Friday, 22 June 2018

Weekly Love: Week 133

If you don't own a copy, I want you to go and buy a book. I'm so serious about this, the following link for it is not even an affiliate link. Earlier this month, Anthony Bourdain, one of my favourite food writers and probably one of the biggest influences on food journalism and culture in my lifestyle took his own life in a French hotel room. When I was living in Los Angeles, between classes I used to sit under a tree on the UCLA campus reading his book Kitchen Confidential, which not only changed the way people looked at restaurants, but made me want to write about food. It is a brilliant book regardless, but if you're passionate about food (and as you're reading this book, I assume you are) it will speak to something in you in a way few other books will. Get your copy from Amazon here, or even better, go find one in your local independent bookstore.
Weekly Love 22.06.18[1] 1. Beautiful bright carrots at the farmers market. | 2. A big family (Saturday) lunch of roast beef, roast potatoes and of course way too may Yorkshire Puddings for 4 people! | 3. A simply divine dish of coffee rubbed steak and miso wasabi mashed potatoes from Asia de Cuba at Taste of London - a full blog post with everything we ate there coming soon! | 4. Cafe Pacifico, a Mexican joint in Covent Garden with award-winning cocktails were both kind enough to give us tickets to the festival, and to make us some free margaritas in frozen watermelon and passion fruit - must tries! Again, more on them in my post! | 5. Final plug for my upcoming Taste of London post, promise! It was also great to catch up with Mirabeau wines, my favourite rose wine from Provence - I've got a few bottles they sent me kicking around so keep an eye out what I do with them! | 6. Grilling a whole load of delicious veggies on the barbecue.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

How I Get Inspiration for New Recipes + A Mango Chilli Sauce

This post was created in partnership with MyPersonalisedCase. As I've already mentioned, for the past few months I've been hard at work with a fantastic web developer to give this blog it's first totally new look in over five years. It is going to be fresh, bright and responsive, and as well as the new look I'm going to start introducing a bit of a new direction. Don't worry: I'll still be posting brand new, easy weeknight recipes, restaurant reviews and foodie travel guides, but I'll also be introducing some new posts about cooking and eating. Over the past nine years this blog has really grown up with me, and what I really want it to be, and what I think it is becoming is a hub that helps people figure out what to eat; not just a site telling you what and where, but somewhere that also helps you make more conscious food choices, learning about your ingredients, how to cut down on your food bills, and yes, figure out where to book a table for your girls night.
How I Get Inspiration for New Recipes + A Mango Chilli Sauce #kitchen #cooking #asian #mango #chilli #chillisauce

Monday, 18 June 2018

Places To Eat In London: Yashin Ocean House, Kensington

It has recently been brought to my attention that while I love sushi (anyone following my Deliveroo habits on Instagram Stories could attest to this!), there are no longer any reviews for sushi restaurants that are still open on this site. Londoners looking for somewhere to eat their body weight in raw fish and perfectly prepared Japanese rice are being left out! So, when Yashin Ocean House invited me along for lunch last month I thought it would make the perfect spot to highlight for you all; a place where all the sushi is top notch, where luxury ingredients are in abundance (but used to raise the quality of the food, not the price tag) but where you can still get an affordable meal rather than a celebratory supper (though they do those too!)
Omakae Eight Sushi Lunch at Yashin Ocean House, Kensington #sushi #london #kensington

Friday, 15 June 2018

Recipe: One Pan Merguez with Red Peppers & Crispy Chickpeas

This post was created in partnership with BRITA. Today I want to mark the end of my single-use plastic free week challenge with a delicious, easy, weeknight dinner made without generating any single-use plastic for the recycling bin. While usually I use one-pan recipes to empty the fridge of some veggies and grab some protein from the freezer, they're so easy to throw together on a weeknight I can't resist planning ahead for them too. Don't skimp on the quick pickled red onions here as they really brighten the dish and add a bit of punch, and possibly serve it with some fresh crusty bread if you don't have a dessert planned.
Easy Sheet Pan Merguez with Red Peppers & Crispy Chickpeas #onepan #sheetpan #dinner #lamb #merguez #pepper #chickpeas