Monday, 31 August 2015

A Tour Of Drygate Brewery & Lunch At Vintage, Glasgow

For the third and final instalment from my trip to Glasgow last month (but don't worry, I'm off to Edinburgh this weekend!) I was wondering if you'd join me on a little tour of a great spot we visited on our final morning, Drygate Brewery, and for lunch at their fantastically hearty and laid back restaurant The Vintage? While we'd been lucky with the weather for pretty much the whole of the weekend, the clouds were starting to roll in; Drygate is the perfect place to visit to escape from the elements for a while for more than just food.
Drygate Brewery, Glasgow

Friday, 28 August 2015

Student Suppers: Korean Barbecue-Style Steak Tacos

It is no surprise with the amount of time I've spent in Los Angeles over the past few years that some big Southern Californian influences have found their way into my cooking, including an overwhelming love for Korean and Mexican flavours. When I was putting together the final instalment of my 'SoCal Sunshine Suppers' series this Summer for Borough Market inspired by the month I spent in L.A. in the Spring, I knew that the only thing I could chose to make by way of a finale was Korean Barbecue Tacos.
Korean Barbecue Steak Tacos

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Places To Eat In Glasgow: The Finnieston

As part of my recent trip up to Glasgow with the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau we went on a restaurant crawl of the Finnieston area, which has earned itself a reputation for being the best area in the city to hit up for a good restaurant. While everywhere we hit up was pretty wonderful, I want to give a special shout out to The Finnieston, a great restaurant that I will definitely be going back to the next time I'm in Glasgow that specialises in two things I adore: gin and seafood. It will also forever have a special place in my heart as the place I (re)tried (as an adult) and discovered that I loved oysters, but more on that in a moment. 
Squid & Crispy Noodles at The Finnieston, Glasgow

Friday, 21 August 2015

4 Really Great Rosé Wines Under £10

I'm probably right in thinking that we're getting to that point in the Summer where we've all fallen into a bit of a rosé rut, right? An occupational hazard of having a home in France is that Côtes de Provence pretty much becomes a default setting because we buy such delicious varieties so cheaply in the local French supermarket. To help us all get out of our rosé ruts for the latter half of August and through September (I don't pronounce it officially red wine season until it is cool, as well as rainy outside) I've selected 4, really great rosé wines you can get down your local supermarket from around the world that will hopefully help you enjoy something a little different when you crack open a bottle in the evenings or at the weekend. 
4 Really Great Rose Wines Under £10

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Recipe: Watermelon & Mozzarella Salad with Mint & Pine Nuts

Watermelon is not something we really think of as having a 'season'. Yes, it is one of the fruits that we associate with Summer, but it is something in our 12 month a year supermarket culture that we always see as readily available. I'll keep the sermon on seasonality short, by simply telling you that you'll get the very best tasting watermelons if you buy them in season, in July and August. Last month I gave you this recipe inspired by my Southern Californian holiday this Spring for Gin & Watermelon Juice with Fresh Basil, and now I want to present you with such a delicious, flavourful, easy and lettuce free salad which makes for the perfect high Summer barbecue accompaniment. (I like it with my Skinny Sticky Storecupboard Barbecue Chicken!)
Watermelon & Mozzarella Salad with Fresh Mint & Pine Nuts

Friday, 14 August 2015

Weekly Love: Week 155

You may have noticed on Instagram or on Twitter (or maybe not, when I updated a long time reader she had no idea from reading the site!) a few weeks ago I started a job in politics a couple of days a week, so I'm no longer blogging full time. While I really love writing this blog, I've found the past year working from home quite isolating, and after working on the election in the Spring I know spending time in the office with my new colleagues is the right decision for me. So, what is going to change around here? Well, nothing much. I'm still going to be posting every week, still working on my columns and freelancing and my projects, I'm just going to be a bit busier! While I will head up to Westminster occasionally, I'm also staying put here in Kent. Have you noticed how beautiful the countryside is recently, why on earth would I want to leave?
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1. Saturday lunchtime at The Compasses Inn in Crundale. | 2. Barbecuing my Barbecue Chicken, Bacon & Honey Mustard Skewers for a weeknight supper. | 3. Saturday lunchtimes with homemade lemonade at Byron in Canterbury. | 4. Fresh produce for weekend eating from the vegetable garden. | 5. My first attempt to make raspberry gin from the fruits we've grown on the farm this Summer. It should be ready in October, I'm already really excited! | 6. Weeknight dinnertime sharing plates at Barnyard in Fitzrovia. While the plating was pretty, I was a bit disappointed by the scallops, but the duck pate with fig jam and brioche is a must have!

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7. Learning all about flavours with Haagen-Dazs, Rosie from The Londoner, Dan Doherty from Duck and Waffle and Professor Barry Smith from UCL. | 8. Saturday afternoon strolling along the beach at Sandwich Bay. | 9. The classic Mr. Whippy at lunchtime: one of the big upsides to my new office being on the seafront. | 10. We also grow flowers in the vegetable garden for the kitchen table. | 11. I made this Tomato (from our home grown tomatoes) and Almond Tart from Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty More. Click through for my recipe notes. | 12. Dipping into Hotel Chocolat's most recent Tasting Club box.

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I've got a lot of recipe work to do for some upcoming deadlines, so most of my weekend will be spent in the kitchen!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Places To Eat In Glasgow: Babu Bombay Street Kitchen

A couple of weekends ago I hopped on a flight at London City Airport, and an hour later I was touching down in Glasgow to spend the weekend being shown around the foodie side of the city by the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau. On Saturday morning, after rolling out of one of citizenM's insanely big and pillowy beds at their Glasgow hotel (you can read my review of their practically identical London hotel here) we set off out into the Scottish sunshine for breakfast at Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, a small basement joint in the heart of the city in search of one of their famous Glasgow meets Bombay breakfasts and some Indian tea.
Breakfast at Babu Bombay Street Kitchen, Glasgow

Monday, 10 August 2015

Places To Eat In Canterbury: The Ambrette

In a converted pub down Beer Cart Lane a few streets away from Canterbury High Street you'll find The Ambrette, the award winning third location of Dev Biswal's India meets Kent dining concept that was born in Margate a couple of years ago. I'd visited The Ambrette before for their fantastic value (three courses and an amuse bouche for £20.95) pre and post theatre menu last Halloween which I included in my Canterbury food round up for Buzzfeed, but I had not yet got around to visiting to write a proper blog review. The team at The Ambrette spotted this, so last week they invited me along to try their new Summer tasting menu. 
Summer Tasting Menu at The Ambrette, Canterbury

Friday, 7 August 2015

Places To Eat In Los Angeles: The Commissary, Koreatown

I've already shown you around The Line in Koreatown, the hotel I booked myself into for the last few days of my Los Angeles trip I took in the Spring, but what I left out of my hotel review were photos from The Commissary, the big greenhouse restaurant on the second floor terrace next to the pool where I had my last proper L.A. weekend brunch, and also ate breakfast every morning I stayed in the hotel.
Bottomless Bloody Mary at The Commissary

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Places To Stay In Los Angeles: The Line Hotel, Koreatown

For my final few days in Los Angeles before I returned to the madness of life back home I checked into The Line Hotel in Koreatown. While I'd really enjoyed my Airbnb apartment (I can really recommend the apartment I rented which you can find here, and you can get £16 off your first stay if you sign up to Airbnb using this link) I wanted to relax a bit to finish off my trip, and after lots of scoping out different hotels and neighbourhoods online I went for The Line, which seemed to offer a stylish setting and a choice of on site eateries for a very reasonable price, bang in the middle of a foodie neighbourhood I'm always resolving to find out more about. 
King Room at The Line Hotel, Los Angeles