All posts tagged: truffles

Truffle infused eggs & apple curd, simple pleasures at Crimson Tree.

Heading back to Nottingham’s Mansfield Road for breakfast found us in the recently relocated Crimson Tree. Mansfield Rd has got to be one of Nottingham’s ‘go to’ destinations for breakfast/brunch now, with the superb Bakehouse and Crimson Tree within spitting distance of each other and both offering some seriously great food.   You can’t miss the Crimson Tree’s stunningly decorated pillars which frame the door (I know, I know, crap photo 🙄) and on the bright and sunny Autumn morning we visited the sun shone through the large windows, creating a bright and cheery interior.   The walls of the Crimson Tree are covered from floor to ceiling with Arabic style tiles and with the great baked goods on display, the welcoming bar as you enter, the rustic furniture, and friendly staff, we’d found anther gem.   With daily specials, interesting and eclectic dishes with unusual combinations that make for something of an eating adventure and tea served in pretty vintage crockery, I’d struggle to fault this place, and, as you know, I’m a bit …

Springtime, Easter & Chocolate, what’s not to like?

The daffodils are out, blossom buds are appearing on the Flowering Cherry trees in the garden and Easter is coming…..one of my favourite holidays. Lamb will be on the menu, along with….chocolate …..of course. Apparently people have been enjoying chocolate for over 4000 years and rumour has it that the 16th Century Aztec Emperor Montezuma drank around 3 gallons a day of liquid chocolate as he believed the bitter beverage to be an aphrodisiac.. I can’t claim that these recipes will turn you on 🙈 but NG Magazines asked me to share some simple delicious chocolate recipes for Easter and here they are. Seriously Easy Chocolate Truffles This recipe makes a lot of Truffles (about 60), you can halve the ingredients if you prefer, or make loads, vary the flavourings and coatings and give as a special gift. 200g Cream Cheese, softened 350g icing sugar, sifted 500g plain chocolate (melted slowly in a heat-proof bowl over simmering hot water) 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla essence Beat cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in …

More freezer gems

Another food festival find was recovered from the bottom of my freezer this week. Creamy Black Truffle sauce from The Sauce Queen. I usually make my own sauces (natch 🙄) but was tempted to buy a couple of these after tasting samples at the food fair (you see, suppliers….it is worth offering free samples…..so bloody annoying when suppliers pitch up but resent giving a free taste of the product). There is still another lurking somewhere so I will need to dig it out. Anyway, the sauce seemed to have suffered no harm nestled in ice at the bottom of the freezer for 4 months and we had it with the husband’s “go to” supper, steak and chips with petit pois (the container also suggests the sauce can be poured  over pasta). Let me just say that if you don’t like truffle then this sauce is not for you. I bunged  a few sautéed mushrooms in the sauce thinking it might have just a hint of truffle and might need a bit of help. I was wrong. …

Faith Restored in Tapas at Revolucion de Cuba’s Cantina

After the rum, salsa and mojito-fuelled opening night of one of Nottingham’s newest venues (and my current fave) we returned to Revolucion for some food. Given how much we had enjoyed the opening night, this place had something to live up to on the food front. To be fair, though, it was a seriously driech January day that we ventured en famille to town for a leisurely lunch and it wouldn’t have taken much for a place that offered food, drink and warmth to beat being outside. I’m always a bit sceptical about Tapas in the UK. I have had too many poor or mediocre offerings and so often the squid is chewy (my pet hate, dear reader as you probably know by now), there is usually some over-dry preserved meat claiming to be a Spanish Sausage, rubbery prawns and that overworked bowl of square chips and spicy ketchup, the much offended against Patatas Bravas (I never order these now, life is too short). Still, we needn’t have worried. Revolucion de Cuba served up the …