Last weekend the lovely Haj and Becky drove over from Bristol to enjoy the bank holiday weekend with us. We were blessed with a beautifully sunny few days which allowed for lots of meal and drinks in the sunshine.
My favourite part of the weekend, was finally getting to visit Salt. I’ve been excited about it since before it opened but hadn’t found the right opportunity to go. After lazily wandering around some of the prettier parts of the city when we were overcome by the delicious smell of barbecue wafting in the air.
^^ enjoying a quick lunchtime date with Dan at a food stall/too many cocktails – the less said the better!
Following our noses, and with rumbling stomachs, we found strings of wooden cutlery and brightly coloured tables across the pavement outside the restaurant with a grill set up and a little sign offering homemade burgers and fresh fish.
Food was served family style, on a mixture of wooden and vintage tableware. With each bite you could tell that it was prepared by people with a love of high quality uncomplicated food. Even their tomato sauce was homemade.
^^amazing food at Salt
The burgers were delicious, thick, juicy and full of flavour. Served with a generous slice of cheese, and in a fluffy, floury bap, the ingredients were of such a quality that they didn’t need to be dressed with anything else. But for me, my favourite part was the potato croquettes. I’m still dreaming of them. The were ever so soft on the inside, coated in a crispy golden batter and sprinkled with a touch of sea salt flakes. Granted my only other frame of reference are the uniform, chunky frozen croquettes, my aunt served every year at our family Christmas party buffet, but to me, the Salt ones have fast become one of my favourite foods ever.
^^hanging out in the sunshine at Salt/getting a little overly excited about pimms being served in teapots – we came home with 3 of them
Sunshine and barbeques aren’t complete without toasted marshmallows. These cupcakes are the perfect dessert to share with good friends as our summer slowly transitions to autumn. As the evenings become a little cool to sit toasting marshmallows by the dying embers of a barbeque, return inside to cupcakes and warm drinks is a great way to keep the party going.
I’m not sure if Marshmallow fluff has found it’s way into many UK supermarkets yet, but I found it in my local Waitrose in the baking aisle. Full disclosure, I may or may not have eaten the other half of a jar, with a spoon, over an exceptionally short period of time.
makes 12 cupcakes
for the Chocolate Cupcakes
125g butter at room temperature
115g self raising flour
125g brown sugar
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 175C and line the cupcake tin.
Beat all the ingredients together until well blended.
Divide into the cupcake cases and bake in the middle of the oven for 17 minutes until golden brown and an inserted skewer comes out clean.
Leave to cool.
for the Marshmallow Frosting
from Buttercream Chantilly Factory http://buttercreamchantilly.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-cinnamon-marshmallow-fluff-frosting-vegan/
60g butter at room temperature
100g (about ½ a jar) marshmallow fluff
190g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 digestive biscuit/graham craker , crushed into crumbs
Beat the butter until light and fluffy then add the marshmallow fluff and vanilla and continue to whisk until smooth and creamy.
On a low speed slowly beat in the icing sugar until well mixed. If using a stand mixer I find covering it with a tea towel helps to reduce mess.
Ice your cupcakes and sprinkle with biscuit/cracker crumbs.