Thursday, 25 June 2015

June 2015 Favourites List

This month's pictures are from my trip to New York this month. I went to New York not knowing what to expect. The city that never sleeps did not disappoint. Forgive me for doing all the “touristy” things, but what did you expect me to do on my first ever trip?

I discovered an energetic and frenetic city with great personality. Like London, it is fast paced and immensely cosmopolitan. The love its citizens feel for it is palpable constantly. The friendliness I experienced was simply astonishing. I have never looked at a map of a city on a street corner, utterly confused and found someone volunteer to help me find me way. Yet it happened more than once on the streets of NYC.

The starting point of the High Line, NYC.

New York is a magical city of bright lights, grand old buildings, skyscrapers, great art and a stunning food scene. Thankfully, as my time there progressed, I realised it was easy to navigate, the grid system making sense to me after I had gotten over the long journey.

I told myself when I went to make the best of it because I was unlikely to go back…. Now I just want to work out how soon I can get back!

The Flatiron Building

Jordanian Mansaf is a creamy, milky lamb stew which is so comforting. A nice choice for a long, lazy weekend cook-off.

If you are roasting chicken or cooking firm fleshed fish like monkfish, you might like this accompaniment, borlotti beans with kale (or cavolo nero if you can find it):

Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express supper club is completely wonderful. I recommend it thoroughly. This is a fab interview with Asma, and includes an authentic Bengali tomato chutney recipe. My own mum makes one very similar.

Cafe Wha? Where Hendrix, Dylan, The Velvel Underground and Springsteen played. Greenwich Village. 

As Summer arrives, dare I hope to cook on the Barbeque? These spicy Moroccan style kebabs sound lovely.

Simple and swift Italian steak for a quick midweek supper.

Articles/Know How:

The main concourse at Grand Central Station, NYC.

We all love a bit of sugar. So I won't preach that we avoid it completely. But it does deliver "empty" calories which give you a short buzz, but then leaves you hungry and wanting more. If you are trying to control your sugar intake, you might find that some of the food you are eating is sabotaging your attempts. Here is a guide to where that hidden sugar can be found:

Portuguese food - could this be the next big food trend? (I love a good sardine, me!):

Lady Liberty herself.

Tips, inspiration and recipes from Uyen Luu on how to cook and eat more veg, regardless of their hue:

Simple tips on seasonal cooking, with the caveat not to get too stressed about it all:

The Empire State Building

Vegans will soon be able to get Ben & Jerry's new vegan friendly ice cream:

So, let's get this straight... Quinoa - "keen-wa". Espresso - "es-press-o". Bruschetta - "brusk-etta". Moet (as in Moet and Chandon champagne) - "Mo-ett". As for Poutine, I don't know if it is "Putin" (like Vlad) or "putain" (don't even ask).

The "Imagine" mosaic at Strawberry Fields, Central Park, a tribute to John Lennon.

What you might have missed at Snig's Kitchen:

How I was taught about how lamb can be quickly cooked and way more versatile than the perception of roasts, stews and curries:

My Summer potato salad with a difference, a mayo-free meaty meal in a bowl:

Freedom Tower


The Theory Of Everything 

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


Gershwin's Summertime: The Song That Conquered The World


Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

The Brooklyn Bridge
Please note: as with every monthly Favourites List, all of these items have been selected by me simply because I love them. I do not receive any money, benefits in kind or other incentive for posting these links or recommendations.

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