Sunday 1 October 2017

Sri Lankan dinner at Blackfriars Settlement

I am sure that by reading the title you recognise the name Blackfriars Settlement from somewhere. Well it is the same place I had the Italian charity food dinner earlier this year and which inspired me to make my own pesto at home. It's a local charity near where I live.

Head over to my Italian food blog post and learn all about the Blackfriars Settlement and my adventures making pesto

The dinner was another fundraiser for what they used to call Older peoples' services but it is now called Positive Ageing @ Blackfriars.

Well first lets start off with the starters! For starters I had a scrumptous mutton roll which quite reminded me of a soft mutton spring roll. I also had a samosa which I dipped in Tina's Homemade Chilli Sauce which was a wonder of a chilli sauce. The samosa pastry was perfect I have to say. It wasnt too crunchy ar too soft.  This was good for me as I have braces haha.

Tina's Homemade Chilli Sauce was a delight savour in my mouth. It was very spicy but just right. The flakes weren't too soft like you get in the local Chinese shop.

Then Ihad my favourite dish of the night. The dhal. I love lentils and the taste of lentils were so prominent I almost fell in love with it. Thirdly, i ate the okra which reminded me of my trip to Guinea, which I blogged about back in January. The chilli seasoning on it was world class i have to say.

There was loads of food to choose from. For example, aubergine curry and soya curry and devilled beef which were all delicious

The band was amazing too and it was Tina's nephew who was the lead and they played everything from traditional Sri Lankan to the newest hits like Despacito and Shape of You.

I want to say a big thank you to the Blackfriars Settlement for providing this food for me and I also want to thank the cooks too. And of course the one and only Tina, who you can see with me here, who gave me some of her chilli sauce to take away.

There are some more photos of the Sri Lankan dinner on Instagram at @maliqthegoodeater including this one of my whole family feeding our faces!

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Thats all for now
Maliq The Good Eater

Sunday 23 July 2017

Chinatown Food Tour

Welcome to my 'day out in China Town' blog!!!

I went to a special food tour around London's Chinatown to celebrate London Food Month. We went to 5 restaurants one of which was more of a small dishes place. I went with my neighbour Andrew, another food enthusiast. ENJOY!!!

Before I start talking about the food and places we went to visit I want to introduce you to the guy that took us on this tour. KS is a New Zealand guy who loves food and is a well-known Instagrammer. He decided to put on this tour because the Chinese community brings so much food to london and it needed to be celebrated. He took us to many places and ran it in a very friendly way.

This duck dish at Jin Li is obviously a sharing meal. I personally don't like duck too much but this one is chewy in a nice way.  It gets a very nice seasoning type flavour when it is eaten with the chilli broth.

Now this one at Dumplings Legend was the best of all. As I said on Instagram, it's a boring name but a mind-blowing dish. Its broth goes exceptionally well with the sea bass. The sea bass is tender and the taste flourishes in your mouth. I recommend it to anybody going to dumpling legend. Great eat.

Finally we stopped at Bake in Soho and had bubble waffles in the shapes of fish with vanilla and green tea ice cream. The waffles are made like normal ones in a stencil the shape of a fish.

Hope you enjoyed this blog and i would reccomend all the restaurants mentioned and the tour if it happens again but be quick the tickets sell out quick.

Maliq the good eater

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Saturday 24 June 2017

Chilli cheese dogs

Tonight was movie night with my neighbour Andrew. My parents went out to Dishoom.

Andrew made chilli cheese dogs for me, my sister Aisha and his friend Susan who is visiting from California.

I had too many.

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Wednesday 31 May 2017

Top 10 Orlando Eats: The Top 5

Welcome to the Top 5 of the Orlando eats. Sorry it is a couple days late -- I have had a very busy week.

5.  Steak at Cuba Libre

This immaculate steak is tender, crispy and has an amazing sauce coating. For me this steak has the lot. This Cuban restaurant is in a Pointe Plaza Orlando (a shopping mall).

Anyway back to the dish. The steak was covered in a rich and light sauce which enlightened my mind. The plantains were amazingly caramelised and the black bean sauce was absolutely fabulous.

4.  Steak at Bahama Breeze

Ooh Bahama Breeze...

The reason I say that is because I went there twice and the first time I went sorry Bahama Breeze but the food was horrible. I had a jerk chicken sandwich. However on the second night I had a steak which was absolutely amazing. It blew my mind how good this dish was compared to the jerk chicken sandwich. It came with a yellow rice and caremalised plantains once again.

3.  English Muffin at Dunkin Donuts

I love McDonalds breakfast:  egg and cheese mcmuffin. It is just amazing. Anyway, on the first day I arrived at Orlando I noticed a Dunkin Donuts which I had seen many times on TV and knew straight away I wanted to go there.

I saw an English muffin with egg and cheese on the menu and knew straight away it was my destiny to eat it. It was of course not as good as Mcdonalds' but it was amazing. I did find it hard to not call it a McMuffin when ordering though.

2.  Pizzas at NYPD

Pizza. One of the planet's greatest foods.

And what made NYPD's pizza the best I have ever had is that it was heaving with toppings: Olives, jalapeno peppers, feta cheese and pineapple (Italians wouldn't call it a pizza though πŸ˜‚).
Wow it was good. However I could barely finish it. I had to have it for breakfast. The crust was so well made as well. It was crispy and thick. Mmmmmm.....

1.  Pancakes at IHOP

American Pancakes are the best pancakes on earth. IHOP pancakes are sooo nice it breaks in your mouth immediately and the blueberries go soooo well with the pancakes. It comes in 4's and and is stuffed with blueberries as well as having them on top. This is one of the main reasons i want to go back to America.

Thank you for reading my top 10.

However, there is more.  Is it possible to be better than number one?  Number One Star? Because Beth's Burgers in Orlando is sooo good it needs its own post.  I'll do it soon. Be sure to check it out.

Maliq the good eater

Monday 15 May 2017

Top 10 Orlando Eats: 10-6

In the holidays I went on an amazing trip to Orlando in the sunshine state (Florida).

Here are numbers 10-6 on my top ten list of everything I ate there.  My top 5 will be revealed next week

10.  Hot Chocolate at IHOP

IHOP is a restaurant also know as the International House of Pancakes and this is the final hot chocolate I had there. I had the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted the first two times but this one beat them all. It was BIG and tasty. Every time we went there we played noughts and crosses and it became the game to play whenever we were waiting for anythingπŸ˜„

9. Funnel cake at Disney World

This is the funnel cake at Disney World. It is basically a deep fried doughnut with powdered sugar on top. It is the best thing to eat at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. It is dead easy to make if you have the right equipment. All you do is deep fry the dough and add powdered sugar on topπŸ‘

8. Noodles at a place whose name I forgot

To be honest I dont know what the place is called. All  I know is that it was in the Japanese section of EPCOT and it was good! The top dish was the main dish I had which was beef udon. I am sure you know what shredded beef is so I won't explain. However I will say that the udon is just thick noodles. The bottom dish is Miso soup. Miso soup is just soup and tofu. We were entertained by beautiful Japanese drumming.

7. Churro at Universal Studios

These aren't your ordinary churros. These are American churros. They are long, thick and full of sugar. They are heated up and are lovely to eat. These are sold all around Universal world resort.  And that's my sister Aisha.

6. Turkey leg at Universal studios 

What I am eating is a GIANT turkey leg. It is lovely and is sold where the churros are. All there is to say about this is that it is BIG, NICE and hard to finish. My family couldn't finish a whole one.

Be sure to stay tuned for the Top 5

Maliq the good eater

Friday 21 April 2017

Home-made pesto with Mal Pacino

A few weeks ago I went to an Italian-themed charity fundraiser at Blackfriars Settlement. It was really nice. The food was all home-made by Tina's sister.

Blackfriars is a charity for locals in London SE1, where I live. They help old people mostly but anyone is welcome. I know Blackfriars Settlement as my mum cuts hair there and Andrew (my neighbour) helps older people with computers. They are always looking for volunteers and my mum and my neighbour really enjoy helping out.

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At the fundraising dinner they served multiple dishes. First we had a bruschetta and some breadsticks. A while ago fresh tomatoes were the only thing I didn't like, but now is one of my favourite things to eat. It was all so good.

Then we got a green pesto and spaghetti meal. That was my favourite dish of the night. We then had a chicken with mushroom sauce and a salmon with rosemary potatoes. They all had their own tastes which were all superbly cooked.

After the delicious pesto meal I decided to cook some homemade pesto and pasta. This is how it went down.

Me and Andrew have a cooking class where he teaches me to cook various dishes. He has already taught me to cook grilled cheese sandwiches. We made fresh pesto this time.

With a Tupperware Herb Chopper you can easily grind all the ingredients in 5 mins. You can buy it from my colleague the Tupperware Man.

Fresh basil, pine nuts (or walnuts), garlic, grated Parmesan, olive oil, salt and pepper are the only ingrediemts needed to make this superb dish. Then you put them in the grinder 1 at a time in the order above. Then grind every time you put something in.

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I have pesto quite a lot and now I can make it myself - it saves alot of time. After learning how to cook pesto I made it for my family and even my sister absolutely loved it, as you can see from this photo!πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

Thank you for reading
Be sure to try making the pesto yourself

Maliq the good eater

Saturday 8 April 2017

Funnel cake

Are you wondering, where in the world is the Good Eater?

I am in Florida on holiday with my family.  Back next week.

This is funnel cake. It tastes like the fried dough sticks I had in Chinatown back home in London.  It's not cake and I didn't see any funnel, but we enjoyed it.