Friday, 1 November 2013

Weekly Love: Week 116

By the time you read this I'll already be in France. I've taken reading week as a chance to skip the country and head off to the country house, so while I have posts scheduled to go off while I'm away (look out for a fantastic Christmas themed food giveaway and a recipe from a fantastic new cookbook that is released next week), look forward to another instalment of my French Food Photo Diaries when I return this time next week. I hope you have a wonderful week wherever in the world you are at the moment and enjoy the weekend!
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1. An absolutely divine Toblerone Cupcake from The Primrose Bakery in Primrose Hill. It had a piece of mini Toblerone baked inside and the most divine honey chocolate frosting. | 2. An incredible Confit of Duck sandwich for lunch at Borough Market. | 3. The calm before the storm, Sunday morning at Pilgrims Nook. | 4. Enjoying a White Company 'White Christmas' (don't judge!) votive candle with one of the one glass bottles of wine Sainsbury's were kind enough to send me. I think it is a great idea if you are cooking for yourself, like I often am, as it means you are not tempted to keep on pouring if you have to open a whole bottle for just yourself. This French Merlot was rather lovely. | 5. I spent another evening doing some Autumn cooking back at The Underground Cookery School. Look out for a soufflĂ© tutorial I shot there, coming soon! | 6. I've been spending afternoons doing research for my dissertation in The Globe Theatre Archive Library, and it has been the most amazing experience.



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7. Lazy Sunday afternoons wondering through Regents Park. | 8. London, you are beautiful during crisp Autumn sunsets. After finishing at The Globe I've been grabbing a hot cup of peppermint tea from Starbucks and wandering down Southbank. | 9. Seasonal vegetables at Borough Market. | 10. Speaking of Borough Market, if you see me in the afternoons wandering around London Bridge with a coffee cup in hand, it probably is not coffee or peppermint tea. One of the best things about Borough Market in Autumn are hot, steaming cups of mulled wine! | 11. The team at Liberte were kind enough to send me a selection of their new strawberry, honey and lemon yogurts to try; I'm already a massive fan of their blueberry ones. My Mummy, who is usually a lemon yogurt fan enjoyed hers, and I am rather partial to the strawberry ones. If you see them in the supermarket, they make a great breakfast food or afternoon snack. | 12. Taking in London's famous architecture while heading to Southbank.




What have you been doing this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm looking forward this weekend, and week I'm on holiday being able to curl up in front of the wood fire with a glass of wine and a bar of French chocolate while I do my university reading, gorge myself on the local seafood and just relax a bit in the middle of nowhere. 

22 comments:

  1. I was in London last week, missing it already. Didn't make it to Primrose Bakery this time but I've heard that Hummingbird is also great, have you tried anything from there? (Enjoy France!) x

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  2. Lovely! I can't wait to see the pictures from France :)

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  3. Great roundup and great photos. I must get down to Borough Market for that mulled wine!
    Re: the non-Americans on Americans comments: some definitely true (I'm American), some a bit stereotyped.
    This weekend for me will include a parkrun, Ally Pally fireworks, and the Regent's Park Zoo. Enjoy France!

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  4. Love the pictures! I agree about the mulled wine at Borough Market! I discovered it a couple years ago and (as I'm American) it was my first time having it - now obviously a favourite :)
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  5. Have a perfect break, cannot wait for French food instalments, my tummy is rumbling already... <3

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  6. OOH this sounds right up my street, I wouldn't know where to start cooking Indian food and I never know whether a recipe book is actually worth investing in but this sounds ideal!


    Maria xxx

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  7. These look delicious! I tried something similair at wahaca! If you like indian food go to Dishoom in covent garden, order the chicken ruby with roti and calamari if you do :)

    http://talisatalksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/illamaqua-cameo.html

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  8. your potatoes look delicious.. I was thinking about making these myself but went for something else instead... lovely review and great pics! i'm looking forward to the rest of the week!

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  9. Love your 'give it a go' attitude! Cyrus is a great guy and great guide. Since he's managed to ignite a flickering interest in the cuisine, you might like to give my Indian food blog a read: http://culinaryadventuresofthespicescribe.wordpress.com.


    I like Spice Mountain, too, but would also suggest you check out Spice Kitchen - a new, tiny company supplying spice tins filled with their home-roasted spices and hand-blended masalas - even including British-grown curry leaves!

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  10. A seriously good starter book if you are thinking of getting one!

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  11. I have been planning on going to Dishoom for a while now, but still have not got around to it - I have heard amazing things!

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  12. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have ended up making, then!

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  13. I've already seen your blog - so interesting for a cuisine I know next to nothing about! And thanks for the recommendation, I'll be sure to check out spice kitchen.

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  14. I have. I honestly think their cupcakes are overrated compared to Primrose, but I think their layer cakes are divine, and they serve my favourite Tea Pigs Tea. Cupcake wise, their seasonal specials are usually better than the core collection. I wrote about their East London outpost back in 2011 http://www.rachelphipps.com/2011/11/spitalfields-and-hummingbird-bakery.html - I hope your London trip was fantastic! x

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  15. Wait, there is not a mulled wine tradition in America? I was 19/20 when I was living in Los Angeles so I would not have noticed over Christmas - but I swear I have seen it on loads of American food blogs?

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  16. Gil and I basically live off home-cooked Indian food, but I've never found a good recipe for potatoes... I will have to give these a try :)

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  17. Let me know what you think of them - I've actually been making them for myself a lot, and even my parents enjoyed them when I made them to go with steak and onions for dinner in France earlier in the week - and my Dad hates spicy food/ Indian usually!

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  18. I definitely will! Have you tried any of the other recipes in the book?


    I hated curry until I went to Australia and my friend Mirja, who grew up in Burma, made me them from scratch. They taste so much better this way! You shouldn't be put off by school curry and take-aways :)

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  19. I've made the North Indian Chickpeas. They were okay, I think it was more that they were not to my personal taste than anything else. And yes, I really want to make one of the curries from the book.

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  20. Lovely to get to know you through this book's blg tour. I'm so glad it's changing your mind re Indian food.

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  21. The photos in this book look gorgeous! it's going to have to go on my christmas list!

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