Friday, January 14, 2022

Restaurant Review - The Fox, Coulsdon Common, Caterham


I’ve been looking through old photos on my phone and remembering the fun things I did with my daughter pre-pandemic, and all the places we went. Many of them are things I was intending to post on this blog and never got around to - like this one!

It was back in 2018 when my daughter was barely two months old and my school friends came up to meet her as it was also my birthday. I knew I wasn’t really going to be in a position to host so we went out for a pub lunch. I needed to find somewhere that was child friendly and also vegan friendly. Even in the few years since 2018 vegan food has become much more common on menus but at the time I had to do a bit of research to find somewhere suitable.

I decided upon the Fox in Coulsdon Common, Caterham, a spacious Vintage Inns pub with a nice country feel. It did a delicious Sunday roast, a decent choice of vegan food and some very nice desserts. I have actually been here before and even reviewed it before - I don't normally review the same place twice but to be honest I had forgotten about the first time until I had already written this one!

There was plenty of room for the buggy and for me to be able to feed my daughter while sitting at the table. We haven’t been back since but that’s more due to the pandemic and the fact that we just don’t eat out very often, which is something that I think needs to change!

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Butlin's Bognor Regis - Ocean Hotel and Restaurant Reviews, DineAround Explained

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Pinoy Lechon sa Air Fryer, Lechon sa Oven Inasal Style

Pinoy Lechon sa Air Fryer, Lechon sa Oven Inasal StyleToday I am sharing my Pinoy Lechon sa Air Fryer, Lechon sa Oven Inasal Style.The recipe is based on original recipe from Overseas Pinoy Cooking  Lechon sa Oven Inasal Style RecipeIngredients:1 to 2 kilos pork belly, cut into slabsrock saltwhite vinegarPressure boiling the pork belly ingredients:2-3 tbsp. salt1-2 tbsp. black peppercorns2-3 bay

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Friday, January 7, 2022

The Trading House, London: Restaurant Review

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats


These little treats are easy and fun to make and are great for a children’s Christmas party or to make at home with your kids. They don’t involve any baking, and just one pan which children can do under supervision. The idea came from FoodFanatic.com but I adapted it a little.

Melt 100g butter in a large pan over a low heat along with 200g marshmallows, stirring until smooth.

Add a few drops of green food colouring and stir. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Mix in a large bowlful of Rice Krispies and stir gently until all the cereal is coated. 

Line a large flat baking tray with greaseproof paper and spoon on the Rice Krispie mixture. Press down and spread so you have a thin layer about 2cm thick.

Sprinkle over some Christmas sprinkles then place in the fridge to set for an hour.

When set using a knife carefully divide into triangles to make Christmas tree shapes.

I found that while the top of the Rice Krispie treats had set, the bottom was still very sticky once I had peeled them off the greaseproof paper, so I sprinkled that side with icing sugar which made them much easier to handle.

The original recipe suggested inserting a pretzel as the tree trunk but I found the treats were still too soft and started to break up as I did so, so I decided to just leave them as they were. 

My daughter was a little dubious at first as they were green but soon decided they tasted good!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Make your own motivational quote cards

I'm not sure what these cards are actually called - 'motivational quote cards' sounds a bit worthy and the sort of thing you might find at a company team-building day. What I mean is a postcard with a message that is in some way inspiring, uplifting or encouraging - something that we could all use every now and then!

During lockdown I was sending a birthday present to a friend, who I hadn't been able to see for a long time because of Covid. I didn't want to just wrap her present and put it in a jiffy bag so I found a box (from one of my many online purchases) and filled in the gaps around her present with a few other things - some mini bubbles (the kind you blow, not drink), a couple of camomile tea bags and a package of home-made chocolate brownies. I also popped in this card:


They are really easy to make - you just need a small piece of card, and some letters. You can buy alphabet letter stickers or rubber stamps very cheaply, or if you are good at calligraphy write your own - or type it on the computer and print something out. I used a piece of red card and multi-coloured letters so didn't add any other embellishments, but you can design the card however you want.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Pizza Express Leadenhall Market - A little bit of post-lockdown familiarity

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Special Sinsal Wrapped Embutido Recipe

Special Sinsal Wrapped Embutido RecipeThis Embutido also is special, because I did not use any extender, it is pure ground pork, no breadcrumbs or any type of flour, the flour used for the recipe is used as a binder. Sinsal is the fats that wrapped around the kidneys of the pig.Traditionally sinsal was used to wrap embutido in the early days. Until lately aluminum foils are being used, now

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Easy Veggie Nuggets

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Davina’s cheesy apple savoury scones

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Porktail Kaldereta with Sweet potato, Kalderetang Buntot ng Baboy with Kamote

Porktail Kaldereta  with Sweet potato, Kalderetang Buntot ng Baboy with KamoteKalderetang Buntot ng Baboy with Kamote instead with the usual regular potato.The sweet potato balances the “nakaka-umay” overly cheesy taste of the cheese loaded of most kaldereta today.This recipe is inspired by a kaldereta I once have in one of the “karinderia”  in Batangas while on remote work assignment.I also made

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Chicken and Pork Curry with Green Vegetables and Sweet Potato serve with Homemade Flat Bread

Chicken and Pork Curry with Green Vegetables and Sweet Potato serve with Homemade Flat BreadThis Chicken and Pork Curry with Green Vegetables and Sweet Potato as the name suggest is overloaded with green vegetables. Included on this video is Homemade Flat Bread  that will go great with curry.For those who have tried naan bread or roti bread dip in curry sauce, try this Pinoy style.This is

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Eataly London review - Lunch and a tourist attraction

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Kinilaw na Bangus, How to Prepare Bangus for Kinilaw

Kinilaw na Bangus, How to Prepare Bangus for KinilawThis KINILAW NA BANGUS was first posted on Overseas Pinoy Cooking several years back.Kinilaw na BangusFirst have the fish vendor debone the fish.Of course you will need a fresh fish for kinilaw na bangus or any other kinilaw.I never trust the cleanliness of the palengke. I just ask the fish vendor to just debone the fish only, I will wash the

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Kamias Pineapple Homemade Jam

Kamias Pineapple Homemade JamThis KAMIAS PINEAPPLE HOMEMADE JAM recipe is another original from Overseas Pinoy Cooking.This is in inspired from an old post from our Overseas Pinoy Cooking  website.Kamias Jam, Ginger Lily JamTo make this level up version.I have added regular canned pineapple slices in addition to the kamias fruit. I have thought that kamias and pinya will make a delicious jam.I

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Baked Layered Biko Special, Sapin-Sapin

Baked Layered Biko Special, Sapin-SapinThis Baked Layered Biko Special, Sapin-Sapin is made-up of 3 layers of different types of biko.White Biko, Yellow Kalabasa Biko and Purple Pirurutong Biko.This recipe was originaly posted at Overseas Pinoy Cooking  few years back.Baked Biko Sapin Sapin StyleTo make this Special Biko, the biko  is made up of tree typed of biko rice.White  glutinous biko,

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