Savoury Pancake Day Coming Soon

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Most of us have a sweet tooth, but there are also people out there who prefer savoury pancakes over Nutella and strawberry ones. For this reason, Mr Bao in Peckham has created the perfect pancake recipe for those who hate sweet toppings.

Mr Bao, a favourite on The Taiwanese joint’s brunch menu, will be serving a traditional spring onion pancake this Shrove Tuesday that is stuffed full of spring onions and sesame seeds, fried until crispy, and then topped with basil, a fried egg, and house-made kimchi. It will be served all day for the price of £6.

However, if you can’t make it to Peckham but would love to try this dish, here is the recipe for it.

· 2 spring onions, chopped
· 500g plain flour
· 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
· 3 tbsp vegetable oil

How to make the dough:
Add the flour to 150ml of boiling water and stir constantly. Once cooled, slowly add 150ml of cold water and when finished, turn the dough into a ball, cover it with cling film, and leave it to rest.

How to cook the savoury pancake:
First thing you need to do is cut a piece of dough about the size of a small fist and roll it into a flat circle. Spread a bit of vegetable oil over it then add the chopped spring onions and the toasted sesame seeds and smush the dough back into a little ball again so that it combines all the ingredients. When ready, roll it back into a flat circle and add a little oil to the frying pan. When the oil is hot, add the spring onion pancake and when the bottom is a nice golden colour, flip it.

How to serve it:
At Mr Bao it is served in a traditional way, topped with fresh Homemade Kimchi, basil, eggs, and grated cheese, so at home you can follow this recipe or come up with your own.

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Stand out from the crowd: creating a centrepiece bar

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Written by Liam O’Donnell

The hotel or restaurant bar can offer guests a tranquil oasis from everyday life, enabling them to relax at the perfect drinking spot. The aim of any successful bar is to construct a space that embodies the personality of the establishment whilst offering a touch of excitement, luxury and sometimes the downright extravagant – ultimately bringing customers back again and again. This often forms the centrepiece of a hotel or restaurant and can set the excellent places apart from the average, providing customers with a venue that intrigues and impresses. So just how do you create a bar that will set your establishment apart from the ordinary? Here are some key considerations for generating an atmospheric and striking showpiece bar.

Theme and Thought
Whilst ‘modern’ or ‘vintage’ used to be enough to clarify a basic outline of a design impression, the contemporary 21st century culture craves bigger ideas that clearly visualise a concept or theme. From natural aesthetics, to luxury, to industrial, there are plenty of ways to capture a unique personality for a bar that leaves customers wanting more. Decide on your concept and then incorporate this in every aspect of the design – from the surfaces to the lighting. If you are opting for an industrial look explore raw textures, exposed brick walls and unrefined woods, accompanying this with geometric lighting in worn metals such as copper or wrought iron. If you opt for a luxurious ambience, consider lavish fabrics, outspoken gold finishing and deep-button back furniture. This is a sure way to stand out from the crowd.

Bar Stools
Historically uncomfortable, horribly unstable and often worn – the bar stool can speak volumes about an establishment and no bar will truly act as a centrepiece unless the stools can strike the right balance between style, comfort and safety. Consider whether or not this will be your main seating and then tailor the stools accordingly. If customers are to sit there for a long time admiring the surroundings and enjoying the social setting then consider back support to provide longer-term comfort. If it is merely a pit-stop space for the drink buyers, then you can place more emphasis on aesthetics than comfort whilst ensuring other bar seating is more comprehensive. Also, get creative with materials and create a standout look using brash metals, coloured leathers or natural woods.

The lighting in a bar will not only create a unique ambiance for the space, but it can also be used to spotlight certain features, creating an artistic effect. If the bar specialises in bespoke cocktails that utilise extravagant spirits, then consider backlit shelving that brings emphasis to this USP (unique selling point). Furthermore, to truly make an impact, contemplate the use of spectacular lighting installations that resemble art pieces in their own right – creating a contemporary and memorable look. This, combined with the right furniture and materials will make the bar a talking point for customers, creating repeat business and allowing it to transcend changes in design trends.

Be Original
Following the same trends as every other popular bar might work for some, but it will not set the space apart in this competitive environment and it will make it difficult for customers to distinguish your establishment from the crowd. People are constantly seeking new and innovative places to go, so offer customers a totally bespoke experience. Tell the story of the bar, whether the drinks or food have an interesting origin, the owner has a fascinating personal tale or there are environmental initiatives in place – share this with the guests! If the bar has a Brazilian theme, use woods with this country of origin or textures that reflect the unique quirks of the culture – details like this can help you stand out. This can encourage customers to feel connected to the space and will bring them back again and again.

About the author, Liam O’Donnell:
Liam O’Donnell is the director of Valdivian Furniture, a British furniture manufacturer that specialises in bespoke, hand crafted contract furniture. Liam has deep rooted personal interest in environmental issues and over 16 years of experience in manufacturing furniture. He is a highly experienced wood machinist and specialist joiner which translates into the company’s meticulous and careful approach to furniture production. Find out more at:

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Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening

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Racing enthusiasts have now the opportunity to be part in an exclusive Cheltenham Festival preview on Wednesday the 7th of March, taking place at the Kings Head in Cirencester. The guests will be able to meet some of the leading names in National Hunt and all the money obtained from this event will go to the Injured Jockeys Fund.

The panel of racing experts consists of famous names in the field, including top National Hunt jockey Aidan Coleman, Grade 1 Winning trainer Fergal O’Brien, weighing room legend Mattie Batchelor, Luke Tarr from Star Sports, and Cheltenham Festival winning jockey David Bass. All the proceeds from the preview night will go to the Injured Jockeys Fund, which provides support to jockeys who are unable to ride, injured, or just in general need.

Camilla Henderson, the daughter of the legendary racehorse trainer Nicky Henderson, will be organising the event: “This is a non-profit event, in which all proceeds will be going to the Injured Jockey’s Fund, primarily it’s all about them. Last year’s event was a spectacular success with 160 guests! We’re hoping to build on that for 2018 and raise even more money for such a great cause. We have some fantastic prizes and giveaways in our raffle kindly donated by the IJF and a dinner for two with a bottle of wine from the Kings Head.”

Cheltenham Festival brings together the top jockeys, the best horses, and the biggest titles in the racing world, all competing over the famous Cheltenham fences, culminating in the Gold Cup on Friday 16th of March.

The event starts at 6.30pm and the tickets cost £15 per person. Drinks and canapes at The Kings Head, discussions and insight into all of the top races from Cheltenham week are all included in the price of the ticket.

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