Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Wasabisabi's 7th Birthday Party!

Last night I attended Wasabisabi's 7
th birthday party, and what a great night it was!

I saw many familiar faces, and lots of new ones including Claire from the blog “Love to live to eat”.
It's always nice to meet fellow bloggers.

The place quickly filled up and I handed in my token for a free glass of wine which they filled nearly to the brim of a huge glass!

The d├ęcor of Wasabisabi is very typical of a sushi restaurant. It has a small water-lilly stream and waterfall in the corner, and nets with an abundance of paper fish dangling above our heads. This is topped off with a huge wooden boat, of which they also have smaller replicas on which they serve the sushi.
The dining area in Wasabisabi consists of a seating area down a couple of steps and a teppanyaki area up another few steps.

After another glass of wine I realised I needed to eat something soon as it was going straight to my head! Talk about cheap date!

I didn't have to worry about not getting enough food at all as the treats kept on coming and the next was huge tempura prawns that were spot on perfection.

I wandered up to the teppanyaki area and was told they would be starting in 10 minutes so I found a great spot and watched as the chefs did there stuff. They were very impressive with their juggling and knife skills. The prawns were the nicest prawns I have ever eaten in my life! I want to know what was in those metal canisters he was juggling about so much.

Next they cooked chicken and beef, and to be honest I was full - so I moved on to chat with some more people before leaving. I was shown a few tricks by my magician friend Ben who was there as well.

All in all it was a fantastic party! There was a really nice mix of people there which created a great atmosphere. Happy birthday Wasabisabi!

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Za'atar Crusted Halloumi and Charred Veggies Mezze Recipe

Today's beautiful warm weather has had me dreaming of BBQ food with its lovely charred and smokey flavour, best enjoyed in the sun.
So with this inspiration I decided to treat myself to a lovely mezze style lunch of charred vegetables, za'atar crusted halloumi and fresh bread from the 24 hour continental supermarket.

This is an easy recipe for you to try this at home for beautiful weather like this when you can't be bothered to get your BBQ out but fancy some delicious summer food.

Serves 1 greedy person or 2 as a light lunch with salad.

Chop some baby aubergine, okra and cherry toms and shallow fry them in a hot pan with a dollop of sweet chilli to get the caramalization going.

Dust cubes of halloumi in za'atar and add that to the pan.
Remove everything when it is slightly charred and serve!
I served with the bread and also some olives and sun blushed tomatoes I had in my fridge.

Yum!! Delicious

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Cake 'R' Us Chinese Bakery

My favourite cake shop!

I love this place. It makes me feel happy and excited from the moment I step through the door! This is partly due to all the colourful cakes and decorations. I also love admiring all the interesting flavour combinations such as pineapple and red bean, roast pork or salted egg puff.

I have tried the roast pork bun before, and it was an interesting mix of sweet and salty which I can't say I'm too keen on myself, but hey they have plenty of other cakes for me to choose from, so that’s why its still number one!

I love the tiramisu, black forest, chocolate truffle, egg tart and fried dough stick.
They are also incredibly light and fluffy too.

I'm off to a cheese fondue party tonight and bought some cakes specially for the occasion.
I got two tiramisus, a black forest slice and a mango cake...yum yum!