Paris – What to eat

What to eat in Paris??  There are so many options, but this is our top three;

 

  1. Moules (with frites)

Yum! White wine, onions, mussel and chips, favourite!

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2. Confit duck leg

Ohhhhhh, yes, yes, a thousand times yes!  All of the yummmmm

 

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3. Onion Soup

The rich deliciousness topped with cheese and bread! What more could you ask for!

 

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Mowgli’s Wye Valley Adventure – Day 3

Anne (from our lovely BnB) has told us about a food festival running this morning near by.  So we are up and packed up ready to head off on our last Wye Valley adventure.

We head into the Forest of Dean to Speakers House where the festival is being held.  The Wye Valley Food festival is dog friendly (hooray) so we buy our tickets (£5 each) and head inside.  There are cooking demonstrations, workshops, a choir, a whole section just for pets and lots of food and drink.  We try local cider and peri, we buy pies and cheese and treats for Mowgli.  What a great find, would definitely recommend for next year.

We finish off our weekend with a walk in the Forest of Dean.  The leaves are just turning and changing colour.  The trees are beautiful and the air is crisp.

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Forest of Dean

The Wye Valley has been amazing, dog friendly and human friendly.  Mowgli has had a great time, welcomed everywhere and treated like part of the family.

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Mowgli

Coconut biscuits!

A raining Sunday is perfect for experimenting in the kitchen.

I love baking, both my grandmothers were great bakers and gifted us with lots of time together in the kitchen making things together.

I didn’t have enough coconut for macaroons so I decided to get creative with what I did have.

Ingredients 

120g Plain Flour

50g Desiccated Coconut

50g Ground Almonds

100g Sugar

120g Butter

 

Going for easy options I went for simple combinations, and an even easier method.  Fingers crossed.

Method 

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl.  I also added some cinnamon because it is my favorite, you could add nutmeg or vanilla if you wanted to.

Gently melt the butter, don’t let it bubble.

Combine the butter with the dry ingredients until it forms a dough.

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Roughly shape into balls (about a teaspoon amount of mixture) and lay on baking paper.  Press down with a fork.

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Bake in the oven for 18 minutes or until golden.

 

Pretty tasty, hope you enjoy.  let me know how yours turn out.

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Learning to roll sushi

We’re off to learn how to make sushi like a pro.  We’ve signed up to the Yo-Sushi School and arrive at Brunswick Square ready and hungry.

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Solomon is our teacher and he shows us how to create cucumber Maki with its lovely square shape, as well as California rolls…which involves flipping the nori over and hoping that your rice doesn’t fly off.

We spend nearly 2 hours creating our sushi, with Solomon being very patient and helpful along the way.  At the end of the course we opt to take ours home….there is so much of it!

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You get to leave with a note book detailing the folding, rolling and rice squishing methods you need to do it all again at home.

For More information on the Yo Sushi School click here

 

Eat: Hong Kong

Soooo….this is a love hate post.  We embark on a walking food tour of Hong Kong.  The tour takes place on Kowloon side, we head to Temple Street Night market, which is the place to head to for street food in Hong Kong.

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There are many things that we experience on our couple of hours of food adventure.  I won’t tell you them all and will definitely keep some secret so you are as surprised as we were.

We did try the famous stinky tofu,  which I actually really enjoyed.  It has a very strong flavour and is deep fried, served with chilli sauce.  Also along the way we try some very unusual things…like snake soup….gluttonous…but not too unpleasant, though I was not super keen on the live snakes kept in the shop. 

Over the evening we tried over 15 different things.  Some good, some really not good (in my opinion), I would definitely still recommend the experience.

There are lots of options for food tours and lots of different ways to experience the Hong Kong street food, you can absolutely do this on  your own as well!

 

Make sure you try before you leave Hong Kong:

Stinky tofu
Bubble waffles
Dim sum
Pineapple bun (the one at the top with the slab of butter)
We enjoyed all the bakeries and baked yummy things, there are so many options.

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Enjoy!

Third Stop: Townsville

Our third and final stop in Australia for this trip is Townsville.  It is actually the only Australian stop that we haven’t been to before.

Townsville is in north east Queensland and is humid and tropical.  We have the privilege of arriving after the rain so it is looking lovely and green and postcard worthy.  The old second of town and strand area is particularly pretty and worth a drive or walk around.

We visit the Palmetum is one of the three botanical gardens in Townsville and is lovely, we spend over an hour wandering around.

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Castle Hill is another great spot, head to the top for a great view.  If you are fit, try running or walking the trail path.

However, our most favourite spot (aside from the hammock) is Little Crystal Creek Waterfalls.  It is a located along Mount Spec Road between Mutarnee and Paluma and it is stunning.  Crystal clear water and wonderful landscape.  There are BBQ facilities and picnic tables, bathrooms and so on and next time we are definitely taking a picnic.  It is a great spot and our highlight.

 

Elf’s Tip: If you like curry stop at Aalishan’s Indian Restaurant, the food is really fresh and yummy.

Goals

We are looking at the blank slate that is 2018 and making some plans and brainstorming some ideas for the year to come.

We’ve booked in a trip to Australia and to Hong Kong and are raring for that one.  We are making plans for a trip to Wales and possibly back to Edinburgh.

Also on the cards is a British Sign language course or many a French Class.  We are definitely signing up for a cooking course and have an adventure in Covent Garden planned.

But….we are on the look out for inspiration, what should we do?  Where should we go?  What are your favorites?

Making plans is full of excitement!