After another sleepless night (thanks, body clock!) I headed into London as planned. We started off by going to Camden Market for a browse around the many many stalls. Being that it was a Sunday and a complete tourist trap it was absolutely rammed but it didn’t matter too much.
Once we’d worked up an appetite we headed to the food stalls. After a few circuits trying to decide what to have I plumped for an Argentinian steak sandwich with potato cubes and the boy went for a duck confit brioche roll. They were both delicious – my steak was cooked lovely and rare like I requested and the potatoes were perfectly crisp and herby. My only complaint would be that there wasn’t enough garlic mayo in the roll but then anyone that knows me knows I’m a total garlic fiend and there wouldn’t be enough unless it was spilling out of the sides! Not only was the squidgy brioche roll stuffed full of duck confit and duck skin crackling and mustard AND onion chutney, there was also a grilled slice of Applewood smoked cheddar to top it all off – my favourite!! Basically it was food heaven in a roll and it was all I could do not to steal it and eat it all.
We then jumped on a tube and headed down to Covent Garden for a wander. We had a look around the market there (are you sensing a theme?!), passed the time watching some street performers and saw the floating building… A quick google search informs me the reason for this was that it’s a piece of art by Alex Chinneck. I think it’s pretty cool!
By this point it was time to head back to start cooking dinner so we hopped on a bus to take us back East. I couldn’t resist getting off at Tower Bridge on the way though to have a look at the sea of poppies around the tower!
For dinner we made Transylvanian meatballs, so-called for the sheer amount of garlic they contained! The recipe came from my new cookbook that arrived a couple of days ago after I preordered it as soon as it appeared on Amazon – the new Hairy Bikers diet book. I have both of their other two diet books and knew this third one wouldn’t disappoint, and so far it hasn’t! The recipes look great and I know from previous experience they taste great despite being so low in calories.
The meatballs were a perfect mix of beef, onion, pepper, breadcrumbs, paprika and natural yoghurt. We had them in flatbreads with some lettuce and, yep you’ve guessed it, a garlic sauce! They turned out really well and were super speedy to cook, requiring only 15 minutes in the oven.
The boy had also bought the ingredients for us to make salted caramel popcorn but sadly time ran out and before I knew it it was time to head home to get ready for work tomorrow. I’m back on my usual ward after 2 weeks away (due to a combination of life support training, annual leave and my night shifts) and if I’m honest, I’m dreading it. Recently some of the slightly more senior doctors changed around and the new ones, although being good doctors, just aren’t as fun to work with – they seem to be in work just to work. Mix that with me not knowing any of the patients having been off the ward for so long, plus the slowest consultant in the world doing a ward round, I’m in for a long, stressful day! At least I’ll have a great lunch of leftovers to look forward to all morning 🙂
Farewell for now and keep your fingers crossed I get some sleep tonight!