Month: June 2011

Smoked Mackerel, chicory and potato salad

Summer is here at last. This year, for the first time, I have started to realise just how delicious a salad can be. Chicory has long stared out at me from the supermarket shelf and last week was the first time that I walked over, picked it up and put it in my basket. This salad really was delicious, filling and perfect for a hot summers day. Ingredients (serves 2) 8 chicory leaves, washed 1/2 avocado, sliced lengthways 1/4 red onion, finely sliced 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 6 new potatoes 2 smoked Mackerel fillets Handful of pea shoots Sea salt and black pepper Method 1. Boil new potatoes in hot salted water for 25 minutes, or until soft 2. Meanwhile, place the red onion in a small bowl. Cover with red wine vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt 3. Drain potatoes and assemble salad on the plate. Enjoy!

Shoreditch Grind

Another post, another new London coffee establishment. I welcome Shoreditch Grind. Situated on Old Street roundabout, Shoreditch Grind has a beautiful interior, indoor window seating, rather good coffee and not a bad range of grub. Think indulgent morning pastries, chunky lunch time sandwiches, muffins and cakes to satisfy the sweet tooth. We enjoyed a silky flat white whilst trying to get comfortable on the beautiful but slightly impractical stools. A few things made me think that they were not quite ready for opening. The toilets were ‘under construction’ and there were no proper cups or plates. All food that we ordered was brought over to us in a closed paper bag – a tad unnecessary and wasteful. The honey and almond cake was good without being great, the almond and honey topping deliciously moist but the middle quite dry. The cheese croissant that we shared was gone in 10 seconds flat, very delicious but small. And at £2.95, probably too expensive. Our toasted parma ham and mozzarella baguette was good but I forgot to get …