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Well, this has proved to a fruitful reading weekend. Since Friday night, I've read books four to eight of the Sookie Stackhouse (Southern Vampire) Series by Charlaine Harris. I have not read the first three (and was spoiled by a friend) yet, but I will get back to rereading the series. They are quick reads, and I, like many others were attracted to the series by the HBO TV adaptation of it "True Blood". The…

My Old Place: Authentic Northern Chinese 88 Middlesex Street London, E1 7EZ 020 7247 2200 Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate The Cost & Date: Thursday 20th November 2008 :: £65 for 5. Food & Drink: We had soup, lamb on skewers, pig's feet, fried crab, celery- mushroom- shrimp stir fry, this other dish I can't remember and white rice of course. We had aloe vera for a drink. Setting: Laid back Chinese style. No place…

Stealing the idea from The GirlAlive British Food Experience, here is the first list of "British" foods that I've tried and my thoughts on them. You can get a lot of them in North America and elsewhere, but they are probably not as readily or popular as they are here. Digestives: While most of the foods in this list will not carry over when I move out of the UK, digestives are not one of…

Las Iguanas 36-38 Dean Street Soho London W1D 4PS www.iguanas.co.uk 0207 494 4716 Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus The Cost & Date: Tuesday, 11 November 2008 Dinner. £44.10 (with 12.5% service charge) for two, me and my friend M. Food & Drink: We just made right as happy hour ends which meant we had two Caipirhnas for the price of one. Rioja Chorizo for a starter; we each ordered the paella and…

Sushi Hiroba 50-54 Kingsway (near Holborn station) London WC2B 6EP www.sushihiroba.co.uk/ +44(0)20 7430 1888 The Cost & Date: Lunch for 2 was £12ish. Dinner for 4 was £50ish I think. Food & Drink: For the lunch session, I had salmon maki. For dinner, I had the soba noodles. Tap water for drinks. Setting: Nice decoration. I like the ladies washroom. The sushi bar has revolving mechanism. Service: Nothing to complain or rave about. Story: Both…

A basic ganache really only needs two ingredients: dark chocolate and heavy whipping/double cream. Something to roll the chocolate truffle in would be good too. To test the Cooking for Engineers chcocolate truffles recipe out, I used a 200g bar of Cadbury Bourneville Classic 'Dark'. Actually, it wasn't that dark as the first ingridient was sugar, but I did not notice that until later. In any case, this was to test a recipe and I…

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from…

While I have always enjoyed cooking and loved food, it was never really a big hobby until I moved to London. Now, I think about food, plan meals, and shop for food more than any other activity other than school work. I like to cook at home, and I try to be vigilant in terms of getting the right nutrients especially since I have cut a lot of meat out of my diet since my…