When I think about the number of lives that have been blighted by this horrendous disease, what I feel is an overwhelming sadness. Cancer. Invasive, destructive and evil, it lives up to its meaning in every sense. The disease that puts the fear of god into all of us, seems to grow inexplicably and rips people away from us too soon. And yet yesterday, at the Pretty Muddy run in Mote Park Maidstone, there was such a positivity about fighting it, it was infectious in the very best way.
The salad season is well and truly upon us but I can’t think of anything less enticing than the bog standard lettuce, tomato and cucumber combo. Don’t get me wrong, they have their place but I think we can do better than that, don’t you? So please excuse the utterly crap photo but I wasn’t expecting this Thai Noodle Salad to be quite as tasty as it was and therefore, didn’t faff with the plating. As it goes, it was a triumph, so I thought I’d share it anyway. It’s actually a bit of a belly buster and packed full of fresh flavours that really deliver a punch. And it’s another one you can adapt and change to fit what you’ve got in your fridge. For example, prawns would work great instead of chicken, or you could use rice instead of noodles.
You might have seen my breakfast muffin recipe before but these banana blueberry muffins are a slightly different twist. Still using those manky over-ripe bananas but including some fresh blueberries and trendy chia seeds. No refined sugars, only honey for sweetness. Basically super food heaven.
Crazy Bear has some crazy good Asian food, and a whole lotta other crazy too.
Let’s start with the cocktails. We arrived a good hour before our pre-theatre dinner booking, so what else could we do other than sample the cocktails? The only real issue was choosing one. It was a seriously impressive menu and after getting a little con-fuzzed about what to go with (I’m still thinking about the Lychee Mojito), I chose the Crazy Berry. Tanqueray gin, raspberries, chillies, framboise and lime juice. It was weird, sweet, spicy, tart, and well, delicious. I couldn’t drink more than one but with a cocktail menu that size, why would I?
Let me start by saying that this trip was relatively short notice. Truth is, we had a big summer holiday planned to the Dominican Republic but when it came to paying for it, we couldn’t afford it. So we cut back, transferring the deposit we had already paid to a holiday in Lefkas, a cheaper alternative. Cheaper in cost but no less full of beauty, culture and fun.
Inadvertently, we had booked a week on an island often referred to as the Caribbean of the Ionians, mainly due to the exquisite blue waters that surround it. The waters were indeed crystal clear and some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Literally a sea of blues, every shade, dappled in sunlight, making a twinkle no filter could create. Lefkas (or Lefkada) has a unique landscape of rock face and luscious greenery, interspersed with spear-shaped cypress trees. The mix of green and blue make it a place holiday dreams are made of.
Noiy and her fabulous noodles can be found in the up and coming creative quarter of Folkestone, right next to the harbour. Contrasting totally with my other favourite Folkestone eatery, Rocksalt, there is nothing uber chic or fancy about Noiy’s Noodles. It’s a food box serving takeaway Thai. It’s tiny. Blink and you’ll miss it. You can barely fit 3 customers inside. But what comes out….wowee. Thai food that packs a punch in terms of flavour and quality. It’s magic.
Breakfast seems to be one of my favourite topics to post about at the moment. As the explorations continue, there are a few firm favourites that I always return to, like this one. And amazingly, it’s not egg related!