, sometimes restaurants of this style compromise on quality for quantity.

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Amsterdam is a foodies paradise, it really is a cosmopolitan city…make sure you explore more than the red light district and the coffee shops whilst you’re there.

Have you been to Amsterdam? What are your favourite things to do there?