Well, at last we managed to get a table at The Dark Horse. We were going to have an aperitif in the bar area but my moth phobic daughter would not sit next to the display of moths and butterflies in the glass case, so we headed straight for the table instead. The menu includes many restaurant classics and I tried the scallops with pea puree which were very good. The vegetarian main course was a cabbage roulade stuffed with goats cheese and butternut squash. It was also good, but we all agreed that the starters were better than the main courses. The house wine is an aquired taste but the mint tea arrives made with fresh mint which deserves a mention. Well worth a visit if you can find it.
Great to see the slightly hippy, bohemian Rainbow Cafe in Cambridge is still going strong. It was one of East Anglia's first vegetarian restaurants and opened in the 1980's. Lunch yesterday was Gado Gado ( the picture does not really do it justice) resh seasonal vegetables stir fried and served Indonesian style with turmeric brown rice and side dishes of peanut sauce, plum sauce and tamari added an extra punch of flavour. What a fantastic menu of interesting vegetarian world food. I fancy the Vegan Artichoke Parcel next time.
Dissappointing Thai food at The Beehive, Horringer, sadly spoiled by the heavy handed use of palm sugar in all of the dishes sampled. The subtle flavours of sour, salt, spice with a hint of sweetness usually associated with Thai food were totally overwhelmed. Pad Thai was so sweet that my daughter said that it reminded her of a bowl of Sugar Puffs. The Ocean Fire pictured was a mixture of fish with coconut cream and some green curry herbs and spices and the coconut rice could have been served as a dessert.
Maison Bleu are running their month in Provence special menu, which is very good value at £29.95 for three courses; the restaurant in Bury St Edmunds specialises in fish dishes. Granny took the suffolkfoodie offspring for dinner and this is what they said...
"A very good choice with at least six options for each course. Yummy food with all courses being beautifully presented and delicious."
" The staff were friendly, chatty and responsive - they all had personality"
Pictured here are the Sardine and Mackerel Rillettes, with shallots, parsley and capers and toasted bread.
Life is hectic and yesterday when I was exhausted from gardening I had a sudden urge to go inside and make drop scones. I just love that moment when the batter creates bubbles as it cooks. I think if they could talk they would be saying "turn me over now". Here is the recipe:
200g plain flour
1.5 teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 large egg
about 250ml milk
Sieve the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg and half the milk. Beat or whisk until smooth, adding the rest of the milk to make a thick batter. Heat a frying pan and drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the greased surface. Wait a minute or two for the bubbles and turn over. Cook for a further two minutes. Keep them warm and serve with butter and jam, golden syrup or honey.
We like pies at suffolkfoodie and are rooting for the eccentric Tom to win The Apprentice. MyPy, what a great idea..... and thinking of the classic Suffolk pie; Who would you name one after?
Suffolkfoodie followers, The Sparkes family, sent in this report following a very good meal at The Bistro on the Quay. Coeliac readers, give it a try and see if you agree.
This restaurant is a great example of how to get it right, from the cheerful attentive service to the beautifully presented and delicious freshly prepared food. I am a coeliac and also have some intolerance to dairy products. As soon as this was conveyed to the waiter he asked if I would like the chef to compose a separate menu just for me. Nothing is too much trouble. Such a change from the usual blank looks of ‘oh not another fussy eater’ that I normally get. A real range of starters, mains and desserts, it was hard to choose.
Recommendations - Bang Bang Chicken with peanut sauce, Grilled Sea Bass and the Grilled Thai Chicken breast. Must try - Samphire, I had never had it before. And Creme Brulee for dessert.
Yes, it is more expensive than your average pub, but then you are getting very high quality food, beautifully cooked and in a light and friendly atmosphere where you are made to feel that your custom is valued. I am going back to try the rest of the menu.
Yesterday we headed off to the community event held by USAF Lakenheath to celebrate July 4th. They sure know how to hold an event and cook for the thousands of visitors attending. Not a commercial food outlet in sight, but an amazing selection of foods prepared to raise funds for the various organisations that exist on the base. We ate corn dogs, hot and spicy chicken wings with carrot and celery sticks, smoked brisket with fried pickles, kebab combo of chicken and beef kebabs with corn on the cob and funnel cake with cinnamon sugar. These guys pictured made us chicken fajitas with sour cream and tomato salsa. It was a great family day out with an amazing firework finale. The food just kept on coming, ooh, and yes, there was Aspalls cider in the beer tent.
Suffolkfoodie has gone off to Barbuda in the Caribbean for six weeks ( to visit her family) InspectorX and veggieplot have been left to man the computer. Here is the first picture that suffolkfoodie sent from Antigua. It didn't take her long to look for food!
Why not hold a Marie Curie Tea Party? My friend Margaret held one yesterday for her 50th birthday party. We made sandwiches, cakes, cookies, scones, muffins, pimms, pots of tea and also enjoyed strawberries and cream. The party went on until 9pm after a great afternoon of catching up with old friends. Margaret raised £200. Well done and Happy Birthday Margaret!