Same Again Please – Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

As promised, here is a link to my latest restaurant review on The Huffington Post. It is for an authentic French Bistro, Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote, that lead the way in London in offering a ‘Limited Menu’. I do hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think, and if you have eaten there, what you could taste in the ‘secret sauce’?

Happy Weekend!

x

Reviews and Inspiration

Ladies and Gents,

A week ago I reviewed The River Cafe in The Huffington Post. You can read the article HERE. I have started doing a lot more food reviews on huffpo and will endeavor to put up links to them all here too.

I am always on the lookout for recipe inspiration, so if you have eaten somewhere or something that has delighted, inspired, stimulated or excited you, please let me know as I would love to hear all about it!!

My cookbook is nearly done it’s nearly done!! Long gestation period for this baby I know, but I am sure you will love the result!

Wishing you all a very happy weekend

x

 

Food Porn

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Did you make anything new? Taste anything fabulous? I always love hearing from you so keep me posted.

As promised, here is a link to the lastest article I have written for The Huffington Post. It is about a Food Photography event I covered last week in London with some amazing people involved.

FOOD PORN HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE

Hope you like it! 

Back To Business

Hello hello hello,

I hope you are all doing fabulously. Yes there has been an extreme hiatus at Elisa’s Table, and no, it is not for lack of recipes or new taste concoctions! In fact, I have been more immersed in the world of food and taste and all things culinary in the past months than ever before in my life. Over the past 18months I have been working hard behind the scenes to create new healthy recipes for my first Cook Book, and I am fast approaching completion! Over 90 recipes later, I thought it was time to start sharing some of them with you again! 

Food Writing has taken a larger focus in my life of late too, so as I publish more and more articles and reviews, I will endeavor to post the links to various publications on Elisa’s Table too.

But let’s get back to business! FOOD, quick, healthy and delish. Here is one to get you going again.

 

Mustard Soy Pork

1tbs ketjap manis

2tbs soy sauce

½ juice lime

2 cloves garlic minced

½ tbs grain mustard

salt

4-6 pork chops

coconut oil for cooking

 

Mix all the ingredients together (except coconut oil) in a marinating dish and add the pork. Marinade for 30 mins-24 hours. Remove from refrigerator 30 mins before cooking.

Heat some coconut oil in a pan and cook the chops turning once until just cooked through. They can be a tiny pink in the middle. Serve with a big green salad or green vegetables. Great with butternut/sweet potato mash, and even better when grilled on the bbq! You may like to serve with a wedge of lime too.

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Sauce

Having decided I was thoroughly sick of all the food I had been eating at home, I took myself off to breakfast yesterday. This was preceded by much googling to find out where I should go, and a nice walk along the beach.

I decided on Sauce, a cute little neighborhood cafe on the edge of Venice and Santa Monica. Two brothers, Sassan and Saul run this place. Sassan is the chef and Saul the business end. Sure enough, when I arrived, Sassan was busily unpacking all the fresh produce he had bought this morning at the farmers market. He was so impassioned about every item he was pulling out of his van, and very friendly to chat with.  Most fascinating were the Indian Blood Peaches, very rare and one of the hardest fruits to grow. He doesnt buy them for the cafe, but for family and loved ones! He had only 6, and the farmer had only 6 dozen. I was longing to try one but they were not ripe…and well, nor am I a loved one!

For my breakfast I chose the Popeye, a 5-eggwhite omelet with spinach and chicken breast. HUGE as per everything in the USA, and my side choice was the salad (as opposed to the potatoes, roast sweet potato etc). Although I asked for no dressing on the salad it did come out drenched in some balsamicy thing, but I had more than enough food before me to warrant not caring.

For $10 this was a great find. I managed 2/3 of my omelet, then boxed the rest to photograph for you and to finish when I got home! I had it cold just now and it was perhaps even better that way!

When you ask for the bill, you get a homemade cookie served with it. The downside to this cute eatery, is that there is no esspresso machine, so the coffee was watery and weak. I need caffeine America…show me the shots!

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Rob’s Omelette

As you may have gathered from its name, this omelette is my husband Rob’s favorite. I make it for him most days for breakfast before work, and this particular combination is his idea of omelette perfection. It is simple, healthy and delicious, and a nutritionally ideal way to start your day.

  • 3 eggs, lightly whisked with a fork
  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 slices of ham, chopped in to pieces
  • 1 large tomato, chopped in chunks
  • pinch of dried basil (or a few fresh basil leaves roughly chopped)
  • salt and pepper
Preheat the grill to 200 degrees celcius.
Heat a little olive oil in a frying pan. Saute your mushrooms, ham and tomato until almost cooked. Add salt and pepper, and the pinch of dried basil (rubbed between your fingers first). Turn the heat lower and add the lightly whisked eggs, turning the pan around so that the egg mix spreads over the ingredients. Cook slowly on a low heat until almost set on the top. If using fresh basil add it on top of the omelette when almost cooked.
Move the omelette in the pan to under the grill and finish for a few minutes until set through. Using a fish-slice lever the omelette on to a plate. Garnish with a piece of fresh flat leaf parsley or coriander.

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If you double this recipe, it makes for a wonderful frittata served cold as a nibble with drinks, or as a light summer lunch. Substitute the ingredients for anything you like but follow this basic formula and you will have omelette heaven indefinitely.

Healthy Sweet Potato Chips

That’s right, healthy ones! You see, my husband has a chip problem, to the point that we will be in an upmarket gourmet restaurant being served delicate and lucious food and he will whisper to the waitress from behind his menu…”and I’ll have a large bowl of fries with that”. However, with these sweet potato chips, there is no whispering necessary, you can shout about them from the rooftop because they are actually healthy!

The use of coconut oil (which is a very clean fat and good for you) really adds its own flavor and some sweetness to these chips. Olive oil works too, but I recommend the coconut oil if you can get it. Most health-food stores sell it, at least in the UK, and Wholefoods definitely does.

  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 3-4 teaspoons coconut oil (made liquid by heating in the microwave)
Heat the oven to 210 degrees celcius. Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them thinly in rounds. Pour the coconut oil in to an oven dish/tray and mix all the sweet potato slices around until they coated on both sides. Salt and peper to taste.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until crispy around the edges and golden brown. Serve hot with more salt and pepper to taste.
These are great as a snack, or as an addition to lunches and dinners. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

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