Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Student Suppers: Syrian Baked Lamb & Aubergine

Usually cooking for boys, I always see it as a massive win if I make a dish heavily featuring an ingredient someone claims not to like, and it completely wins them over. With a few exceptions (I don't think anyone could ever get me to love a peanut) I am of the firm belief that people don't have likes and dislikes for ingredients, just ways things are cooked. This dish is case in point; I used to say I hated lamb, but it turns out that I love lamb if it is minced and gently spiced. However, this dish is not all about the lamb. This dish is all about the aubergines, that become melty and silky, and absorb all of the spiced lamb juices like a sponge as they're baked with the lamb. This is the dish to serve to people who claim they don't like aubergines.
Syrian Baked Lamb & Aubergine with Pine Nuts #syria #lamb #aubergine #eggplant #dinner

Monday, 21 May 2018

Secret Gin Garden at The Royal Horseguards Hotel, Westminster

Finding somewhere to drink outside in London during the summer is a problem. It's not that there are any shortage of great bar terraces and pub gardens, it is that they are always absolutely packed. Even with two of you, it is pot luck that you'll be able to be spontaneous about finding a table anywhere. However, I was invited to a party showcasing a gin garden in Westminster last week that is so well hidden that even now I've let the cat out of the bag you'll still be able to head along for bathtub sized G&T's and some rather excellent tapas. Hidden out back of The Royal Horseguards Hotel in a back street behind Whitehall (I used to work in Westminster, and I still needed a map to find it!) Fever Tree have created a Secret Herb Garden.
Fever Tree Tonics at The Royal Horseguards Hotel's Secret Herb Garden #tonic #gingarden #pubgarden #hotel #london

Friday, 18 May 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #11: A Week Of Meat Free Mondays

After putting a shout out for theme requests on Instagram, the overwhelming response was that you all wanted to see more vegetarian dishes as part of my Weekly Meal Plans. We tackled the topic of vegetarian weeknight dishes that would even win over dedicated meat eaters way back in February, so today I thought I'd focus more on the sorts of veggie dishes I make for myself when no one else is home - I cook meat almost every day because I'm cooking for people who won't eat a meal without meat in; left to my own devices, I'm about 95% vegetarian at home! All of us are eating less and less meat, to the point where I think we've even moved past just having a Meat Free Monday: let us try for a Meat Free Monday almost every day!
Weekly Meal Plan Week of Meat Free Mondays

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Another Fantastic Stay at Manoir de Malagorse, Cuzance

On a press trip to the France's delicious Perigord region in May 2016 I was lucky enough to spend the night at the most incredible place. While it is technically a hotel, Manoir de Malagorse, just outside Cuzance in the Lot region of South West France is more like a beautiful, idyllic home that you have been invited to stay at. Writing about travel as I do I rarely go back to the same place twice, constantly chasing new content, but that night I just knew I had to bring my family back for another stay. So, after leaving the Loire Valley behind us we jumped in the car and headed down into the Dordogne Valley to start the next leg of our journey.
Manoir de Malagorse, France #hotel #travel #france