Recently, I was kindly invited to have a poke around The Ship, Eighton Banks after a recent redecoration and new Head Chef. A really promising rebrand, Chef Stuart Niven is looking to switch things up. He came to The Ship a couple of weeks ago and has great aspirations for turning the place into something really special. The decor is already beautiful; cosy, industrial and even botanical in parts. I couldn't help myself but to even include a picture of the bathroom sink! With a separate section for the possibility of formal dining, a fantastic outdoor space with plans for a new childrens' play area and marquee, Stuart's excitement began to rub off on me.

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I love Thai and East Asian food and it's really really easy to cook. I was asked recently a few months ago what you should get in (fresh, herbs and cupboard) for when you're first starting out experimenting with Thai cooking. Then a few months later, I decided that it would make a very informative and colourful blog post to create a shopping list of east asian staple ingredients that you can get! I hope it inspires a few of you into experimental cooking with healthy and tasty ingredients. See below for a Thai Red Prawn recipe with many of these ingredients that I have used for years, first established from good old Jamie.

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…Plus the Science of the Chilli.

There’s nothing better than curling up all cosy when it’s cold outside…Except I fidget loads and could never just “cosy up”, but just imagine the scene: you’re back home, you’ve kicked your shoes off and there is absolutely nothing that will get you back out again. What can you have to make you even cosier? Cava? (obviously), chocolate? hot chocolate? even hotter chilli con carne? All of the above? We’re entering the danger zone now though, you want some fire in your belly but you want to control the intense sweats, pain on your tongue and runny nose that you would usually get with spicy. Why can they take the heat so well and I’m left a quivering heap reaching for the yoghurt and milk?! Because that’s SO attractive! You want to maintain your composure…

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Babucho Newcastle is an old favourite for Restaurant Week, I think it’s often a “first choice” for me when it comes around, as it’s quite easy for picky eaters! Tonight, I was joined by my housemate (again, See Wednesday) and my old University Girls. This therefore included One vegetarian, Two not-very-hungry-vegans, then a very ravenous Lucy and Me. We had spent today in two huge teams, having a very competitive game of Laser Tag, we were in dire need of some good grub.

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Now this was somewhere I was really excited to visit. I’ve actually never been as it’s fairly new, it’s a part of the group that own the amazing Vermont Hotel and Bar Livello and is located in the prettiest part of Newcastle: The Quayside. Aveika is (yet another) Japanese cuisine restaurant, though I’m not complaining, any food that is Asian or Asian fusion, I’m all over it. View Post