Thursday, 27 March 2014

Charlotte's Bourbon Espresso Cocktails

I went for tea at my dear friends Charlotte and Neil's gaff last night.

Although I can't actually tell you what I had for tea last night, because Charlotte also fed me some amazing Bourbon Espresso cocktails.

Charlotte makes the cocktails with bourbon, a little drop of Tia Maria, sugar syrup and a double shot of espresso. 

She has just told me the bourbon she used was Wild Turkey 81, which is 45% proof. That explains the hangover then. Well, that and the two bottles of rouge we necked afterwards.

Charlotte also just informed me that we had tuna steaks for tea. Who knew?

Thanks for a lovely eve! I feel like shit! 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

BBQ Chilli Burgers

On Monday SCS and myself hosted our sixth BBQ of the year. That's right kids, it ain't even April and already everything we  eat is coated in a thin (and delicious) layer of charcoal.

As the trend for gourmet burgers seems to be booming, I'd thought I'd give making my own a go, and these babies went down an absolute storm.

Fry off red onions until soft and leave to cool completely. Once cold, mix the onions in a bowl with the mince, an egg, a red chilli and six crushed Jacobs cream crackers (keep extra to one side for inevitable snacking avec cheese).
Use your hands to bind the mixture together, and form into chunky burgers.
Wrap a plate in cling film, drizzle with olive oil and place burgers on top and leave in the fridge until ready to cook.

BBQ tip - begin cooking on the grill once the coals are white. If you are unsure how long this will take, just open a bottle of rouge and the coals should be white by the time you're opening the second bottle.

Meanwhile make the burger sauce - mix ketchup, mayo and smoked paprika. 

Make up the salsa - chop chilli, spring onion, cherry tomatoes, coriander, the juice of one lime and a drizzle of olive oil. Mix together.

Once the burgers are cooked to your liking (we're a medium rare household) 
layer in a white bun with the burger sauce or alternatively just keep it real with Mayo, and add in some salsa. 

Then add some slices of very thick mature cheddar cheese, and when you think you've got enough, add some more. 

We recommend popping the cheese on top of the burgers while they are still on the grill so get that melted cheese loveliness. And don't be messing around with sliced Fisher Price kitchen type plastic cheese. These are gourmet burgers. GORMET.

And there you have it. Chilli and cheese BBQ burgers to rival any of those central London burger joints. Although we suspect if this blog post goes stellar a similar queue will begin to form outside our flat.

Eichler (& Sam) x

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Shoot Lunch

I've had some bad shoot lunches in my time. 

The most memorable of which being a meal so salty it caused Hughesy to projectile vomit all over the bonnet of a 1950s Cadillac when we were on a main fash trip in Cuba. 

The days of sushi and chips (ditto budgets) are over and today's lunch proved just that.

Now I'm all for a roast dinner, but this was like dining out at a school lunch hall in 1970. Dry chicken, potatoes that tasted like my nans feet (I imagine) and a rationing of three cremated carrots each. 

I'm just thankful the fridge was stocked up. I feel like that intern we had once who swiped numerous bars of chocolate and cans of pop from the fridge which Kate found in said interns bag. I say found, Kate snooped in the interns bag when the fatty went to the loo. 

Eichler x

Lidl bit of Chic

Ok Ok, hold em back, I'll do the first post

Now the life of the FL (freelance abbreviation for future ref) obvs means more money that the pittance we were on at IPC, (the cat on a Main Fashion once got paid more than Eichler) But it does mean that the bags of cash come at irregular intervals. One must plan for this.....

So on one of my RARE days off I took a trip to Lidl, that's right gals it's not all high heels and bodycon dresses for this ex fashion editor....... And you know what, although the plant food was stacked next to the baby food (take note new mothers) it was GOOD. 

Not only can you get a bottle of Rioja that cost £3.99, another essential for the FL days. You can whip up this little breakie for about 40p. Ok I made that last but up, but still cheap! 

Apologies that I took the pic halfway through but it takes a while to get back in the swing of things. Vintage app and falcon enamel added to make cheap food look coooool. Et voila FL breakfast done. 


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Welcome back!

The blogosphere can heave a sigh of relief - thanks to popular demand What Did You Have For Tea Last Night is back! 

Instead of us writing the blog while pretending to work on high street hottest, high street catwalk and those dreaded web stories, we'll be keeping you up to date with our latest foodie finds from our freelance/motherhood adventures. Basically, it'll be about food we've had to pay for ourselves. Hint hint....

Welcome back, team!