Archive | October, 2011
If you’re in need of something different this fall, look no further than the British Chip Shop, located in Haddonfield, NJ.
Whether you have visited England or not, you will be impressed with the warm atmosphere and wide variety of homemade treats.
When I visited the British Chip Shop it was during lunch, although the menu is the same during lunch and dinner. If you visit of course you’ll need to try some British chips, which are actually french fries. During my visit we tried curried cheese chips, crispy fries covered in mozzarella cheese and curry.
This unusual dish is very flavorful and definitely worth trying! Unless of course you aren’t a curry fan. In that case, I have heard that the bacon crisps (potato chips) are phenomenal.
I also tried the butternut squash soup, which was thick and hearty. The flavor was savory and the pumpkin seeds on top gave it some great texture and crunch.
There were so many unusual things to try that it was difficult to decide which dish to try. I wound up having Ploughman’s lunch, a board of tavern ham, Irish cheddar, house pickle, grain mustard, Branston pickle, dressed greens and bread.
I’m a sucker for anything on a board. Maybe it is the aesthetic appeal of the different colors of the food ingredients against the rustic board. Or maybe it is because usually when food comes on a board it means that you get to put it together yourself.
Whatever the reason, my lunch on a board was quite tasty and unique. I loved making tiny ham and cheese sandwiches, some with pickles, some with mustard and some bites just ingredients by themselves.
My friend Nichole had Chip Shop Salad, roast chicken, Irish cheddar, walnuts Granny Smith apples, greens.
For dessert I enjoyed simple vanilla ice cream with a flake bar, which is like an airy chocolate bar.
Nichole enjoyed a pumpkin pastry. All of the pastries and baked good are made on the premises.
And most importantly, I enjoyed some English Breakfast tea! It wouldn’t be British if I didn’t have tea, now would it!?
Our experience was great and having visited England, I can say that the restaurant is pretty darn close to the real thing.
Next time you’re looking for that something different, check out the British Chip Shop. It is a fun environment with great food and friendly service. And let’s face it, a visit to the restaurant is a heck of a lot cheaper than catching a flight!
Have you ever loved a food so much that you’d do anything in order to eat it? For me, that food is eggplant. I know it sounds crazy that I could love a vegetable. Maybe even crazier that I say I would do anything for it.
This summer I started having weird food reactions, especially to vegetables. My mouth would get itchy and sometimes it would hurt. One time I even felt like my throat was getting tight. And of course, one of the foods that caused this was eggplant. So instead of not eating eggplant, I decided to eat it in small quantities. And make recipes that involved eggplant with other ingredients. Call me stubborn, I already know it. It’s just too good to give up. Trust me, I’m pretty sure you’ll try this recipe and thank my dedication to the beloved purple plant.
Yields 3-4 cakes
1/2 cup of quinoa, prepared according to box
1 cup eggplant, diced
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 Tbs parmesan cheese
1 red bell pepper
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/2 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1.) Line a baking sheet with foil and put eggplant, onion and red pepper on the foil. Spray with cooking spray and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
2.) When veggies are finished, allow to cool. In a bowl, combine quinoa, eggplant, bread crumbs, cheese and egg. Form into 3-4 patties.
3.) In a food processor, combine pepper, onion, olive oil, a few basil leaves, salt and pepper.
4.) Heat a pan to medium and spray with cooking spray. Place patties in pan one at a time and cook 5 minutes on each side, or until crispy.
5.) Remove patties from pan, top with veggie spread, and a piece of basil.