Friday, 4 April 2014

Weekly Love: Week 126

Last week, on a hunt for 'proper' taco tortillas for Monday's recipe I found myself in Whole Foods on Kensington High Street. Now, I've known about London Whole Foods since I was back in America and I had a Whole Food a few blocks away from my apartment, but I love Whole Foods, so I'd been putting off going in in case I was going to be disappointed. I wasn't. Londoners, if it is convenient you need to start doing your food shopping at Whole Foods. They have the most amazing fish, meat, eggs and produce. There are not any additives in sight, and like the American stores they have machines pressing nut butters (I love walnut and almond), build your own granola and so many more whole foods snacks. And a great natural beauty section. 
1. Perfectly cooked Kidneys on Toast and fresh smoothies for a breakfast meeting at Albion Cafe in Shoreditch. | 2. Some of the books I got with birthday vouchers: David Lebovitz's Sweet Life In Paris to read on the patio with a glass of rose to read on the patio in France, The Flavour Thesaurus as recommended to me by Cous Cous Bang Bang on Twitter, and Leiths How To Cook and the Leiths Techniques Bible. | 3. Sitting out on the patio working on my final essays and dissertation. I can think of worse places to work! | 4. It is like the guys at Metcalfe knew I had essays to write, sending a big box of their Topcorn to the house as I've joined their #topcorntribe. | 5. Picking up some wild garlic at Daylesford Organic (I also grabbed some at Borough Market) for recipe development. | 6. Champagne, strawberry and blueberry breakfast on my 21st birthday.

Electric Diner
On arriving outside Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill and finding it closed last Tuesday lunch time 'the list' of places I want to eat at in London was consulted and we ended up eating at The Electric Diner (there is a cinema attached and it is part of Soho House) on Portobello Road. It was too dark and crowded for a real 'Places To Eat In London' post, but it was such a great meal I wanted to share with you a little bit of writing to go with my Instagram shots. I kicked things off with their classic Prawn Cocktail (fat juicy prawns with a a great tart Marie Rose sauce, I only wish that the lettuce had been smaller as I also had to eat all of this deliciousness with my fingers!) and then followed with their classic hot dog. Think big, juicy and American (as good at Big Apple Hot Dogs but in restaurant form) in a lightly toasted glossy bun with sticky and sweet onions, and lashings of mustard and ketchup. Yes I did make a mess of myself eating this. The fries were good and proper with skin on too, served with a nice aioli. To drink, I had the first loaded Bloody Mary I've ever been served, so loaded with vodka and tabasco that I'm proclaiming it London's best hang over cure Bloody Mary. The pickles on top were all delicious, too. I ate too much of this fantastic meal with my fingers, and I really recommend you give it a go the next time you're in the area! 
7. Mexican Firing Squads on a Friday night. You can find the recipe over at PUNCH. | 8. Lemon and Blueberry cakes in the Ottolenghi's Notting Hill window. | 9. This poor creature flew into a window, and while moving him to safety while he recovered my mother proved she was the bird whisperer by making friends with him! | 10. The team at Sainsbury's were kind enough to send me over a box of their Taste The Difference Belgian Chocolate Praline Egglets which I may or may not have devoured all in one sitting. | 11. Making some fresh Mexican Pico de Gallo Salsa on a sunny Saturday morning. You can find the recipe here. | 12. Boosting up on something green from Canyon Juicery.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm just going to work on my final pair of university essays and my dissertation, as well as hopefully putting together a recipe or two for the blog and getting some planting done down in the vegetable plot ready for Summer, hopefully if the weather is good!


  1. I went to the Electric Diner a couple of years ago - can't remember what I ate but I do remember enjoying it, this has made me want to go back! x

  2. your weekly loves are fantastic! so many great articles to read!

  3. I'm glad you enjoy them - they are pretty much my longest running feature, and I love having a place just to put together all the little random things I've been enjoying that don't necessarily fit into blog posts by themselves, but I still really want to share!

  4. I can't believe I still haven't been to Whole Foods - definitely on my to visit list.

  5. WholeFoods was a guilty pleasure of mine when I lived in London - everything is fantastic but oh so expensive!

    Looks like you guys in London have some decent weather coming up. Enjoy working on your garden!

    Maria xx