Sunday, 18 September 2016

Eeasy Cheesy Scones - Recipe

 Sunday afternoon baking. When you are slightly hungover and need some stodge, these cheesy rock cakes are just the thing. Made simply with store cupboard ingredients, you can make them without cheese if you wish, or add in bits of onion or even fried bacon for extra flavours. Eat them warm with lots of butter. Hangover, cured...

Makes: 12

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins


100 g butter
275 g self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
150 ml whole milk
50 ml vegetable oil
1 egg
130 g grated cheese

(Optional - add chopped chives or spring onion for extra flavour)


Heat the over to 180 C fan and lightly butter a 12-hole muffin tin.

Using the dough hook on your mixer (or use your hands) combine the flour, baking powder and salt together then mix in the butter until you have a breadcrumb texture.

Whisk together the milk, oil and egg, and gently mix into the dry mixture. It will be a sticky dough with some little lumps.

Stir in the grated cheese (and onions or chives, if using).

Spoon the batter into the muffin tin.

Bake for 20-25 mins until tops are golden brown.

Serve warm with lots of butter and a nice cup of tea.

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Nissi, Palmers Green - Restaurant Review

 Nissi on Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green is a friendly, family-run Greek restaurant well worth travelling to North London for. Clean and spruce with efficient, if a little brusque, waiters (they were busy, it was late), it's a great venue for a birthday get-together for a few lovely ladies, including a vegetarian and a wheat-intolerant. As the Prosecco flowed, despite the occasional fly-dunking, we ploughed through most of the dishes on the starter menu, sharing each one in true Greek style.

Halloumi; Kolokithokeftedes;Beetroot;
Louvi and Htipiti;
Spanakopittedes; Calamari

For Round 1, we ordered several dishes from the mezedakia menus. Htipiti was a delicious coarse dip of roasted peppers and chillies with feta cheese and herbs - so good we ordered it again for the second course. Grilled halloumi was tender and not squeaky at all, and the beetroot and bean dishes were subtly flavoured and easy to finish. My favourite was the Spanakopittedes, filo parcels with feta, spinach and dill. The fresh calamari was also tender in a crispy batter, a mixture of squid rings and baby squid, with cracked pepper.

Lamb cutlets; Grilled octopus;
Swordfish souvlaki; Greek salad
Round 2 was a mixture of mezedakia dishes and a couple of mains. More hiptiki obviously, as it was so amazing, as well as a Greek salad, a spinach dish and enormous Cypriot chips. The grilled octopus was smothered in oregano, olive oil and lemon and was outstanding. Swordfish souvlaki was fresh and marinated with peppers and courgettes. Our one meat dish was lamb cutlets with an exquisite mint crust, and to finish there was complementary pistachio ice cream and with melons. 

Overall the food was excellent and I would definitely recommend sharing lots of smaller dishes rather than having one dish to yourself. There was no problem at all for our veggie friend nor our wheat-free one. The staff were attentive and rather charming at times, and more than accommodating when we couldn't decide...

62 Aldermans Hill, 
Palmers Green
N13 4PP

Meal for 5 including drinks cost ~£30 each. 

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