SW11- Battersea – The Northcote Road Summer Fete

The Northcote Road Summer Fete is coming next week…

Northcote Road Summer Fete

The Northcote Road Summer Fete is coming to Battersea on Sunday 7th July, from 11am until 5pm. The whole road will be closed to traffic all day for the event – no parking and no buses! Imagine that, just pushchairs and people. I’m very excited about some of the main highlights of the event especially the ping pong tables which will be at various intervals along the road, plus there will be the Wimbledon Men’s Final on the big screen…C’mon Tim!

Oh hang on…

There’s going to be tons of visiting stall holders selling their wares including jewellery, handmade cards, photo frames, children’s clothing, cosmetics, snacks and much more.

What we’ve all been waiting to hear about is the delicious food and drink items which will be on offer. Word has it that there will be a traditional hog roast and barbecued food, Spanish tapas, an oyster an Champagne bar run by Fish Club, jugs of Pimms, real ale and gallons of wine. *Hic*!

There’s much more information at www.northcoterd.co.uk; on Facebook – www.facebook.com/NorthcoteRd and Twitter  – @Northcote_Rd. Ill be helping out at the event; so if you see someone maniacally running up and down the street with a lanyard and a hi-vis vest on, that’ll most likely be me.

See you there!

At Home in SW12 – Bulgar Wheat, Quinoa, Roasted Vegetable and Lime Salad

the sw london food blog - quinoa salad recipe

Serves four.

Ingredients

For the roasted vegetables

  • 1 x yellow pepper
  • 1 x red pepper
  • 1 x courgette
  • 1 x aubergine
  • 1 x small red onion
  • (Un) healthy glug of olive oil
  • Tsp of smoked paprika
  • Tsp of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp of dried chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper

The middle class bit

  • 300g Quinoa / bulgur wheat (or 75g each)
  • 1/2 x stock cube
  • 250ml boiling water or till it covers the grains by about 2cm

the sw london food blog - quinoa salad dried grains

Mixing it up after

  • Handful of mint
  • Handful of parsley
  • 1x 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 3 x diced tomatoes
  • Half large garlic clove, crushed
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Handful of green beans

Chop the vegetables into substantial chunks – they’ll shrink after cooking. Shake the paprikas and chilli over the vegetable and give it a good toss with your hands. Generously season.

Shove in the oven for 20-25 minutes at about 200 degrees. Check every 10 minutes or so in case it needs a drop more oil – give them a mix too.

Add the stock, boiling water to the grains and let it simmer until the quinoa gets its little tail out (about 20 minutes). The water should have evaporated. Turn off the heat, add the crushed garlic and place the saucepan’s lid on top.

Cook the green beans in boiling water until al dente. Blanch in cold water.

Once the grains have dried out add the roasted vegetables, drained chickpeas, torn mint, parsley and chopped tomatoes. Mix thoroughly and drizzle over the lime juice. Mix again. Taste and add more seasoning if it needs it. Add a drizzle of olive oil if you’re that way inclined.

Serve on its own, with a lamb chop or whatever other thing you gets you carnivores off.

the sw london food blog - quinoa salad

Yo! Burger – Launch Party

I remember the first time I was confronted by sushi; I was about six or seven and I couldn’t have been more horrified. Raw fish and a modern popular delicacy it was, but you may as well have said, “here’s a plate of salmonella”. Salmonella maki. Yum. These were pre Yo! Sushi days too you know. Selfridges was the first time I was able to stomach this pesce dish, and despite my trepidation at putting an uncooked sliver of rice and slime into my mouth, I did – and it was completely underwhelming.

These days I could be sushi – if the saying “you are what you eat” has any truth. Although I don’t frequent Yo! Sushi – I find it mediocre for the price one pays – I was invited there for the launch of their new and rather ingeniously named concept, Yo! Burger.

The launch party was pretty slick and the PRs had done a good job of creating an atmosphere around a conveyor belt. I was plied with their new burgers – my first choice was the tilapia Yo! Burger. Let me first de-construct what I mean when I say burger, however. The bread is replaced with a sticky rice patty which has been toasted on the both of its outer sides. I guess the best analogy is when you get those crispy bits on the side of the pan after cooking risotto. These, in my opinion, are the best bits – much like the Yo! Burger.

OK, I am going to stop writing these branded exclamation marks in the text now.

Their view...

Their view…

My view...

My view…

My write up of this burger is that it tastes like McDonald’s, right down to the plastic cheese that accompanies it. Mayo too (although it professes to be wakame tartar sauce).  Wet and limp it really was like fast food.  Sushi, by definition, may be the fastest food on earth but this tasted like I could have driven through Burger King when I was hungover.

Apologies for the quality of the photos – there wasn’t a great deal of light.

Next burger was the prawn Yo Burger. It was katsu – prawn katsu cutlet. This had a great deal more flavour; served with white cabbage, sprinkled with spring onion and diced beni shoga, and lubricated with curry mayo.

The Yo! Burger - Prawn cutlet

The Yo! Burger – Prawn cutlet

Did I just say lubricated in a post – oh sorry – wrong blog!

The creamy curry flavourings gave the rice bun more to enjoy and the zest of the spring onion was complimentary to the prawn, which by the way, was actually substantial in quality (juicy prawn bits, for the win).

With every burger meal you’re also given nori crackers, daikon slaw and ‘misochup’. It’s not a steal at £8 either.

On paper and as a concept, it’s a PR’s and fast-food fiend’s dream. Exciting, innovative and slightly limp with a salty, moreish conundrum; is it nice and naturally flavoured – or is it just fuck-it-artificially-enhanced goodness?

It’s not my thing. I will stick with the sushi bit of the YO!

My favourite flavour :)

My favourite flavour 🙂

Your nearest Yo Sushi if you live in south west London, is in Victoria:

Main Concourse Victoria Station Terminus Place
London, SW1V 1JT
T:020 3262 0050