Recent eats: in & out

July 23rd 2012

Time for a roundup of what I’ve been eating lately. Sorry for mostly iPhone pics, my semi-broken camera means I don’t carry it around as much as usual..


We went to the soft launch of the new Wahaca on the South Bank. It’s constructed from shipping containers, beautifully designed and decorated, and the menu has loads of new dishes (hellooooo, 3-chilli tacos) as well as old favourites.


Macaroni cheese, tacos and griddled corn, washed down with lethal slushie margaritas, at the super-hip Rita’s pop up in Dalston’s Birthdays bar. In fact it was probably all a bit too hip for Sarah and I, and the food and hectic service not quite good enough to encourage a return visit.

Pitt Cue

My friend Arianna had the amazing idea of hiring out the Pitt Cue trailer on the South Bank for her birthday. They specially made me a veggie version of their imfamous ‘Trailer Trash’ burger – pulled pork with a ham-infused deep-fried macaroni cheese patty. Even just the mac & cheese on its own was enough to feel my arteries furring up. We also wolfed down corn bread, chicken wings and deep-fried shiitake mushrooms, washed down with cans of Brooklyn Ale. Fabulously filthy.

Crate Brewery

Crate Brewery
Crate Brewery
Crate Brewery

Yesterday we made full use of the sun and headed to the brand new Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick. Their in-house brew is nothing special but the pizzas are great and they carry lots of American bottled beers too. Plus the canalside setting is just perfect for summer.

At home

To offset all the indulgence I’ve been trying to make healthier dinners at home. Last week I made bean and corn cakes, pimping up the recipe by using black beans and adding some Cajun seasoning. I served them one evening with a poached egg and roasted tomatoes, then had the leftovers with roasted spiced cauliflower and feta & beetroot salad the next night.

For more dinspiration I bought the beautiful Polpo cookbook despite (or perhaps) having not even visited the restaurant yet. It’s got a whole veggie section as well as non-meaty bread and pizza dishes so there’s lots I can try cooking. First off I tried the Caponata – a tomatoey, vinegary aubergine stew – which went great with some fresh pappardelle.

Comments (8)

  • Michelle

    July 23rd 2012 at 12:42 pm

    That pizza looks really good. Actually, everything does, and now I am really hungry!

  • Les Greedy Cochons

    July 23rd 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This all looks delish, Katie! Mr. Greedy Cochon and I have been wanting to try out Wahaca for weeks, your pics might just be the motivation we needed!

  • rooth

    July 23rd 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Those are some awesome food pictures. I think my favourite are the tacos – there’s just so much colour and I can just taste the zing of the spice

  • Katie

    July 23rd 2012 at 8:27 pm

    mmmmmmmmmm everything looks so delicious !

  • Amy

    July 23rd 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Pulled pork with ham-infused macaroni cheese patty? Be still my beating heart!

    I love Wahaca! The churros are to die for, although it’s always so busy and the service isn’t always amazing. The food, however, is so good it makes me want to cry! xoxo

  • Ben

    July 24th 2012 at 11:07 am

    Liking the look of Wahaca’s a lot! And the view of the Southbank when the sunshine (finally!) arrived. And nice pick of those two just managing to get sun on the canal-side…!

  • Jessica

    July 30th 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Oo these at home recipes look nice, and simple too which is a bonus. I’m always looking for new ‘salad’ type ideas – getting stuck in a food rut is too easy!

  • Dorrie

    August 1st 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Wahaca looks amazing. I’ll take a note to visit the next time I’m in London.

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