Birthday, Hawksmoor and Singapore Noodles

My birthday was at the end of March. To celebrate, I spent the day in London with my girlfriend. As some of you may know or not, it is a rare occasion for me to be in the UK for my birthday – I had no passport as it was being renewed.

The day started amazingly – pancakes for breakfast and presents. The pancakes were delicious and presents are always awesome. I received a couple of cook books and computer games.
After pancakes and getting ready, we went to central and had lunch (there were a few hours gap between pancakes and lunch – not straight away) at Strada. For lunch I had a chicken tomato pasta dish. It was alright.

Afterwards we went to Ripleys – Believe it (pause) or not! Most of the stuff we did believe. The museum was a bit naff but it was amusing and fun. There was a mirror maze, which we completed too quickly (fluke I think), a laser race (think bank/art robbing film where you have to dodge lasers) which we skipped and lots of random stuff such as manikin of the fattest person, blue faced man, hairy faced man, Olympic torches and a man being electrocuted etc.

It was then time for booze. We went to Shroeditch and had a couple of beers before we ate at Hawksmoor. It was our first time in trendy Shoreditch but we think we were in the wrong area for cool bars.

Then came the most amazing steak ever from Hawksmoor. For starter I had a ceasar salad, with an aperitif.

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Then for main we shared a steak, and a bottle of white wine.

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The steak was so delicious. My mouth is drawling just thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t cheap. It was around £70 for the steak but my gosh it was good! It was so so so good! I’d happily go there again and devour another steak or two.

After that we headed to Angel and had a couple of more drinks and then went home.
My Birthday was awesome 🙂

Food – My girlfriend got Jamies Save Money recipe book for Xmas. We tried a recipe from it. It was delicious so here it is on FADHoppers, slightly modified. Enjoy Singapore noodles and enjoy not wasting chicken.

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Serves: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Leftover cooked chicken (from a roast), shredded
Large Handful fine rice noodles, cooked in water for a few minutes then blanch the noodles.
1 tbsp unsalted peanuts, crushed
Half of a pack of pork mincemeat
Olive oil
1 heaped tsp curry powder
1 tsp Chinese five-spice
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 thumb-size of ginger, peeled, julienned
¼ white cabbage
Pack of cooked prawns
Handful of frozen peas
1 egg
Soy sauce
1 lime
1-2 red chillies, finely chopped
2 spring onions, finely chopped

Toast the peanuts for a minute.
Remove the peanuts and leave to a side.
Add olive oil to a wok.
Add the minced pork with curry powder and Chinese-five spice.
Cook for 5 minutes, stirring.
Add the garlic, ginger, chillies, chicken and prawns.
Cook for a minute.
Add the cabbage and peas.
Toss and cook for 4 minutes.
Push everything to one side and crack the egg in the gap.
Stir it around to scramble.
Add the noodles and toss everything together for a minute or two.
Add a glug of soy sauce.
Squeeze the lime juice
Remove from heat.
Add spring onions.




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