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.
Friday, 21 October 2016
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.
Friday, 14 October 2016
Wow it has been a busy couple of weeks! You know those times when you simply have too much to do, you can't really see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is getting so cold outside that you just want to snuggle under the duvet with a good book, cashmere bed socks and a hot mug of tea? Yeah, I don't really have time for that right now either, but can I recommend that you make a whole chicken cooked in milk with a mountain of brown rice and veggies for dinner this weekend as it is basically a hug on a plate? I know it sounds odd, but I made Diana Henry's version from A Bird in the Hand on Wednesday night and it instantly made my life better. Also, The Kitchn pulls apart, assesses and shares Jaime Oliver's cult version here.
1. Stopping to remember how truly awe-inspiring Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are as I run in and out of them for meetings. | 2. Rainbow blooms this week outside of Liberty's. | 3. A simply divine orange blossom ice cream at The Palomar in Soho - look out for a few review of our utterly delicious meal next week. | 4. Bringing all of the squash we grew that are too small to cook in from the cold to decorate the house. | 5. Lazy Sunday bath time tip: if you're throwing out an old bunch of roses, choose the best preserved rose, discard the outer petals, and the rest will still be great to scatter into your bath water. | 6. Speaking of roses, crazy that the miniature rose I was given this Summer has blooms that start out dark pink, but lighten as they open.