30 Mar 2017

Review - How to Dine Like a King at Gilgamesh, London

Interior view Gilgamesh, Camden, London

The London Reporter ticks off another gastronomic delight...

I’m so happy that I can finally tick Gilgamesh off the culinary bucket list. This restaurant has built up a good reputation, and having lived in London for many years, it’s always been on the culinary hit list.

We kicked things off in style at the suggestion of the maitre d', by sipping on cocktails in the bar area. Both of us went for a whisky based cocktail with Cointreau liqueur called ‘Make Your Mark’ which my dining companion also approved of. They were made with care and we sipped on them whilst overlooking Camden market.

After 20 minutes, we were taken through to the vast dining area. And it’s quite the show stopper. With it’s vast ceilings you will see ‘freeze’ style prints from what appears to be the Babylon era. You’ll find yourself in awe at the size of the venue as well as the huge bar! You’ll also see the odd crumpled balloon hovering near the ceiling from what can only have been from some sort of celebration the weekend before.

22 Mar 2017

Individual Raspberry Frangipane Tarts Recipe

Individual Raspberry Frangipane Tart with Ice cream

I couldn't resist buying a punnet of huge raspberries after I spotted them on one of my favourite market stalls in Bridgnorth.  I know we should buy seasonal food but they said 'buy me' and so I did. These were some of the best raspberries I've ever eaten, in fact they were far superior to the ones I grow in my garden!

12 Mar 2017

Egg Custard Tart Recipe

Egg Custard Tart

I've never been a fan of egg custard tart, homemade or bought.  It's just too eggy for me but hubby is the reverse and simply loves egg custard. The pastry is thicker than usual because a bought tart mostly has a thick layer of pastry and that's exactly what he wanted.

It's quite rare for me to make custard tart because you can buy a good one from M&S!

The custard is a recipe by the late and great Keith Floyd who says "This is the real thing"........ the pastry recipe is one I use time and again.

5 Mar 2017

Three Layer Chocolate and Vanilla Sponge Cake

3 layer chocolate and vanilla sponge cake

My grandchildren love a cake to look temptingly delicious and it has to be smothered in buttercream and decorated with chocolate/or sweets so they can tuck in and enjoy the moment.

There wasn't time to take a photograph of the cake before it was sliced but the topping is Green & Black's chocolate which I melted gently in the microwave, poured out onto a board and just before it sets too hard I used a dough scraper and chopped the chocolate into small shards.