Wahaca Bluewater Review - Amazing Mexican Street Food

9. July 2012 12:57 by Foodshack in Cookbooks  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

A Friday in our house is usually a take away, or if we think we really deserve it we go out for a meal.  A couple of weeks ago the wife and I decided to go out for dinner at Bluewater, which is a regular place for us.  Like most people we usually frequent the same restaurants as we have our favorites,  however on this occasion we decided to try something different and we chose Wahaca.

Although the restaurant was quite busy we did not have to wait to be seated.  A friendly waitress then came over and asked us if we had been before and then explained how the menu worked and proceeded to write her name on our table mat which doubled up as a menu.  The menu is well laid out and simple to read and understand.

Then the fun began as we really did not have any prior knowledge of Mexican market food.  The menu includes a street food section which comprises of lots of small dishes, and also a Platos Fuertes section which are bigger main meal type dishes.  We decided to go for the Street Food which we thought would give us a chance to give everything a taste.  We decided to order a single dish from each section of the street food dishes, and a side of green rice as well as the Fresh tomato salsa & chip starter.  Our waitress came and took our order and gave us our drinks.  Our waitress also explained that once we get to the main dishes they would be served to us when they were ready rather than all at the same time.  At the time I thought this was a little odd.

As soon as we finished our starter the first dish was served, as we tucked in the second dish arrived and within 5 minutes all of our main meal was at our table and my original concerns of dishes arriving as they were ready was soon pushed into insignificance. 

To say the food is amazing is simply an understatement.  The plates of food where stunning to look at each plate of food looked fresh and vibrant.  You could really taste the depth of flavor in each dish.  You could really tell that everything was cooked with quality ingredients and time and care was taken in the preparation.  We also felt like we had eaten a very healthy meal which makes a nice change when eating out.  If I am honest it was really one of those meals where I was disappointed I we had finished it, our taste buds where shouting more but our bellies were full.  However we still left room for a desert, which of course had to be the Mexican Doughnuts!

All in all the atmosphere, food & service was second to none and to top it off all for a reasonable price.  The decor was great and we thought the VW camper van as a booth was fantastic.  We will go back another time just to give the Platos Fuertes (Bigger Plate) dishes a try!

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We enjoyed the food at Wahaca so much that we have now brought the cookbook so we can get cracking cooking mexican street food at home

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Make it Easy by Jane Lovett

17. April 2012 14:33 by Foodshack in Cookbooks  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
 
Make it Easy by Jane Lovett is a feast of flavour and colour packed which is packed with tasty recipes to excite any food lover.
 
This fantastic book has amazing recipes  including Swedish Salmon, Tartiflette, Roast Belly of Pork, Sausage Apple and Onion Lattice Pie, Stem Ginger Ice Cream and Lemon Posset (heavenly!). This book has lots of hints and tips which do as the title suggests and make it easy for the budding home chef so that being in the kitchen is fun and a pleasure.
 
Jane Lovertt shares her tips and rather than keep them as trade secrets. The recipes are easy to follow with clear instructions with details of what can be prepared in advance. Above all the book is bright, fresh and contemporary.
 
Never before have so many people wanted to cook and experiment with food in their own homes. Worried by the credit crunch, horror stories of excessive salt, fat and sugar in ready meals, the rise in obesity and the questionable source of many foods, home cooks want to get cracking in their own kitchens.  Make it Easy by Jane Lovett is a must have for any budding home chef!

Recipes from My Mother for My Daughter - Lisa Faulkner

1. April 2012 16:18 by Foodshack in Celebrity Chef, Cookbooks, Gift Ideas  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Actress and Celebrity Masterchef winner Lisa Faulkner provides a range of delicious meals for the whole family in this cookbook.  Lisa Faulkner on Masterchef was a joy to watch, it took her quite some time to totally believe in herself even when she made it to the final.  She was inspiring to anyone who has doubts about themselves, and is proof that if you believe in yourself then the sky is the limit.

Lisa winning Masterchef was the culmination of an emotional journey that began with her mother's death from cancer when Lisa was 16. Lisa's clearest memories of her mum are of her cooking delicious meals for the family, and in recreating her recipes in this book Lisa is not just keeping her mother's memory alive - she is also able to pass on to her own daughter, Billie, the love of cookery she inherited from her mum.

Among the tasty dishes included are the MasterChef Fish Stew, Lemon Mascarpone Tart and family favorites such as The Perfect Roast and Nanna's Bread.

The recipe's are delicious and well laid out.  The photography is stunning and Lisa's approach to cooking for her family and friends is delightful and comes through with the fantastic stories she tells with each recipe.

Recipes from My Mother for My Daughter would be wonderful addition of any cookbook collection.