One of my favourite things about Bangkok was the food, the sheer number and range of places to eat from tiny carts on the side of the street to rooftop restaurants and even mall food is good here.

A very popular spot that our friend Jack took us to was After You, I mean it was a week night at about 10pm when we went and it was rammed. It was full of young Thai’s on dates and in groups. Such a nice hang out spot.

Jack advised that it was all about the Shibuya Toast, and literally freaked when we tried to order one each. We found out why when it arrived.

They also do the normal Thai thing of bringing a sweet tea when you arrive. Love that.

The huge number of desserts had me stumped. So many to choose from, and they all were so different to what we get here. I wanted to try so many.

In the end I managed to make a decision, we also ordered iced teas.

So this is the toast. Do you see that? Coma inducing toast.

Seriously after this the boys ended up crashing hard, it was insane, the sugar sweats and then food coma.

I was more sensible and ordered a strawberry iced tea…

And a green tea layer cake. Beautiful cake. So light and can you see those tiny layer? No idea how that can be done.

YOu really MUST go to After You if you visit Bangkok, it’s really easy to find in the Thong Lor district (uber trendy lively area)

Also would love to know has anyone tried Shibuya toast?

Flinty Red

April 16, 2012

This will be the second time I have told you all to go to Flinty Red, but in case you missed my first recommendation here is another one.

I love this place, it’s a lot like my favourite California restaurants, all about small plates and trying lots of little things and sharing with your dinner companions.

It’s very small, so you will need to book but they do have seating at the bar an idea I adore. It’s all very mediterranean.

My first order… you gotta get the anchovy toast, unless of course you hate anchovies… but even then you should try.

It’s a quick dish so ensures you get a nibble as soon as you’ve ordered.

I chose the ravioli as my first dish… the filling was fonduta di castelmagno which is an Italian cheese if I remember rightly.

It was insanely good.

My second pick was baked scallops with chilli, garlic, salt pork and fino.

Amazing. I love scallops, my favourite sea food by far.

We did pick some greens too, this Hispi cabbage was delicious. I am definitely going to try to cook some at home.

My husband picked the Onglet steak, barely cooked it was beautiful melt in the mouth meat.

Then in order to write a full blog post, we had to order desserts. My husband ordered Crème brûlée. A classic and a favourite.

I order the salted caramel mousse, I love salted caramel and salted chocolate right now. I cannot get enough. The mousse was ridiculously light and almost a foam, amazing. The chocolate part was even better, really thick and so rich.

So Bristol people if you haven’t been you really need to, if you have then maybe it’s time to go again!

Visitors this is a great stop if you are spending a day or night in the city, and a great date spot. 

Flinty Red

is through his stomach! Isn’t that what they say?

After Christmas I think Valentines is possibly my favourite holiday (much to the dismay of the Boy) you may have guessed as  such by now.

Last year I made heart shaped oat cakes and got a yummy heart shaped goats cheese from Trethowans Dairy… and we had a cheese feast…

Yes those really are heart shaped sparklers…

It made him laugh at least, and who doesn’t love cheese even if it is heart shaped…

To make these oatcakes…
You need;
250 g medium oatmeal or 250 g porridge oats
1 pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon lard, melted (or butter)
75 -200 ml hot water (which has been recently boiled)

Preheat oven to 200C/400°F. 

1. Put the oats, salt and baking soda in a bowl. 

2. Make a well, pour in the lard and stirring with a wooden spoon, add in enough of the hot water to make a stiff dough. If you’re using oatmeal, you should need about 75 ml; with porridge oats, you may need as much as 200 ml.

3. Knead it for a while to make it come smoothly together, then roll out as thinly as you can. and cut into triangles or rounds. 

4. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 15-20 minutes, or until the edges are turning golden-brown and the oatcakes themselves are firm (they’ll crisp up on cooling). Remove to a wire rack to cool.

These are so easy to make, you’ll never buy ready made again!

I know Valentines is a month away but I am a planner so am looking at things to do this year.

I would love to copy Cherry Menlove and make a hearty (ha! sorry) breakfast…

However it is on a Monday this year, I don’t know about you but I don’t think I could eat a big breakfast first thing on Monday before heading off to the office, so that’s out…

Personally I think Valentines should be all about Champagne, I have a  thing for bubbles (as in, any excuse to pop a cork)… Perrier-Jouet is my number one love. 

Again I must remember this is Monday, there’s nothing quite like a Champagne headache (on our first Valentines we drank 3 bottles!)… and Tuesdays are painful enough…

So I think maybe I will make some special cupcakes and coffee…

 If you have any recipes then let me know!

I am thinking these… from my hummingbird book, my colleagues may get the benefit too!

Another idea that is SUPER easy is to make some brownies…

And dust your love a little heart on top…

My brownie recipe is here. This time I just left out the cherries and chucked a load of giant chocolate buttons in.

Brownies are seriously easy, take maybe 30 minutes in total, you could even cut them into heart shapes… and serve them in this cute printable form Twig and Thistle

Sorry I am getting carried away with the hearts again… the thing is there would be lots of edges and cutting to eat… not a bad idea after all huh?

Harvey Nichols, Bristol

January 11, 2011

This weekend we finally made a trip to the Harvey Nicks restaurant, I have wanted to go since forever but never managed to get round to it, the combination of eating in a gold dining room (love that!) and that the food has a great reputation pushed it to the top of my hit list…

After dark you enter through a side entrance, so you don’t have to be distracted by all the lovely shoes and clothes (damn!)

Another reason to go is the set menu, we had planned to splash out tonight but actually found that the set menu more appealing, and at £18 for three courses is an absolute bargain!

We were given an amazing amuse bouche, an artichoke velouté with truffle oil…

I have been wanting to try duck for a little while now, it’s something I never thought I would want to eat but reading a few duck recipes on various blogs has made me think about it a lot, so I thought this would be a chance for a taste before I try cooking it. 

We both went for the duck salad…

It was a great salad, the citrus and pomegranate were great with duck, fruit is I hear…

I also found out duck is very tasty indeed.

Just to show how times have changed the Boy then ordered the fish and I ordered more meat…

 He had salmon kedgeree, served with half an egg, I rarely criticise but that was a little silly, at least give the whole egg it’s not a huge dish, unless it was a presentation thing I do not understand this at all…

However I am advised it was a delicious meal and we ordered sides so it was not an issue.

I had Confit of guinea fowl, which was delicious… served with a parsnip mash and crisps…

For sides we had creamy Cavalo Nero (cream; great way to make vegetables unhealthy but even more tasty) with pancetta, and roasted Chantilly carrots with pumpkin seeds, I wasn’t sure about this at first but they go great together I will definitely be stealing that idea…

For dessert, again how things have changed I wanted nothing sweet…

The Boy ordered sticky toffee pudding, which was really light, so was a nice end to fill him up after two courses that were perfectly sized to leave for room for pudding!

And I moved to the a la carte for some cheese…

The blue was by far my favourite (which I think was the Dunsyre), so tangy!

The oatcakes were so thick that it was difficult to eat this delicately but they were so tasty I really didn’t care…

We washed this all down with Harvey Nicks Prosecco to start, and a Sancerre from 2009.

 I can’t share more than that as the Boy chose and I didn’t even get to see the list, and I had a very large glass of Harvey Nicks port to finish.

I definitely recommend the restaurant here, it feel very decadent eating in a gold room. The bar is great too and you almost don’t feel like you’re Bristol… I almost felt like I was back in Singapore or if the building was (much) higher New York… you have to use your imagination ut you know…

The food is great value, and so good and this week a new offer is starting, £19.50 for two people for three courses… ridiculous, so if you’re in Bristol go soon.