Here’s another recipe that I’ve begun to make pretty often, because it’s fast to make and perfect for spicing up by lunch boxes 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need:
Eight big big mushrooms
Half a pepper
Half a small onion
One small garlic clove
Half a leek
Break the stems off the mushrooms and save for later. With a little oil, put the mushrooms into a gas mark 6 oven for 10 minutes.
Finely chop the onions, leek, pepper and garlic and cook down in a pan on a low heat with a little olive oil. I recommend Jamie Oliver’s Tefal pans, they’re amazing.
Finely chop the mushroom stems too. Once the veg has softened, add the mushroom stems to the mix and add a little salt.
Leave the mix took down for about 15 minutes, and then begin roughly chopping the spinach leaves and bit by bit slowly to the mix. I love ceramic knives for chopping veggies, in the photo I’m using this one.
Turn the heat off and let the mix cool down. Once cool, use a teaspoon to fill the mushrooms with the mixture. Add as much grated cheese as you’d like!
Pop the stuffed mushrooms into the gas mark 6 oven for another 10-15 minutes, and add more cheese halfway through cooking if you’d like.
This place has an amazing feel to it the second you walk in. For starters, it’s very popular, and is always buzzing. On top of that, the pub is split into five sections by huge opaque glass walls, that lead the way to the back room which is full of sofas and an open fire.
It’s a Sam Smiths pub so no music, no TVs, no WiFi, but the sound of people having a good time catching up is plenty.
My boyfriend had a couple great beers, I went for the white wine as usual, and we decided to share a plate of nachos. They kindly had a big sign above the bar that said the staff could help with any allergen information, but I have to admit, the nachos were thoroughly disappointing.
For £10, I was expecting a big plate of very cheesy nachos with tons of pulled pork and toppings. Instead, we got a healthy spoonful of pork, chopped tomatoes which were advertised as salsa, little pots of guacamole and sour cream, and barely any cheese on a small amount of nachos which pretty much crumbled each time we picked one up.
I would really recommend someone at Sam Smiths take a good look into either the pricing of their nachos, or what’s on offer, because I won’t be ordering food there again. However, I will definitely be going back to the pub. Even though it was busy and probably understaffed, the bartenders were really friendly and the drinks were nice. The ambiance is also something that I haven’t found anywhere else in London to date.
If you’re ever on the Pimlico side of Victoria, pop by and let me know if you agree!
The Windsor Castle
23 Francis Street