Thursday, 26 June 2014

London Food Festival, TASTE.June 18th-22nd, 2014

Korea Foods tent

Korea Foods tasting tent
Organic wine from Italy

Galbi Bros

TASTE entrance

British pie shop

Scallops with lentil

Italian spicy cured pork salame Nduja


Korea foods tasting tent

Over the years I've visited London food festival here and there, I think London Taste in regent park is the best, have a chance to taste well known chefs creation and more professional.

This year I was very lucky to have tickets by Korea foods, my special thanks to Korea foods.

It was perfect day , on Sunday ,to stroll park for any reason, when we arrived, all  festival goers mingling between tents not too many people  but just right to enjoy to add party moods.
I could not miss 6 tents of  Korea Foods, I knew they are promoting in this event but did not realise such a big scale.
It was such a pleasure to see and I could not help feeling smug because I knew this is going to happen years ago.
I did bang on about my prediction and told a few food editors to take in their papers but sadly most of them did not, but a few food writers had tried but it did not happen, I am guessing the editor thought it differently.

But only one food journalist contact me about Kimchi and gave her free my kimchi lesson, and she wrote about my recipe  in her world pickle article.

Korea foods selling their product and invited Galbi Bros were selling Korean Burger.
Korean bulgogi sauce marinated mini burger with gochujang and mayo sauce seemed very popular.

Korean foods are big here in size wise, selling products, tasting  and celebrity chef talking and serving her Korean tasting menu., Even she was in Korea earlier , invited by Korean tourism and Korea foods to see Seoul and other attraction in the country's food scene. ( lucky her!)

Korean food is rising in London,  hope this huge momentum carries for a long time. Sure, under 35 years old Londoners are having love affair with Korean food for some time now, as I knew through my cookery.
How this love affair will be nurtured and eventually to the marriage? I certainly hope so.
Some of well known chefs are looking into Korean food now, to create new dishes, it is a good sign for the Korean food's publicity .

Looking around festival, famous restaurant,  ROKA ( fusion Japanese) grilling Lamb chop with gochujang ( Korean chilli paste) sauce.  this kind of free publicity is vital to keep Korean food interested to the public. Well known chef with  restaurant , cooking with Korean sauce even they are not Korean food, does not matter.

Looking around, still  big names pulling the crowd, like Jamie Oliver, M, Roux Jr. from ( Le Gavroche),, Club Gascon  Salt yard, Samba Susi, Italian restaurants had big queues, and tapas bar as well,

Jami Oliver's slow cooked smoked short rib was very good and tender meat fall off the bone, meaty piece of this cut we, Koreans love.

Still Italian well known restaurants has the longest queue, Londoners had not enough of Italian food yet it seemed.
My resent favourite Italian ingredient is Nduja, very spicy cured pork meat, so spicy , but so tasty.
It can be on the toast, in the pasta or in the meat stew, so versatile.
I can use for the Korean dishes if I can buy at the shop.

As always finding good small food producers are my aim.
Nice looking meat pie shop was caught my eyes in the small producer's tent. It was such a good pie.
Pork and stilton cheese, pork and chicken pie are exceptionally good.
Thin crust , not heavy , has very good flavour. I had to buy for my husband who is a Northerner, he certainly loves  and knows the meat pies.
As he, meat pie owner said, loving meat pie is in their ( Northerners) DNA!
It was nice to know this pie is available on line , also they sell excellent cheese and ham (

Useful note;
Korea foods ( Korean supermarket):
New Malden, Surrey.
Tel: 020 8329 2900


Friday, 20 June 2014

BBQ Lamb & Chicken for the Summer weekend

Butterflied & marinated lamb
Baked beetroots


Chicken thigh

BBQ ( Grilled)lamb
Lamb and new potatoes
We have decided to celebrate Father's Day at home with BBQ lamb and chicken, asparagus, baked beetroots, new potatoes. My son provided excellent Italian Red, ( our favourite) wine, Amarone.

One of my favourite Iranian spice is Sumac, it has tangy , hint of  lemon flavour goes well with lamb, chicken and even fish.
Whenever I go to middle Eastern or Turkish shop, buy 2-3 bags and store in freezer.
This is good for Summer BBQ meat , even grilled aubergine or courgette, just sprinkle with salt & pepper.

Leg of lamb ( half leg)

Butterfly the meat and leave bone in,
Marinating :
Sumac ( 1tbsp), smoked paprika ( 1tbsp) black pepper ( 1tbsp). grated ginger ( 1tbsp), chopped rosemary ( 2 tbsp), olive oil ( 3tbsp), 1 zest of lemon, salt

Mix well and rub on the lamb leave in the fridge over night .
Take out from the fridge 1 hour before cooking and put on the roasting tin cover with silver foil
roast in the oven for 1 hour with low temperature. ( 110c)
Take out and grilled on the charcoal fire, rest for 20 minutes . Squeeze lemon on the meat before cut.
It was such nice pink ( M.rare) and moist.

Same way marinade chicken thigh  , skinned and boned ( 12 pieces) and cook slowly on the fire
we had new potatoes and sweet baked beetroots and lightly grilled asparagus.

Wow, they were delicious it was a change from our usual  spicy Korean chilli paste marinaded chicken thigh which my family loves.

We all washed down with Amarone,  Lovely.
Certainly as my husband, Neil said, had a fantastic father's day meal.


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Why British girls are the fattest in Europe, Too many Foodies not enough home Cook

 Whenever I read British are the fattest in Europe I am so sad, this time our girls are fattiest in Europe, it is a tragic!!
Surely all nation knows what is the healthy food by now,
I thought most of population are interested in food, you just can not avoid, paper, magazine, TV even leaflets from supermarkets!

 But I am guessing not a lots of home does not cook at home, this is the biggest problem, too much ready made meal and fast food are around in society.  Too busy to cook? I hear ? but does not need hours to cook just half an hour a day will do.
Even mighty Jami Oliver's 30mintues, even 15minutes meal TV program seemed not be able persuade people to cook at home.

Perhaps U K have too much Cookery program in TV, a lots of people have TV dinner on the lap watching chef's creation, may think all look so complicated and too expensive for the ordinary  low income family.

I truly think Cooking skill is most important life skill you could have. Needs all your life anyway even you are rich, poor it does not matter.

If I am the Minister of Health and  the Minister Education, what  I
would like to do.
1.Promote cooking at school, from age of 7
2. Just make them cook, eat together at the table, learn how to share and how enjoyable eating together with conversation.
3. Never make judgement or mark, competition, whatever they are cooking  , they will know what is good or tasty food, learn like at home.

4.Learn how to cook basics.

*5 different egg dishes ( boiled, fried, scrambled, poached,
*Full English breakfast
* 3 pasta dishes
*3 different salad dressing
*Basic mayonnaise
*Sunday roast ( Chicken)
* 3 different potato dishes ( mashed, fried, roast)
* How to cook vegetables
*Basic curry
* How to cook rice
* Fried rice with vegetables
* Basic meat stew or vegetables stew
* Basic meat pie( chicken or beef)
* Cottage & shepherd pie.
* Cornish pie and basic  pasty

5. when they learn these basic cooking by 14 years age, they can learn what is the value of cooking and nutrition , healthy food.
By the time they know how to cook, they will know about what is good food themselves. As so many teen magazine covering about food and perhaps too much food article on it,

I just wonder why in Britain has many middle class foodies not enough home cooking family.
I may be a middle class foodie,  but I always cook at home, never get take away, ready meal in my house, this is not a rule, just happened.

We do eat dinner at the table as a family whoever  at home, and always have a family Sunday Roast.
We do have  special meal at restaurant, always good, fairy pricey with excellent cooking by well known chefs. Only 10 times a year, like birthdays, anniversary, make it really super special.

Drinking is a big problem  here not only teens as a nation I think.
1.Should promote more healthy way of drinking rather than  try to price up, this is short term resolution, needs long term solution.
2. Should encourage teach how to drink at home and parent should teach their children, as everything in life, start at home.
3. We have to change  the way drinking habit, always drink with foods like Spanish tapas are most excellent way.
4. Teach low income  family how to eat properly and most of all how to cook with low budget. this does not means not tasty or bad, it can be a delicious meal, depend on how to cook .

I 'd like to tell all politicians do educate from home, if parents are not up to it, teach them first , not to the school first, it is already late then.
Education has to start from Home!!!!

Another thing has to aware, low cost ready meal is not only unhealthy but most importantly also
more EXPENSIVE than home cooked meal.

PHOTOS: all our home made Korean & Western dishes made by me.

Grilled salmon, pepper and pasta

Korean seafood pancake

Stuffed pepper with rice

Asparagus with poached egg
Pan fried cod with egg& parceley sauce

Friday, 6 June 2014

London Wine Fair 2014 , June 2-4

Wine tasting

Lecture on wine tasting

SP Wines & Foods

SP Wines & Foods from Spain

Kingcatch Sicilian white

Ice Wines , France

This year London Wine Fair was held in Olympia, London and smaller than last year which was easier for me to get around.
I am a not a wine expert but I am trying to find not well known wines to match my Korean Food to recommend my cookery members.

Well known wines easy to find at any shops but discovering reasonably priced good wines is my aim . I love  good dry white, rich full bodied red and champagne, but these are easy to buy if you can afford.

Iced wine was interesting . it was French sparkling chardonnay, drink with ice in the glass, it was very light and good for the social drink, I think.
I bet they are popular with city professionals, specially high flying 30 something ladies.

Attending wine lecture on tasting was very educational ,  know now,  how the colour of red is different with ageing.  if you like to be a wine buff, you need attend wine class at least 6 month I guess.

I found a few small independent winery corner in the back of big boys. They are all very friendly and eager to talk about their wine to me. mostly, Italian and Spanish.
I like to drink with food always, it seemed Italian, Spanish are same. It is much healthy way of drinking habit. they all offer foods, like olive, dips with bread, and Spanish ham.
I was glad by this offer as I can not drink or just tasting without some small snacks.

SP WINES & FOODS' wines come from Spain, Catalunya region, and some are small organic producers. I had tasted their organic, RESSO 2012, both red and white  are very good.
Light and dry white is very Summery drink. Red one is not too heavy or rich, they will be good for the fresh Korean Food.
Semi dry cava was good too.

SP sells Serrano ham as well. Ham was not salty just melting in your mouth. Thinking to visit their UK shop in Sussex when I have Pop Up Korean tapas evening.

KNGCATCH , Sicilian wine maker gave me their star white, chardonnay, Sinele. It was very delicious. I liked it a lot. Their Red also very good, nice to have with a good steak.
Worth to remember this company, they do not have agent here, can order on line, foods as well.

I went to Andalucian wine maker's talk and tasting their wine.
Company called, TERRA HERMOSA ( vinos de andalucia), their new white, Tres Pueblos was so delicious.
With hint of elder flower, fruity, and not too strong just linger in your mouth long beautifully.
Thinking with this wine, Summer grass smell, fresh crab salad with asparagus and Korean Meal, loved it. Available in Uk through Moreno Wines ( http://www.


1. SP (DPH) EXPORTS LTD  ( www.spwinesandfoods)