This is late because of lots of things that don’t really matter, when all is said and done. What is most important, without doubt, is the ten dishes I will now present you with. By no means comprehensive, they are however THE MOST SIGNIFICANT insight you will be getting from me in months. I love food, love eating, going to restaurants and trying new dishes. However, there are no pretensions when it comes to being a professional blogger on the subject. You’re safe, I’m just here to enjoy it, not forge a a career.
When I was 18, I went to the first Yo Sushi that opened in the UK. I realise now that these restaurants are as far away from authentic sushi (sometimes) as it is possible to get. ironically the best I’ve ever tasted was in California, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise really, and your experience will very much depend on the people involved. We have a bar that’s opened locally, and my plan in the summer is to see if they’re even close to what I think makes for a good nigiri. If you wanna impress me? Go Japanese.
Romana tonda pretty much helped me survive a difficult and painful second pregnancy. We have a local restaurant run by an Italian family whose pizza’s are as far away from franchised horror as it is possible to get, and it was there I would escape for mozzarella, caramelised onions, olives and basil. heading to Rome in a few weeks, to say I am excited would be an understatement. Pizza from its birthplace promises to be something very special indeed. There will be pictures.
CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD
Yes, it’s the worst possible salad for me and frankly, I don’t care. In fact, this is my go-to on rainy days or when in need of cheering up, and I’ve eaten versions of it across the World. However, nothing beats making it yourself, as the men say, though you can forget Parmesan baskets, because COME ON.
I came to cake fourth, because my life has changed a fair bit in the last few years. However, it would be a massive lie to say that I can live without the occasional slice of sweetness from time to time. Given the choice, I’ll always go for a Victoria Sponge, mostly because its the cake remembered from childhood that my grandmother did better than anything else. In fact, I won’t lie, my mouth is watering just looking at the screen-grab of this, and I might have to venture out in search of one tomorrow.
Best crab sandwich I ever tasted came from the same place this fella got his ingredients from. It was at Lou’s Fish Shack, and it might have helped that I’d rolled off and 11 hour flight about two hours previously. I ate crab sandwiches every night we were there, and nothing came even close to this. It was like the memory of my first crab sandwich on the Norfolk coast, which I can guarantee you wasn’t nearly as amazing, but the memory… ah yes, they’re priceless.
I like them grilled, pan cooked, oven baked… but ultimately, after a long, hard training session, the ultimate joy is simply this. Thick, granary bread, french butter and two slices of Jarlsberg (probably the best Cheese in the World) and nothing else. Just that, eaten slowly with a freshly brewed cuppa, would sustain me pretty much indefinitely, and indeed has for some weeks. I’ve cut bread out of my training regime, but you can bet your arse it’s what I’m having for dinner after the Ride London 46 is done.
BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
Hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh that is all.
Oddly, I never liked burgers as a kid, despite my parents best efforts to the contrary. I’ve come to them late, and now I’d prefer chicken over beef anyway, but when I do go for a burger, tastes are very well catered to by the rise in ‘gourmet’ alternatives to yer basic Quarter Pounder with Cheese. However, even I will agree there are days when a Macca D’s is acceptable, ignoring all those claims about how awful the concept is. Sometimes, meat between two bits of bread is what you need.
If my mate Julia is reading this, we need to have Chinese Dumplings the next time we meet, because it has been SO long and they are SO GOOD.
Rice, with shit thrown in. What’s not to like? (see also Special Fried Rice, Jasmine Rice, Basmati with carrot and spinach or indeed ANY BASIC RICE DISH that doesn’t have stupid pulses in it.)