Lunch at Giselda’s

I made this duck tart as an introduction to my food when I invited Rebecca Randall of Health and Wellbeing Live for lunch.  I will be showcasing my cooking demos.


I bought the ingredients from Shipbourne Farmers Market.  This wonderful market is open from 9am – 11am next to the Chaser Inn.  I love how the little church is also used to house some of the products.

Ingredients for pastry

200g Doves Gram flour
100g Doves Rice flour
3 Tbsp Kentish Cobnut Oil (I used Edward’s at Shipbourne Farmers Market)
1 Organic Egg
Large pinch of Pink Himalayan salt
Cold water


In a large roomy bowl combine the Gram and Rice flours.

Add the salt and mix well.  Rub in the Cobnut oil till the mixture looks like crumbs.  Add the egg and bring it all together with enough cold water.

Roll out the pastry to 1/2 an inch and line a fluted tart tin.  Pierce the bottom with a fork in several places.

Cook in a pre heated oven for 10 minutes.

Ingredients for Filling

250ml Oatley Oat Cream
2 Organic eggs
2 Tbsp Liquid Aminos
1 Tbsp Clearspring Mirin
1/2 Tbsp Almond Butter
1 Wild Duck Leg (from the game stall in Shipbourne Farmers Market) roast as per instructions, and shred.  Scrap juices into a bowl to mix with filling
3 chopped stalks of wild garlic (seasonal) or chopped fresh spring onions
1 handful fresh Coriander
Small handful Cobnuts


Pour the Oat cream into a large measuring jug,  whisk in the eggs, Liquid Aminos, Mirin, Almond butter.  Set aside.

Layer the chopped wild garlic on the bottom of the tart tin pre-lined with pastry.

Add the shredded duck.

Pour in the Oat cream mixture and add the chopped coriander and roasted cobnuts.

Cook in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius for 40 minutes or till the filling is only just slightly wobbly.

Oodles of Noodles Kanada-Ya, St Giles London

So 3 friends went off to the big city on the train to search for a very little Japanese restaurant filled with oodles of noodles! (Ramen to be precise.)

We queueProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetd in anticipation with several other Japanese people (always a good sign) and a couple of Americans.  The restaurant opened its doors at exactly 12 noon and we were told where to sit.  The restaurant sat 20.   They only served you if you were physically present.  So no pre-ordering for late friends!

Orders were taken promptly.  I sat sipping on my green tea with roasted rice whilst waiting for my food.   The food arrived swiftly and perfectly cooked.

Our starters were chicken karaage with Japanese mayo and BBQ pork with a chilli sauce.

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The 3 of us sat in sublime silence enjoying every bite of our chicken and BBQ pork.

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Then the steaming hot bowls of  pork ramen arrived.  We were recommended the ‘hard’ ramen option as the noodles settled into their right texture as we ate.  Ching had ordered ‘regular’ and her noodles became too soft.  My soup was spiced and the other two not.  We all three ordered a boiled egg as the added extra.  A good choice, the egg was delicious.

I alternately added thinly julienned ginger or spicy pickled vegetables to my spoonfuls of ramen.    These were ‘free’ to help ourselves on the table.  I love different textures and flavours and wasn’t disappointed.

The whole experience was definitely to be repeated.  Perhaps with Elise and Tara.  Maya might be enticed with the crunchy fried chicken but ramen nor pork a favourite.

Their complete menu is available online.