Made by Bob, Cirencester

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The great British public has a reputation of forming orderly lines with no notice, but sometimes the clue is in the queue. On a recent drive to the Cotswolds we stumbled across The Telegraph’s online ‘insiders guide’ to the best places to eat in the area; from typical pub grub to fine dining restaurants. As we were staying near Cheltenham we searched a 30 min radius drive from our hotel so that we could stop for lunch before the usual 3pm check-in time.

We’d heard Cheltenham was a nice place to visit (we guessed it must have something to offer other than the famous steeplechase horse racing as it has the fourth-highest rate of multi-millionaires in the UK living there) but after looking through the restaurant list we weren’t overwhelmed…the closest venue we liked was Jamie’s Italian…so we decided to continue our search. We decided on the quaint village of Cirencester and deli-café-bistro ‘Made by Bob’.

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Yauatcha, Soho

Whenever Elldrew are asked for the best dim sum in London we have to recommend the Michelin-starred teahouse Yauatcha, located in the heart of Soho. In it’s 10th year, we’ve been sampling it’s delights since opening and we have no plans on going anywhere else soon.

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Book Review: ‘All For The Game’ Trilogy

Take psychotic and dysfunctional team members of a hard hitting and physical (make-believe) sport called “Exy”, mix in drugs, alcohol, physical abuse, hitmen, maffia bosses, kidnapping and not forgetting lots of cuts and bruises, torture, sexual tension…actually loads of tension in general, sprinkle with a whole dose of trust issues and more secrets than you can poke a stick at… and say hello to Nora Sakavic’s ‘All for the Game’ trilogy.

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Simple Soy and Honey Chicken

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This guaranteed quick and easy Soy and Honey Chicken recipe, by MasterChef’s Monica Galetti, is delicious and a treat for the entire family. We serve the chicken with rice and bok choi, or simply slice the cooked chicken and add it to a noodle and vegetable stir fry.

For a more caramelised – stick-to-your-teeth – sensation, cook the chicken until it’s well done, it’s the best! The cooking process, inspired by her mother, has never let us down.

Ingredients
450g/1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 tsp clear honey
4 tsp soy sauce

Optional
1/2 tsp sweet paprika powder (for a subtle smokey flavour)

Method

  1. In a bowl, mix together the honey and soy (and paprika). Add the chicken thighs and completely coat in the marinade
  2. Place the coated chicken thighs into a cold, deep, heavy-based saucepan. Place the plan onto a medium heat on the hob and cook uncovered until the chicken is cooked through and the honey and soy coating has thickened to a glossy glaze (should take about 20-30 mins). We turn the chicken every 10 mins or so until it’s caramelised
  3. Serve

NB: It’s important to start cooking the chicken in a cold pan so the chicken stews as it cooks. If the pan is hot, the honey and soy sauce will caramelise before the meat is cooked through.

Gucci Low-Top Sneakers

We are liking the new range of low-top sneakers from Gucci…a casual essential this spring/summer. Whatever your taste, laced or slip-on, these funky sneakers come in a range of fabrics from classic canvas, leather, denim and even crocodile. We have our eyes on the blue denim with a semi-matte waxed finished.

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Crocker’s Folly Restaurant, London

Empty Chairs at Empty tables: Part 2

The second restaurant that forms part of our ‘Empty Chairs at Empty tables’ blog is Crocker’s Folly, situated in St John’s Wood NW8.

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NW3 Bar & Kitchen, London

Empty Chairs at Empty tables: Part 1

Alas, not a review of Les Miserables nor the song from the show, instead a review of two recent dining experiences at two rather lovely restaurants, but sadly, both were somewhat deserted hence the title of our latest two-part blog.

Our first review focuses on NW3 Bar & Kitchen.

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Festive Restaurant Feasting, London Style

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Here at Planet Elldrew our 2014 Christmas break seemed to comprise mostly of eating in some of London’s finest restaurants, in the company of friends and relatives from both home and overseas. This is probably similar to most people’s break but in the interest of avoiding the topic of diets or New Year’s resolutions, we thought it far more fun to share our favourite dining experiences of the festive season.

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Wishing You…

From sweater shivering shakers
to sweaty sun worshipping bakers

As Santa visits real and fake trees
across varying temperature degrees

Elldrew would like to raise a cheer
to all our friends far, near and dear

Merry Christmas, good tidings to all
Happy New Year, have a bloody ball!

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