Friday, 7 March 2014

Weekly Love: Week 124

As usual the past two weeks for me have mostly been about eating. Big surprise, right? However, doing so much eating but not getting much blog content out of it, rather ideas for what I could do in the future has been really making me think about what I write and while there are not going to be any crazy dramatic changes around here, I want there to be a few more 'features', things that have taken time to research and put together rather than posts that give you just this recipe or tell you to eat at that restaurant. Do you know what? I think I might actually finally be growing up as a writer. What a terrifying thought! 
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1. A perfect avocado breakfast equates to a perfect Sunday. I like mine cubed and lightly dressed in a bit of lemon juice and French Sea Salt. | 2. I love how we're now starting to get Spring like weather here in London. | 3. Custard Doughnuts from The Bread Man at Berwick Street Market. They were very good, but I felt the custard was not as good as it could have been. This however, has made me really want to sample the infamous custard doughnuts from Borough Market's Bread Ahead on Saturdays (though, that will mean visiting the market on a Saturday, not to be recommended!) and from 1235 Doughnuts at Columbia Road on Sundays. | 4. Sampling the California Cold Pressed Juice at The Good Life Eatery in Chelsea over brunch. Honestly, I love there is another place I can pick up bottles of the good stuff but I don't think it is well balanced flavour wise as the juices I was used to in Los Angeles from places like Pressed Juicery and Blueprint Cleanse. For something more authentic and better tasting I'd still tell you to head to the Canyon Juicery in the Joseph Store on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. As for the food, all great SoCal dishes, but a bit too hit and miss, again with the flavours for my taste. | 5. Tropical fruit fest breakfast from Turnips at Borough Market. I completely blame Tania and Sophie's Instagram feeds from Summer in Sydney for this one. | 6. A quick sushi lunch before class. I've been testing supermarket sushi, and by far Waitrose is always the best.

Time for a little bit of me elsewhere on the web today, if you head over to Great British Chef's you'll find my latest recipe I've put together for them for a Tempura of Seasonal Vegetables with a Homemade Wasabi Mayonnaise. It is inspired by something Jun Tanaka made when I was in the Sainsbury's test kitchen in January.
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7. Again at Turnips at Borough Market, perfectly ripe, red and juicy tomatoes how they ought to be. | 8.  I started using La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo after countless bloggers, friends and makeup artists recommended it to me as I'm still having problems not having skin as clear as I used to before I moved to Los Angeles and had to battle the cities smog. Just over a week in I can see visible results already; I'll be sure to keep you updated! | 9. The Vietnamese Bun Thit Nuong pork skewers and rice noodle salad at Lanes Of London on Park Lane. I had a simply incredible meal there on Monday night, just the photos came out so badly I won't be able to review it this time around. But seriously, amazing food and atmosphere, amazing fusion concept of different London cuisines, I fantastic service. I really could not recommend it enough.  | 10.  The most stand out dish from Lanes Of London was their Jammy Dodgers at dessert. They came in a pair in a pretty presentation box, and were made up of the most flawless shortbread, homemade strawberry jam, strawberry liquor, fresh strawberries and cream. I will be going back for more of these! | 11. Pre review lunch drinks in The White Horse on Parson's Green, one of my two favourite pubs in that part of London. (My other is The Brown Cow for their epic scotch egg bar snacks!) | 12. Picking up a few essentials in Waitrose. Yes, I have eaten a lot of tomatoes over the past few weeks!

One thing I am absolutely terrible at is pronouncing things, to the point where some words I avoid saying all together so I don't embarrass myself! So, obviously I absolutely adore this video put together by Into The Gloss' Senior Editor Annie on how to pronounce the names of lots of beauty products and brands, most of them French. The more obvious ones of products and brands I use such as Touche Éclat, Le Roche-Posay and Guerlain I'm down with because I used them often and I can speak some French, but I still learnt a lot. Also, this video is totally adorable.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? Tomorrow is one of my best friends from school's birthday lunch so all my close school friends are going to be in London so after his birthday adventures on Saturday I'm getting all of them plus my London and university friends together for one big relaxing Sunday something before my birthday Friday after next, so it is due to be a jam packed weekend. 


  1. Never try Morrison's sushi - it's like chewing cardboard! Loved Annie's video too

  2. Thanks for the heads up! I never actually shop there though, on my radar really is Waitrose, Sainsbury's and M&S.

  3. It is rather awesome (I eat a lot of it waiting for trains!) but I urge you to try Waitrose, my hands down favourite!

  4. Good stuff. Your tempura sound delicious!

  5. That tempura looks delicious, I will have to try making it!

    Maria xxx