Kyoto Sushi and Grill, Ramsgate

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As with most of the seaside towns along the Kent coast, Ramsgate has been heralded as ‘up and coming’, the next big deal, the place where it’s all happening. On a drizzly, dark October night, I can’t say this is the impression I got. However, once we sat down at our table at Kyoto Sushi and Grill and started reading through the extensive menu, I began to think that maybe there was something about this town that was slightly ahead of the Kentish curve.

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Meatless Monday: White Bean Puree with Caramelized Endive and Balsamic Onions

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A few months ago I bought Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite on a whim; I saw a tweet from Leite’s Culinaria about this white bean purée piled high with beautiful purple radicchio and red onions and it looked good enough that I went straight onto Amazon and bought the cookbook. I have not been disappointed.

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Meatless Monday: Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

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On my way to California from New York, I bought a Food and Wine magazine at the airport and, flipping through, I landed on a delicious looking salad starring an ingredient I hadn’t eaten for a long time: hearts of palm. I only had a vague recollection of a slightly pickled, tender white tubular vegetable with a delicate flavor. A bit of research on Wikipedia − fountain of all knowledge that it is − revealed that South America supplies the majority of imported hearts of palm which are, as you might suspect, the heart of certain types of palm tree. The cans I bought were products of Bolivia and, for that reason, I decided to ignore the $3.99 price tag per can which I thought was pretty outrageous for a bit of fibrous white veg. However, the harvesting process is pretty labor intensive and must also be expensive so, in addition to import costs, I can understand the high price tag.

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Rosemary and Lemon Lentil Salad

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My grandma got a leaflet with her most recent vegetable box from Farm Fresh which had a recipe for lentil salad. Now, I love lentils, but sometimes they can be a bit too earthy, taste a bit too…muddy. Not so with this salad. It is fresh and spring-like while still providing that lentil oomph that will make you full and keep you there. The roasted carrots and shallots add a lovely sweetness which balances with the deep, earthy flavor of the lentils and the zingy tartness of the lemon juice in the dressing. The fresh rosemary in the dressing enhances the lentils earthiness and helps amp up the freshness factor − I’m pretty sure dried rosemary wouldn’t have the same effect and since it grows all over the place, just wander around until you find some. I’m sure your neighbors won’t mind.

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Asian Meatball Soup

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I think we can safely say that, even in my short life as a blogger, I have established my love for Asian flavors. The strange thing is, I don’t like ginger in any other guise – not in candy, not in drinks, not in cakes or cookies – but put it with some meat and a few vegetables and I’m singing it’s praises.

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Pho? Pho Sho.

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I obviously love soup, so here’s yet another. I will apologize now that most of the posts for the next couple months will be more on the healthy side, not that that means they’re not exciting and tasty – would I blog about anything else? Come summer though, there will be plenty of artery clogging, fatty goodness to wrap your taste buds around, so hang in there.

In the mean times of January and February though, we stick to cheaper, lighter meals which are satisfying and that we don’t have to feel to guilty about – mostly because on the weekends we tend to eat our weight in ‘bad’ food having dieted all week (a good balance, I think). This is one such Friday night dinner which we will eat convincing ourselves that it is offsetting any damage that might be done at the ale festival we will be attending from 10:30am tomorrow morning.

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Thai Laksa with Fish

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Before any of you get any misconceptions, let me just make this clear: I am not obsessed with Jamie Oliver. However, while he may make too many dirty dishes, he does have some good ideas when it comes to quick food. I have both the 30 Minute Meals and 15 Minute Meals cookbooks and they are fantastic – even though they always take longer than they claim. Of all the recipes I have tried from each, I have only had one failure – although that was pretty much inedible so take from that what you will.

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