Martini cocktail at Bar Fifty-Five, Camden, London (and my new compact camera)

This is my first post from my new compact camera. I’m really pleased with this new Canon, it’s got a great zoom and lots of settings to play with. I took this picture at Bar Fifty-Five in Camden. They have an extensive cocktail menu with some really exciting flavours. My favourite drink of the night was a basil and strawberry martini. This picture is a regular run Martini made by Rich the barman who gave us free shots of taking this picture!

Device Model Canon PowerShot SX230 DIGITAL
Focal Length 5-70@5mm
f-stop 3.1
Exposure time 1/6s
ISO 1600

Ottolenghi – Islington

 

 

 

Ottolenghi is an Israeli chef who is taking London by storm. He uses flavours, tastes and recipes from his home country and creates incredible, elaborate recipes. I went for lunch at his Islington eatery which has a menu full of complex, flavour-filled salads.

Kohlrabi, cucumber, cabbage and carrot slaw with fish sauce,  lime, lemongrass, herbs and peanuts

 

Kohlrabi, cucumber, cabbage and carrot slaw with fish sauce,  lime, lemongrass, herbs and peanuts

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 30mm
f-stop 4.5
Exposure time 1/20s
ISO 200

Roasted cauliflower and hazelnuts with celery, sultanas, pomegranate seeds and sweet spices

Roasted cauliflower and hazelnuts with celery, sultanas, pomegranate seeds and sweet spices

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 28mm
f-stop 4.5
Exposure time 1/10s
ISO 200

Wild, red and basmati rice with roasted shallots, mixed nuts, herbs and sour cherries

Wild, red and basmati rice with roasted shallots, mixed nuts, herbs and sour cherries

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 30mm
f-stop 4.5
Exposure time 1/8s
ISO 200

Spinach Spanish Omelette

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Tonight I made this Spanish omelette with spinach, onions and cheddar cheese.

1/2 Yellow onion

1 cup spinach

1/2 chilli

2 cloves garlic

A large pinch of cumin

A large pinch of coriander

A pinch of cinnamon

A pinch of nutmeg

Cheddar cheese

Fry the onions on medium heat until they begin to brown with garlic and chilli

Add the spinach, a handful at a time until it wilts

In a separate bowl mix 2 eggs, milk and spices

Pour eggs into pan and turn the heat right down

Fry until the top is no longer runny

Sprinkle cheese on top and then fold omelette over

Device Model

Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL

Focal Length

24mm

f-stop

4.5

Exposure time

1/13s

ISO

400

Cabana Restaurant, Brazilian Restaurant in London

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Device Model

Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL

Focal Length

18mm

f-stop

5

Exposure time

1/30s

ISO

200

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Device Model

Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL

Focal Length

25mm

f-stop

5

Exposure time

1/80s

ISO

200

This Brazilian restaurant was a lucky find in Central st Giles Piazza, London. Their speciality is traditional Brazilian barbecued meat brought to the table on large metal skewers. We chose the chichen burger which was packed with spicy flavours in a sweet bun. The sweet potato fries were Perfectly soft and crispy. To drink I had the amazon ice tea with mint and apple juice. The Restaurant has a funky feel with denim covered couch seating and real brazilian flip flips in the beach hut style toilets. Check out their website – http://www.cabana-brasil.com/