Recent eats: in & out
Time for a roundup of what I’ve been eating lately. Sorry for mostly iPhone pics, my semi-broken camera means I don’t carry it around as much as usual..
We went to the soft launch of the new Wahaca on the South Bank. It’s constructed from shipping containers, beautifully designed and decorated, and the menu has loads of new dishes (hellooooo, 3-chilli tacos) as well as old favourites.
Macaroni cheese, tacos and griddled corn, washed down with lethal slushie margaritas, at the super-hip Rita’s pop up in Dalston’s Birthdays bar. In fact it was probably all a bit too hip for Sarah and I, and the food and hectic service not quite good enough to encourage a return visit.
My friend Arianna had the amazing idea of hiring out the Pitt Cue trailer on the South Bank for her birthday. They specially made me a veggie version of their imfamous ‘Trailer Trash’ burger – pulled pork with a ham-infused deep-fried macaroni cheese patty. Even just the mac & cheese on its own was enough to feel my arteries furring up. We also wolfed down corn bread, chicken wings and deep-fried shiitake mushrooms, washed down with cans of Brooklyn Ale. Fabulously filthy.
Yesterday we made full use of the sun and headed to the brand new Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick. Their in-house brew is nothing special but the pizzas are great and they carry lots of American bottled beers too. Plus the canalside setting is just perfect for summer.
To offset all the indulgence I’ve been trying to make healthier dinners at home. Last week I made bean and corn cakes, pimping up the recipe by using black beans and adding some Cajun seasoning. I served them one evening with a poached egg and roasted tomatoes, then had the leftovers with roasted spiced cauliflower and feta & beetroot salad the next night.
For more dinspiration I bought the beautiful Polpo cookbook despite (or perhaps) having not even visited the restaurant yet. It’s got a whole veggie section as well as non-meaty bread and pizza dishes so there’s lots I can try cooking. First off I tried the Caponata – a tomatoey, vinegary aubergine stew – which went great with some fresh pappardelle.