Today we went to Italy! It’s amazing how different it was even though we were just over the French boarder. We had a lovely lunch at a small restaurant overlooking the valley. We stared with a charcuterie platter which had procuito, dried ham, and lardo (super thin sliced pig fat that is cured with tons of herbs) which melted on the tongue and was spectacular (Mario Batali is right)! We then had the pasta of the day which was homemade pasta with a garlic, parmesan, and truffle sauce – WOW! Finally we had the dessert which was ice cream with walnuts, almonds, and prunes in a warm brandy sauce with espresso. Everything was amazing!!! I could get used to this 😉
Yet another great dinner!!! Made In Belfast- Yelp’s highest rated restaurant in Northern Ireland. We got lucky and arrived early for their £13 prefixe dinner menu! I had fresh goat cheese fritters with pecans, watercress, balsamic, and poached pear salad. I loved he juxtaposition of textures- crispy, crunchy, smooth, creamy, fresh greens, sweet pears and sour vinegar!!! Wow! I then had the fresh- made pasta with Irish cream, free-range chicken, wild mushrooms, ham and Parmesan. It was superbly creamy and silky.
Adam had a savory, earthy creamed mushroom and English asparagus soup with soda and brown bread and salt crusted Irish butter. So yummy! He also had a wild venison pie with creamy champ mashed potatoes. Wow! I officially love Irish food!
This was a small take away lunch I grabbed from Sainsburys to eat on the Oxford Tube into London. The prawns were super tiny, and a bit fishy, but hey, it’s from a grocery store after all. It wasn’t so bad with the sauce that was included, it was sort of like salad creme, but slightly better. For anyone who doesn’t know what salad creme is, it’s basically a sweetened mayonnaise, and your only option for salad dressing in England. The apple juice was the best part of the meal, just some plain old apple juice, 35p worth of pure nature.
I felt like something a little lighter for lunch, so I picked up this orzo salad from Pret. It was pretty good, lots of orzo and rocket and lettuce with loads of kalamata olives and carrots and fire-roasted red peppers. The dressing was a simple vinaigrette. I washed it all down with a carbonated orange juice that claimed on the can to have “added no nasties, just juice and CO2.” It was a well good lunch for takeaway.