Thursday, 16 August 2018

Borough Market, London

Conveniently situated near the London Bridge, Borough Market is London's most renowned and oldest food market. If you love food this place absolutely needs to be in your London must-do list and even if you're not a food enthusiast, this place is an interesting market to visit and look around. I love the vibe here and it certainly lives up to its reputation for having the best quality produce and being a reliable dining destination for food lovers. There are stalls upon stalls of an incredible selection of fresh produce and goodies beautifully displayed. There's just so much to see and sample, the range is fantastic and you'll be spoilt for choice. Better come hungry.

Colourful and inviting vegetable display.





Freshly-squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.


Cocktails

Huge pans of paella.

Big and beautiful scarlet prawns.


A stunning display of fresh seafood.

The smoked salmon pate was so good. I really enjoyed having this.

Contrasting colours, flavours and shapes.


Egypt's much-loved street food.

Koshari is an Egyptian dish originally made in the 19th century. It is a healthy mix of rice, macaroni and lentils topped with spiced tomato sauce, garlic vinegar and sprinkled with chickpeas and crispy fried onions. 

Delicious and filling.

Bureka is probably Israel's most popular snack. These handmade filos produce crispy and flaky parcels traditionally filled with spinach, feta, eggplant and meat. It is usually served with a poached egg, tahini or humus.


Raclette is one of the yummy highlights of my trip to London. Raclette cheese originated in the Alpine regions of Switzerland, dates back to the 13th century. It is one of the Swiss' best loved national dishes and has also become very popular in other European countries like France and Germany. 

What is a traditional Raclette dish? This semi-hard cow's milk cheese is melted in open fire or in this case, by a special machine and scraped onto a plate of boiled or roasted potatoes, gherkins and pickled onions. It's a pretty simple dish but oozing with hot yumminess! 


No, this is not the London Bridge but rather the Tower Bridge, a mistake tourists often make. This majestic structure is a combined bascule and suspension bridge built in 1886–1894. It has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of many must-see landmarks of the city.


Saturday, 11 August 2018

Cloud Eggs- A Taste of Heaven

The origin of "cloud eggs" goes way back to 17th century France to an old recipe called Oeufs à la Neige (eggs in snow). These "eggs in clouds" are gorgeously photogenic and will make everday breakfasts fun and worth waking up to. They are light and fluffy and are loaded with tons of flavour. What's more, they are so easy to make and will surely delight your guests at the table.



Ingredients:

4 eggs
1/4 cup bacon, chopped
1/4 cup chives, chopped
1/4 feta cheese, crumbled
salt and pepper

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 230C. 
Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper. 

Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks. Put the egg whites in a medium bowl and the egg yolks in small individual bowls.

Whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

Gently fold in the chives and bacon.

Scoop 4 mounds of the egg white mixture on the lined baking tray. Make a well in the centre of each cloud. Bake for 3 minutes.

Remove the clouds and place one egg yolk to each well. Bake for another 2-3 minutes or until yolks are set.

Sprinkle with cheese and season with salt and pepper.






Friday, 3 August 2018

Roca Moo, Barcelona, Spain

The very reason I went back to Spain was because of the El Celler de Can Roca Documentary I watched some time ago. This restaurant was ranked Number 1 in The World's 50 Best Restaurant in 2013 & 2015. Unfortunately,  every date and slot has already been booked out 6 months before our trip. Usually you have to book a year in advance but we were so eager to dine! As I was researching trying to find a way around it I found out that the Roca brothers also run another Michelin starred restaurant in Barcelona called Roca Moo and without hesitation I quickly booked a table.

We had the Joan Roca Tasting Menu and it was sensational. Three hours of amazing food and service, it more than fulfilled our high expectations. It left us wondering- if things were exceptional here how better could El Celler de Can Roca in Girona be? 

(Top most photo) The butter spelling out the restaurant's name 'MOO' in three different colours and flavours- parsley, black pepper and lemon.
I've always like to sit at the bar where I can interact and watch these culinary geniuses at work.

Amuse Bouche

Barcelona Flower, Squid Sandwich, Mahon Cheese Fritter and Sobrasada, Spider Crab adnd Txakoli Bombon

Mandala

Mushroom Consome



We requested for a dish on the menu be swapped for The Golden Egg, 
which is their signature dish. Inside that thin dome of golden colour lies an egg yolk. It was brilliant!

What a delicate beauty!


Red Shrimp "caldereta" Part 1

Red Shrimp "caldereta" Part 2
  That shrimp head was a hit and my favourite of all. That shell was extremely thin and crunchy. I've never had shrimp head like that before.

Can you guess what ingredient this is?

This dish is called Mock Sardine and is actually a piece of slow cooked Iberico pork draped with skin of tiny fish on top and some puree.

"Callos" with Sea Cucumber

Striped Stingray

Catch of the Day "Suquet"

Suckling Lamb

Pigeon Ice Cream

Omm Perfume
The perfume that inspired this dessert dish. Fantastic!

Chef Jordi Roca developed this dessert based on this perfume. The smell was silky, light and fresh with scents of plum, jasmine, orange blossoms, roses, orange and tangerine skin, vanilla and red fruits.


Lo Blanc

Sweet and elegant petit fours to end our meal. We each had a set of four.


Roca Moo
Carrer del Rosselló, 265, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
+34 934 45 40 15