One of the things about being a home cook rather than being someone classically trained, I've always got something to learn. Okay, that could be said of every cook, experienced or not, but my cookery knowledge seems a little mad. I can make a creme patissiere one handed while scrolling through Instagram at the same time, but on the other hand my fish filleting skills leave a lot to be desired. For everyone of every skill level, there are some great cookery courses and one off classes out there, and on Saturday I grabbed Sherin for our latest 'girl date' and headed over to Jamie Oliver's new cookery school in Shepherds Bush to learn how to make a North Indian Thali: something I had no idea about, and something Sherin eats at home, but has not been confident enough to attempt to make herself (she's my usual cookery class partner in crime, as a total novice!)
Monday, 24 October 2016
Friday, 21 October 2016
You know those meals you have where every single bit of food is exciting and new, and you just want to order every single thing off of the menu over and over again? There is a reason why The Palomar in Soho is the restaurant everyone is raving about at the moment, and why their cookbook is now at the top of my Autumn wish list (along with Diana Henry's Simple and Molly Yeh's Molly on the Range, obviously!) While it feels like Middle Eastern inspired food has been done half to death, The Palomar's take on modern day Jerusalem (heavy with the influences of some of my favourite Jewish cooking) is one of the best recent meals I've had in London.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Here in Britain, I don't think we make enough out of the nibbles that go with our pre-dinner drinks. We may open a bottle of wine or mix ourselves a gin and tonic, but the accompaniment is a packet of crisps, if we're lucky, or indeed nothing at all. I'm more used to the French way of doing things, where it would be unusual not to have something a little bit special and a little bit savoury to pick at while you're enjoying a pre-dinner drink. However, I think the surprising amount of traffic my recipe for Classic Cheese Straws outside of Christmas (they're the 7th most popular recipe on my blog of all time) shows that perhaps us Brits are hankering for something a bit more special before dinner like our European counterparts.
Monday, 17 October 2016
The last week I joined the team at Pinterest UK for an evening of inspiration, bringing together some of the UK's top Pinterest tastemakers to chat about how to build a Pinterest following and how to work together with brands and affiliates to make a bit of money from your profile. I was on a panel with Amazon and Boden getting into the nitty gritty of the affiliate network/ brand/ content creator/ pinner relationship, and afterwards I promised quite a few of the people who came up to me with questions I would break down everything we talked about on the panel (as well as everything we did not get a chance to cover) in a post.