Monday, 13 March 2017

Albert's Schloss Peter Street Manchester 12th March 2017

Albert's Schloss is on the lower ground floor of the iconic Albert Hall, named after Queen Victoria's husband Albert and schloss means Bavarian palace.

They serve lots of beer, Alpine cocktails, Schnapps and wine and have an on site bakery and restaurant offering rustic, simple but fresh food.   Albert's Schloss is a buzzing, busy place, so if you are wanting a quiet dinner for two, it is not the place for you, but Steven and I loved it, there was a DJ playing cracking music, a brilliant atmosphere, typical of my favourite city.

A bonus for me, is that they have introduced a vegan pizza to the menu, so not one to miss an opportunity to eat pizza, we visited for dinner.

They also offer brunch from 11.30 and after enquiring, found that the green sausage hash and smashed avocado dishes, could be veganised too.

On checking their wine list, prior to our visit, I also spotted several vegan wines, what a shame they do not clearly label them as such.

Domaine De Vedhilan Sauvignon Blanc
Gavi del Comune di Gavi Nuovo Quadro
Le Dolci Colline Proscecco Spumante Brut
La Lisse Soie d'Ivoire Chenin Blanc
Domaine des Maillettes Pouilly Fuisse
Boutinot Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages
Barbera da Vine
Clos de la Cure St Emilion Grand Cru
Chateau Pineraie Cahors Tradition
Fleurie Le Quartier du Cru Beaujolais
Domaine Belles Granges Syrah Pays des Collines
Domaine Mas Bahourat Merlot Pays de Gard

I kicked off with a glass of Prosecco, whilst trying to decide on a starter, so asked our waiter if the beetroot carpaccio could be veganised,  swopping cheese for houmous, with the answer being, of course.

This was a lovely light starter, with a pot of smokey houmous, crushed pecan nuts and salad leaves.

I ordered an excellent red merlot wine, to go with our main courses, Domaine Mas Bahourat Pays de Gard, a powerful 14%, but really smooth and moreish.

I love pizza and this was a classic and to die for, a lovely thin crisp base, just the right amount of tomato sauce and topping, salty from the capers, with loads of fresh basil, it was fantastic and I ate every morsel.

I was impressed with the food quality and service, as in many busy places, both can suffer, but not at Albert's Schloss.   I will definitely revisit for brunch and of course, again for vegan pizza.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Sausage Stuffed Garlic Mushrooms

The idea for this recipe, came about after watching chef Michel Roux Jr on the Hidden Restaurants programme, where he made this dish with mussels.   I immediately loved the ingredients, bar the mussels of course, so decided to use mushrooms and what a triumph of a dish, it turned out to be.

250 g white button mushrooms
Large bunch of parsley finely chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp margarine
1 sausage ( I used cashew & chestnut) but use your sausage of choice
2 tbsp breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp grated cheese (I used Good Carma Original Fusion)

Serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a starter

Heat the oven to 180º and line a baking dish with parchment paper, making sure the paper covers the sides by about an inch, to retain all the juices.

Remove the stalks from the mushrooms and keep to use later (I used in a stir fry).   Put the margarine, garlic, parsley and a good grind of salt and pepper in a bowl and blend together thoroughly.

Cut the sausage into enough pieces, as you have mushrooms, in my case eleven and press a piece of sausage into the mushrooms.

Coat the top of the mushrooms with the garlic butter, sealing in the sausage, dividing the mixture evenly, so you have enough for each one.

Mix the breadcrumbs and cheese together and sprinkle over the top of the mushrooms.

Bake in the oven for approx 25-30 mins until golden brown and the mushrooms are cooked and serve, drizzling the cooking juices over the top.

The mushrooms make a fantastic starter or as a main course, I served them with rice, roasted vegetables and romesco sauce.