Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Day In The Life Of An Apprentice At Fifteen

By Leluu
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"I used to watch Jamie's 30 Minute Meals when I was inside," says Kevin McBarron,  22, "I was put on the hot plate duty where I would make lunches for the other prisoners and that was what inspired me to change my life."

From the age of 15, when he first got arrested, Kevin had been in and out of prison. "When I first went in, for about four months, I was involved in fights and had trouble and I hadn't learnt anything. I was just 18 years old, so I kept getting put back into prison and after the forth time, the last time, I knew I had to change my life."


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vietnamese Beef Ragu With Vermicelli Salad

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Vietnamese Beef Ragu With Vermicelli, Mint, Onions and Coriander

Friday, February 24, 2012

Recipe: Black Garlic King Prawn Kebab w/ Cucumber & Lime

by Simon Fernandez of ferdiesfoodlab

Due to some bad planning and a rather rushed weekend I managed to end up with a rather large handful of uncooked shell-on king prawns I had to cook. That, or they would have gone to waste!  Now I don't believe in wasting anything, and I try and find good ways of preserving if possible: freezing, curing, whatever makes most sense. In this case I had some stunning ingredients left over from the supper club so I thought I'd treat my flatmates to some special kebabs!!

Here's what I made for them . . . . . 

Lemon oil, black garlic and prawns are a fabulous combination of flavours!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New York, I Love You

By Leluu
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View from The New Yorker Hotel
I wanted to leave the room quietly and close the door behind me so I flew away, to New York. Although it was just for one week, it was enough to rejuvenate and reflect on things behind the door and things in the new room. Manhattan seemed to be the perfect place for it, "concrete jungle where dreams are made of." READ MORE

Friday, February 3, 2012

Recipe / Leftovers: Celeriac and Potato Rösti

by Simon Fernandez of ferdiesfoodlab
Still learning from me mum! Perfect rostis!!

Cooking is a lot to do with confidence, and, usually, that comes with experience. A random accident, phone call or some sort of improvisation that takes your fancy - basically experimentation - although often a recipe wrecker can some yield a cracking result!!

But there are some recipes that no matter how many times you try them the result is still a turkey where no turkey was initially involved!! Sooner or later, crestfallen from the lack of progress, you give up on something maybe never to return to it again!! Filed as an Achilles heal : /

Röstis are that thing for me, they never come out, tried loads of recipes and they always come out like nasty, dry pancakes, boo! So you can imagine my flabergastedlyness when my mum turned out some stunners to go along with the leftover turkey pie I made over the Christmas break. 
There was turkey left over from Christmas day, and pastry from the sausage rolls, it was a no brainer, turkey pie! Angels singing in the background, hallelujah . . hallelujah, hallelujah : ) big smiles!

A quick bit of industrial espionage - in the shape of me getting me mum to show me how to make them - and here's the low down. . .

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Recipe: Canh Chua

By Leluu - I have moved from this site to - please follow my posts there
Canh Chua is one of my favourite Vietnamese soups. Always best when my mother makes it and we share it together over some steamed rice. The whole fish then goes into a separate plate with good fish sauce and crushed birsdeye chillis. Its a sweet, sour and hot fish soup. Sometimes, I even use chicken stock instead of water to give it more depth. It is very quick to prepare and it always reminds me of my mum's happy face, the sunshine and being in Vietnam - standing at the edge of water, on sand and flying my kite.


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