Ketchup with Brighton Bloggers for National Burger Day (Plus Vegan Burger Recipe!)

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Asda Brighton Blogger Burger BBQ

Burgers are a big 'dill' around this place - here in Brighton we have a number of well-known burger joints, battling it out for not only 'Best Burger in Brighton', but also 'Best Burger in the UK' too! So it was only fitting that Asda held an event for National Burger Day in Brighton.

Big Lemon bus and Brighton bloggers

We met at Brighton station and were met by two yellow Big Lemon buses! As you can see, I got on the second bus with this lovely lot! 

And here's some of the motley crew, including me! (don't worry, I cut my fringe soon after as it kept messing up, and a shorter fringe is better for me!

Bus brighton bloggers big lemon

Bus crew represent!!! Yes, our poses clearly don't match! Check out Dan's pouting!! (Thanks Jess for the above two pics, love ya!)

So we got the the buses, and then we were whisked away to a mystery location (a house in Woodingdean, which you can actually rent on Airbnb) and when we got there, we found a marquee with massive BBQs, chefs, a jazz band, and awesome people serving us Pimms, gin fizzes and soft drinks.

Onto more pressing things, the food...

Asda Brighton bloggers bbq

On the menu, courtesy of Asda, we had:
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Burger
  • Vintage Cheddar Beef Burger
  • Halloumi Burger
  • Peach and Mushroom Burger
  • Lemon Sea Bass
  • Barbecued Salmon
NB: You can buy a lot of the ingredients for these burgers from the Asda BBQ section)

So much deliciousness to try! We also had sides and Eton Mess to finish! Yum.

Pimms cocktails Asda Brighton BBQ


Asda Brighton bloggers BBQ

Asda Brighton bloggers Eton Mess

(Photos courtesy of Talented Talkers, since I was seemingly more concerned with eating burgers, drinking Pimms, and having some awesome chats with some fabulous people)

We left the lovely house, stuffed to the brim with delicious food, having made an re-enforced friendships with other Brighton bloggers. It was great to be able to put the real life, human face to the Twitter handle! There are some wonderful people here in Brighton, and some of them are bloggers! I love being a blogger in Brighton, there's a lovely, growing community down here.

With burgers on the minds, I thought I'd share with you my twist on Jamie Oliver's recipe for 'The Best Vegan Burger' - so if you're Vegan, Vegetarian, or an Omni who doesn't fancy meat, it's a great one, with my added twist!

The Even Better Vegan Burger (photo to follow!)

Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 minutes to cook (plus chilling time)

Ingredients

1 x 400 g tin of chickpeas
1 x 340 g tin of sweetcorn
½ a bunch of fresh coriander
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
dash of hot sauce of your choice (Tabasco, Cholula or similar)
zest of 1 lemon
3 heaped tablespoons plain flour, plus extra for dusting
sea salt
vegetable oil
1 small round lettuce
2 large ripe tomatoes
guacamole
4 buns, rolls, bagels or similar of your choice

Method
  • Drain the chickpeas and sweetcorn and put into blender/food processor (I recommend putting the chickpea water aside, so you can use it for aquafaba and make Vegan meringues, mousse and more!)
  • Add half of the coriander leaves to the food processor
  • Add the spices, lemon, flour, salt, spices and hot sauce to the processor, and pulse until all the ingredients are combined... you don't want it perfectly blended though - leave a bit of chunk in for texture!
  • Dust your surface with flour and divide the mixture into 4 patties which are about 2 cm thick
  • Pop the patties onto a baking tray and leave in the fridge for around 30 minutes so that they're nice and firm!
  • Heat some oil in the frying pan of your choice! When the oil is hot, add your patties to the pan for 10 minutes, turning as and when necessary for an even cook. Once golden brown, transfer to kitchen roll to remove excess oil
  • Toast your rolls of choice and spread guacamole (home made, of course!) on both sides of the inside of the roll (Makes it taste so, so much better!). Add a patty and as much lettuce and tomato as you want.
  • Enjoy!
Please do let me know if you try the above recipe! It would be great to know what you think of it!

Brighton Pride 2015

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Brighton Pride Hare and Hounds pub


I absolutely love living in Brighton. I love how chilled the city is, I love how large a proportion of free thinking and caring people we have here. To some people living outside of our city, we might seem like a bunch of hippies, but our progressive thinking and love for each other is what makes Brighton and Hove such a special place to live.

Brighton Pride is the most famous event in our city, that's for sure. And I thought what best to show you guys than how I celebrate!

I usually go to London Road to watch the parade. To me, it's the best place to go. There's space, good pubs (The Hare and Hounds. The Worlds End, and The Joker), and great people.


London Road crowd Brighton Pride

My friends and I made our way down to our usual meeting place for midday. The parade was delayed because of a security (bomb) issue, but we had more time in the sun at least. The sun was out and super happy. One of my friends laughed and said it's because "God loves us gays", hehe. We slathered on the factor 50 and made sure our sunnies were on for a lot of the time.


Brighton Pride parade float 2015

When the parade came, it was great! So many floats, so much effort, so much effort, and so many proud people. Proud to be who they are, whether any of us choose to label ourselves or not. As always, the emergency service workers who marched or appeared on the floats in their uniform brought a tear to everyone's eyes. As you can see from the float above, this year's Pride celebrated 25 years of Brighton Pride!

Preston Park Brighton Pride festival

Once the parade had finished, we made our way to Preston Park, where there was a big festival! In Brighton there are loads of post-parade parties to go to. The choice is yours - you can go the the Preston Park festival, the St James Street street party, go to a pub, bar or restaurant party, or a house party!

This year, I received a complimentary ticket from the lovely guys at Thomas Cook Airlines (as they were one of the event sponsors) for the party at Preston Park, so made my way over there with some of my friends. We grabbed coffee, chips and burgers as we went in, as a few of the group had been drinking and the rest of us were super hungry!

We mooched around the site, enjoyed a lot of the music, and had a few drinks. There was lots of different kinds of music to go and enjoy, but it was very dance heavy, with the bigger pop acts such as Miss Dynamite, The Human League, Ella Henderson, and Fatboy Slim on the headline stage (as pictured above).

I left pretty early and was home by 8:30pm with a takeaway and my dog snuggled on my lap. A great day was had, and I'm grateful to live in a place where we can celebrate people for who they are more freely than other places.

Roll on Brighton Pride 2016!

The Nightingale Room at The Grand Central Brighton

Sunday, 16 August 2015

nightingale room pub brighton

There's a new bar in town, and I'm sure it has passed many of you by!

You'll find this chic, speak-easy inspired establishment above the newly-refurbished Grand Central pub, close to Brighton Station.

nightingale room brighton decor

When I visited The Nightingale Room, it was hard to believe it was my lunch hour - I felt as though I'd been transported to not only a different century, but also that it was evening. The room feels like it is someone's living room, as you can see from the photos above, but there are also booths and tables around the room, with a stage and piano at the centre.

retro brighton gin themed decor

Why is there a stage and piano? Well, not only is The Nightingale Room a bar, but it's also a speak-easy style bar, complete with entertainment! Enjoy comedy, burlesque, music and more while you enjoy drinks and possibly something to eat!

Big Brother's Pete Bennett also runs a comedy night there called Pete's Comedy Caper. Annabelle interviewed Pete about his show on her blog, LillyRinglet.

brighton food nightingale room eggs hollandaise

The Grand Central have just recently also launched their new menu which features a great selection of delicious foods (I enjoyed eggs hollandaise there - YUM!). PLUS there's the gin bar. Yes, you've read it right, the gin bar. I'm not into gin at all, but I know a lot of people who absolutely adore it. The bar stocks gin from Brighton Gin, which is a local, independent gin producer. They serve a Brighton rock cocktail, which features Brighton Gin, a big rock of ice, tonic, and some Brighton rock!

nightingale bar brighton gin

I'm planning to return to The Nightingale Room soon with a group of my workmates in tow so we can try some more of their alcoholic drinks and delicious food!

You can find The Nightingale Room upstairs at the Grand Central pub, 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton, East Sussex. BN1 3PA.

Thanks for the team at the Grand Central and Nightingale Room for inviting me along to meet them and chat!