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Good stuff – Shepherd’s pie – Pastyrsky kolac

With the autumn chill creeping in, the time has come for warm, comforting food. One of my favourite autumn/winter dinners is the shepherd’s pie (and cottage pie).

These pies are made of meat base topped with mashed potatoes. Shepherd’s pie is made with minced lamb meat and cottage pie with minced beef. The meat is cooked with vegetables likes carrots, celery or peas, with chopped tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce. After cooking the mixture is put in a baking form, topped with mashed potatoes and baked until the mash gets crispy on the top. Perfect on a cold winter night! The many recipes you can find online have all slight differences, probably like Czech goulash. Here is a link to one of my favorite cooking websites:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9644/nofuss-shepherds-pie

Cumberland pie is a similar dish, only with breadcrumbs on the top. Another delicious pie is fish pie, yum, I’ll write about that one as soon as I cook it!

On the pictures is my very own shepherd’s pie, cooked today, first time in my life ๐Ÿ™‚ (if you think the top is a bit dark…well, it is, as I burned it! The recipe said ‘put under the grill to get the crispy crust..but it didn’t say to put it there for one minute only :D)

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S prichazejicim podzimnim chladem zacina cas teplych, jak rikaji Anglicane – utesujicich, veceri. Jednim z mych oblibnych podzimnich/zimnich jidel je shepherd’s pie = pastyrsky kolac, paj a cottage pie (cottage byla skromna chaloupka farmaru).

Tyto kolace tvori zaklad z masa prikryty vrstvou bramborove kase. Shepherd’s pie je ze skopoveho mleteho masa a cottage pie je z mleteho hoveziho. Maso se vari se zeleninou jako mrkev, celer nebo hrasek, s rajcaty a Worcestrovou omackou. Po uvareni se smes naleje do zapekaci formy, navrch rozetreme kasi ย a dame zapect do krupava. Skvele na studeny zimni vecer! Na netu je spousta variaci na zakladni recept, asi jako na nas gulas. Tady je odkaz na klasicky recept z jedne z mych oblibenych kucharskych web stranek:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9644/nofuss-shepherds-pie

Cumberland pie je podobny pokrm, pouze na vrsek se dava strouhanka. Dalsim vynikajim kolacem je fish pie – rybi. Mnam! Ale o tom vam napisu az ho budu varit!

A na fotkach je muj vlastni Shepherd’s pie, uvareny dnes, poprve v zivote ๐Ÿ™‚ Jestli se vam zda, ze je vrsek trochu tmavy… tak je, protoze jsem ho pripalila! Recept rika, pro krupavou kurcicku dat na gril. Ovsem nepsalo se tam, ze jen na minutu ๐Ÿ˜€

Shepherd's pie

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Kvetinovy trh v Kolumbijske ulici – Columbia road flower market

Kazdou nedeli oziva v londynskem East Endu pres tyden ticha Kolumbijska ulice nespocetnym mnozstvim stanku s kvetinami vsech moznych barev, velikosti a druhu, za slunecneho i destiveho pocasi. Krom kvetinovych stanku jsou tu take male obchudky v domech z viktorianske doby z vetsi casti pres tyden zavrene, ale v nedeli praskajici ve svech pod naporem mistnich a mnoha turistu. Prodavaji vse mozne, od zahradnickeho nacini pres vintage obleceni, po designersky nabytek nebo sperky. Skvelou atmosferu trhu podkresluji poulicni muzikanti a hlavne trhovci vykrikujici klasicke ‘Everything for a fiver’ a ย ‘What a bargain!’ย tedy ‘Vse za petku’ a ‘Skvela koupe!’ a dalsi. Vsichni se (alespon mne to tak pripada) pritom skvele bavi.

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During the week quiet Columbia street in London’s East End comes alive every Sunday, rain or shine, with stalls offering endless amount of plants of all possible colors, sizes and types. There are also small shops in pretty Victorian houses, most of them closed during the week, but bursting at the seams with locals and many tourists on Sundays, selling everything from vintage clothes to gardening tools and designer furniture or jewellery. The great atmosphere of the market is accentuated by buskers and most of all by hawkers shouting loudly classical ‘Everything for a fiver!’, ‘What a bargain!’ and more. Everyone seems to be enjoying this.

Good stuff – Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Last week I discovered a little gem in Dalston.ย  It’s a place called Dalston Eastern Curve garden and it is situated opposite the Dalston junction station.ย  When you come in, ย you find peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, leaving the chaos and noise of the city behind. It is a cafe with a garden. But don’t expect perfectly cut grass, pretty antique chairs and upright little fingers on hands holding posh porcelain tea cups. This isn’t Chelsea, this is not Richmond, this is East London! You are having cuppa in someone’s garden. There are flowerbeds and vegetables too, some bushes and birches. Bean bags are scattered on the grass and you can also find plastic chairs and wooden benches to sit at by simple tables. There is a sheltered area too, but I enjoyed sitting in the open space. The service was very friendly and chatty. I ordered a pot of fresh mint tea and it was fresh indeed – the waitress closed the till and went to the garden to fetch some mint leaves ๐Ÿ™‚

After this visit I was sad to read, that this place might disappear soon, giving way to to be redeveloped Kingsland shopping centre (read more here:ย http://dalstonist.co.uk/latest-plans-for-kingsland-shopping-centre-redevelopment-revealed/). Surely it would be nice to turn the ugly shopping centre into fancy hub with pretty shops and cafes, but it would be much nicer, if the Curve garden stayed for local community and visitors alike to enjoy.

Minuly tyden jsem v Dalstone objevila maly poklad. Tohle misto se jmenuje Dalston Eastern Curve garden and nachazi se naproti stanici Dalston junction. Kdyz vstoupite dovnitr, naleznete poklidnou, uvolnujici atmosferu, nechajic chaos a hluk velkomesta venku. Je to proste takova kavarna se zahradou. Ale necekejte perfektne zastrizeny travnik, romanticka starozitna kresilka a vztycene malicky rukou drzicich nobl porcelan. Tohle neni Chelsea, tohle neni Richmond, tohle je vychodni Londyn! Jako byste si dali hrnek caje u nekoho na zahrade. Jsou tam zahony kytek i zeleniny, kere a brizky. Pytle na sezeni (tzv. Beanbags) jsou rozhazeny po trave a taky muzete najit plastove zidlicky a drevene lavicky na posezeni u jednoduchych stolu. Je tam i kryte sezeni, ale ja jsem si uzivala odpocinek v otevrene casti. Obsluha byla velmi mila a povidava. Objednala jsem si konvicku cerstveho matoveho caje a cerstvy opravdu byl โ€“ servirka zavrela kasu a odbehla do zahrady pro matove listky ๐Ÿ™‚

Po teto navsteve jsem posmutnela pri cteni clanku o tom, ze tohle specialni misto nejspis brzy zmizi โ€“ uvolni prostor nakupnimu centru Kingsland, ktere se bude prestavovat. (vice si muzete precist zde: http://dalstonist.co.uk/latest-plans-for-kingsland-shopping-centre-redevelopment-revealed/) Jiste by bylo velmi pekne, kdyz by se ted osklive nakupni centrum zmenilo v prijemne misto s obchudky a kavarnami, ale bylo by mnohem peknejsi, kdyby Curve gardens zustalo pro mistni komunitu i navstevniky.

Good stuff – Libraries – Knihovny v Anglii

Uz od detstvi jsem milovala knihovny. Ta v mojem rodnem meste nebyla nejvetsi, ale i tak nabizela hodiny a hodiny klidneho brouzdani mezi regaly a listovani v neznamych knihach i knihach, ktere jsem si pujcovala znovu a znovu. Neni divu, ze po prijezdu do Anglie moje kroky vedly velmi brzy do mistni knihovny.

Knihovny v Britanii jsou skvele. Minimalne ty v Londyne. Je jich hodne. Velke, male, stare, moderni… Clenstvi je zdarma. Muzete si pujcit knizku v knihovne jedne a vratit ji do knihovny jine (ve stejnem okrsku, pricemz okrsky jsou opravdu velke, v tom, kde ziju ja, jich je osm). A nejen to. Muzete si pres internet zarezervovat knizku a pokud ji nemaji ve ‘vasi’ pobocce, kam nejcasteji chodite, privezou ji z nejake knihovny jine. Vy si pri rezervaci vyberete, do ktere pobocky ji chcete dorucit. Pak vam mailem napisou, abyste si laskave prisli knizku vyzvednout. V knihovnach mate take jako clen pristup na internet – 1 hodinu denne zdarma. Krome knizek si muzete vypujcit i audio-knizky (zdarma) a CD a DVD (za mirny poplatek). Knihovny organizuji ruzne akce – od pravidelnych zpivani pro male deti, ruznych kurzu (pocitacove, jazykove) po vystavy a prednasky. Povazuji britsky system knihoven za skvely. ย A co vy, chodite do knihovny?

Audio books - Audio knizky CD's

I loved libraries since my childhood. The one in my home town wasn’t the biggest one, but still offered hours and hours of browsing between the shelves and scrolling through pages of unknown books and books I borrowed over and over again. There is no surprise, that after arriving to the UK my steps soon led to the nearest library.

Libraries in Britain are great. At least those in London. There are many of them. Big, small, old, modern.. Membership is free. You can borrow a book from one library and return in to any another one in the same borough (there are eight libraries in my borough). And that is not all. You can reserve a book online. If they don’t have it in ‘your’ library, where you normally go, they will bring it from another branch. You only need to choose when reserving, where do you want it to be delivered. They will tell you via email to kindly come to pick it up, when it’s ready. Members have access to one hour on the Internet per day in the libraries. And you can also borrow audio books (for free) and CD’s and DVD’s (for a little fee). Libraries also organise all sorts of events – from nursery rhyme times, ESOL classes to exhibitions and talks. I find this whole service quite amazing. And what about you, do you go to libraries?

Good stuff – Shortbread / Skotske susenky

Shortbread is a traditional and my favourite EVER type of British biscuit. These cookies originate in Scotland but are very popular all over the UK. Did I say that I love them? Delicious with your afternoon cup of tea. Made from white sugar, butter (lots of it) and flour, they are baked under low temperature to avoid browning. You can usually get round shaped shortbread or fingers. For special occasions there are for example hearts and triangles to be found in the pretty tins. (On the photos one of family Christmas presents. Also a tradition ๐Ÿ™‚ )

And which are your favourite biscuits?

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Shortbread je druh tradicnich britskych a mych ze vsech nejoblibenejsich susenek. Pochazeji ze Skotska, ale jsou oblibene po celem kralovstvi. Rekla jsem uz, ze je miluju? Vynikajici s vasim odpolednim salkem caje. Testo tvori bily cukr, maslo (hodne masla) a mouka, pecou se za nizke teploty, aby se zabranilo zhnednuti. Vetsinou je muzete koupit kulate nebo typicke ‘prsty’. Pro specialni prilezitosti naleznete v peknych plechovych krabicich srdce, trojuhelnicky a dalsi tvary. (Na fotkach je jeden z letosnich vanocnich darku od rodiny. Taky tradice ๐Ÿ™‚ )

A jake jsou vase nejoblibenejsi susenky?

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Good stuff : Crumpets – anglicke livanecky

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Tuhle tradicni anglickou pochoutku jsem poprve ochutnala minuly vikend. Tedy – kdysi davno, jeste v dobe meho au-pairstvi jsem u jedne rodinky crumpets mela, ale studene a jen asi dve sousta, ktera me nenadchla…od te doby jsem je v obchode prehlizela. O jakou dobrotu jsem se cela leta pripravovala!! Od minule nedele uz vim, ze crumpets se ji teple, nejlepe opecene v toustovaci. Typicke jsou ozdobene kouskem masla, ale moznosti je mnoho – se syrem (dat pod gril zapect), s vajickem, s lososem, se sunkou..

Crumpets jsou livance z mouky a drozdi (recept napr zde; http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/6039/crumpets ) Zavedli je anglosasove (kmeny zijici na jihu a jihovychode ostrova zhruba od poloviny 5. stoleni do dobyti zeme Normany v r. 1066). Tenkrat to byly tvrde livance pecene na plotne. V dobe viktorianske se pridanim kvasnic zmenili na mekke a ‘houbovite’. Jejich charakteristicka textura a diry vznikly pridanim extra porce prasku do peciva.

A jak chutnaji crumpets vam?

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Crumpets – Katerina Janouskova Photography

I tried this traditional English delicacy for the first time last weekend. Actually, I tasted it cold (about two mouthfuls) years ago when I was an au-pair. It didn’t excite me much and I just kept overlooking them in shops since then. Ah what was I missing out on!!! Now I know that crumpets should be eaten warm and are best toasted nicely. It is typical to put bit of butter on, but there are lots of variations – grilled with cheese on the top, with egg, salmon, ham…

Crumpets are kind of pancake made of flour and yeast (recipe for example here http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/6039/crumpets ). Invented probably by the Aglo-Saxons, they were at first hard pancakes cooked on a griddle. During Victorian times yeast was added and the cake became soft and spongy. Extra baking powder creates their signature texture and holes.

And how do you like crumpets?

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Crumpets – Katerina Janouskova Photography

Good stuff – Cream tea

Hi,
here comes another regular category – Good stuff. As the name suggests, it will be about good things – good things I found in the UK. Sometimes they might not originate in Britain, but I’ve seen/tried/ate/experienced them the first time here.

Starting with:

CREAM TEA

Cream tea

Cream tea

Awesome! I discovered this delicious treat only recently. Well, kind of recently. Thanks to my boyfriend, about 2-3 years ago. I was truly ignorant to this traditional English, or to be more specific – Cornish – afternoon refreshment before that. The Wikipedia says about Cream tea this:

‘A cream tea (also known as a Devonshire tea, Devon cream tea or Cornish cream tea) is tea taken with a combination of scones, clotted cream, and jam.Cream teas are offered for sale in tea rooms throughout the United Kingdom (especially South West England) and the rest of the Commonwealth, or wherever someone wants to give an impression of British influence.’

I must add this: it tastes the best, if enjoyed after a long trek in the countryside, especially if walking in fresh, crisp and windy weather, admiring the beauty of English green hills, lakes or if you are really lucky, the seaside with stunning coastal views! The pleasure you experience then, when tired out, you sit down to hot cup of tea and delicious scones in a nice cosy tea room! The moment, when you slice the scone in half and heap the clotted cream and jam on it…Ah, the combination is just perfect!

Katerina Janouskova Photography - Lake Windemere

Katerina Janouskova Photography – Lake Windemere

Ahoj lidi,

zaciname dalsi rubriku – Good stuff = Dobre veci. Jak jiz nazev napovida, budu zde psat o vsem dobrem, co jsem v Britanii objevila. Obcas mozna nebudou tyhle veci pochazet primo z Anglie, ale poprve jsem je videla/vyzkousela/ochutnala/zazila prave tady.

Zaciname s:

Cream tea – v prekladu Krem caj.

Uzasne! Tuhle dobrotu jsem objevila teprve nedavno. Tedy relativne nedavno. Diky memu priteli asi pred dvema az tremi roky. Do te doby jsem nemela ani zdani o tom, co tohle tradicni anglicke, nebo abych byla presnejsi cornwallske, odpoledni obcerstveni je. Wikipedia rika o Cream tea tohle:

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Cream tea (take znamy jako Devonshire tea, Devon cream tea nebo Cornish cream tea) je caj podavany s kombinaci kolacku ‘scones’, hustym kremem zvanym ‘clotted cream’ a marmeladou. Cream tea se prodava v cajovnach ve Velke Britanii (predevsim v jihozapadni Anglii) a v dalsich castech Britskeho kralovstvi, nebo vsude, kde chce nekdo pusobit dojmem britskeho vlivu.

Ja musim dodat tohle: nejvetsi pozitek prinasi vychutnavan po dlouhe prochazce britskou krajinou. Obzvlaste pokud se prochazite v cerstvem, svezim a vetrnem pocasi, obdivujete krasu anglickych zelenych kopecku, uzasnych jezer anebo, pokud mate stesti, pobrezi se strhujicim vyhledem z utesu.

To blaho, ktere zazijete, kdyz se prijemne unaveni usadite v utulne cajovne, s salkem horkeho napoje a lahodnym kolackem scone. Ta chvile, kdy rozriznete kolacek napric a na kazdou pulku nandate bohatou vrstvu kremu a marmelady… Ah, kombinace proste dokonala.