Monday, 7 April 2014

Lane 7

Just before Christmas my friends and I visited Lane7 in Newcastle for some bowling and food. The food was amazing and the bowling was so much fun despite being absolutely terrible at it! I lost!

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Bryden x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Eggs a la Rachel Khoo

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I absolutely adore Rachel Khoo. I love the simplicity of her recipes and that she uses ingredients that aren't hard to find or expensive. I also admire the fact she was able to cook/film/write/test recipes in her tiny little kitchen in Paris. As someone who was cursed with a tiny kitchen for 18 months I know of the daily struggle of cooking/keeping things tidy/finding a place to store something or even trying to find the space to put plates on the bench! In my shoe box kitchen we didn't even have a cupboard big enough to store dinner plates. 

I came across Rachel's column in the Standard. A brilliant way to test a few recipes before investing in her books. The first recipe I tested was her Cheats Eggs Benedict recipe (I'm convinced it's an eggs florentine though as it has spinach and not ham or bacon but I will let her off). This is a lot quicker and simpler than the traditional recipe of making a hollandaise. It's also a lot healthier and very slimming world friendly! From what I gather Rachel also painted the picture which can be seen on the recipe page - A very clever woman indeed. I have made this every Saturday for a month now and I'm not getting sick of it. I sometimes add a couple of slices of ham or bacon into the mix too.

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Serves 2
160g frozen spinach
1 English muffin (I used some of my dads homemade bread this time. You could also use a slice of wholemeal toast cut in half for your muffins too - This is my favourite way!)
2 medium free-range eggs
Sea salt
Black pepper
½ tsp sumac
½-1 tsp harissa paste (depending
on your desired heat)
80g Greek yoghurt
30g salted butter

Place the frozen spinach in a heatproof bowl and pour over enough boiling water to cover the spinach entirely. Set aside for 5-10 minutes to defrost.
Cut the muffin in half and toast under the grill or in a toaster.
In the meantime, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a gentle simmer and maintain on a medium heat. Crack one of the eggs into a wine glass
(I find this makes it easier to guide it into the water). Using a wooden spoon, stir the water to create a little whirlpool, then pour the first egg into the centre. Repeat with the second and leave to cook for 2-3 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen roll or a clean tea towel. (Cut off any stray bits of white to tidy them up.) Season.
Drain the spinach into a colander and squeeze out the excess water. Season with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of sumac. Mix the harissa with the yoghurt. Spread each muffin half with butter and divide the spinach between them followed by the eggs, then dollop on the harissa yoghurt. Serve immediately, preferably with a Bloody Mary.(taken directly from

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Bryden x

 Crossed posted FROM Bryden's personal blog

Sunday, 8 December 2013

This week in pictures

This week has been a really easy going. I'm fully into the Christmas spirit at the moment so I've been making more decorations for my tree and I've also had a go at making my own scented soy wax candles.  I also managed to fit in a visit to Ernest for a big breckie!

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Ernest Breakfast
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Making Christmas Decorations
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Easy Dinners
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Snacky teas
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Candle Making

Bryden x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

Ernest, Newcastle

You will probably know by now that I love Ernest in the Ouseburn. It's not a bar, a restaurant or a cafe - It actually seems to be all three. The staff are lovely and whole place has a lovely laid back atmosphere.

They have a great menu which boasts some amazing all day breakfast options along with some great sandwich options and flatbreads. The drinks selection is also great and they're keeping the coffee local by serving coffee roasted by the Ouseburn Coffee Company.

I've been a handful of times now and it's always been a great experience. 

Last weekend my boyfriend and I went for Sunday Brunch. The last couple of times I've gotten the same thing, the Chorizo Hash Bowl, which is absolutely amazing but I swore to myself this time I would try something different and out of my comfort zone. I decided on a soup and sandwich combo. There were two soups to offer that day which were Thai Pumpkin and Smoked Bacon and Lentil. I chose the lentil soup and it was absolutely outstanding. Really creamy, thick and comforting. For my sandwich I opted for the buffalo mozzarella sandwich on gluten free bread. That's right... They also cater for gluten intolerance... Could it get any better? Although I haven't had a gluten intolerance diagnosed by a doctor, I know myself that I feel better when I avoid it. It's really great to see a small local eatery offering gluten free bread. 

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My boyfriend Steven went for the steak sandwich which is something he has tried, tested and loved before. The steak was cooked to his taste (medium rare) and was very tender.

To go with both of our meals we also decided on a side of their sweet potato fries which now come with a spicy mayo dip. The last time we ordered these they came with a tzatziki dip which we both agreed we preferred to the spicy mayo. If we order the fries again we're planning to ask if we can swap the mayo for tzatziki.

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Ernest Website
Ernest Menu
Ernest Christmas Menu
Ernest Facebook

Crossed posted FROM Bryden's personal blog