It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe that hasn’t involved sugar, butter, eggs & flour and I thought I’d share a dish that will hopefully bring you a little bit of summer back – which if tonights English weather is anything to go by is well and truly over!
So I finally made the big move to London this weekend! I start my new job properly this week after spending 4 weeks on placement in two Tesco stores. With everything that has been in the news about Tesco recently I’m intrigued to see what the atmosphere will be like in Head Office but I’m 100% sure that it’s the right place for me and whilst I’m feeling slightly daunted by the challenge that I’ve got ahead of me I can’t help but feel excited about it all too!
I’d not even been in the city for 24 hours before I’d ticked off two places I’ve been wanted to eat at for what seems like forever: La Bodega Negra (Cafe) and Beigel Bake. La Bodega Negra Cafe is a buzzing little restaurant that’s got a great atmosphere and an even better cocktail menu. Whilst waiting for a seat (there isn’t a massive amount of tables so more often than not you are warned there will be a wait) I enjoyed a ‘Watermelon Lush’ that got me crazy excited about the food we were yet to enjoy. A starter of black bean dip with corn chips helped tide us over whilst we waited for our mains to arrive; soft shell crab burger for me and chorizo quesadillas for the boy. My burger was delish and the quesadilla I stole a bite of was equally as tasty, we were both seriously impressed with everything we ate. All in all it was a pricey dinner (£43 for one starter, two mains and two drinks) but a gorgeous one and I would recommend a visit there if you want a quick dinner that won’t disappoint.
Walking down Brick Lane on a Sunday lunch time sent my senses into overdrive. Literally every metre saw a different food stall selling some kind of international and amazing smelling dishes I’d never heard of and holding out for this long-standing Jewish bakery (which is right at the end of the road) took a lot of willpower. When we saw the queue out of the door though we knew the wait was going to be worth it and boy were we right. I went for smoked salmon and cream cheese (bargain at £1.60) and Richard went for the famous salted beef (priced at £3.70) and we were both very happy bunnies when it came to digging in.
As well as all the beigels on offer, you can get some of the cheapest sweet treats I’ve seen down in London here and a return visit is definitely on the cards so I can start working my way through those! This place is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and I cannot wait for my next east end night out so I can pop in en route home to pick up a nutella beigel (yes I have already planned my post-night out drunken munchies and what…)!
Anyway, this is something I like to cook up when I’m feeling like a big hearty dinner that isn’t so heavy on the waistline. I absolutely love roasted veg and think it’s a fab way of cramming extra goodness into your diet without feeling like you’re trying hard to be healthy. To be honest, any fish will work; although I use river cobbler the most (because of its low price) salmon and cod work just as well.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
1 Fresh River Cobbler fillet (or any other white fish fillet)
Selection of Vegetables, cut into 1inch chunks (I use courgettes, carrots, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, red, yellow & green peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, onion and garlic)
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper, to season
* Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F
Cut the vegetables into chunks and add to large roasting dish. Drizzle the olive oil over the veg and sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss everything together.
Place in the centre of the oven and leave to roast for 15 minutes.
After these 15 minutes, remove the dish from the oven and place the fish on top of the veg, seasoning with salt and pepper before returning to the oven for another 15 minutes.
Once the fish is cooked and is opaque throughout, remove from the oven, transfer to a plate and enjoy – talk about easy!