I’m really glad that I started blogging 1+ years ago, started last June. I would have started way earlier if I knew it would be so much fun. Not only did I learn a lot of new recipes (most of the recipes on my blog are new), saving all my recipes in one place for easy reference but blogging has opened up to a whole new world of like-minded people who love to cook and eat! Many have become very good friends to me. I must say blogging is one of the best hobbies I can think of. If you love to cook or eat, why not start a food blog? It’s very easy to start one.
I was so thrilled to meet up with Stella and her 2 lovely kids last month. She was a regular reader, not a blogger, and I had never seen or met her before. We are good friends through emails. You can read it at: My Little Friends My Inspiration.
But last week, I had my first meet-up with a food blogger, Cheah from No-Frills at Westfield, London. Cheah is from Malaysia and she was on her Europe tour with her family. It so happened that I was on a short trip to London and I met up with her on the very day I was travelling back to Aberdeen. It was one of the most exciting experiences because again, like meeting Stella, I have no clue how she looks like. We only know each other very well through email. At least she has a rough idea how I look like as I have my profile picture on my blog.
Cheah is a very lovely friend. She is very friendly and she never fail to send me interesting articles to read…almost every day. She always send me articles on health, Malaysian news and funny stuff. I really enjoy reading them. She has a lovely blog, No-Frills, which is choked full of home cooked food and bakes. Do drop by her blog to check it out. She is very friendly and helpful.
It was wonderful to be able to meet up with her for a few hours. We had a long good chat over a cup of tea and coffee and then went for lunch at Jamie’s Italian restaurant, a treat from her. Her family was with her and it was really wonderful to meet them all. They are all very friendly and lovely to talk to.
I was happily surprised to receive a bag of Nonya pastes, soup spices and prawn seasonings from her…..just what I love! These goodies travelled with her all over Europe! I’m going to have lots of fun cooking and enjoying them. Nyonya food is very popular in Malaysia. To cook from scratch is very time consuming and challenging. The ready paste saves time and a guarantee of great taste.
Westfield is very popular in London. It’s a huge shopping complex. I love to go there if I ever go to London…to shop, eat and relax as there are lots of lovely chairs around to sit and chat or even read. There are lots of eating places both inside and outside the complex. I had been to Westfield several times but had not been to Jamie’s Italian Restaurant. It was situated outside the shopping complex. It even sells Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks. I always eat at the food court inside the complex which offers a huge range of different food. I love the Vietnamese food there. So, this is good experience for me to try out Italian food. When we arrived, the whole restaurant was full. We had to wait for a while to get a table.
The food at Jamie’s restaurant was good. The pasta were all freshly made.
This girl was making different pastas continuously, putting them into a roll and keeping them in the cabinet as shown here and also in boxes. Nothing is better than freshly made pasta or noodles. It’s quite like making Chinese noodles which I love to make. If you would like to know how to make homemade fresh egg noodles, check it out at How To Make Egg Noodles At Home and a lovely noodle soup at Noodle Soup And Fried Noodles from Homemade Egg Noodles.
The following are what we ate at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant.
This is what I had…courgette (or zucchini) fritters…..something light. They tasted pretty good with the hummus as dip….something new to me. I would love to try making this one.
This is what Cheah ordered…..sea bass with couscous served in a package. Love the presentation. Usually I see couscous served in other places very dry but this one was more wet with sauce and tasted quite nice actually.
This looks simple and pretty delicious as a starter that we shared. I love chestnut mushrooms and they are quite cheap here. I would love to try making this one day.
This plate of pasta looks very impressive. The pasta is huge…looks like the Japanese udon. On closer look, I notice that there’s a hollow through all the pasta strands. It’s hollow spaghetti. I think it’s called ‘perciatelli’. It looks delicious.
This is new to me…pasta with heart shaped truffles. It looks simple and delicious with the sauce.
This is a piece of juicy steak served with some salad. It still looked a little red to me. I don’t think I can ever cook a good steak at home because I would make sure it’s cooked through! I tried once at home and it ended up so tough. I think I better cook the famous Malaysian ‘beef rendang’ to be on the safe side…haha.
This tiramisu looks like a piece of roast to me when it came. It’s ok to me but I would love a stronger coffee taste and more cream. I think it’s too soggy. I would love to try making this one day. I still have Baileys at home….Coffee Bailey…..yum. If you love Baileys like me, you can try out my Baileys Coffee Ice Cream Float which is delicious.
Time passes fast and I’m sure we still have lots more to talk but I had to go. I went back and straight to the airport I went. It was a wonderful meeting.
Have you ever met someone or a friend that you have not seen? What is your experience? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.
Quote of the day……
“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”