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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Last day of market, BFM 1st Birthday

Wow what a day, perfect end to a pretty packed 1st year for the BFM. It was the last day of the Belfast Christmas Market brought to you by Allan (MD of Marketplace Europe), Norman and all their staff, including Mervin from MS Services, who built many of the stalls, the Belfast City Council and the security guards. Most important big thanx to everyone who attended.

Secondly it’s the BFM’s 1st Birthday. What a year!! Big thanx to all those generous people who let me try their food, write about them, gave me support and encouragement. Big thanx to my wife and two girls and family and friends. A year in which I have blogged nearly 300 posts, had over 11,000 views on WordPress and over 13,000 on Blogspot, completed 145 Tripadvisor reviews, had over 45,000 views, so a big thank you to everyone who has interacted. The BFM is an evolution, thank you sincerely for all the support and onwards and upwards!!!!!

As I’m sitting watching the final of the Apprentice please spare a thought for all those people less fortunate than ourselves, who are homeless or in hostels or missing loved ones, also the market traders who have to work through this weather to dismantle the stalls and return to their respective homes,Bon voyage, cu next year!!!!

Turning to the collection of food for those in need. I must firstly start by thanking Karl who gave me the idea, Allan the owner and Norman the manager who jumped at the chance and gave me lots of support,The SOS bus crew (Joe,George,Gay,Gail,Alison the gate keeper and all at SOSBus NI) for being on board and actually coming and doing the hard work and putting in the long hours at night, the Welcome Organisation who took the biggest load today especially Connel, Paula and Johnny (the latter two did sterling work today), Dianne at the CAB who put me in touch with Carol from the Housing Executive who put me through to Des Marley of the Homeless Unit who told me about SOS group. Thanx to the Simon Community, pity you couldn’t facilitate,but there’s always next year. Lastly a huge thank you to Karl and Kofi the Jamaican team for jerk chicken and lamb curry and sweet potatoes , the French Tartiflette team for sautéed potatoes and tartiflette ,Le Pattisserie -merci beaucoup pour votre pain et baguette Alec fromage , the Spanish Tapitas team for chicken,the German Pan House team for fresh vegetables , the German beer tent team for Bratwurst and bread rolls, the Italian team for pastries and the fromagerie for their cheese, the Dutch team for their Stroopwaffel,banana waffles,cheese and sweets and lastly the Morroccan team for all their delicious chicken,lamb,donner meat, beans and veggie tagines with cous cous and rice and all the other traders who have helped. It’s better that food goes to those that need it rather than being thrown out, apparently there were lots of thawed bratwurst disposed of b4 we could get them!!!

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The market was busy despite the weather and well done to all who braved the elements. There was a chocolate stall which is gluten and dairy free and tasted nice, watch this space, they will be online soon.

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After van loaded it was off home to cook home made seek kebabs, mint chutney and lamb kofta and mushrooms for dinner and a well earned rest.

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Next year we would like to expand this so any help or suggestions will be gladly received.

Please all have a great and safe holiday period. Think of all those people not as fortunate as us not just over the holiday period but through the year. Try not to overindulge too much!!!!! Be safe and enjoy.

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Fast food is bad

Hi BFM read this article below in today’s Sunday Telegraph and have to say please to all who have kids/involved with kids, please take heed!!!

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Mkt update

Hi all, BFM and SOS Team Leader for Saturday did our rounds on “Panic Saturday”,the penultimate night of Belfast Continental Market. Again big thanks to all the Traders who gave us food (Moroccan stall,Tapitas, French stall,Pattisserie,the Pan House and our Jamaican friend Carl).

A lot of stalls sold out which was good, and on a sad note the World Meat Burger bar has finished to facilitate the deconstruction of the market today, Sunday 21st, the Final day of the market.

So if you haven’t been please head down. Thank you all for supporting the market, thank you stall holders for your very kind donations. I will be down later. Big thanx to SOS Bus.

In terms of food, picked up a fair bit,less than last night. I also donated more Boost drinks and bowls.

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