Quick post tonight as we’re both knackered after our poor stay at the glamorous, salubrious Village Hotel just outside of Whitley Bay. We decided to spend a night there on the basis that “it can’t be that bad”, which is never a good reason to stay in a hotel. Now let me say this, I’m sure it’s lovely for weddings or it has rooms that blow the mind, but we were given a room that resembled Barbara Cartland’s bathroom, all bright colours and furnishings. The bed was that uncomfortable that we actually went for a drive at midnight as opposed to trying to sleep with the jizz-rusted springs digging into our back. We had a meal delivered by room service that was so forgettable I went for a bath halfway through my burger. It was very ‘god bless, they’ve had a try at least.’ I did feel bad for the room service people though – as soon as Paul ordered our meal I spent a good twenty minutes generously farting away under the duvet, with the effect that as soon as they knocked on the door and I barrelled to the bathroom, a veritable mushroom-cloud of trump went off in the bedroom. Paul tells me that the poor lass delivering our food physically blanched upon smelling, and I’m sure I heard her gagging away in the hallway.
You know what pisses me off though? The various ways they rip you off or let you down in places like this. For example, for £20, we could have been upgraded to ‘Upper Deck’ where such luxuries as Sky Movies and Starbucks coffee awaited. Choose not to upgrade, and your TV (I kid you not) picks up BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, True Movies and Nickelodeon. Perfect if I want to watch the lass out of Cheers getting slapped about or Songs of Praise, but otherwise, fucking pointless. Not to mention the picture broadcast was so poor that I wasn’t entirely sure there wasn’t a tiny man behind the screen hastily drawing an approximation of what should have been on the screen at any given time. Why not just give us the normal TV channels rather than going out of your way to give a shit service? We had a drink in the bar – £13.50 for a gin (unbranded) and tonic (ditto) and a cider. I’m a tight Geordie, yes, but for that price I expect a hairy orchard-worker to come and squeeze my apples himself. Our room service cost £7 to be delivered (had they come in a taxi?) because we had two trays – fair enough, save for the fact that one of the trays held a tiny plate of cheesecake and could have easily been buried on the other tray. I’m surprised that they didn’t have the lift shake the coins out of our pockets as we checked out.
It’s foolish because all it does is create a shit impression – pay extra on top of your hotel stay and you’ll get what you paid for originally. It’s no surprise the hotel trade is dying on its arse with the likes of AirBnB chasing them – I’d sooner pay a flat rate and get everything than pay through the nose and then get asked for more.
Oh, and the coffee. I’d have got more taste and flavour if I’d pissed the bed and sucked it through the mattress.
Staff were lovely though.
So: recipe. I’m calling this date-wrecking because cor, it has a lot of garlic. Very mellow tastes though and it’s a good way to use up the beef strips like you get in, oh I dunno, our fantastic bloody deal with Musclefood? Remember? Forty quid of meat that you can enjoy all sorts of recipes with? Here, take a gander.
to make date-wrecking asian garlic beef, you’ll need:
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 5 cloves of garlic, crushed (or even better, use a little mincer – no, not Paul, one of these)
- salt and pepper
- 500g of beef strips (or any beef, cut into strips)
- 1 onion, thickly sliced
- 1 pack of mushrooms – any you like, we used those exotic mushroom packs you get in Tesco
- 2 spring onions, sliced
and then to make date-wrecking asian garlic beef, you should:
- in a bowl, mix together the sauces and lime juice
- in another bowl, mix together the garlic and 1 tsp pepper
- season the beef with some salt and pepper, spray a large frying pan with oil/frylight, and heat to medium high
- add the beef and mushrooms (FINALLY I UPDATED IT) and cook until browned, for about 1-2 minutes and then set aside on a plate
- in the same pan, spray with a little more frylight or oil and cook the onion for about 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently
- add the garlic and pepper paste and stir constantly for about thirty seconds – add a splash of water if it begins to ‘catch’
- return the beef to the pan and stir well to combine
- add the soy sauce mixture to the pan and stir until well combined
- serve and top with the spring onions
We served this with greens, the recipe for which is coming tomorrow. What a tease!