The FatSausage recently caught up with Ben Gilbert, a London music Journalist to find out what foods fuel his day and where he goes for the best burger in town.
FS: Where’s your favourite affordable London restaurant?
BG: My girlfriend loves to cook so we tend to stay in and eat at home. When we do go out though we enjoy eating at The Orchard, in the heart of Brockley. It’s a fairly new gastro pub and it’s always packed on the weekends. You’ll have to call a few days in advance if you wish to get a reservation. Their dishes are delicious and you can get anything from a gourmet burger to a delicious cut of fillet steak. It’s not the cheapest place but it’s still great value for money. You’re looking to spend between £2o-30 per person.
BG: There’s also an awesome new pop-up burger joint near GoldSmiths University. It’s called Meateasy and it’s received great press so far. The burgers are huge and are all gourmet. It’s not going to be around for much longer so I suggest you get there asap as not to miss out. The average price of a burger is around £7 and all the produce used is fresh.
FS: Do you collect discount vouchers for restaurants?
BG: My girlfriend is one of those girls who loves to collect food vouchers. Because we are always on a budget we like to check out newspapers like the Metro to find out of any decent restaurant offers. The other day for example we got a voucher for a free bottle of wine at Carluccio’s. It definitely made the meal more enjoyable knowing we were drinking for free.
FS: What’s your favourite dish to cook at home?
BG: My favourite dish is definitely Kedgeree. The only ingredients you really need are mackerel, eggs, rice and peas. It’s really simple to make and has all the right ingredients to start your day off the right way.
FS: What breakfast meal do you enjoy:
BG: My girlfriend always makes me a smoothie. I think it’s really important to get your 5-a-day and in a simple fruit smoothie you get at least 3 of your 5. She tends to just throw some banana, natural yogurt, frozen berries and juice into a blender and Bob’s your uncle. It’s a great way to give you all the nutrients you need to get your mind in gear for the busy day ahead.
Try making your own Kedgeree dish by following these simple instructions:
This is a traditional British breakfast from colonial India and it’s a lovely little dish, with a nice balance of spicy and smoky flavours. It makes a tasty lunch or supper too – so get stuck in!
• 2 large free-range or organic eggs
• 68g undyed smoked haddock fillets
• 2 fresh bay leaves
• 170g long grain or basmati rice
• sea salt
• 110 pure butterghee
• a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
• 1 medium onion or 1 bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
• 1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
• 2 heaped tablespoons curry powder
• 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
• 2 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
• juice of 2 lemons
• 2 good handfuls of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped
• 1 fresh red chilli, finely chopped
• a small pot of natural yoghurt
Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, then hold under cold running water. Put the fish and bay leaves in a shallow pan with enough water to cover. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes, until cooked through. Remove from pan and leave to cool. Remove the skin from fish, flake into chunks and set aside.
Cook the rice in salted water for about 10 minutes and drain. Refresh in cold water, drain again, and leave in the fridge until needed. Melt the butterghee in a pan over a low heat. Add the ginger, onion and garlic. Soften for about 5 minutes, then add the curry powder and mustard seeds. Cook for a further few minutes, then add the chopped tomatoes and lemon juice.
Quarter the eggs. Add the fish and rice to a pan and gently heat through. Add the eggs, most of the coriander and the chilli and stir gently. Place in a warm serving dish. Mix the rest of the coriander into the yoghurt and serve with the kedg.