Tom’s Kitchen Earth Hour Dinner

A couple days ago I attended an WWF Earth Hour Dinner at Tom’s Kitchen in Somerset House. Tom Aikens created a menu specifically for the night. Tom based his menu for the night based on the Six simple Live Well Rules set by WWF.

1) Eat more plants – enjoy vegetables and whole grains!

2) Eat a variety of foods – have a colourful plate!

3) Waste less food – one third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted.

4) Moderate your meat consumption, both red and white – enjoy other sources of proteins such as peas, beans and nuts.

5) Buy food that meet a credible certified standard – consider MSC, free-range and fair trade.

6) Eat fewer foods high in fat, salt and sugar – keep foods such as cakes, sweets and chocolate as well as cured meat, fries and crisps to an occasional treat. Choose water, avoid sugary drinks and remember that juices only count as one of your 5-a-day however much you drink.

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As starters we were treated to Honey Mustard Glazed Sausages with Rosemary. They were delicious and had to control how many I took as I hadn’t even got to the main course yet.

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 The other starter was a Toasted Brioche, Aubergine Caviar with Red Onion Jam. This also was delicious and made Aubergine taste great as I’m not a huge fan of Aubergine.

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We then had a demonstration on one of the main courses by Head Chef Richard as Tom Aikens, the founder of Tom’s Kitchen was unable to attend. Richard cooked the Pearl Barley Risotto, with Basil & Grated Cauliflower. Really simple to make and Richard recommended using Barley instead of risotto rice as it’s cheaper and provides more nutritional benefits.

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We then enjoyed a candlelit dinner with battery-powered tea lights to prepare us for the Earth Hour and inspire us to do so during the Earth Hour.

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 The other main course which I had was the Mackerel Fillets with Apple & Potato Salad. This was a nice, filling salad which was healthy and delicious.

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Lastly, for dessert we had Marmalade Bread and Butter Pudding with Bread and Butter Pudding Ice Cream. Instead of using regular bread, they used Brioche and Croissants. It was sweet and creamy and the perfect finish to the evening.

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Don’t forget to do your part whether it be holding a candlelit dinner with friends or simply just turning your lights off this Saturday the 28th of March at 8.30pm  . And be sure to look out for famous landmarks such as the London Eye, and Big Ben who will be switching off their lights for WWF Earth Hour.

Adeola x

Novikov Restaurant Review

I recently dined with fellow Blogger Abimarvel at the Novikov Restaurant in Mayfair. The restaurant is split into two. There is an Asian Restaurant and an Italian Restaurant. We ate at the Asian Restaurant.

The manager of Novikov gave us a tour of the resturant and showed us the Resuarant’s Market. Within this market there were different fruits, vegetables and fresh seafood. You could pick anything you like and they would create a meal from the ingredients you chose.

We then decided what we were going to have meals from the menu. The manager recommended that we should have the black cod spring rolls with a mango sauce for a starter. We thought why not and so tried it and instantly knew why he recommended it. It was a very unique combination but worked so well together.

The Manager came over and told us the chef had made us raw seafood platter just for us which was extremely generous of him. We had no idea what to expect as all I really heard were the words ‘Raw’ and ‘Seafood’, which I had never tried so got a little bit nervous as I had no idea what to expect. A plate of raw scallops arrived and so we thought that was the platter. The actual platter arrived and it was huge. It looked very pretty and so was hoping it would taste good. We would try different things to make sure we tried everything and give each other feedback on each .Some were delicious.  And some were well interesting. I was surprised to find that caviar is actually delicious. It was definitely a very interesting and new experience for us.

We then decided what we were going to eat. Abi ordered the Roast Half Duck. She had the duck with Special Pork Char Sui fried rice.

I had Scottish diver scallops with yuzu mayonnaise & crispy lemon grass.

For Dessert Abimarvel had pineapple ravioli for dessert. I know ‘Pineapple Ravioli’. I didn’t know such a thing existed. It was delicious though and had a berry centre. On top was a scoop of berry sorbet.

Here’s the menu! Take a look!

I would definitely recommend you going to this restaurant. Here is the info.

50a Berkeley Street
Mayfair, London
W1J 8HA

T: +44 (0) 207 399 4330

email: info@novikovrestaurant.co.uk

Website: Novikov

Picture Credit- Abimarvel

Adeola x

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Pizza Express Restaurant Review

My Mum, Little Sister and I went to Pizza Express in the  Birmingham Bullring Shopping Centre for lunch. It was all going well until my little sister received her pizza and found out it was burnt and mine was also burnt but I didn’t realise until I ate about a quarter of it.

My Mum decided to get the Mare E Monti which is Pizza Expresses Leggera Pizza which is when they take the middle of the pizza out and fill it with salad. It costs £9.45. It also contains about 500 calories. The toppings on this pizza is King prawns, mushrooms, red onions, olives, light mozzarella and Cajun spices.

 

My Little Sister had a Pepperoni Pizza which was 1 of the three food items she got with her children’s meal which cost £6.25. She also got a starter which was garlic dough balls and she also got a drink which was Gü Hot Chocolate which is steamed milk with Gü Chocolate. Her pizza was burnt, so we asked for them to get another one.

 
 
 
 
 

I also had a Leggera Pizza but mine was Margherita Leggera which costs £8.50. It has Light mozzarella, santos tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic and basil leaves. A piece of my Pizza was burnt but I didn’t notice it until I had eaten about a quarter of it.

Overall the experience was good and the service was also good. I’ll definitely go to Pizza Express again but maybe not the Birmingham one only because I have one closer to where I live. There is nothing wrong with the Birmingham Pizza Express, so don’t let me stop you going there. The address is-

Level 7 & 9 Bullring
Birmingham
B5 4BU

Tel: 0121 643 7209

Adeola x

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Sketch Restaurant Experience

A few nights ago I dined at the Sketch Gallery Restaurant with fellow blogger Abimarvel . It was an amazing restaurant which I was extremely excited for. It has to be one of the best and most different restaurants I have ever been too. I walked into the Gallery and I instantly loved the place because of its simplicity and peculiar interior. From its projected animated walls to it’s sofa’s that make you feel at home. The projected walls feature upcoming designers and artists. The menu was designed by French Chef Pierre Gagnaire which included Organic Salmon with Mussels Cream and Lamb with Green Mango and Paris Mushrooms.

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