bernie’s, (location undisclosed)

a gorgeous interior, great service, and good food to boot – it would have been perfect if I hadn’t lost my way in this infernal heat on the way to the meal (responsibility all mine, of course).

I’m totally bamming you guys – this isn’t a review at all – just sharing a delicious meal cooked by the very lovely and talented bernie (you may know her as the hungry bunny). sometimes one can really luck out with friends, eh?

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we have similar tastes – and this lady knows her food – so I was in for a treat.

and to start with a bunch of flowers and a jug of ribena – not a drink I take frequently since turning older than 7, but you couldn’t guess how much of that berry cordial I downed (even I was surprised).


we started with risotto, tinged yellow with saffron. do I have to tell you the rice was al dente and it was delicious? just look at it.

a note to you if you’re cooking risotto though – never underestimate the importance of stuff (for lack of a better word) you serve with it. so often restaurants serve up a plate heaped high with just rice, but it gets boring quick – bern cooked a truckload of mushrooms that really made the dish.

and despite the fact that the risotto was completely trouser-busting on its own, I was completely gratified obliged to finish her stew of fall-off-the-bone chicken thighs, softly melting greens and sausage balls.

life can be so difficult.


we finished with a cake I brought that could barely compete with the feast we had been served – I had overbaked it, so it was lucky that she had some vanilla ice cream on hand to rescue it. lesson learnt: never bake something new when you’re bringing something along (unless you have friends kind enough not to break your heart).

if you’re interested, here is what we ate:

  1. sauteed mushrooms
  2. risotto alla milanese
  3. imploding honey custard cake (which would have imploded if it hadn’t been overcooked)

time to share my second lesson learnt – when using a recipe, always read through the entire thing and its notes (and ALL the comments if they’ve got them). I still forget sometimes, which is why I didn’t see all the comments complaining about a shorter bake time – if you’re baking the cake, make sure you stick with a 7-8 minute timing, and maybe your cake will live up to its name!

thank you, bernie and don! you guys are plain awesome!
xx

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