Birthday Decadence at The Silk Restaurant London

What better way to celebrate a birthday than at a Michelin-recommended restaurant in Central London? I was lucky enough to visit The Silk Restaurant at 5 Star Courthouse Hotel on my birthday with Mr WFD and enjoyed a delectable Three Course meal with champagne.  Set in an iconic courtroom when the Hotel used to be The Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court, the restaurant has maintained most of its original features. The menu is influenced by the historic silk route and infuses cuisines from across East Asia. Inspired by Indian, Thai and Chinese flavours every dish manages to bring the Silk Route to life.

I chose Tiger prawns tossed with pineapple and spices, which came in a generously sized portion. The rich spices and sweet kick from the pineapple brought the juicy tiger prawns to life. It was perfect combination of flavours which I thoroughly enjoyed. I had a taste of Mr WFD’s Pan Seared Scallops with artichoke and strawberries and the scallops were perfectly tender, with an almost melt in your mouth texture.

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Tiger Prawns

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Seared Scallops

 

For my main course I went for Grilled Duck Breast served with Kumquats, Puy Lentils and sweet potato mash, whilst Mr WFD had mustard crusted tiger prawns with cous cous & grilled vegetables. Although I enjoyed the duck breast I think I was suffering from food envy. Mr WFD’s prawns were HUGE and when I had a taste my food envy was definitely justified, they were succulent and full of flavour. The sweet potato mash were a perfect match with the duck and the puy lentils ensured that the meal was not to heavy.

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Grilled Duck Breast

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Mustard crusted tiger prawns

By the time dessert arrived I was already pretty full but I’m not a quitter so I went for Chocotale aur jelly, Lemongrass infused chocolate mousse with rose chilli jelly whilst Mr WFD had Peru Delice, Guava flavoured pastry cream. We could’t really taste the guava but it was a satisfying dessert. The mousse was a bit too rich for my taste but it was a lovely end to what was a great dining experience. I cannot recommend The Silk Restaurant enough, it really was a wonderful meal, the perfect place to spend my birthday.

Chocolate mousee

Chocolate mousse

Perfect for:

  • Special occasions
  • Romantic meals

Visit http://www.courthouse-hotel.com/restaurant-bar/silk/

Top 10 Foodie Reasons to Visit Lanzarote

I recently went on a pre-birthday holiday to the beautiful Island of Lanzarote in The Canary Islands with a wonderful friend of mine. Here are just a few reasons why I loved the Island and why I would recommend foodies to go and visit it!

1. I stayed at the gorgeous Villa Natalia. Its a self-catering villa with all mod-cons, it sleeps 12 people and has a heated pool. It’s a stones throw away from Playa Blanca and The Montana Roja volcano. Aside from being great value for money it is wonderfully located with fabulous facilities.

Villa Natalia http://www.lanza-villa.com/

Villa Natalia
http://www.lanza-villa.com/

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Gorgeous!

2. Drinking a pint of ice cold lager with a view of the sea is truly something special! I didn’t even bother to get the name of the lager. It was good though!

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Ice cold lager

3. Seafood galore! I had various seafood dishes…alas I was so excited that I forgot to get the name of most of the actual types of fish! But trust me they tasted just as good as they looked.

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4. Spanish food is delicious (if you go to the right places). We had an absolutely scrumptious black rice seafood paella dish in Lanzarote. It was one of the best Spanish meals we had and it was at The Brisa Marina Restaurant. My rule is the bigger the menu of a restaurant the higher the probability is that they food will be just average. Overall though we ate well and enjoyed most of the authentic food we ate.

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Paella

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Black rice

5. Post dinner liquor – Honey Rum, Peach Schnapps, Strawberry Cava…you name it we drank it after most of our meals and we loved it! They were complimentary too!

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Pink peach schnapps

6. The tour of Cueva de Los Verdes was impressive and great value! They have summer supper clubs as well as concerts in the cave so if you’re lucky you can be eating beneath a volcano. it really is a spectacular tour.

Cueva de los verdes

Cueva de los verdes

7. Dinner is nice but dessert can be glorious! We didn’t always have dessert at the restaurants we ate at, opting instead to go to dedicated dessert bars. This is a yummy apple pie with ice cream that I devoured on an especially hot day at Yum Yums Dessert Bar along The Playa Blanca boardwalk!

Apple pie

Apple pie

8. No ordinary snacks. On the rare occasion that we had a snack we didn’t quite go local but we went large! I was craving chicken wings and these wings served up at Asia Restaurant were drenched in honey, a bit too much honey for me but still a good snack.

Honey chicken wings

Honey chicken wings

9. Pack a picnic and climb a Volcano. We climbed the Montana Roja volcano and teh views of the island were breath-taking. We didn’t pack a picnic but if we had it would have been perfect!

Montana Roja

Montana Roja

10. I found the perfect steak or 2. We discovered El Argentino, an Argentinian restaurant in Playa Blanca and the only restaurant we ate at more than once. I had the most amazing beef ribs and Centro de Entraña (Hanger steak) which I have to say were some of the best cuts of meat I have ever had! The beef ribs were perfectly barbequed and the fat on the bone was just perfect! The Hanger steak was cooked to perfection, I had mine medium and it was a melt in the mouth cut of steak.

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Centro de Entrana

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Cheese stuffed peppers

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Beef ribs

If you ever feel the urge to visit the Canary Islands, make sure that you head down to Lanzarote! It really is a great destination and as you can see you won’t go hungry.

Visit Villa Natalia’s Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/VillaNataliaPlayaBlanca

Secret Sausages For Breakfast

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a proud meat eater…I really do adore a good rib-eye steak. But once in a while, I like to have a meatless day; I’ve recently started doing Meatless Mondays (when I can remember) and I actually enjoy finding new creative vegetarian recipes to try. I have a good friend who is a vegan and although initially wondering if I would have to stage an intervention I soon realised that not eating meat is NOT such a bad thing afterall, it’s actually rather good for you. So I was delighted when the team at Secret Sausages sent me a couple of packs of their vegetarian sausages to try.

Chilli and Coriander

Chilli and Coriander Secret Sausages

I was sent Chilli and Coriander and Cumberland sausages and couldn’t wait to have them for an alternative full English breakfast. I decided to share my  Chilli and Coriander sausages with Mr WFD (he always seems to be around when I have yummy new foods to try *sigh*) and popped them under the grill. They came out looking perfect! I forgot to lightly coat them with oil, despite reading the instructions, which meant they weren’t as crispy as they should have been. The sausages are filled to the brim with vegetables and the unique rice and seaweed casing means that they look and cook just like a traditional sausage! Of course they taste nothing like meat, and rightly so, I don’t like “pretend” meat or anything which tries to taste like meat in my food. There was not nearly enough of a chilli kick for me, but I’m as you know I could pretty much eat a whole scotch bonnet pepper so it’s probably a good thing that it was milder than I was expecting. I’m saving my Cumberland sausages for another big breakfast day.

Even though these sausages are “vegetables in disguise” they taste as healthy as the list of ingredients suggest so the “secret” is out! They are a great alternative to meat and even though I don’t have kids, I would say that this is a great (if not a little sneaky) way of getting kids to eat more vegetables. I love the fact that they’re so healthy too, I’m not the biggest fan of breakfast, if I had my way I would eat a full English every day and actually with these I might be able to! They are gluten free, have less fat and less salt then meat sausages. The packaging, in my opinion is awesome too, just thought I’d mention that!

Get yourself some Secret Sausages for breakfast or for lunch or even for dinner.

www.secret-sausages.com

@vegindisguise

Chilli and Coriander