Thursday, 25 October 2012

One 4 J goes to Warwickshire...

One 4 J goes to Warwickshire...the trip started by visiting Stratford on Avon and the cheese shop Paxton & Whitfield filled with lots of delicious cheese, bread, chutneys etc and they also do mail order..
Then a visit to Fox's Spices to buy some herbs & spices they don't seem to have a web site but attend agricultural shows and do mail order. An excellent company.
Tried to get into Carluccios for lunch but it was too busy, a bottle of Oflemon Oil was purchased.

A table was found at The Hathaway Tearooms in High Street lunch was
asparagus with hollandaise sauce with shavings of parmesan and a poached egg and J's friend had pannini with red pepper and goats cheese - both were delicious

A stop at the new Waitrose on the way back to friends house to stock up with some foodie goodies

As the 4 J's blog is called Lardycake some delicious lardycakes were purchased from Wests of Wellesbourne where they had previously been know to be excellent...

Compton Verny was visited and of course lunch was involved!
Provencal soup with a sun dried tomato roll (an extra roll each was requested as so tasty) The waiter was very pleasant. A cheese board was shared with some local Warwickshire cheeses and the portions were generous. Highly recommended......

One 4 J goes to Norfolk.....

One 4 J goes to Norfolk......

En route on a Monday a lunch stop at The Piercefield @ St Arvans, Chepstow
recommended by the Food Guide to Cardiff
Two mains were ordered, one sausage & mash and one grey mullet with roast Mediterranean vegetables and a side dish of garlic and oregano courgettes.
Dessert was a creme brulee and a lemon tart with Brecon honey & clotted cream.
Food & staff were great.

The Kings Head @ Coltishall, Norfolk a beautiful pub near a river
Two mains of one turbot and one chicken stuffed with mushrooms

Ingham Swan a 16th century pub in Ingham next to a beautiful church
Two mains Lamb cooked two ways and sea bass
Dessert chocolate nemesis with a blood orange sorbet & creme brulee (again!)

Bure River Cottage Restaurant
Starters Pilchards breadcrumbed & served with a herb dip & salmon goujons with a chilli dip
Mains Lemon sole with a herb butter sauce & a hake with a sauce verde & vegetables cooked..just right!

In Norwich ...Afternoon tea & cup cakes @ Biddy's amazing 40's/50's style tea room

Evening @ City cinema watched Anna Karenina the dinner in the cinema restaurant..
Starters Roti with spiced veg and warm chorizo, water melon & broad bean salad.
Mains Pan fried chicken and pork with a mustard & honey sauce

Afternoon ..tea, biscuits & croissants at .?...Farm, overlooking the Marshes & sea, brightly painted restaurant all the food was home cooked.

Evening @ The Olive Branch Bar Restaurant, Tunstead
Mains Lime & dill crusted salmon & veg, Pork with a honey & mustard sauce  & veg
Dessert Tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream and a mango sorbet.

Pictures to follow.....

October lunch at The Grove Narberth

October lunch at The Grove Narberth......
the 4 J's were down to 3 owing to work commitments but on a drizzly Autumn day we were welcomed by Ali Palmer who looked after us brilliantly.
We sat in the lounge and chose our food, the menu was small but varied. We like a small menu. This was our food....

Highly recommended.......we will be back.........

Monday, 8 October 2012

The 25 mile restaurant in Cardigan

All of the 4 J's finally got together again to investigate The 25 Mile restaurant in Cardigan.

What a treat we had!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Hammet House Llechryd Cardigan

This Food with the 4 J's was actually with 3 J's owing to work commitments of the 4th but a tasty lunch was enjoyed at Hammet House

It was a lovely August day as we drove down the tree lined drive towards Hammet House. We were a little early so had coffee in the sitting room which was very grey and large. We all decided we liked grey but felt something was missing. During lunch the decor was discussed again and thought that perhaps some soft furnishings would 'soften' the grey.
In the bar area where we had lunch the decor and interiors were a little 'warmer' and whilst the chairs were a design statement they were actually very comfortable.

Now to the food....
 Carmarthenshire cheese & spinach lasagne
 Confit of duck on puy lentils & red cabbage
 Pork belly on mash with apples
 Chocolate mousse & chocolate sort of ice creamy scoop...yum
 Eton mess with strawberries & a raspberry coulis

 'Deconstructed' lemon meringue with strawberry champagne, strawberries & a strawberry ice creamy scoop
Flowers from the garden ...a lovely touch ....perhaps fresh flowers could have softened the grey???

Restaurant Sat Bains Nottingham

The original plan was that two of the 4 J's were to visit Sat Bain's restaurant with rooms
Just before the planned trip one of the 4 J's fell very badly and had to go to hospital and have a new hip! Disaster!
Fortunately for the other J the trip took place and a fabulous meal unfolded before their eyes and tummies!
The seven course menu was chosen...

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Pembrokeshire County Show 2012 Recipes by Angela Gray

One of our J's went along to the Pembrokeshire County Show this year unfortunately she chose a rainy day, fortunately, she decided to take cover and watch a couple of cookery demonstrations from Angela Gray of Llanerch Vineyard Cookery school

One of the recipes was Shredded Asian style chicken with spring onion pancakes and coriander relish and the other was Poussin simply roasted with onions,garlic and bacon - served with a herb salsa...yummy!


Trip to Stoke on Trent!

Pottery is a passion for more than one of the 4 J's, however one J took a trip to Stoke on Trent to visit the Emma Bridgewater factory
No surprise that along the way food was eaten.....

The first stop en route was the Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran This was to view a timber frame building that had recently been erected by MC Rustics with wood supplied by Atheston Firewood  The cafe is in the big glass house and the food is freshly cooked. As it was only elevenses cake & drinks were ordered. J had 'indian' spiced carrot cake and bottle green elderflower cordial and her husband had baked chocolate and strawberry cheesecake and coffee. The cakes were delicious but as it was time to hit the road there was no chance to sample the home cooked meals.

Dinner was at an Italian restaurant in Stoke on Trent, La Bella Napoli
A bottle of house red was ordered and enjoyed, J had a starter of aubergines in a tomato sauce and her husband had gnocchi
For mains J had gnocchi with tomato sauce and her husband had sea bream in a white wine sauce
Deserts were some irrestible chocolate profiteroles!
If ever in the area again, another visit would take place.

Apologies for no pics.....need to get this J in the 21st century!!

J and her husband  stayed at The Graythwaite B & B in Newcastle under Lyme  they were served local speciality Staffordshire Oatcakes with their full breakfast which was very good indeed...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The Cafe at No 4 Queen Street, Carmarthen

Yesterday one of the J's took the bus with a friend to Carmarthen to check out The Cafe at No 4 Queen Street, Carmarthen. Only opened a couple of weeks ago by Andrew (brother of Alex from )

This J had visited the cafe with the previous owners quite a few times and had enjoyed the food.
J ordered a warm butternut and feta cheese salad and friend ordered goats cheese salad. Very tasty indeed!

As we knew Andrew is very good at his deserts we ordered the lemon posset with homemade shortbread......heavenly!
Andrew currently has no web site but is soon to have a facebook page. We hope he is successful at No 4.