Monthly Archives: February 2014

Clean Seared Balsamic Venison with Asparagus and Vegetable Quinoa


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•Venison shoulder
• Onion
• Red pepper
• Asparagus
• Carrots
• Mangetout
• Balsamic vinegar
• Coconut oil
• Lemon juice
• Basil
• Quinoa (“Keen-war”)

Prepare onions, pepper, asparagus, carrots and Mangetout. Season well and place in roasting tin with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Drizzle 3 tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar over veg. Cook for 20 minutes on a low heat. 150 degrees.

Pour boiling water over 1 cup of quinoa and cook over heat for 30 minutes.

Season venison shoulder and sear in a skillet with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Approx 5 minutes each side.

Stir veg, season if necessary and return to oven for 10 minutes.

Add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of basil to quinoa. Remove from heat.

Place seared venison in the oven for 5 minutes.

Add quinoa mix to veg and cook in oven for 5 minutes.

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Nancy’s Tea Shop – Such charm!


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Since moving out of my family home in July to live with my boyfriend, my Mum and I strive to put dates in our diary so we can have some uninterrupted catch up time together. Not only do we get to catch up on gossip, share troubles and of course put the world to right – we get to eat CAKE!

I have glanced into Nancy’s tea shop whilst driving past on numerous occasions but if I am perfectly honest the amount of pink has been a little intimidating. Hearing more and more positive things about the tea shop (including a rugby player highly rating their fry up) I suggested popping in to my Mum.

Proved wrong! Yes, there is a lot of pink and the atmosphere is delicate and vintage rather than my preferred style of rustic, farm house chic but it is absolutely wonderful.

With it being just one day after Valentine’s Day we could benefit from their loved-up menu. We opted for tea and heart shaped cherry scones. The waitress, who I presume is the manager spoke about the teas as if they were close friends.

“A bligh-tea you say? If you are having the scones and like chocolate why not treat yourself to a chocolatey flavoured naugh-tea?” she suggested.

What’s more the lovely waitress said that if the tea wasn’t to our taste she would swap it for our original request.

Sitting on the sofa in the window, we curled up and gossiped whilst thoroughly enjoying the sweet tea and treats. We think we witnessed a subtle proposal AND saw a charming Dad watch his family’s faces light up as his wife received a bouquet and his beautiful daughters a single flower each from the local florists! What a wonderful Valentine’s treat for the family, afternoon tea at Nancy’s and fresh flowers!

I would highly recommend Nancy’s to ladies wishing to catch up over tasty treats in a pretty setting but also to anyone that is a tea lover! I will definitely be going back to try some more flavors and infusions and have in fact booked a table with my Mum for Grandad’s birthday in April. With him being such a tea lover, we might be there a while!

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http://www.nancysteashop.co.uk/

Kings Restaurant, Newmarket


This Valentine’s Day I was surprised to a meal at Kings Restaurant in Newmarket.

When dining out in my home town I want to feel like I am being transported to a destination far away from the betting shops, worn-out pubs and drunks on the Newmarket high street. With the restaurant being so close to Unique bar I am always impressed with the tranquil and luxurious atmosphere Kings succeed to create. 

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The waiting staff are passionate and attentive and this is an attribute that the manager is very proud of. Rightly so too, it wasn’t just on Valentine’s Day that we were treated so well. Just before Christmas we enjoyed an evening meal at Kings and were equally as impressed with the menu, staff and atmosphere. 

The conservatory space is now chic and contemporary with a new viewing gallery into their spotless kitchen. We were so impressed with our meal at Kings Restaurant on Valentine’s Day that we will be returning this Friday with friends. I hope that the service and food is as fantastic for a table of 6 as it is for a table for 2. 

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I must admit that our next trip to Kings is fueled by a voucher from Groupon! Pork Belly, Tofu or Salmon for two for £13.00! I am sure we will be adding starters, desserts and a continuous flow of red wine to our bill but their menu always proves to be great value for money.

With it being Valentine’s Day I resisted from taking snaps of my food. The presentation was great and the taste even better!

The set menu cost £42.50 per head:

Valentines Menu

Amuse Bouche
Pea Veloute with Mint Foam
oOo

Pressed Ham Hock Terrine 

wrapped in Parma ham sleeve, quail egg & grain mustard cream
Red Onion Tart Tatin,
glazed goats cheese, pickled walnuts
oOo
Chef Prepared Citrus Cured Gravalax,
avocado emulsion, pink grapefruit
oOo
Roasted Rump of Lamb
with herb crust dauphinoise potatoes, carrot puree, wilted greens, port wine jus
Roasted Supreme of Chicken,
ballotine of leg stuffed with basil & pancetta, pomme fondant, roasted cherry tomato sauce
oOo
Assiette of Desserts To Share
chocolate delice, pistachio crème brulee, praline parfait honeycomb sauce

 

Photo’s taken from the Kings Newmarket Restaurant website: http://www.kingsnewmarket.co.uk/