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Beef Rendang

My version of Beef Rendang is adapted from several cookery books, I’ve never actually tasted an authentic Rendang before so I can’t comment on the similarities, what I can tell you is that my family love this version and there is never any left after cooking.

Blend 6 Shallots, 3 cloves of garlic, 1inch piece of ginger, 2 sticks of lemongrass, 10 dried chillies (I used 4 fresh for this batch as we had ran out of dried but it does work better with dried) and 1 tbsp oil.

Heat 1 Tbsp veg oil in a pan and heat the above paste for 2 mins until soft.  To this mixture add 2tsp ground cumin, 5 crushed cardamon pods, 1 tsp turmeric and 1 cinnamon stick and fry for 1 min.

To the above mixture add 500g of diced beef, (I prefer a cheaper cut as the beef will be slowly cooked). Cook for 4 mins until the beef is browned.

Pour 400ml coconut milk and 200ml cold water into the pan and simmer for 1/2 hours.

(The colour will be much darker if dried chillies are used)

Fry 25g desiccated coconut in a pan until brown, add to the cooked sauce and sprinkle with raw onion and coriander if required.

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The Northumbrian Piper

I’d never actually heard of The Northumbrian Piper until a chance meeting with them at the Living North spring fair, they claimed to have a tasty sunday lunch with the best homemade gravy, as soon as I got home I told Mr Gourmand about this claim and we decided to pay a visit to try it out for ourselves.

 Both Mr Gourmand and myself decided to try the Retro Prawn Cocktail (£4.50)

The Prawn Cocktail was served in a retro glass dish with mixed lettuce and a twist of lemon, I have to admit I like to have brown buttered bread with a prawn cocktail and there was a hint of a pet lip on my face when it didn’t appear!  An extra pot of cocktail sauce was provided which was a welcome addition.

Mr gourmand went for the Roast Lamb and I picked the Roast Beef, both dishes were served with a huge homemade yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, mashed potato and roast potatoes.  The vegetables all tasted fresh and were cooked perfectly, the mash was fluffy and soft and the roast potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy inside.

The huge jug of gravy was delicious, it tasted just like my grandfather used to make, you could taste the meat juices which is quite rare for gravy unless you cook it at home.

There was no room for dessert I’m afraid but we did manage a couple of glasses of guest ale.

We were very impressed with the Northumbrian Piper Sunday lunch and we will definitely be back to try the week day menu.

The Northumbrian Piper can be found at: 

Fawdon House, 1 Fawdon Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 2AH

Jesmond Brasserie – Newcastle upon Tyne


The Jesmond Brasserie can be found within the 15 room Jesmond Hotel on Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The Brasserie has a very intimate setting which can seat around 45 diners.  The Brasserie has rather confusing opening hours meaning that walk-ins are unlikely, other restaurants on Osborne road are open from lunch time 7 days a week while the brasserie  is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, doesn’t open until 5pm Wednesday – Friday and only serves lunch on a Saturday (from 2) and Sunday (from 12).

The early evening menu is available between 5-7pm the A la carte menu is available between 7-10pm and Saturday lunch is served between 2-5pm, Sunday lunch is served between 12-6pm confused?  I was!

On first impression the restaurant was clean and welcoming and looked like it had a lot of money spent on it.  The tables were beautifully decorated with linen napkins.

While we viewed the menu we were given freshly baked rolls with butter which were delicious and still warm.

The early evening menu consisted of a choice of 4 starters, 6 main courses and 4 desserts.  There was a good choice of meat, fish and vegetarian meals to choose from.

Mr Gourmand started with the Ham Hock Terrine (£2.95) which was served with homemade peas pudding and toasted brioche, it was beautifully presented on a glass plate with a mixed leaf salad, sundried tomato and balsamic glaze.   I didn’t try this due to it being pork but Mr Gourmand assured me it was delicious.

I started with the Mackerel and potato salad (£2.95) which was a fillet of grilled mackerel on a bed of Lemon infused potato with rocket.  The flavours were delicious together and worked so well.

Mr Gourmands main course was Chicken Breast (£6.50) a pan seared breast of free range chicken served on a bed of creamy mash with green vegetables and a peppercorn sauce.

I chose the Chefs Special (£8.00) which was beef medallions in a red wine jus.  The beef was served on a bed of creamy mashed potato and came with green vegetables.  The beef was unbelievably tender and melted in the mouth, three pieces were far too much as I actually struggled with one as they were so thick.

Being a greedy gourmand I couldn’t leave without trying the Cheese board (£3.50) which came with 4 huge chunks of cheese, a mountain of crackers and home made chutney.  I’m glad I had Mr Gourmand with me on this occasion as there is no was one person could have had this to themselves!  Mr Gourmand likes to have fruit with his cheese and would have preferred a piece of apple or some grapes.

The bill came to £33.00 including drinks.

Jesmond Brasserie, 34 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne