Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recipe: Beef Burger with Avocado and Cheddar

Earlier this week, we were blessed with fantastic weather... 23°C called for a visit to the beach and also burgers on the patio on a beautiful summer's evening.

We got some beef patties from ASDA (sea salt and black pepper beef burgers), grilled for 17 minutes and then topped with Cheddar (back to the grill for another 3 minutes to melt the cheese) and paired with sliced avocado, spinach and tomatoes. An absolutely stunning burger - juicy patties complemented by the creamy avocado and melting cheese ;)



Lovely burger enjoyed with a cold cider




Beef burger with avocado and Cheddar
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 beef patties
4 slices mild Cheddar cheese
1 ripe avocado, sliced
4 tomatoes
A handful of baby spinach
4 burger buns

To serve
Crisps


1. Preheat the grill to medium heat and cook patties for 17 minutes, turning regularly.

2. Place a slice of Cheddar on each patty and return to grill and cook for a further 3 minutes.

3. Cut the burger bun in half and lightly toast and butter the buns.

4. To assemble, place the spinach on the bottom bun,  followed by the beef patty, avocado, tomatoes and tomato ketchup. Enjoy!

Note: For homemade beef burger patties, see recipe here.




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Bat's Life at Drum Castle, Scotland

We enjoy visiting all the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) properties during our summer holidays here in Scotland. They regularly have fun activities for kids conducted by the Rangers for a small fee. Today, we attended the Children's Walk at Drum Castle to learn more about bats living in the castle grounds.



The Rangers started off by telling the children some interesting facts about bats, and we also got to see some preserved bats - they were really tiny compared to the ones we get in KL.

There are 18 native species, 17 which are known to be breeding in the UK and there are four that you will most likely see. The ones at Drum eats insects such as moths and midges, and we were astounded to learn that they can eat as many as 3000 a night.






Moths - bat food


We were also shown roosting sites for bats, both in summer and winter. They like it warm in summer so you will likely find them under the roof slates at Drum and in winter, they will be hibernating in the cellar.

The kids also got to make several bat crafts to bring home with them such as an origami bat, bat head band and also a twirly bat. All in all, a fun and educational morning for the kids. :)






Booking is via www.nts.org.uk, you can also find more info about upcoming events on the website. There will be other opportunities to learn about bats at Craigievar (28/7), Castle Fraser (24/8) and Haddo House (1/9) this summer holidays.

Duration: 1 1/2 hours.

Price: £5 per child.

Location: Drum Castle, Drumoak, By Banchory, Aberdeenshire, AB31 5EY, Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0)1330 700334

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Drum-Castle



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Recipe: Pasta with Zucchini, Samphire, Mushrooms and King Prawns

We've been getting some really fantastic weather here in Scotland, so we would spend almost all day outdoors with the kids. So for dinner, I usually cook something simple and quick when we get home... such as this pasta with sauteed button mushrooms, zucchini as well as some samphire. Samphire goes well with seafood, so for our protein, I used raw peeled king prawns. Before serving, add generous servings of Parmesan cheese. Our kids loved this, very tasty indeed!




Pasta with zucchini, samphire and garlic butter king prawns
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4


Ingredients
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp butter
190g raw peeled king prawns
1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
60g samphire
50g white button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 zucchini, sliced
Fresly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

1. In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes, until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until lightly golden, then add the mushrooms. Saute for about 1 minute, then add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Melt the butter and then cook the prawns for 1 minute, until they change to an orange hue. Add the pasta and samphire, and season with the chicken stock granules and toss well. Grate generous amounts of Parmesan cheese all over and serve immediately.









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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Cowshed Chipper, Banchory, Scotland

Another fantastic chipper you should check out when you're in the Banchory area is The Cowshed. We had originally come here to eat at their restaurant but it was their off day, so we bought from their chipper instead. And boy, it was good!



We had the Large haddock supper (£8.20) and Breaded scampi (£6.70) and they were fantastic. I especially love the chips here, probably the best I've had from a chipper - crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.


Place your order, pay and wait for about 15-20 minutes as your food is cooked to order




Another highlight for us here is the Haggis pudding (£2.50) - simply love the light, crispy batter. This is a must-try if you're ever visiting.




We also had the panko-crumbed Jimmy Buchan's langoustine's (£5.80) which is similar to the scampi. Nice and juicy!




There is a lovely outdoor dining area at the restaurant which you can use to enjoy your fish and chips takeaway. :)

This time last year




Looking all grown up this year ;)





Opening times: Mon – Thurs 12 – 2pm and 4.30 – 8pm, Fri – Sat 12 – 2pm and 4.30 – 9pm,
Sun 4.30 – 8pm

Price: Total bill £25.

Location: The Cowshed, Raemoir Rd, Banchory, AB31 5QB, Scotland.

Tel: 01330 820813

Website: http://www.cowshedrestaurantbanchory.co.uk/


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Recipe: Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Pasta

BabySumoKids love for pasta is real.... even on vacation, they would request for pasta for their lunch and dinner. It's a great time for me to explore new pasta recipes too, with quality ingredients easily available.

I made this creamy spinach, mushroom and bacon pasta for them earlier this week and they loved it! Something you can easily whip up in under 20 minutes ;)



Creamy spinach, mushroom and bacon pasta
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2-3 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4


Ingredients
350g spaghetti
150g bacon lardons or streaky bacon, diced
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, peeled and diced
1/2 pack (90g) baby spinach
1/2 pack (150g) white button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 tsp chicken stock granules
3-4 tbsp single cream
Freshly grated parmesan
Salt

1. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta over medium high heat for 8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. In a large frying pan or wok, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook for 4-5 minutes, until crispy and golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Add the onion and saute for 2 minutes until softened. Then, add the mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes, then add the spinach and cook until they've wilted.

4. Add about 3-4 tbsp of pasta water (from Step 4) and season with the chicken stock granules. Then, add the pasta and toss well. Then, pour in the cream and toss again. Add more olive oil, if necessary.

5. Serve with generous amounts of Parmesan cheese and crispy bacon.




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Monday, July 10, 2017

Amarone Aberdeen, Scotland - Sunday Lunch

Amarone is a restaurant in Aberdeen serving both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. We came here one weekend to have Sunday Lunch with the in-laws. You can choose to have 2-courses for £15.95 or 3-courses for £18.95.  For the full menu, please click here.



For starters, Hubby had the Parfait di Pollo, homemade chicken liver parfait with apple and thyme chutney, served with toasted crostini. This was good and portion was generous- we enjoyed it. I had the Capesante Con Pancetta (Supplement £3.00), seared Scottish king scallops wrapped in pancetta and served with a slow roast tomato and chilli dressing. It was tasty enough but the scallops were pretty small and not great value, considering I had to pay extra £3.




For mains, most of us had the Arrosto di Manzo, roast sirloin beef with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal roasted vegetables and roast potatoes served with a red wine jus. The beef was tender and delicious.




My MIL had the Pollo Funghi e Pancetta, Supreme of chicken served with a basil cream, pancetta and mushroom sauce served with sautéed potatoes.



Our kids fancied pizza, so we ordered a Margherita pizza (£9.45) for them. The pizzas here are made to order - simple and good!




For dessert, we had the Affogato and Tiramisu. Overall, we had a great meal here, and the ambiance is lovely too.






Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-10pm.

Price: £104.85 for 4 adults 2 children.

Location: Amarone, 257 Union St, Aberdeen, AB11 6BR, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 590 300


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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Bay Fish & Chips, Stonehaven

Hello from Scotland! We're back here again for our summer holidays so I'll be updating and sharing about our adventures here :)

Fish and chips is one of the things we look forward to eating in Scotland... and one of the best (and our favorite) places to get your fish and chips in the North East of Scotland is The Bay Fish & Chips in Stonehaven.

At The Bay, you will be served super fresh, catch of the day from the North Sea, battered and fried to fulfill each order.  Most great food around the world is prepared a-la-minute and this also hold true for fish and chips.  If you ever find yourself in or around Stonehaven, you must visit The Bay.

The team at The Bay have accumulated many awards in the F&B industry and are famous in the NE for their catering ability as well as their chip shop.

So most times we are in Stonehaven, we would make it a point to drop by here ... as they are very popular and food is cooked to order, you will have to queue and wait for around 20-30 minutes for your order but it is definitely worth the wait, I can assure you. Check out the menu online here - they use local, sustainable produce here.



It tells you on the board where their fish and potatoes are sourced from.



We usually have the haddock supper with chips as well as the scampi.The batter is crisp without being greasy, with beautiful flaky fish. They have some seating out front of the shop, otherwise you can sit in your car and eat while enjoying the sea view. ;)


Jumbo haddock supper (£8.90)


Hand for scale ;P



BabySumoKids love the scampi here (£5.60)


Yummy macaroni pie (£3.50)


Take a stroll on the beach after some fish and chips






Opening times: 12pm to 10pm daily.

Price: Total bill £17.00.

Location: The Bay Fish & Chip Shop, Beach Promenade Stonehaven AB39 2 RD, Scotland.

Tel: 01569 762000

Website: http://thebayfishandchips.co.uk/





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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ippudo, The Gardens Mall - Lunch Set Menu

When BabySumoKids crave for ramen, Ippudo in The Gardens Mall is the place we would choose to go to.

This visit, we ordered two full bowl sets, whereby you can choose from five types of ramen, and also from two appetizer sets.

We both went for the Shiromaru MotoAji (RM33.90), which is Ippudo's original tonkotsu broth. I have to say, this is currently one of our favorite ramen places in KL - the broth is super creamy and rich (and you don't get thirsty from drinking it all unlike some other ramen places). It comes with ultra thin Hakata-style noodles, two slices of pork loin, beansprouts, wood ear fungus and spring onions. We also opted to add-on two shio tamago for RM2.50 each. A super satisfying bowl of noodles!



Runny egg - yums!


For the appetizer, we chose to have Set A which comes with salmon sashimi, edamame and a piece of chicken karaage. I think this is the second time we had salmon sashimi here and the quality is subpar.. they should really improve on the freshness of the sashimi if they're serious about offering it on a permanent basis on the menu. The Full Bowl Set promo is available weekdays only from 11am to 5pm.



Lunch menu



Now that the kids are older, they will usually share a bowl of ramen between them. They also had the 
Shiromaru tamago (RM26.90) and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially this young lady who loves the ramen here! We also like that they hand out activity sheets to the kids once we are seated to keep the kids occupied.





Opening times: 10.30am to 10.00pm.

Service: Good.

Price: Total bill RM116.25 for 4 pax.

Location: Hakata Ippudo, T-218, 3rd Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 03-2201 6238


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