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What's for Dinner #292 - The Hippity-Hop Edition!

Brother and sister in law are coming over to help demolish a shed. As it's Easter we're having lamb in the form of Malaysian lamb curry. Serving it alongside Nasi Lemak, first time I've cooked this since learning it at a cooking class.

about 24 hours ago
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[Llandrillo, Denbighshire] Tyddyn Llan

It all sounds really lovely. The asparagus and duck egg starter , pig and the prune ice cream I'd absolutely order.
Planning on doing Snowden soon so may have to make a detour.

Hope you got cockles and lava bread with your breakfast.

1 day ago
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Sir Alex Ferguson to sell wine 5,000 bottle wine collection.

Ex Manchester United manager is to sell his wine collection valued at £3M. Most of it is being sold in Hong Kong. Not sure how much of the valuation is is name and how much the wine but there's bound to be some good bottles.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2...

Apr 16, 2014
Paprikaboy in Wine

Faux pas - eating fish at work?

Much as I love smoked haddock and mackerel I won't reheat it at work as I think it's inconsiderate.
Not quite as inconsiderate as what happened several years ago. It was my first management job and the first time I had my own office. I’d only been there a couple of weeks and arranged a meeting for early afternoon. The guy turns up, sits down for the meeting and proceeds to unwarp a doner kebab. I told him to go and eat in the kitchen and come back when he’d finished.

Apr 14, 2014
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Birthday dinner: Sunday evening in London. Recs please?

I've been to Donostia a number of times and it's always been excellent. Quite low key and relaxed, usually sit at the bar and the staff are lovely.
I also really love Salt Yard as Abbyd mentioned. It's a more buzzy place than Donostia and the food is a bit more gutsy than Donostia. I've been about 4 or 5 times and usually with enough people to try the whole menu ,I preferred some dishes more than others but they're consistently good across the menu and across visits.

Apr 14, 2014
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What's for Dinner #290 - April Showers/April Flowers Edition! [through April 12, 2014]

Tartiflette last night. Fondue tonight made with gin and wild boar salami. Yes before you ask I am in the Alps.

Apr 10, 2014
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Eggs - What a Beautiful Thing!

How could I forget egg hoppers. Found a great hopper shack when I was at Tangalle Beach. My favourite breakfast in Sri Lanka. A few places on London do them but they're not open for breakfast so I have them as a starter.

Apr 08, 2014
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On the District, Circle, or Piccadilly lines [London]

I have a suggestion. If you look at a tube map on the TFL website you can identify the stations on these lines. Then if you go to Londoneating website you can filter resraurants by tube station and there is also a map for each restaurant. This should give you some specifics we can comment on.

Apr 06, 2014
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Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

Just to let you know re Donostia (which I incorrectly spelt Donastia) and has had a few recommends on this thread. I've just had an email and they are closed from 20th to 22nd April for their staff trip.

Apr 04, 2014
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What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

An oh sugar we're on holiday on Saturday better use some stuff up quick dinner tonight. Ready made chicken gyoza with five spice, kecap manis and chilli scrambled eggs tonight.

Apr 03, 2014
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Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

You're right about the Mail. I mean it was an immigartion story after all and they do love banging on about immigration.

Apr 03, 2014
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

Nigella Lawson denied entry into U.S.

We don't mind you not letting Russel and Lily in as long as you promise to keep Piers Morgan.

Apr 03, 2014
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News
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Breakfast and Early AM Pastry in London

Good point about M&S , I can't vouch for their scones but their Eccles cakes are really good. I used to have an M&S next to my office and had to try and limit myself to one eccles cake a week.

Apr 03, 2014
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Marble Arch questions (also Cambridge and Salisbury)

I used to work very near were you're staying. It's just off Edgware Road. There's loads of Lebanese places. However my favourites were Abu Zaad, a Syrian Restaurant. Further up away from Marble Arch towards Paddington is Melur, a Malaysian place, a bit hit and miss but good when they get it right. Just off Edgware Road on Crawford Place is Patogh. a ruff an ready Persian place, great breads and grilled meats.
Also theres the Heron for good Norther Thai food.
All these are fairly inexpensive.
Very near were you're staying is Donastia a Basque pintxos place. I wouldn't say it was cheap but it's not unreasonable and the food is very good indeed.

There have been numerous posts on these places.

If you have your own kitchen then I suggest you go to Green Valley with loads of interesting Lebanese stuff, this is just off Edgware Road on Upper Berkeley. You may also want to go to Selfridges food hall or the Waitrose food hall at John Lewis, both on Oxford Street and not very far.

Apr 03, 2014
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Breakfast and Early AM Pastry in London

It's actually fairly busy at 8am. Also not many visitors either, mainly people who work in the city, though of course some may not consider this a good thing. Their take on the McDonalds sausage and egg muffin is really good. I find the breakfast for two too rich though especially the pig trotter beans and I wasn't really up for bone marrow at 8 in the morning.

Apr 01, 2014
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Eggs - What a Beautiful Thing!

If I start I'll never stop so I'll limit myself to 10, in no particular order: (some I've had in restauarants rather than make myself)

1. Custard
2. Poached eggs with smoked haddock, and spinach on a
muffin.
3. Keralan egg curry.
4. Double egg and chips.
5. Sri Lankan omelette.
6. Gooey cod cheek Spanish fritata.
7. Marmite soldiers and soft boiled eggs.
8. Fried haggis and duck eggs.
9. Huevos rancheros
10. Moroccan meatball stew with eggs.

Apr 01, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #288 - April Fool Edition! [Through April 3, 2014]

Spaghetti (well linguine) carbonara last night.

Tonight it's Malaysian(ish) chicken curry. We're out of star anise so I have added a couple of cardamom pods and fennel seeds instead to get some good fragrance in it.

Apr 01, 2014
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Suggestions for an inexpensive coffee grinder?

I've recently switched to a burr grinder and definitely think it's worthy the extra money. It's a Krups GVX231 and was £40 so should fit into your price range in the US. It has a large number of setings so you can set the grind depending on how you're brewing your coffee. I think for the money -it's a pretty good grinder.

Mar 31, 2014
Paprikaboy in Cookware

Help! I need help to find a few reasonable restaurants for my in-laws when they visit London, please!

When my mum visits me (she's in her late 70's and not an adventurous eater) and we're in central London we normally go to Pizza Express or Cafe Rouge, Cafe Rouge do a reasonable steak frites and there's always offers if you search for Cafe Rouge vouchers online.
If your FIL likes salt beef then maybe Brass Rail on the fourth flloor of Selfridges would be an option.

Mar 31, 2014
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Xi'An Cuisine (Deptford, London)

I don't think Mamma Wangs has a stall at Kerb anymore -well at least not for the next month according to the website.
I was thinking the same thing about a chowdown. Regional Chinese is a bit of blind spot for me so would be great to go with some knowledgeable people and do the menu justice.

Mar 30, 2014
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What goes with olives?

Roasted peppers, a large tub of boquerones and few Aperol spritzes.

Mar 30, 2014
Paprikaboy in General Topics

Ireland deserves it's own board.

London's been it's own nation state for some time now. This weekend we had a typical London mix, half Scottish/Finnish half French/English and the talk turned to identity and someone said I'm a Londoner first , everything else is secondary. Don't agree with the lifeblood thing, But then again I wouldn't would ;)

Mar 26, 2014
Paprikaboy in Site Talk

Ireland deserves it's own board.

As already pointed out there's no reason to seperate in terms of configuration of other boards (e.g Spain and Portugal being lumped together) or by posting history. There's more of an argument for Manchester having it;s own board than Ireland based on search terms in the last year on the UK board (I admit this may be skewed by Harters posts):

Post results in last year using search terms:

London 435
Manchester 55
Edinburgh 32
Dublin 31
Ireland 23
Liverpool 22
Devon 11
Glasgow 8
Cambridge 8
Leeds 6
Cardiff 6
Birmingham 5
Bristol 2

Mar 26, 2014
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Soba in Japan (Outside of Tokyo)

I had some really good soba in Takyama. It was near the folk museum iirc and after a bit of research I'm pretty sure Kyoya is the place.
Regardless of the soba Takyama was one of my food highlights when I was in Japan and it's worth going for the Hida beef and they have some interesting food stalls at the market by the river and the Izakaya near Takayama train station-Origin, had some really interesting dishes.

Mar 25, 2014
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Any good S Asian and Malaysian –Camden, London?

Hi greedy,
In terms of nasi lemak I would concur with Limster Tukdin is the a step up from the other examples I've had round Paddington. Pak Awie, Satay House and Melur are all pretty much on the same level. I would say Pak Awie is the most consistent and their lunch buffet is quite good and they also do roti canai. Melur has some aspects of their dishes that are great but are let down by other elements.
If you want something a little more rough and ready then try Bonda which is more homestyle cooking. Their nasi campur at lunch time is good value but the quality of cooking and variety of dishes at lunch very much depends on which day you go and who the chef is,

Mar 25, 2014
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What's for Dinner #285 - Harbingers of Spring Edition! [Through March 22, 2014]

Having friends over this evening. Luckily we remembered to get extra olives for their little girl. Never seen an adult never mind a 4 yr old who could put away so many green oilves.

Crab salad to start This will be followed by paella with chicken, squid and prawns. And yes I am adding chorizo and calling it paella despite what the folks at wikipaella say:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

The missus is making her sour cherry curd tart and adding some blueberries as well. Will serve with shop bought cherry and amaretto ice cream.

Mar 22, 2014
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Current obsessions?

At the mo it's Nasi Lemak. I'm slowly working my way round London trying it at all the places that do it. I also learned to make it the other week after the Malaysian cooking class agreed to add it to their roster when I enquired why they didn't offer it, so I guess you could call it an obsession, my missus certainly does.

Mar 21, 2014
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What's for Dinner #285 - Harbingers of Spring Edition! [Through March 22, 2014]

Ribeye steak, with macaroni cheese and green beans. Finally saw an iconic/infamous pack of Kraft macaroni cheese which since joining CH , I've read so much about. I was slightly disappointed as it wasn't in the blue and yellow pack but was in a red and yellow box and named Cheesy Pasta which is the name in the UK.

Mar 21, 2014
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What country makes the best beers?

I'd say the UK. I live in a small corner of South London and my closest bar opened by a local brewery has 2 porters , a black IPA, best biter and an amber ale, and that's just from their brewery. They also sell US style IPA;s , pilsners and unfiltered lagers from London brewers. There's been a real renaissance in brewing in London and elsewhere and we have a long brewing tradition but also are not afraid to produce beer styles not historically produced in the UK.

Mar 21, 2014
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What's for dinner #283 - MARCHing towards spring? [through Mar 16, 2014]

Roast cod with a tapenade crust. Something with quinoa to go with it.

Mar 16, 2014
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