Dinerama

So I think it’s fair to say I’m a little bit in love with Dinerama right now. Located in Shoreditch and open Thursday-Sunday from noon til late there is no excuse for not popping along to this street food fest asap!

With 11 different food stalls selling a range of delectable street food treats that can be bought and then scoffed at one of the communal tables it’s a great place to take a group of friends who just can’t decide what to eat.

Unfortunately I haven’t been able to try everything that’s up for grabs (or should I say ‘grubs’ eh eh? ) here are my recommendations of what to make a beeline for when you go…

Bao from Yum Bun

Oh my sweet Jesus are these things tasty! I could eat these all day everyday and would never get bored. Fluffy steamed buns with a choice of pork, chicken or mushroom filling, you can buy them in trays of one or two. 

steamedbuns

The slow cooked pork is fall-apart tender, cuddled up next to some cucumber and smothered in a fab hoi sin sauce – this one tastes comforting and indulgent, you just can’t go wrong! The fried chicken is equally tasty, and packs a bit more of a tart punch with it’s tarutaru sauce and chillies.

Crispy Duck Nuggets from Duck n Roll

Confit. Duck. Nuggets. I don’t really need to say more but I’m going to! Gah these were so tasty Matt and I fought for the last one. Tender in the middle, crispy on the outside and served on a bed of lettuce with a covering of chilli sauce these little beauties went down a treat!

duck nuggets

Crab Mac ‘n’ Cheese from Cheeky Italian

Definitely one to share if you’re planning to try out a few different stalls as it’s quite a hearty portion and doesn’t leave much stomach room for anything else if conquered alone! 

Good old mac 'n' cheese has had a Shoreditch update with a topping of crab and spicy fennel pangrattato.
Good old mac ‘n’ cheese has had a Shoreditch update with a topping of crab and spicy fennel pangrattato.

This was the only dish we had that divided opinion, Matt felt that it was a bit on the salty side but I think that’s because he didn’t mix the crab and pangrattato in with all the pasta like I did, and would recommend! That way you get a good dose of crispy pangrattato and crab from start to finish – win!

Doughnuts from You Doughnut!

It’s very important that you leave a little bit of room for pud, because these are just fantastic! Fresh warm doughnuts covered in salted caramel sauce, almonds and pecans – heaven! A regular is 3, and a large is 7, so if you’re sharing but think 7 is a bit too much after the rest of the food you’ve eaten, opt for a regular with a scoop of cornflake ice cream – you just can’t go wrong!

salted caramel doughnuts

While you wait for them to be made, watch the doughnuts being cut out of the massive sheet of dough – it’s borderline erotic for a foodie and ever so mesmerising!

Have you been to Dinerama, if so what would you recommend?

Zoe

Dark Chocolate, Goji & Pecan Bark

Dark Chocolate, Goji & Pecan Bark Close Up

This quick and easy bark is perfect for nibbling in front of the TV or snacking on at your desk. The combination of dark chocolate, chewy gojis and crunchy pecans make for a wonderfully textured treat! (And it’s not too bad for you either!)

One of the best parts of this recipe – it only needs 3 ingredients:

Bark Ingredients

Simply melt the chocolate, then sprinkle over the nuts and berries…

Bark with sprinkled goji and pecan

Pop it in the fridge for an hour then break it up using your hands

Bark Snapped

Bark snapped close up

Told you it was speedy! For a more in-depth method please see the printable recipe below! 

Happy snacking!

Zoe x

Dark Chocolate, Goji & Pecan Bark

Dark Chocolate, Goji & Pecan Bark

Ingredients

  • 100g Dark Chocolate
  • 2tbsp Goji Berries
  • 2tbsp Pecan Pieces

Instructions

  1. Pop the kettle on, line the baking tray with greaseproof paper and break the chocolate into small chunks and place into your heatproof bowl.
  2. Once the kettle has boiled, pour some of the water into your pan, making sure the water level remains low enough that it won’t touch your bowl when it’s placed on top.
  3. Put the pan on the hob (medium heat), then place your bowl of chocolate on top – stirring it gently until it’s all melted.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the baking tray, making sure it covers the base evenly.
  5. Sprinkle with goji berries and pecan pieces, then refrigerate for at least an hour.
  6. Take it out the fridge then break it into pieces with your hands.
  7. Tuck in and enjoy!
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Banana Bread

So it’s been way longer than planned for a new post on here! Time has absolutely flown by, but I have a bloody good banana bread recipe to make up for my absence!

This bread is quite dense, super moist and incredibly moreish! It should last for days, but so far I’ve been unable to test that as it’s always been scoffed within a day!

I was really surprised to discover that banana bread isn’t a traditional English sweet treat, but actually comes from our friends across the pond. There are two schools of thought on its origin, the first is that the recipe came out of the Great Depression as a way to make use of overripe bananas, the other is that it was developed to promote the sale of baking powder…I prefer the former as the latter just sounds so cold and corporate!

Banana Bread Gif

Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 150g Butter (+ extra for greasing)
  • 150g Sugar
  • 150g Self Raising Flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Ripe Bananas (not overripe!)
  • 2tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1tsp Baking Powder

Instructions

  1. Turn the oven to 180ºC (160ºC Fan)
  2. Take your 2lb loaf tin and grease thorougly with butter. It's much better to grease the tin than use greaseproof paper as you get a better 'crust' on your banana bread!
  3. Pop the butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together.
  4. Add the eggs and stir in gently.
  5. Mix the flour in bit by bit - I tend to do it in 3 batches.
  6. Add in the vanilla and baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  7. To finish your mixture add in the chopped bananas and mix until smooth.
  8. Pour mixture into the loaf tin and bake in the oven for 50mins.
  9. Test that the knife comes out the bread clean then leave to cool.
  10. Remove from tin and serve in slices. Goes perfectly with a good up of tea!
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Hope you find this recipe a-peel-ing!

Zoe x

Marmite Spaghetti (for true Marmite addicts)

Now before you say anything I know that to be adding Marmite to you spaghetti you have to be pretty darn fond of the stuff, but I find that other recipes tend to only give a hint where as mine packs more of a Marmite-y punch!

This is a super quick and incredibly purse friendly dinner that’s so filling and comforting – perfect for these autumnal nights where you get home and it’s already dark.

So here is my version, amping up the marmite and reducing the butter…does that mean we can also say it’s a healthier version? Maaaaaybe…?

marmite-spaghetti-1
It’s quite hard to make a bowl of beige look as good as it tastes!

What you need
serves 1
1 serving of spaghetti (I’ll let you be the judge of that)
1 generous teaspoon Marmite
1 teaspoon Butter
Boiling water with a sprinkle of salt
Grated cheese to sprinkle on top (cheddar is perfect)

2 saucepans

Method

  1. Get the pasta boiling in one of your pans.
  2. While that’s bubbling away add the marmite and butter into your other saucepan and melt over a low heat and stir regularly.
  3. When the pasta is cooked to your liking save about 200ml of the pasta water in a mug.
  4. Strain the pasta and pop it back in the pan.
  5. Add the water to your buttery marmite concoction and give it a good stir.
  6. Pour the sauce into your pasta pan and stir it through so it all gets a good coating.
  7. Throw it all in a bowl and add as much cheese as you please!

Yum!

marmite-spag
Alllll the cheese
marmite-spag-close-up
ahhh yeah!

If you want to print this recipe out, use the easy to print version below 🙂

Zoe

Marmite Spaghetti (for true Marmite addicts)

Marmite Spaghetti (for true Marmite addicts)

Ingredients

  • 1 serving of spaghetti (I'll let you be the judge of that)
  • 1 generous teaspoon Marmite
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • Boiling water with a sprinkle of salt
  • Grated cheese to sprinkle on top (cheddar is perfect)

Instructions

  1. Get the pasta boiling in one of your pans.
  2. While that's bubbling away add the marmite and butter into your other saucepan and melt over a low heat and stir regularly.
  3. When the pasta is cooked to your liking save about 200ml of the pasta water in a mug.
  4. Strain the pasta and pop it back in the pan.
  5. Add the water to your buttery marmite concoction and give it a good stir.
  6. Pour the sauce into your pasta pan and stir it through so it all gets a good coating.
  7. Throw it all in a bowl and add as much cheese as you please!
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