Saturday, 16 May 2015

Sea Bass with Coriander and Chilli with Min Frire.

I remember Shelina Permalloo from winning Masterchef 2012, her vibrant, colourful and exotic flavours helped her win one of the most revered cookery show on TV. I've been following her beautiful cookery dishes on her social media channel and when I saw her book on offer at The Works in January, I flicked through it and immediately purchased it. Sunshine On a Plate has been sitting on my book shelf for the last 4 or so months but with me attempting to improve on my cooking, I need to challenge myself with new genres. I will be of course, continuing with my love of Jamaican and Caribbean food, but will expand on other less familiar cuisines to me such as Mauritian, Persian and Korean with the view to share these on my blogs. Now, back to this recipe, the Sea Bass with Coriander and Lime was one of the first recipes I bookmarked. There was something so summery about this fish (if you purchase or own her book you will see the stunning photography) and as the weather gets warmer, I am craving fish and lighter dishes. I tweaked this recipe as I did not have any fresh coriander, but for me it still worked. The sea bass was beautifully cooked, tender and lightly spiced, all the flavour complimented each other. I chose to serve this with Min Frire, a vibrant, fiery and moreish Chinese inspired side dish. Noodles will never be the same. Trust me. 

Sea Bass

Min Frire

Sea Bass and Min Frire.
Recipe for Sea Bass with Min Frire.
Sea Bass with Coriander and Chilli
1 X 1 kg whole sea bass, gutted and scaled
1/2 bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
2 red chillies, finely chopped
1 tbsp cumin seeds, toasted
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt

For the dressing
Juice of 2 limes
1 tsp unrefined light muscovado sugar
1 tsp fish sauce
2 tbsp olive oil

1) Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.
2) Clean the sea bass, wiping it inside and out the kitchen paper. Use a sharp knife to gently score the fish with 3-4 diagonal cuts on both sides. Stuff the inside of the fish with the fresh coriander.
3) Mix together the chillies, cumin seeds, olive oil and  salt and rub this mixture all over the outside of the flesh. Place the fish on a baking tray and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. The skin should crisp up nicely as the fish is not covered.
4) Check if the fish is cooked - the flesh should be opaque and feel firm to the touch. Return to the oven for 5 minutes for necessary.
5) Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Once the fish is cooked, remove the fillets using two spoons and drizzle a little dressing over each portion.

Min Frire
8 Bundles dried egg noodles
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 white cabbage, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp finely chopped garlic chives

1) Cook the dried noodles in boiling water according to the packet instructions, until just cooked or al dente. Drain and toss through with the sesame oil to prevent the noodles from sticking. Set aside.
2) Heat the vegetable oil in a wok, add the garlic and ginger and fry for 1 minutes until fragrant. Add the cabbage and carrots cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent anything from burning at the bottom of the wok.
3) Add the cooked noodles, soy sauce and oyster sauce and stir0fry for another 2 minutes, making sure all the noodles are mixed with the vegetables and have taken on the colour from the soy sauce. Remove from the heat, toss through the garlic chives and serve immediately.


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Foodies Festival Birmingham Ticket Giveaway.

Foodies Festival, the UK largest food and and drink festival is coming to the heart of the Midlands, Canon Hill Park in Birmingham on 15th - 17th May 2015.  I adore outdoor food festivals; the atmosphere, the diversity of cuisines and the different age groups that all have a common love in food. I've seen many photos of Foodies Festivals on social media from the different cities that have hosted the event so I know the city of Birmingham are in for a foodalicious treat. 
Foodies Festival have been established for 10 years and a range of top well-known chefs will be demonstrating scrumptious dishes in live theatres. Foodies Festival is a very reasonable family day out, tickets range from £8 - £13 for a standard ticket depending upon the day chosen, however, those who want to indulge £35 - £38 for VIP tickets (including a glass of bubbly, goody bag, refreshments & masterclasses amongst other goodies), for children under 12, entry is free. Admission to masterclasses and theatres are free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

As stated there are a number of theatres and happenings at Foodies Festival.

  • Chefs Theatre - Ping Coombes, winner of 2014 Masterchef, Glyn Purnell Owner of Michelin Restaurant Purnells and Dhruv Baker, winner of Masterchef 2010 have been confirmed to sharing their culinary expertise on this stage. I am hoping to see all three when I attend the show.
  • Chocolate Cake and Bake Theatre
  • Wine and Champagne Theatre - Highlights including guiding visitors though the best of British champagne and matching food with alcoholic and non alcoholic beers. 
  • Craft and Beer & Spirits Theatre
  • Tasting Theatre - Local experts guide visitors through masterclasses such as "chocolate safari" and "how to sniff chocolate like a rock star".
  • Pop Up Restaurants - some of the regions favourite restaurants will be serving up some their signature treats. 
  • Street Food Avenue - a feasting hub serving a range of hot and cold dishes from countries such as Africa, French, Mexican, Indian, Argentinian, Brazilian, Japanese and Thai. 
  • Children's Cookery Theatre - a Kiddy Cook where little ones can learn basic cooking skills. 
The lovely people at Foodies Festival are offering 3 readers of Food Glorious Food a pair of tickets (one for you and a plus one).  To be in with a chance, please follow the instructions below.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Wing Wah Wolverhampton

I love all you can eat Chinese restaurants. To be honest, I am in love with the explosion of the all you can eat restaurants and there are now quite a few in the city of Wolverhampton. There are numerous all you can eat restaurants in Wolverhampton, something that was not around when I was growing up, if my recollection is correct the first all you can eat Chinese restaurant sprung up in Wolverhampton the early noughties.  Wing Wah restaurant is a firm favourite of mine, it is my nearest Chinese restaurant and regularly visited by my family and friends. I visit Wing Wah around every other month, so I am warning you in advance this review is slightly biased.
 In this economic climate Wing Wah offers fantastic value for money; £11.99 for evening meal per adult and £5.99 per child - bargain. The main reason why I continue to visit is I love the large selection and variety of foods. There are 5 different cuisines which are covered here: Chinese and Oriental, Indian, English and Continental and Mexican  Each cuisine has a variety of starters and mains, there is so much choice so there's no excuse not to try something new. There is also a tepyanki station where you can chose from your favourite meats or fish, choose the sauce and watch the expert chefs cook your noodles to your liking.  When Wing Wah first opened I was addicted and fascinated with the gigantic chocolate fountain which I would eagerly and perhaps childishly stack all the marshmellows on a stick and dunk liberally in the fountain.  My favourite dishes from the Chinese section include  the compulsory crispy duck pancakes, spring rolls and prawn toast. Chinese mains include chicken balls, deep fried squid, stir fried noodles and spare ribs. I thoroughly enjoy the Indian mains which include  chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh and rice. sushi bar, pancakes, desserts. I tend to just pile up my plate with my favourite foods.  My starter included sticky chicken wings, duck pancakes, prawns and sesame prawns on toast.  My main included a selection of my favourite Indian dishes: chicken tikka masala, lamb rogan josh, naan and chickpea curry. My starters and mains were delicious.


Main dish
As I've visited quite a few times, I thought I would share some of my previous visits to Wing Wah.
Selection of food at Wing Wah.

Selection of food at Wing Wah.

Selection of food at Wing Wah.

Pros: Superb value of money, delicious food, convenient locations and friendly staff.
Cons: Can there be any with such delicious food.
Overall: Will definitely visit again!

Wing Wah Chinese Restaurant on Urbanspoon
Disclaimer: I dined as quests of Wing Wah.


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Grand Imperial London Review.

I recently spent time in London which is not something that I do that often, due to a busy weekday schedule and my weekends being taken up with various other commitments. I definitely hope to spend more time in 2014 visiting London, taking pictures of all the famous landmarks and eating out at all the wonderful restaurants, perhaps even a Michelin star restaurant, or perhaps visit a gastropub or visit just one of the many food markets in the city: all would send me into food heaven. I'm quite an organised person so when visiting an unfamiliar city or town or even when I travel on holiday, I would usually have the restaurant that I want to visit in mind and pre-booked.  As I knew I was visiting London, I scoured Groupon for the best deals in London, and Grand Imperial London offered an irresistible deal that was quite difficult to pass up: lobster meal for two, with a side dish plus a glass of champagne all for £38. Although I'm not usually a fan of hotel food (as the portion sizes can be underwhelming), I thought I would take a chance of this barginous offer and wouldn't mind having to order additional side dishes. What also appealed to me is the easy access to the hotel as it's right next to Victoria station which is handy if you have just finished from seeing all the sights and want to find a restaurant quick and easy. The service overall was good, I had to remind one of the waiters that I ordered the Groupon with the champagne included as I thought he forgot but he promptly brought this out after I mentioned it. I think there were quite a few people who were also dining out on this deal as I saw several lobster platters going to different tables.

I have never had lobster Cantonese style before, as I usually eat lobster when I visit the Caribbean, due to lobster being very expensive within the UK. In my mind I remembered eating lobster in Jamaica where it was boiled with no additional sauce and the lobster meat was very tender and succulent. With my only experience of eating lobster being in the Caribbean I was surprised that the lobster was cooked in a mild ginger and spring onion sauce, which complimented the tender texture of the lobster meat: the ginger added a fiery kick to my taste buds which I could taste with every mouthful and the spring onion added a complimentary flavour. I chose a side dish of steamed rice and a braised glass noddle and vermicelli ( I paid for the second side dish separately) which helped not only to complete the meal but to also soak up the flavours, as the lobster was quite rich, and also because I love carbs.


Would I return here again? Yes, the service was good, the food was beautifully presented, tasted delicious and I experienced a new flavour combination. I would only, however, visit Grand Imperial London  on a Groupon or special deal, as the meal was half price, I wouldn't want to justify spending £76 (or £36 each) on this dish.

I reviewed this restaurant because I love good food and am addicted to eating out.

Grand Imperial on Urbanspoon Square Meal xxx
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