venison steak sandwich.

it’s pay day today and i’ve done two really grown up things. the first was that i paid my internet bill. the second was that i had a venison steak sandwich from the wild game co. i was a bit nervous about this because i don’t think i’ve ever consciously eaten venison. me and my sister recently discovered that throughout our lives our mum has tricked us into eating different kinds of meat, because she knew that if we really knew what it was, we wouldn’t touch it. i will never forget the day my sister realised that the chicken she had just eaten was in fact a little bunny rabbit.

my friend was too eager to wait for me and headed to the wild game co stall at 12pm, where he got the venison burger. he said it was good, but not amazing, so i decided to get something different. i am really glad that i did because i really liked my sandwich. i don’t do scores normally but i would give this a solid 7.5 out of 10. the only thing i would change was the bread, it was a tiny bit dry.

the filling was excellent though. the steak was rare, smothered in caramelised onions, cheese, cooked cherry tomatoes and salad in some sort of sweet wholegrain mustard dressing.

verdict – i would definitely get this again. sorry bambi

chicken katsu curry + sticky coconut rice.

now if you’re a fan of a katsu curry then you need to stop what you’re doing and read this.

i recently tried the wagamama chicken katsu and if i’m honest, i was thoroughly disappointed. it was so bloody bland. my best part was the little red pickle bits in the salad.

i’ve been making my own version of this curry for about a year and i never get bored of it. if i have guests coming to stay, i’ll make this. once my friend came to stay for the weekend and i made this on the friday night. she liked it so much she made me make it again on the saturday. true story.

now when it comes to the sauce, i cheat. i don’t make my own sauce. i’m a fraud. but it’s ok guys. all you need to do is go to your local japanese supermarket and pick up a box of this stuff

i know it looks pretty dirty and you are probably all shaking your head in disgust but sometimes we have to do things we’re not proud of, and this sauce is great.

you will need:

chicken (i like to use chicken steaks but use what you want)

150g plain flour (seasoned with salt and pepper)

2 eggs (whisked)

panko breadcrumbs

basmati rice

1 tin of coconut milk

fresh coriander

water

s&b curry sauce

pak choi

mange tout

garlic (finely sliced)

soy sauce

chilli sauce

what to do:

chicken

coat the chicken in the plain flour, then dip in the whisked egg, then coat in the panko breadcrumbs. once you have coated your chicken place on a greased baking tray and pop it into a preheated oven at 180c for 20-25mins.

rice

pour the tin of coconut milk into a saucepan, then pour the same amount of water in. add your rice and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. make sure you keep stirring this, it’s good to nominate someone as rice stirrer because it will make them feel important and it will make sure your rice is sticky and lovely, and not burnt and stuck to the pan. you might need to add more water as you stir, i’ll let you be the judge of that. add loads of chopped coriander and mix in to the rice.

veg

fry off your pak choi and mange tout in a wok with the garlic. add a splash of soy sauce and chilli sauce depending on how spicy you like it.

sauce

if you are doing this for 2 of you then 1 stock cube should be enough. in a small sauce pan add 50 ml. add the stock cube and keep stirring over the heat, then add more water until it gets to a nice gravy like consistency.

good luck guys, and don’t ever order the wagamama katsu please x

MEATliquor.

so after my byron burger and spuntino posts i had a lot of people telling me that i had to check out MEATliquor. i had a birthday last week and thought this would be a good opportunity for me and my friends to drink some liquor and do some meat sweats. it was safe to say i was REALLY excited.

i had also been told that the queue was ridiculous, and queueing makes me eggy so i made my friends leave work early and they couldn’t argue with me because it was my birthday and i was allowed to be a brat and get away with it.

we got there at 5.45pm and as soon as we got out of the cab on welbeck st (it was raining) we were greeted by the smell of meat, confirming that we were in the right place. luckily there was no queue and we were ushered inside to the bar area, where i ordered a rum and coke, served to me in a jam jar. that’s fun isn’t it?

we were then taken to a table at the back in a quieter part of the restaurant. i have to apologise for the quality of my pictures, the red lighting did not lend itself well to food pornography.

i did some research and decided before i had even stepped foot in the building that i was going to order the dead hippie burger. i had also been recommended the chilli cheese fries so we ordered a couple of those to share (we had asked for 3 but the nice waitress said hold your horses that is way too much food for 8 people, and she was right)

the picture above is the first tray of  heart attack inducing food that arrived. there are no cutlery or plates, just a big kitchen roll which we got through pretty quickly and had to request a second one.

this is the dead hippie. i won’t lie, it was incredible. the first bite caught me off guard, as soon as you sink your teeth in the meat drips everywhere and i realised i had to be tactical with the kitchen roll.

i feel dirty just looking at these pictures. after my rum and coke i ordered the intriguing ‘house grog’, a pineapple rum cocktail which came with the warning that they would only serve 2 per person due to how strong they were. this was probably my highlight.

i would recommend this place as a treat every once in a while, especially if you’re with a group of people as its slaughterhouse interior adds to the novelty. go see for yourself (and maybe pack some wet wipes)

my fave chicken and sweetcorn soup.

it’s sunday, i’ve got a sore throat, and i’m feeling sorry for myself. this soup has just been made to cure me. i went through a stage a few months ago where i was obsessed with making winter warmer soups and then this became my favourite. it’s just like the one you get from the chinese takeaway but healthier and tastier and so so easy. make this for your friends and they will have at least 3 bowls, trust me.

this version is with pasta and mange tout but you can add anything you want because this is your soup and you should have it how you like it.

you will need:

knob of peeled ginger

1tbsp cornflour mixed with 2tbsp water

chicken (i’m using two breasts shredded)

1 litre chicken stock

glug of fish sauce

glug of soy sauce

chilli flakes (as much as you want)

2 cloves of garlic

2 eggs (whisked)

one tin of sweetcorn

spring onions

coriander (to garnish)

black pepper

optional extras:

mange tout

pasta – i used fettucini

big squirt of sriracha hot chilli sauce

what to do:

1. bring the chicken stock to the boil, then add the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce and chilli. leave to simmer for 5 mins

2. add the cornflour paste to thicken the soup

3. now add the pasta, mange tout, sweetcorn, chicken and leave to simmer for 10 mins

4. whisk the eggs then gently trickle into the soup so it forms nice little strands (this is my favourite bit)

5. serve in special bowls and garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander (this bit is really important!)

6. feel better

spuntino.

if you’re hungry when you read this you should probably look away now…

a new thing i like to do on fridays is go for secret lunches with my wolf pack. my wolf pack consists of 3 work colleagues but i can’t tell you who they are. last friday we were a man down, but that didn’t stop us from braving the rain and walking approximately 30 seconds around the corner to spuntino.

if you’re in soho frequently, spuntino is the kind of place you would walk past everyday and never notice (which is kind of what adds to its appeal).

it really is quite cool inside, i felt a bit like i was an extra in gossip girl or mad men or friends. there are seats around the bar or a few quieter tables at the back, we sat at the back which i was quite happy about. we agreed this would be a good place to take a date because you don’t have to make eye contact and they can’t watch you eat as you’re side by side rather than face to face. unless they swivel round a bit, and in that case you probably shouldn’t be on a date with them anyway because that’s just creepy.

i had read a few blogs and heard about the amazing ‘off the menu’ burger, which thankfully has now been added. i think i would have been too scared to wink and ask for it, like i imagine they would do in the movies (or friends).

i had eaten some mini weetabix for breakfast and this was quite an early lunch so i wasn’t particularly hungry and for this reason i didn’t order sides (just a massive cheeseburger). also it was the friday before pay day, i ain’t made of money guys. the waiter recommended that we ordered about 8 or 9 plates between us, but as mine was full size i ignored him. my pack ordered shoestring fries, chilli mussel linguine, jerusalem artichoke & truffle vinaigrette salad, ground beef and bone marrow slider and the truffled egg toast (which they both agreed was incredible but i’m still not sure what it actually was. i was too preoccupied dressing my burger and thinking about the anniversary of kate and will).

as you can see the burger came with red onion and chunks of gherkin which i carefully placed inside along with a dollop of ketchup and a splash of tabasco. my mouth is literally watering just thinking about it.

i think the first bite made me make a funny noise. i don’t remember much else. all i know is that the meat was so soft it literally melted in my mouth. if i had seen this picture of how rare it was cooked i would have said “no thank you good sir” but it was honestly was cooked perfectly. maybe i’m finally growing up.

my burger was £9, but i think if you’re going there hungry you should order a few sides. i’ve heard the eggplant chips are delish.

verdict – bold statement, but better than a byron. go on pay day. actually just go when you can…  next on my list is meat liqour