Friday, 27 February 2015

Leeds takeaways - A mop up

The first post in a series of 'mop-ups' that I will be writing in an attempt to round up some half finished drafts, it's-really-not-worth-a-full-review, and general places I have visited but not blogged about. I bring to you in this post Leeds takeaways, mainly in North and West Leeds.

I've been back in the LS postcode for just over a year now and in that year I have been astonished with the number of takeaways available to me, this is exacerbated by the fact that all takeaways in Harehills and Headingley (where an unbalanced ratio of Leeds' takeaways lie) deliver to my address. 

In the search for the best pizza, curry, Chinese and something a little bit different I've tried some rotters and also some pretty decent places too. But mainly rotters, as is the takeaway game. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

My Thai - Leeds

My Thai is flavour of the month with the local food bloggers. Naturally I had to go and see what all the fuss is about. 

Situated on the outside of the Merrion centre on Wade Lane it's next door neighbour is Fuji Hiro, whether they are friendly neighbours... I'm unsure. If I was a leading seller of noodles in Leeds city centre I'm not so sure I'd be too impressed with a new cute noodle neighbour moving in next door. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Tostada with Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken and Avocado

When I try a new dish in a restaurant and love it I can't wait to replicate it myself at home. It's one of the reasons why I love eating out so much. Restaurants introduce you to  new ingredients, recipes, dishes, cuisines and more. There is also a certain euphoria that comes with making something delicious. Whether you've followed a recipe or not, having the end product in your mouth and it taste pretty damn amazing is... well... it's a pretty damn amazing.

I adore Mexican food. I love ALL the flavours. I love the spice. I don't know anyone who doesn't like Mexican food.

I like chicken. It's versatile. It's readily available. It can become a bit boring.

This chicken dish is not boring.

I've taken the best cooking technique and applied it to chicken. Slow cooking.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Mexican Pilgrim - Street Food - Leeds

One Wednesday in February that had no particular relevance or joy about it,  I went on a mini cheddar mission on my lunch break. I found no mini cheddars in the micro supermarkets near where I work and I ended up walking past a Mexican street food van THREE times. I could take no more of its sweet sweet  smokey smokey mouth watering smells and I lamented and joined the queue.

The Mexican Pilgrim has migrated from some industrial estate in Cross Green to the corner (Triangle) of East Parade, just outside Blackhouse. Cue lots of men in suits queuing up to get a good Mexican mouthful.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Market Wraps - Street Food - Leeds

Market Wraps, if you haven't heard of them, are a Yorkshire based street food producer.

Where you can find them: 

Leeds farmer's market on Briggate in Leeds city centre every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. 

There are also plans for them to attend the new Dock Street Market at the Royal Armouries each month. 

Brandon Street night market in Armley on the last Friday of every month 

Brighouse food and craft market on the last Saturday in April, the last weekend in August and the last weekend in November. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Oriental Cantonese - Meanwood, Leeds

As the Chinese New Year is approaching I was asked by Hungry House to review a local Chinese takeaway in parallel with their interactive guide to create your own Chinese Feast. The chosen takeaway was a place I had never ordered from before, as I already have my set favourite in Roundhay, but willing to try somewhere different I agreed to try out Oriental Cantonese in Meanwood. 

I tried to order a good variety of dishes as well as my personal favourites. Rest assured D and I as well as two housemates and a housemate boyfriend did not manage to eat all of the dishes featured in this post in one night. It was a feast beyond proportion as the dishes were so cheap! 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ecco Pizzeria - Headingley, Leeds

Myself, D and some other local food bloggers were invited along to sample some of Ecco's pizzas as well as bear witness to a live pizza making demonstration. 

Ecco Pizzeria is one of the places on my ever growing hit list (I'd need to eat out twice a week for a year to hit everywhere on that list), so needless to say I was very excited and joyed that they had invited me along. 

We were given a brief history of the foundations of the pizzeria, the chefs were Neapolitans, they had been to Naples to do extensive research (if anyone else is embarking on some pizza research in Italy feel free to tag me along), and they were certified Neapolitan pizzas by the Associazione Verace Napoletana. Apparently it is now a heritage food (the first that's been brought to my attention - maybe we could certify the Roast Dinner or the Yorkshire Pudding?) and the certification means that it has to be prepared in line with particular requirements such as the type of flour, the type of cheese, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil must be used. In addition to this all ingredients have to be natural and fresh, and the baking time of the pizza must not exceed 90 seconds within the stone wood fire oven. There are definitely some pretty passionate pizza people out there. 

We all gathered round to watch the live demonstration by the authentic Neapolitan chefs and I barely had time to get my camera out before he was popping the toppings on and then shovelling it in to the oven. 

Monday, 9 February 2015

A Tearoom Somewhere in Yorkshire.

I've decided not to name and shame this particular tearoom, for reasons which you will see shortly, but I wanted to share this experience nevertheless. Mainly to show you how ridiculous businesses can be. 

Searching for brunch one early afternoon in Yorkshire, D and I stumbled across a tearoom that advertised out front that they were serving bacon sandwiches, tea and the mornings papers for £4. D had bacon eyes that day so it seemed perfect. I always love a good tearoom. 

Climbing two flights of stairs above an empty (of customers) shop we found ourselves in the smallest of small Tearooms that only had 5 tables which could seat 14 people at a time (at a squeeze).

Luckily there was an empty table by the window and we gladly sat down and moved the last persons empties to the side. The sun was shining through the window, fresh flowers were on the table, 40s music was playing and bacon was on the menu. Hopes were high. 

Monday, 2 February 2015