A few weeks ago the team from an exciting new foodie subscription box company got in touch with me to see if I wanted to sample their first delivery. I'm a massive fan of subscription boxes to discover new products as a sort of 'try before you buy'. I used to love the Glossybox beauty boxes the Glossybox team sent me each month before I moved to America to discover new makeup and beauty products (two of my favourite day to day items, Nars' 'Orgasm' Illuminator and DHC's Deep Cleansing Oil were in the first ever Glossybox, and I don't know where I'd be without them), and Graze have been delivering me snacks for the past five years.
Saturday, 6 February 2016
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
For the second year running I've decided to focus on a small, independent and totally delicious cafe in East Kent for my first restaurant review of the year. Since I started working nearby last Summer, my favourite place to grab lunch to eat at my desk has quickly become the Pop Up Cafe on Deal High Street. I love taking way steaming pots of their delicious homemade soups, hunks of homemade sourdough, imaginative salads and their incredibly more-ish cakes back to the office with me, but last week I decided to meet my parents for lunch in town for a proper sit down meal in their light and airy upstairs seating area.
Monday, 1 February 2016
Today my blog turns 7 years old. Rather than gushing about how grateful I am etc. (though, I really am!) I thought I'd transport us to a place that has had a massive influence both on me as a person and on this blog: Venice, Los Angeles. Since I became old enough to drink in California one of my favourite places to sit with a good book and an ice cold glass of rosé wine is Zinique on the corner of Venice and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It was at Zinique I first had a plate of that eternally popular 70's classic: devilled eggs.
Friday, 29 January 2016
Thank god that cold snap is over! It got suddenly frosty, didn't it. I tried not to leave the house / office whenever possible, and at night I snuggled up under layers of White Company bedding and Avoca Irish lambswool blankets (they're an investment, but oh so worth it). So, while it is not quite as warm as before, I don't feel like my face is about to freeze off walking along the seafront, so at least that is something! It's February on Monday, which means it is basically the first day of Spring / my birthday, right?
1. Getting ready for pancake day with single serving crepes in the morning before work, served with salted butter and sugar. | 2. Beautiful pink tulips for the kitchen table. | 3. Lemon Ricotta Cloud Pancakes for Sunday brunch from A Modern Way To Eat. | 4. Flipping through the new season Joules catalogue with a steaming (Joules Peggy) mug of sweet rhubarb tea and an early Valentines tin of chocolate hearts from the lovely team at Lindt. | 5. Avocado, Bacon and Lambs Lettuce Wraps with Skinny Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. | 6. The first of the seasons forced rhubarb for sale outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street.
Saturday, 23 January 2016
I've been making different versions of Thai and Vietnamese style steak salads with rice noodles, aromatics, fresh chilli and fish sauce for quite a few years now. When I was running through my list of recipe ideas trying to figure out what to cook this weekend I found a scribbled note that I can't even remember writing down. The note told me that an Asian steak salad would be absolutely delicious rolled up in a rice spring roll wrapper, with the dressing acting as a dipping sauce. Thus, these Vietnamese Steak Salad Summer Rolls were born.