What did we eat in London?


Eating out on a holiday is always a hard task with the girls, as they hardly ever agree on what they want to eat (well, that is the situation every time so there was no difference). If one of them need a burger than the other one surely wants pasta. Even if we finally picked a place they can’t find anything suitable on the menu.

This time in London the breakfast was solved as we visited a Prét-á-Manger every morning. When I was in London back in 2000 I loved it, I always had a Tuna sandwich as I can recall. Not it was a bit different but we had a lot of items to choose from in the shop. As it was early morning we chose breakfast things like toasts and Pret’s Hot menu and I have to admit, we were satisfied most of the time.

Dóri loved the toast so she always had that but I tried to find something new and different every time we had something there. So I had a toast and the next morning I had a burger and obviously, I had the leftovers from the girls, too. Just for fun and for not wasting anything.

But no worries! It was all right. I did not even put on weight as we walked a lot during the day. Continue reading


Rump steak in Emile Henry

So, you can always find some bargains in supermarkets – and that’s what happened to me last year on the last day of December. We went for a last shopping before everything is closed, and I realized that quite a lot of different steaks are very cheap.

There were Irish rump steaks and steaks from the States at something like the 20% of the original price. So I bought a lot. Really.

And then I figured that I make one of them in the oven in a glass baking dish, and that was perfect. In fact so perfect, that my wife, who doesn’t really enjoy eating steaks, wanted to have another one the day after.

We couldn’t really do that then, but a week later I thought that I took a step forward, and I used my ceramic dish, the Emile Henry one.

And that time I took some photos, too.

The first one had been a steak from the United States, the second one was an Irish rump steak, and, unfortunately, I couldn’t bring the best out of it. It wasn’t really bad, but it could have been better, really.

I left it in the oven for too long, that was the biggest mistake, so the meat wasn’t that tender, lost mostly the juices, the moist. You can see that on this picture, it is a bit dry.

Probably putting sliced tomato in the dish was not the best idea that time – it lost most of its water and damaged the onion bed under the steak so that wasn’t so tasty either. Anyway, as it was steak on a vegetable bed, I sliced a couple of onions, tomatoes to the bottom of the dish, added “ajo negro” (or black garlic), salt and pepper. And as usual, the steak was covered with that two things, too.

I expected something better, probably the meat was different, too, but still, I shouldn’t have left it in the oven for more than 20 or 30 minutes.

So, be careful with the timing!