Thursday, 22 November 2012

Cheese tasting to impress Neal's Yard Dairy.

So I applied for a Christmas job at Neal's Yard Dairy because any of you who know me know that cheese is one of the loves of my life. Also I was having a crisis about my future... So anyway, I got an interview and decided that the best way to prepare was to hit the Waitrose cheese counter hard and sample as many new cheeses as seemed vaguely reasonable. I tried a goat's cheddar, a hard ewes cheese, an orange Stilton (effectively), and a crazy gooey smelly Irish creation. The ewes cheese was by far the best (right) called Swaledale if anyone is curious and wants to challenge my judgement. It was however the most expensive, I realised afterwards. Sad face. Oh well. I had a happy twenty or so minutes sat at my desk having googled how to cheese taste and trying to remember to 'breath out when swallowing' and sniffing each piece before I put it in my mouth to trying to 'free associate'. Anyway, I went to the interview and now have a trial shift next week so cross your fingers for me in borrowed white wellies and overalls...
The names of the cheeses were Irish Ardrahan (the long thin gooey one), Cropwell Bishop from Shropshire (orange stilton, a bit salty for me), Swaledale Ewes Cheese from Yorkshire (pale with a thick rind, bottom left), and Quicke's Goat's Cheddar (top left).

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Best Pizza in Liverpool + How To Rejuvenate Leftover Pizza

Is this the best pizza in Liverpool? I think so. American Pizza Slice have hit my holy pizza grail - posh ingredients, takeaway style. AND their 18" pizza can be split into up to eight flavours. Alun and I got pepperoni (the best I've ever tasted considering I don't really like it), goat's cheese and roasted vegetables, four cheeses, red onion and gorgonzola. Oh my freaking god so gooooood. And the base was perfect. Crispy but not to the extent that it crackles and doughy but not to the point that you feel like you're eating a sponge. So, uh, yeh. You should totally try American Pizza Slice if ever feel pizza cravings in Liverpool. Also, it tastes even better the next morning dry-fried. If you haven't heard of this, get on the bandwagon with my instructions below.

How to make manky leftover pizza amazing again.

You will need:
- a frying pan - a lid for the pan or some tin foil - leftover slightly congealed pizza from the night before (or the night before that)

Step by Step:
1. Put pizza in dry pan - no oil equals crispy base
2. Cover pan with lid or foil
3. Turn on medium-ish heat until the cheese is melted and the bottom crispy
4. Enjoy pizza that might just taste better than the night before

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Essay comfort food

A trip to Chinatown today sees me stocked up on noodles and other tasty things so tonight I fry up some of the udon noodles I bought with big sweet chilies, spring onion, fried aubergine and chestnut mushrooms. Ginger and garlic fried in sesame oil and the star anise I added to the boiling noodles make this a hot tangy comfort meal to get me through my Medieval Hindu Art essay for Monday.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Look what I found!

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Tiny masterpieces painted onto gum stuck to pavements. I didn't even know about this until I found one and a friend explained what it was. I found this video of the artist Ben Wilson at work. Finding things like this makes me smile and love London a little more. I found this one in an alley leading to Mason's Yard, near St James' Square. Let me know if you find any more - keep your eyes peeled!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

London colours - Autumn

Autumn is still here, I don't want winter yet! London is bright with colour when the sun shines at the moment. Brief moments of watery light shining through the few leaves remaining on the trees and into my bedroom.