2014 in review, big thanx from the BFM

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Annual family dinner

What can I say the BFM and family got together with our dear friend and his family at the Khyber Restaurant, which specialises in Indian cuisine.

520A Saintfield Road
Carry duff
Belfast
BT8
UK
http://www.khybertandoori.net
028 9081 3099

Don’t forget the Khyber was a runner up in the 2012 Belfast Telegraph awards as per Joris Minne. We were invited as a family some 10 adults, 7 kids to celebrate the seasons festivities.

Food wise we had daal makhani, aloo gobhi, saag paneer,tandoori chicken and naan cooked in a proper charcoal tandoor(a rarity in NI due to H&S-an absolutely ridiculous ruling!!!),rice and salad.

The restaurant (a 65 seater) is normally closed on a Sunday lunch,but can be available if requested, as we had, so I can’t comment on everyday service at the restaurant, but rest assured I feel it would be equally as good.

Amazing parking and food and service, give it a try!!!!

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Post Christmas treat

The BFM treated my little 6 year old daughter to some Cosmo last night. It was a busy Saturday night and she wanted pizza and pasta,so we went to Cosmo.

We have been there many a time and in general it was pretty good, however I felt it’s usually high standards had somewhat slipped a tad. Several things contributed to this being taps in men’s room not working, Thai chicken tasted diluted and chicken,unless freshly cooked, tasted as if it was frozen then defrosted. The staff were quite pleasant although could do with some smiling lessons!!!! Some of the dishes were cold and some of the desserts were still frozen. Also Dim Sum and Sushi were running very low.

Having said that my little one loved her pizza,pasta and sausages and especially the desserts. I tried everything and as I said did feel standards have slipped!!

I do hope the management take this on board. Also good to see allergies displayed.

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Christmas dinner, am stuffed!!!!

Hi all the BFM cooked the starters and the mains, before taking a well earned rest b4 dessert.

For starters I did smoked and flaked salmon on toasted onion bagels with garlic and herb cream cheese, with a side salad of rocket lettuce,cucumber and cherry tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, baby onions and leeks. To finish the dish I had scrambled eggs with caviar on top!!!!

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This went down well, meanwhile for mains I was in charge of the meat. I cooked the remaining Galloway turkey after thawing for 24 hours and brining for 12 hours. I cooked it for 6 hours, the pork with cracklings for 3 hours and pigs in blankets and stuffing for an hour. I cooked the bacon with pine nuts and boiled sprouts. The ladies took care of roasties, potato Dauphinois, parsnips and carrots. I did a creamy pork and turkey jus.

Everyone loved it and now time to relax. We will use the leftovers tomorrow.

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Must admit that this fine Norfolk Black from the Galloway farm was the most succulent and tasty turkey I have ever had. I know where I will be getting mine from in the future!!!! Cheers John and Thomas.

To all those people who are working or helping with the homeless or less fortunate a big up!!!!

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Seasons greetings

Hi to all. Have a great festive season. Enjoy your time with family and friends. Try not to overindulge too much!!!! Remember we r the fortunate ones!!!

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Now that’s what I call “being buttered up”. My bird ready minus the legs and wings which I did Tandoori style!!

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Christmas Lunch a la Corrs Hotel style

The BFM and lunch buddy decided to have our annual Christmas lunch at Corrs Hotel Restaurant today.

315 Ballyclare Rd
Newtownabbey
BT36 4TQ
http://www.corrscorner.com
028 9084 9221

I have been here before on numerous occasions but never for Christmas lunch.

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It was a toss up between the actual Christmas Lunch package which was three courses for £17.95, coffees and drinks on top, or the Grill a la carte. Check the website for menus.

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We both opted for the prawn and dressed lobster with salad and wheaten and a dash of Tabasco. The portion size was fantastic. Then for mains we had the turkey and ham, which was cooked and presented very well and came out fairly soon after starters. The meat was tender and succulent, stuffing was delicious as were the roasties,mash,carrots and cauliflower Mornay. There were, maybe a tad many sprouts. Notable absentees were pigs in blankets and parsnips. Extremely tasty gravy finished off a fine festive feast. For desert I had a Christmas pudding,heated with brandy cream and cream and washed down with water,a small glass of Jack Rabbit Chilean Shiraz and ending with coffee.

We managed to get a cracker each!! The place was geared up for a busy day and night. I’m glad we had our turkey dinner. The service was exceptional, my only suggestion would be to take bit more time between courses as they can tend to be rushed.

Great place for a meal,drink or both.

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Morning after night b4!

Hi all BFM popped down to City Hall to check if there was any food left over. Lo and behold there was 7 boxes of frozen Bratwurst (700 pc), 3 boxes of rolls (72 rolls) and 3 packs of Bratwurst (60 pc) thawed.

So I took all and dropped off the Frozen Bratwurst at the Salvation Army centre near the Albert Clock, along with 2 1/2 boxes of rolls. They were very pleased to accept and I know that they will come in handy!! The thawed Bratwurst I took home and BBQ’d them, boxed them up and will deliver to SOSBUS in the morning. I have followed the necessary cooling and chilling regs.

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