London Calling

This week I’m in London and other parts of England on a business trip. As the English say, I’m still pretty knackered from the flight and the jet lag, but I wanted to share some of these shots with you before I hit the hay.

Escalators to Chancery Lane Underground

Mind The Gap!

There’s a lot more London and England coming up this week. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

Tottenham Court Road Station

Tottenham Court Road Station

Even in the UK, you can’t escaple McDonalds. Especially in the Tube.

Man I’m getting peckish, I’m starting to see things.

Big Windows Vista ad on Tottenham Court Road

Where’s the milk bar me droogies? I’m ready for some ultraviolence.

I was tempted to get a burger, but I wanted something particularly British on my first night. I moved onwards.


Now that’s what I’m talking about.

British Pub Still Life

I didn’t know which kind of Pie I wanted, so I ordered a Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie, and a Steak, Guinness, Mushroom and Onion pie. They’re a good size, I wasn’t able to finish either plate.

Chicken Pie with Leeks and Ham. Tasty, not unlike an American chicken pot pie.

The steak with Guinness pie with mushrooms and onion. After eating this and washing it down with my pint I felt genuinely British. Mission accomplished.


6 Responses to London Calling

  1. LindaNYCSEA says:

    Please eat some Trifle and post pics of that yummy dessert….also, are the jellied eel vendors still out on street corners?

  2. tinatech says:

    The pics look tasty enough to grab a fork and go to town! I’ve just made a recipe for Steak & Kidney Pie … I’ll share the recipe with you … so when you return home you can make yourself an authentic English ‘Tastee’ and reminisce your first night in London!

    Steak & Kidney Pie
    Serves: 4
    Prep: 30 mins
    Cook Time: 1.5 hrs
    Coat steak and kidneys lightly with seasoned flour.
    Heat oil in heavy-based frying pan. Saute spring onions until lightly browned. Remove from pan. Set aside.
    Brown steak and kidneys well in same pan.
    Return spring onions to pan with stock, sauce, bay leaf and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring. Reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until meat is tender. Set aside to cool.
    Roll out pastry 1/2 inch larger than pie plate. Place a 1/2 inch strip of pastry around edge of plate. Brush with egg.
    Spoon cooled filling into pie plate. Invert a pastry funnel in centre (see Note). Cover filling with pastry. Press edges together. Decorate top with pastry scraps. Cut slits in pastry to allow steam to escape.
    Bake in a hot oven (200C/390F) for 25 to 30 minutes or until pastry is crisp, golden and puffed.
    Note: Seasoned flour is plain flour combined with salt, pepper or other flavorings of choice. You can use a small egg cup instead of a pastry funnel.

    750g/1 3/4 lbs cubes of chuck steak
    2 lamb kidneys, trimmed, washed and sliced (if you don’t like kidneys, you can substitute liver or lamb cubed instead)
    2 tblsp plain flour, seasoned
    1/4 cup oil
    1 brown onion, finely chopped
    1 cup beef stock
    2 tblsp tomato sauce
    1 bay leaf
    freshly ground black pepper to taste
    1x 13 oz puff pastry, thawed
    1 egg, beaten

    Bon Apetit! Cheers!! I’m in Australia and we share the same sort of dishes here!

  3. Melissa says:

    Hope you’ll find a few moments to drop by Buckingham Palace and have a snack with ‘er Majesty … perhaps review her kitchen?

    Have a ball, Jason, and send back commentary and lots of pictures!

  4. Chris says:

    You’ve triggered my claustrophobia. As a regular commuter on the spacious Tokyo subways, the tiny London Underground cars and the squeaky tight way they fit exactly into the tunnels, with no walkways, was quite a shock when I visited. And one station seemed to only be accessible via a single elevator, despite the crowded platform. Even the shrunken-down Ooedo Line in Tokyo seems roomy compared the the London Underground.

  5. sara says:

    i love love love england i go over 2 or 3 times a year as my boyfriend lives there the whole country is beautiful and i really love the food!

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