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  1. Easter eating

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    Its been a busy easter, although I have taken the chance to catch my breath and have a little break, I have been out and about doing this and that. And of course food is generally always involved somewhere be it breakfast at The Coven, we are not veggie but that really doesn't matter with regard to our favourite places to eat, or take a way from Abdul at our local Indian Hamraz.

    This past week I have been spoilt...a night at Formby Golf Resort and Spa. The restuarant produced the most delicious meal...I had the loin of lamb and the other half the beef...both first class. And a meal at Earle in Hale cock au vin and beef again. Was introduced to altrincham burts blue cheese on a salad with figs and pecans...yum! However the star of the week was the cabbage with bacon and crem fresh a la Formby Hall. Recreated it on Sunday for our family easter roast.

    Here is my version

    Savoy cabbage finely shredded.

    knob of butter

    lardons or a couple of chopped rashers of bacon

    clove of garlic crushed

    tub of crem fresh

    Fry the bacon  and garlic until browned, add cabbage and stir fry slightly ( I used a wok, it only takes a minute or two to cook and retains all its nutrients when cooked this way). Add the crem fresh and stir through until hot (quantities dont really matter just add as much as you like!). You could add a grind or two of nutmeg too.





  2. chinese please!

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    The other half is known for his adventurous nature when it comes to food...frogs legs...snails, no problem, but if you had seen his face when reading the menu at Seven Days chinese restaurant in Cambridge it said 'I'm a celebrity get me out of here'

    We were attracted to this particular restaurant because it was busy and full of Chinese people and not just serving.We seldom see Chinese people eating in our prefered oriental eatery at home so thought great it must be relatively authentic. we weren't wrong!

    The menu was...lets say...interesting. Bulls tendons, pigs intestines, black fungus, every possible animal part stir fried, steamed, doused in stock or braised! Now we are not the type of people who hand menus back and leave...there is always something on there we can try and if it is a disaster there is always a bag of chips on the way home. We did find something. He had beef in blackbean...very tame! and I found a prawn, scallop and asparagus dish that was delicious, the sauce described as KO was a little strange, I couldn't identify some of the ingredients and decided (wisely I think) not to ask what the mystery ingredients were. Best not to know. It was lovely though and if you can get past the strangeness of the dishes on offer give it a try when next in Cambridge.


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