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LONDON: JEN CAFE

August 12th, 2012 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Restaurant | Soho - (0 Comments)

You have to share tables, a total no frills place, not sure how many surfaces the cloth wipes down before it gets to your table, hardly translated menu BUT I LOVE IT. Loads of people complain about this place for being a bit ordinary (so go to Yautcha fussy pants), but for quick dinner on the way home after work this place is it. CHECK OUT THE TEA MUG. If you’re lucky, the woman will be standing right in the window making the dumplings super fast (much faster than when I have ever made them).

4-8 Newport Place
London WC2H 7JP
Areas: Chinatown, Soho

020 7287 9708

HAPPY EASTER

April 8th, 2012 | Posted by The Booyah Cook in Cooking | London | Recipe - (0 Comments)

Yesterday was great – 5 exercise books for £1 from the Holloway Road car boot sale and beer and a hot dog in The Lamb @thelambpub which was rather jolly with very decent beers on tap.

Today was ever better. A non traditional Sunday lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant on Kingsland High Street, cake and rhubarb compote in Leila’s shop, vegies for dinner tommorrow with Valeria (“Make something healthy” followed by a brief email afterwards saying something like “I forgot pretty much everything you make is healthy so forget it.”) so I hope she like puntarella, artichokes, green tomatoes and steak. Otherwise fuck her. (But I think I have it right.) Then we went to Kris Wines on York Way to ensure there was a fine selection of beers for Nik who is taking care of Hobart (to calm his nerves). And then when I got home I made these:

It is a variation of the Matcha Tea, White Chocolate Chip and Pistachio cookies from the other day.

Here is the recipe:

200g golden castor sugar
110g butter
1 medium egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Measure all this stuff into a jug together:
165g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
30 g dessicated coconut

Save til the end:
200g chopped dried apricots
sesame seed for sprinkling before putting in the oven

Follow the same instructions as for the match tea ones (link above)

I also made some Chai-ish and White Chocolate cookies as well, only they look like glossy smooth cow pats without any nuts in them – so not so picturesque.  Instead of the sugar I used 100g muscovado and 100g soft brown suar and instead of the 30g of coconut, I used 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon and ginger  and 1 teaspoon of all the following: ground black pepper, ground cloves, nutmeg and two cardamom cloves ground.