It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe – so here’s one for paneer toasted sandwiches. Quick and easy to make…
1. Blend together paneer – as much as you want, handful of cashews, few sprigs of coriander, 1 green chill until it’s roughtly chopped.
2. Heat oil in a pan and light fry the mixture. Add some fresh grated coconut, salt and lemon to taste and a teaspoon of sugar. Cook on medium heat for five minutes
3. Butter two slides of bread and add the mixture before toasting in a sandwich toaster.
3. When done, take the sandwiches out and serve immediately with your favorite sauces.
Opso is a new and trendy all-day Modern Greek diner, opened in Marylebone. Opso – an ancient Greek word for ‘delicacy’ is founded by British-Greek entrepreneur Andreas Labridis and architect Dimitris Karampatakis.
My sister was taking out her bridesmaids for brunch and after looking for the perfect place, we had booked at Riding House Club. But my friend Igor, a prolific blogger had posted pictures of his brunch at Opso so I wanted to try it out!
It aims to showcase the contemporary tastes and produce of Greece, such as honey and cheese, via ingredient-led cooking and a thoroughly London sensibility. The aim of the restaurant is to be social – motto: social food so there’s a long communal table and a menu full of shared plates reflecting Greece’s social attitude towards eating. I used to live in Southgate so know how similar the Greek and Indian eating culture is.
Sheillee and I went for the bagel-like, sesame-studded toasted koulouri bread, eaten as street food or breakfast in Greece with poached egg and Greek yogurt hollandaise. It was on the small side but tasty – the hollandaise sauce made it very light. My friend went for the scrambled egg on sourdough with feta and tomato. I found this very cheesy but loved the freshness of the sourdough bread. We shared two portions of the pancakes with homemade praline which were yummy. The pancakes were light and fluffy with the right consistency.
It’s a really airy place and I liked the idea of having a Greek brunch. If you like brunch and venturing to new places, then it’s worth adding this to the list….
Cantina Laredo is the London outpost of an American chain of Mexican restaurants. It’s a post Mexican unlike the streetfood venues like Wahaca and most importantly they have a vegetarian menu!!
The cocktail menu looked good and being in a Mexican restaurant we opted for strawberry mojitos that were tangy yet refreshing.
The menu is straightforwardly Mexican and Tex-Mex. Tacos, enchiladas, flautas, empanadas and quesadillas all make an appearance. The show starter was the Guacamole En Molcajete – this speciality is as fresh as fresh can be and prepared right in front of you, so you can dictate everything from the chillies to the coriander, making it a tasty dip to go with the tortilla chips. It’s also made at the table which was fun to watch.
I chose the Fajitas Vegetarianas with portabella mushrooms, asparagus, artichokes, tomatoes, onions, peppers all grilled and served on a sizzling skillet. It was also accompanied by flour tortillas, coriander lime rice, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and black beans. My friends went for the mixed grill and we shared between us. It tasted good but I felt the dishes needed more seasoning and spice to it – also there wasn’t enough guacamole or sour cream to go around.
We finished off with the three scoops of ice-cream including chilli chocolate, tequila and a sorbet alongside freshly made churros. They were divine. I’d recommend this place as somewhere different to the usual street food Mexican choices.