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a food journal

Friday, 16 December 2016

5 Things & 3 More


5 happy things from the last 5 days:

1. Leftover pear & chocolate crumble.
2. Watching the Nets win!
3. Fine & Raw chocolate treats.
4. A hot, hot shower after a long, cold run.
5. Thursday night margarita.

3 things to read over the weekend:

1. The pineapple obsession continues with this pink one.
3. Once my current therapuetic needlework project is done, I think I should try this supersize version.

Have a beautiful, festive weekend friends!

X

Monday, 12 December 2016

The City Bakery's Hot Chocolate


As soon as the temperature drops in NYC, the line at City Bakery grows. All for one very good reason: the hot chocolate. Often voted the best in the city (I haven't tried enough other places to confirm this), on a cold, snowy December day, the queue snakes round the counter, and the man whizzing up the hot chocolate to order is getting messier and more hectic as the bundled up customers continue to stream in.



Never order anything bigger than a small — you really won't be able to finish it. And always pay the extra dollars for the marshmallow. It may seem excessive to pay that much for some spongey sugar to sit on top of your liquid chocolate, but it's totally not. The chocolate is rich, sweet, thick, and luxuriously smooth. The icing sugar coated marshmallow floats like the lightest, fluffiest snowball on the dense drink. It melts slowly, quickly covering you in a light dusting of sugar, and testing your hot chocolate drinking abilities as you try to eat it and drink the molten chocolate on the New York streets. On a cold East Coast winter day, this hot chocolate really is the best medicine.

The City Bakery, 3 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

Sunday, 11 December 2016

5 Things & 3 More


5 happy things from the last 5 working days:

1. Watching the Nets win! Finally!
2. Spicy, citrus-y curry laksa.
3. Early nights.
4. Walking through the Christmas trees on the sidewalk.
5. A new spoon sweater. 

3 things to read this Sunday evening:

1. Listen to (and read) this Garance Doré podcast for some women-in-food inspiration.
2. I'm assuming the Twin Peaks cookbook will make an appearance somewhere under this year's Christmas tree. 
3. Must bake this beautiful poached pear gingerbread cake very soon.

Sunken Hundred


Restaurants on Smith Street seem to either open and fizzle out into nothingness in under 5 minutes, or they open and are wildly popular and will be there for the forever future. Despite opening as the first 'Welsh' restaurant anyone in Brooklyn has ever heard of, Sunken Hundred has, since its first day of service earlier this year, managed to achieve the latter status. At 6.30 on a Friday it was already bustling, drinks were being poured, and food was whizzing out the kitchen.


And no, before you ask, the menu isn't just Welsh Rarebit, Glamorgan sausage, and Bara Brith (although they do make an appearance). It's filled with seafood, seaweed-tainted dishes, and warming (necessary both here and in the Welsh countryside), seasonal, vegetable-rich sides and salads. With a drinks order in (one huge glass of red wine, one beer, and one dark rye cocktail), we picked out all the non-shellfish foods on the menu (B is supposedly 'allergic'), and watched them all steadily appear on our table over the evening.


Croquettes were crisp and fishy and perfect dipped in a mustard sauce. Fish churros (described as the most 'Instagram-able' dish on the menu, so obviously we were sold) were genius: all the flavors and textures you want from classic fish and chips in one fried mouthful. A lamb pasty was how pasties should be, with crisp pastry and a flavorful interior — a far cry from the pasty scent which fills most British train stations. The squid was pretty and sweet, while the mushroom salad was earthy and autumnal, and the ffagodau (meatballs on minty peas) are what I'll be eating for the rest of winter


And obviously we ended with pan fried Bara Brith with rum and walnut ice cream. Twice. Because when a group of runners go out together, one dessert between three is simply not enough.


Sunken Hundred strikes the perfect balance between curated, carefully crafted food, comforting, homey dishes, a warm, welcoming atmosphere, and prices that mean this really can become a neighborhood local. 

Sunken Hundred, 276 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Saturday, 3 December 2016

5 Things & 3 More


5 happy things from the last 5 days:

1. Snuggly jumper.
2. Butternut squash risotto.
3. New music.
4. Misty mornings in the park.
5. Weeknight negroni.

3 things to read this weekend:

1. Meditating while washing up is something I can get on board with.
2. Apparently Nestlé has invented a magical kind of sugar. It doesn't sound wise to me, but maybe I'm being to cynical.
3. Tokyo in the snow is so beautiful.

Rest well friends!

X

Friday, 2 December 2016

Marzipan & Sea Salt Mandel Bread


With advent calendars being opened every morning, a scarf wrapped round my neck every single day, and the evenings getting more and more depressingly dark, it's high time to embrace the holiday festivities. Whether this means Champagne and party dresses, mulled wine and mince pies, or bobble hats and blankets is up to you... But to me, it means an imminent trip home, hiding inside with a glass of wine every evening, and an endless supply of biscuits. Or cookies. Depending on what side of the ocean you're on. And Molly Yeh's mandel bread is just the ticket.

This biscotti-style treat is filled with chunks of marzipan and dark chocolate, sprinkled with sea salt, and cooked until crisp, with the slightest hint of softness in the center. Obviously brightly colored sprinkles are optional, unless you're me. And as an extra incentive to get in the kitchen, these sweet treats would make the best gift, whether it's for your host, your sister, or a little thank you to yourself. Let's get baking!

You can find the recipe here. And if you haven't got Molly Yeh's book yet, add it to your Christmas list now.
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