Monday, 27 October 2014

Five Guys, London

I had a busy day at a conference pretty central and the food was pretty lousy, so the moment it ended I desperately needed something to fill the void. Despite Five Guys being around near Leicester Square for some time now for some unknown reason I had never tried. I thought I would give them a try.

The queue was fortunately pretty short but still out of the door and got served after about 5 minutes wait. I ordered a cheeseburger with the works, regular fries and a soft drink. Considering I ordered regular fries the amount of fries was ridiculous as seen in the below picture, which was after the cup
of standard fries had been removed

The fries were very tasty, proper hand cut chips so big plus on this. However there were far too many and despite leaving about a quarter of them eating them became a chore! 

The other good thing about the meal was the soft drink machine, free refills of what looked like every version of Coke, Fanta and Schweppes ever made.

So to the key item, the burger with all the works.

Incredibly messy burger and looks between a mix of a burger from a bog standard burger van and a  Big Mac. I was hugely disappointed as for £8 I thought it would be much better, both presentation wise and also the taste. It tastes like it looks, greasy! It is by no means the worst burger ever but far from being a good burger and certainly not value for money.

The most annoying thing about it was the grease, even when in the foil it still went through 4/5 paper tissues. My hands still were greasy hours after despite using numerous tissues and washing my hand numerous times.

The burger fries and drink came to £14 which considering the place is a slightly glorified McDonalds it is shockingly expensive, especially given the great burger places out there. I've learnt my lesson, stick to more hipster style burger places in future!!

Five Guys 4.5/10

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lamb Paprika and Pistachio burgers

Another post another pistachio recipe, seems to be my love at present!

500g lamb mince
2 tablespoons crushed pistachios
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Salt and pepper

1. Mix all ingredients apart from the honey and leave for 20/30 minutes

2. Add the honey and mix again

3. Form into burger shapes (i made 2 koftas with leftovers)

4. Cook at 190c for about 20 mins, turn over half way through

5. Allow to cool slightly and slice. Serve on top of salad leaves, radishes, beetroot and pepper

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Sweet Potato with Pistachio and Pomegranate Guacamole

After a couple of weeks of the new site here goes for the first actual recipe on here.

I winded up with lots of leftover pistachios and pomegranate after a Turkish inspired lamb burger salad recipe (no photos unfortunately!). After looking for some inspiration the majority of recipes I found were either American and therefore obsessed with cilantro/chipotle and generally pretty rubbish. However it did give me the idea of using sweet potato for the meal.

2 sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon Cholula chilli hot sauce
Sprinkle of smoked paprika

1 avocado
2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
2 tablespoon pomegranate
Half a lime

1. I started by simply roasting the sweet potato in the oven, 200c for an hour.

2. Then I sliced open the sweet potato and took out all the inside leaving just the skins. I then mixed with the honey, smoked paprika and the hot sauce. I then placed all of this back into the skins

3. I then broke up the avocado as fine as possible with a fork, then added the juice of half a lime the chopped pistachios and pomegranate and mixed well.

4. Then add this onto the top of the sweet potato. Voila!

Sorry for the messy pic I was so hungry by this point I was desperate to devour it

Monday, 6 October 2014

A Slightly Pathetic Chilli Plant

In late spring a work colleague brought in a number of Cayenne pepper seedlings in for others to share in the Chilli goodness. Not having a greenhouse or conservatory had previous put me off but I thought I would give it a go.

After a few weeks things were looking good and it was growing well on the window sill and repotted into a larger pot.    

As the months went on I started to get excited when the plant start flowering and a small pepper started growing. 

Unfortunately things then took a bit of a turn for the worse and a lot of the leaves started dying. 
Whether being on the window sill was a bad idea, or it was over fed or overwatered I'm not sure but nothing seemed to be going right.
I finally managed to get it to come round by watering a little less and not feeding it for a few weeks. 

Although the plant started to look healthy the fact that it had been on the window sill behind a blind meant it had grown incredibly narrow and still only had one pepper.

(Spot the pepper!)

I finally admitted defeat today as it's getting colder and cut the cayenne pepper off. The taste was very sweet with a lovely heat but five months of effort for one pepper probably wasn't worth it!!

This won't put me off though, next year I will back and will try more.

Any tips for growing indoors or advice about which chilli's that grow better would be graciously received!!!!