Punjab Restaurant

Being a student with a lot of other Expats has its advantages.  Some classmates and I went to an amazing Indian lunch last week at Punjab Restaurant in Covent Garden.

Prachi took control of the ordering (since she is from India) and ordered pretty much the whole menu so we could try everything!  We were beyond full and so happy with the choices.

I can’t remember what we ordered but I know there was lots of lamb, chicken, veggies, rice, naan and dessert.  Prachi said this is the closest you will get to a homemade Indian meal here in London so I’ll take her word for it.  It was delicious and I even got a doggie bag which I’m really excited about.  Can’t wait to go back to Punjab Restaurant!!

It’s Pumpkin Time!!

We raided Whole Foods for Libby’s pumpkin.  Even though they are a little more expensive here than at home (they are imported) we had to buy a couple of cans. The Americans scoop them up so fast so it’s hard to find. Once I had the cans in my hands I started to google for pumpkin recipes.
I decided on a pumpkin muffin recipe (with some changes) from An American Girl In Chelsea.

Pumpkin Muffins Recipe: 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups white sugar (I used 1 1/2 cups splenda granulated)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (Available at Waitrose, Whole Foods, and Partridges).

Preheat oven to 200 C and line muffin tray (didn’t have a muffin tray so I made a cake)

1.  In an electric mixer bowl, beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and water until combined
2.  Sift into this mixture the flour and spices
3.  Mix until moistened
4.  Stir in pumpkin
5.  Spoon batter into muffin tray
6.  Bake at 200 C until wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (15-17 minutes for large muffins; 10-14 minutes for smaller muffins)

This recipe usually makes about 2 dozen muffins.

My cake came out delicious!  It would be great with cool whip on top but I can’t find that here.  It would be great with a creamcheese icing but I’m too lazy.  I’ve eaten it alone and with ice cream on top.  Both equally satisfying.

The Pasta Party

Lauren, Marie and I ran the After Adoption Race in Hyde Park this morning so last night we decided to go back to our High School days when we had pasta parties before big games. Everyone came over to our flat to hang out, eat and enjoy some wine.  I’d like to give me and Jon a pat on our backs for hosting a successful dinner party (our first one!).

The Menu:

Appetizers: Chips with hummus and guacamole (homemade)

Main Dishes: Couscous with grilled veggies & feta cheese, baked ziti (one dish with whole wheat ziti, one dish with regular ziti) with homemade sauce (yes mom….I did it!!!)

Dessert: Sean’s (Marie’s Fiancé) homemade apple pie with ice cream on top

 

Well sorry for the lack of photos but all in all we had a great night and were really excited for the race in the morning.

Race Recap up next.

Borough Market: Half A Tour

Borough Market is a foodies heaven.  I wouldn’t consider us foodies considering Jon’s diet consists of chicken fingers, cheese burgers and french fries where as mine consists of veggies, veggies and more veggies but we still had a lot of fun at the market.

Neither of us have class on Friday and it was a beautiful day so we headed over for a walk through and lunch.

Jon had fish and chips at Fish! and I had a quinoa burger at The Veggie Table. The guy is the photo was the guy that served me. haha.

We walked around and I took a couple photos but a certain someone told me I was being too much of a tourist so I stopped.  I think you’ll get the gist of it from the limited photos and link.  Enjoy!

Rabbit anyone?

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