All posts tagged: prawns

Is it baked? Yes, well, we bake it first, then microwave it.

Good Grief. Ok, I am going to share this tale with you. On the way back from Lincoln to Nottingham yesterday, I persuaded the husband to stop off at The Friendly Farmer on the A46 just before Newark. I say persuaded as he was rather sceptical about a cafe cum farm shop on a major roundabout next to a dual carriageway. But is was lunchtime and we were starving. We parked up and things were not altogether promising. The whole prospect was slightly shabby. A group was sat smoking at a picnic table at the front of the shop right by the entrance (smoke away by all means, but it isn’t the best welcome for a non-smoker looking for lunch), the front doors are distinctly grubby and in need of a serious spruce up and a coat of paint. Inside the large space is part cafe and then a sort of higgedly piggedly mix of farm shop and butcher. We walked up to the counter, which had an array of bain maries keeping food warm …

Poke at Black Roe, Mayfair

Well, I won a Twitter competition. I have won a few things on Twitter, a couple of books, some vouchers. This time I won the opportunity to join Black Roe in London’s Mayfair for a tasting evening. So, here’s the thing, I wasn’t able to attend on the evening due to a family illness so I thanked Black Roe and suggested they offer the prize to someone else. They didn’t take me up on that but instead offered us a complementary meal in April. And so it was that we headed to London last week for a bit of shopping, to check out my Daughter’s work placement, mooch around Borough Market and enjoy lunch at Black Roe. A big, big, thankyou to Black Roe for generously extending the prize to include all 3 of us. Black Roe is a Poke restaurant (no, I didn’t know either…. it is pronounced “pokey” btw). Poke is a traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad and Black Roe has its own dedicated Poke bar where the chef prepares the fish from …

A new local Indian, bit of vertigo and no vigorous head-nodding please.

So last week we went local. We rarely eat out on our doorstep….but I am going to go with this because, well, I feel this place should succeed….but… There is an interesting-looking new local Indian Restaurant, Agra Cottage which seemed to promise a quality sit-down meal in a nice quirky old cottage setting in the heart of a South Nottinghamshire village. It has not been open long and we decided to take a punt. Firstly the place is miniscule, with just 4 tables downstairs which share a space with the reception/counter/takeaway desk, and the kitchen open to the rear. There is a narrow and very steep old staircase to the first floor where the loos are and two side rooms with additional tables. I really wouldn’t want to navigate these stairs in high-heels or indeed after a drink. Fortunately, as the place is not yet licensed (although you can bring your own) there was no danger of that. It is, though, beautifully decorated and modern. With only 4 tables downstairs you are very close to …