I am going to just share some sights and some meals we had in London. We were in London for 5 days and then Paris for 2 days, 1 night. I will put those in a separate entry. We stayed in the Wimbledon area of London, with our co-worker and his wonderful family (Hi Simon Family!!!). They were SO generous and kind. We felt right at home in their home - this ability is a special gift.
We all went to high tea at Canizaro Manor in Wimbledon, London. What a treat!!! Scones, finger sandwiches and sweets. The sandwiches included ham and tomato (sliced super thin), cucumber and cream cheese and smoked salmon. All delicate yet filling. Then for the scones....much lighter than scones at home. And it had raisins in it also. They were warm and served with clotted cream (kind of like butter) and strawberry jam. WOW!!!! And the desserts included greek yogurt in a thin glass topped with charred meringue, eclairs, and little chocolate cakes with strawberry mouse.
We had dinner at the Simon's house. We taught them how to make sushi. And Loretta put out some antipasti - grilled, marinated artichokes, various olives, and something that I thought I would never try, but LOVED - sweet peppers stuffed with goat cheese. Ok, confession here - I usually HATE peppers but these were tangy and sweet, kind of like a tomato. I must find these at home!!
They enjoyed learning how to make sushi. It turned out delicious. Such a easy and fun thing to do at home! Everyone should try it!
Another night Loretta make supper....and it was SO simple and delicious. She is from an Italian family - and this supper was (to me) the quintessential Italian meal.
I did some research on Time Out London website and set up reservations to one of the top "gastropubs" and to one of the top Indian restaurants.
First of all the gastropub. Gastropubs are the English culinary world's response to the common thought that all English food is bland and gross. They are local pubs with high end food. We went to Harwood Arms - and let me tell you.....it was TRULY amazing!!!
I am going to jump from food to sights. Don't worry....I'll get back to the food......
|This was the beautiful rainbow we were greeted with when we got to the Simon's house.|
|This super steep escalator was at one of the many Tube stops in London. What an amazing system!!|
|I love this giant horse head. To understand the proportion - look at the person walking by it on the left. This too was in the Camden Lock area - in the horse stable market.|
|This was taken at the British Museum. It is the Rosetta Stone. It is incredible to see something you have learned about just right in front of you.|
Ok.....back to food......
We went to Moti Mahal 45 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA. Here are the descriptions from the menu - with my own comments added.
This is what our meal started with. On this wooden platter, there was lettuce, whole tomatoes, onions, and lemons. Also there was a little bottle of olive oil and curry powder and course sea salt and pepper. It was AMAZING. You just put what you wanted on your plate and it was incredible.
DAL MAKHANI ~ Delhi
Black lentils slow cooked overnight on charcoal
This black lentil speciality is slow cooked for several hours, on charcoal.
Creamy and earthy, this dal is a delicious accompaniment to tandoori dishesThis was the best dal we have ever had!! Deep and rich.
MURGH MAKHANI ~ Moti Mahal, Delhi
Chicken tikka simmered in a creamy tomato sauce
This butter chicken recipe was created by a chef at the first Moti Mahal restaurant
in New Delhi. Here, we faithfully recreate our namesake’s recipe
This was fantastic - so many flavors in one bowl.
the delicate tinkle of trinkets from the dancing girls feet and exotic food- Originating from Lucknow,
this dish of morels is a rare and expensive delicacy and royal cooks use to spend hours deliberating
This was some strange and wonderful! See that piece of what looks like tin foil. It was silver and you ate it with the dish. Creamy with the texture of the morel mushrooms. I have never ate something like this, but I would again!!
Here's a mushroom close up!! I wish I could eat this right now.....
BHALLA PAPDI CHAAT ~ Old Delhi
Crisp fried pastry and lentil dumplings with creamy yoghurt, tamarind and mint chutney
A tea time favourite for all North Indians, this dish finds its roots in the Gallis ‘streets’ of Old DelhiThis one surprised me the most....it was a cold dish. And the yogurt was sweet. I can't even tell you every taste in it.....it was SO complex and different.
WOW......I think this all summarizes our London experience pretty well. Lots of wonderful walking and lots of wonderful people in such a great place. Memories of a lifetime.......