Archive for August, 2008

Goodbody’s Revisited

Posted in Breakfast, Brunch, Food, review with tags , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2008 by helenphillips

One of my first posts on this blog (‘Weekends are for Brunch“) was about the great British cooked brunch or breakfast, and I recommended Goodbody’s Cafe Diner in Plymouth.

A few weeks ago we were back in Plymouth as part of our holiday, and could not miss out on an excellent breakfast.  Goodbody’s Cafe Diner can be found just off Mutley Plain, and is easily identified by the collection of Minis on the roof.

Goodbody’s offer an amazing selection of breakfasts. There is a range of standard choices that use the usual ingredients – bacon, sausage, eggs, mushrooms, beans – in a variety of different sized portions. Then there is a range of imaginative, bizarre, and wholly tongue-in-cheek options. For example, the Scottish breakfast includes scotch pancakes, and the Devonshire breakfast includes scones.  For a taste of the US, a breakfast with pancakes and maple syrup is available.

I usually go for the Brunch (which comes with chips), so my husband was bemused when I announced that this time I would try something different. It was a difficult choice, but as I am Welsh, I opted for the ‘Welsh Breakfast’ – egg, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, beans, and the specialist component – cheese on toast.  The cheese on toast had been made with chopped red onion, which is a combination that I intend trying at home sometime.  My husband opted for the ‘Big Breakfast’, which to my eye was huge but by no means the smallest dish on offer. Mugs of tea and coffee, and pints of juice accompanied our food.  Once again, we weren’t disappointed, and I can still recommend a visit to Goodbody’s cafe diner, whether you are visitor or resident.

Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2008 by helenphillips

This recipe is pretty straightforward, and came about because I had been roasting a simple combination of vegetables earlier in the week, and wanted to see how they worked with pasta. Quite well as it turns out. Pre-roasting does give the vegetables (particularly the peppers) a slightly different taste to frying them, and if you aren’t too heavy handed with the olive oil, it can be healthier too.

I always cook using fresh pasta as I find it has a nice taste and texture – and is also quicker to cook! I haven’t tried making my own yet, but most supermarkets now supply pasta in the chilled foods section – both plain and filled. The amounts quoted were just right for three portions.

  • 1 orange pepper (or whatever colour you fancy!) sliced
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1/2 aubergine cubed
  • plum tomatoes (it’s Summer so buy British!) cut into quarters
  • Around a tablespoon of fresh Basil

Pre-heat oven to 200c. Place the chopped vegetables and basil in a baking tray, and drizzle a little olive oil over. Roast in the oven for 20-30  minutes (keep an eye on them!). Remove from oven and put to one side.

  • Cubed Pancetta
  • 125g Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic (crushed or chopped finely)
  • Around 100ml white wine
  • 100ml water
  • 250g pasta (such as tagliatelle)

Fry the pancetta (either dry or with a little olive oil). Once it starts to brown, add the chopped mushrooms, and once they have started to soften, add the garlic. Add a little white wine to deglaze the pan. Add the roasted vegetables, and then water. Bring to the boil, and then reduce and simmer for as long as it takes to cook the pasta.

Strawberries & Cream

Posted in Cooking, dessert, Food, Home Cooked Food, recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by helenphillips


I don’t think I’ve written about a dessert on here yet, so it’s probably about time I did. I don’t really cook desserts or puddings that often, hence the lack of recipes.  This one was yet again a bit of an experiment, but inspired by a ‘raspberry pizza’ recipe I saw in Good Food Magazine (July 2007). It’s really a twist on Strawberries & Cream – a real summer delight. The quantities quoted are just right for 2 people. Or you could be mean and stretch it to 4!

For the bases you will need around 300g shortcrust pastry (I cheated and bought pre-made stuff), and a pastry cutter (I used a 88mm one). The pastry needs to be rolled allowing 4 bases to be cut.

Pre-heat the oven to 180c, and then bake the pastry for 10 minutes.

For the topping you will need:

Around 75 ml Double Cream, whipped until fluffy. Then add one tablespoon of caster sugar (I used vanilla which I make at home), and fold in until completely dissolved in.

To make a caramel, melt 1 oz butter, 1 tablespoon double cream and one tablespoon of caster sugar (again I used vanilla). Cook gently for 5 minutes, and then mix in the Zest of one small orange (or my case Satsuma!), and around 250g berries (I used strawberries & blackberries). I also added in a tablespoon of chopped mint.

Pile the Berry mix onto the bases, and add a spot (or dollop!) of cream to the top. Serve, and eat quickly before the cream melts!