Thursday, January 19, 2017

The London Pie and Mash Company


When you hear London your first thoughts are the Queen, Tower Bridge, Fish & Chips and Ale. But how many of you associate Pie&Mash & Liquor with the Uk?Outside of it, most likely next to nobody. Olac Coombs, the owner of The London Pie and Mash Company http://www.londonpieandmashcompany.co.uk/, wants to change this.Before starting his Pie venture in 2014, he was a very successful businessman in the corporate world. Never losing sight of his lifelong dream to sell pies and bring this old traditional dish back to new life and closer to the nation.

The London Pie and Mash Company limited has a long array of pies ( currently 16 different types). All of them handmade with carefully selected ingredients. From unique breakfast pies to lunch / dinner and dessert ~ The London Pie and Mash Company has it all covered no matter if you are Meat Lover, Vegetarian /Vegan, Gluten free or prefer Halal.The LPMC is there to please your palate.
You can find them at Festivals
  all across the UK or hire them for private events from corporate to birthdays, weddings & anniversaries.
 http://www.londonpieandmashcompany.co.uk/what-we-do/
 Many people can vouch for their brilliance in service and amazing pies. From everyday people to famous actors.
http://www.londonpieandmashcompany.co.uk/gallery-reviews/
The staff is professionally trained and friendly, there for you each step of the way. Planning, decorating and most important of all ~ give you and your guests an unforgettable experience with Pie & Mash.
Should you simply want to try what all the hustle and bustle is about without leaving the comfort of your home  ~ why not order some  Pie & Mash and Liquor from them online?
http://www.londonpieandmashcompany.co.uk/shopproducts/ And add some of their homemade chili vinegar to your order to complete the  LPMC experience!
You won't regret giving this fantastic piece of England a try ~ I did and fell in love with it!
For more details and info ~ please visit http://www.londonpieandmashcompany.co.uk/

~Yours truly~
          Kv

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

~ Wonton ~ Bonbon ~




Shopping List:

~ 1 package of Wonton wrappers
~ 1 banana
~ 1 small jar of Nutella
~ 3 tablespoons of Cinnamon & Sugar (optional )
~ 1/2 cup of crushed pecans
~ 1 egg ( to create and egg wash )
~  some powdered sugar to decorate

You will also need a fryer or a tall pot with vegetable oil to fry the Wonton ~ Bonbons.

Take a few Wonton wrappers out of the packaging and line them up on a cutting board. Place them in a way so that one corner points to you and one each right and left.



Take a teaspoon and scoop a small amount of the Nutella into the center of the wrapper. Put a slice of banana on top of it.




Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar as well as some crushed pecans.


Now brush some of the egg wash on the two upper sides ( edges )  of the wrapper. Fold it into a triangle and run your finger along the edges to create a proper seal.


Fry until golden brown. Keep some paper towel on hand to place the Wontons on after frying.
After any access oil has been removed, decorate with some *powdered sugar.



*I always keep some vanilla flavored, powdered sugar on hand. I usually mix one package of vanilla sugar with 2 cups of powdered sugar and place it into a shaker.

   ~ Enjoy ~
~ Your TKv ~





Thursday, October 22, 2015

~ Vixen ~ Loaf ~

This is a new creation of mine ~ a nice savory bread ~ that in cupcake form or as a whole loaf ~ will be able to please at the dinner table as well as at any picnic.



You will need:

~ 1/3 cube of fresh yeast
~ 1 1/2 cup of white flour
~ 1/2 cup of whole wheat  flour
~ 4 oz. (113gram) of butter
~ 1 teaspoon of sugar
~ 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
~ 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
~ 3 Portobello mushrooms ( cleaned and finely chopped ~ set aside a few slices for deco )
~ 1/4 sweet onion ( finely chopped )
~ 3 slices of smoked bacon ( finely chopped )
~ 1- 1/2 cups of warm water
~ 2 eggs ( for the dough )
~ 1 egg ( to create an egg wash )

Take all the flour ~ pour it into a  ( medium sized ) stainless steel bowl and create an indentation in the center of it.



Break up the yeast into little pieces and put it in that indentation. Pour the sugar over the yeast and a pinch of salt. Add 2-3 tablespoons of warm water to create a starter.
Let the starter rise for about 15 minutes ~ in a warm space.
Meanwhile chop the onions, mushrooms and bacon up. Add it to  starter in the bowl once the 15 minutes are up ~ together with the butter ~ salt ~ eggs and cayenne pepper.
Blend well ~ add water as you need  it.



Let it rest again in a warm space ~ until it has doubled in size.



I usually place  my yeast dough into the oven ~ with only the oven light on.
Once it has doubled ~ knead it again.
Now you can either use a loaf pan  ( butter it ) ~ put the batter in ~ or use little baking cups to create individual mini breads. Decorate with the mushroom slices that you put aside earlier.





Brush a little water on your bread & let it rise one last time  for about ten minutes ~ with just the oven light on.



Place a oven safe bowl with hot water on the bottom rack of the oven.
Then turn your oven to 350F ~ bake the loaf for about 45 - 60 minutes in the center of the oven.
Should you use baking cups ~ bake for  25 to 30 minutes.


Ten minutes before your bread is done baking ~ brush  it carefully with  some egg wash!





Eat it warm or cold ~ with herb cheese ~ butter or as is ~

Happy Baking

~ Yours truly ~
        TKv

Friday, October 16, 2015

~ Mozzarella ~ Mushroom ~ Melt ~

A lovely little appetizer, that is simple to make and easy on your budget. Bite for bite ~ great flavor!




You will need:

~ 1 loaf of Ciabatta bread or one baguette ( sliced to your liking )
~ 1  16 oz. Mozzarella log (sliced )
~ 1 8 oz. package of baby bella mushrooms ( cleaned and thinly sliced )
~ 1/2 bunch of thai basil ( the leaves only )
~ some EVOO  to drizzle over the mozzarella
~ a few pinches of Kosher salt
~ fresh ground black pepper



Take the bread slices and arrange them on a cookie sheet. I usually put some parchment paper on the cookie sheet before I place the bread or anything else on it.





Take the pre sliced mozzarella slices and place one on  each piece of bread.



Drizzle a little bit of EVOO over each slice.  Put 2-3 leaves of Thai Basil onto the mozzarella and spice it all with some kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.











Now arrange the mushrooms on it.







Put into the oven on broil until the mozzarella melts !



What a quick and yummy snack :-)

~ Yours truly ~
        TKv




Wednesday, October 14, 2015

~ Kv's ~ Caprese Style ~ Bacon Log ~



For this recipe you will need the following:


~ 1  16oz.package of bacon
~ 2 russet potatoes ( cleaned & thinly sliced on the mandolin ~ keep in salted cold water)
~ 1 Roma tomato  ( thinly sliced )
~ 2 slice of fresh mozzarella  ( cut into finger thick sticks )
~ 1-2 cups of fresh  spinach  ( cleaned and pat dry )
~ two pinches of kosher salt
~ fresh ground black pepper

Like with my previous recipe for the Sausage Bacon Log ~ you will need to create a bacon weave.







Now that you completed the weave ~ add the thinly sliced potatoes onto it. Salt and pepper it.
Remember to leave some space on the edges of the weave empty ~



Place the spinach on top of the potatoes  ~ ( you can also leave the spinach out and use some thai basil on top of the tomato layer that is to follow)  ~



Add one row of tomatoes as shown in the picture below ~



Place the mozzarella sticks across the tomato slice,



Fold in the right and left side of the bacon "cloth" and begin to roll it all up into a log,



Place the log  ~ seem down ~ into a frying pan on medium to high heat ~ ( electric cooktop 6-7 ) until it is golden brown all around.





This is great for parties ~ as an appetizer or even as a whole meal in itself ~

Have fun recreating this!!!

~ Yours truly ~
       TKv


~ Kv's ~ Sausage ~ Bacon Log ~

                 

This is one of my fun kitchen experiments that was a total success with everybody.
You can use this as a whole meal ~ as an appetizer or for a bbq.

You will need for1 log:

~ 1  16oz pack of bacon
~ 1 - 1/2 cups of hashbrowns 
~ 1/3 cup of shredded mozzarella / provolone
~ 3-4 mushrooms ( thinly sliced )
~ 1- 2 spring onions ( thinly sliced )
~ 2 breakfast links
~ fresh ground black pepper
~ 2 pinches of kosher salt


Take the bacon and create a weave, as shown below:







Once you have the weave completed and created a bacon sheet, add the raw shredded potatoes ( hashbrowns) .  Leave about a two finger width on the edges clear of any stuffing. Sprinkle two pinches of kosher salt over it and some fresh ground, black pepper.




Add the cheese, the mushrooms and the springonions.





Now place the two breakfast links ~ as shown in the picture below ~



Once the breakfast links are added, carefully fold in the right and the left side of the weave.
Slowly roll it all into a log.



place the log ( seem down ) into a frying pan ~ slowly brown it on medium high heat. ( 6-7 on electric stovetop )

 Once you have it golden brown all over ~ you can either serve it in a whole or cut slices.






Enjoy ~  Yours truly ~

                     TKv