I'm adding, alongside Roast and Rabot 1745 in Borough Market, a new restaurant to my roster of places I'd recommend in London for a real blow out, celebration meal: the newly refurbished Toto's in Knightsbridge. When I was invited along for lunch I arranged to visit with my school friend Eddie, a something a little special for us both as we had not caught up in ages. And, it is always nice to dine with someone who you used to eat practically every single meal with, because it is then perfectly acceptable to share dishes and try a bit of absolutely everything on the table, regardless of if it is from your own order or not!
Friday, 27 February 2015
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
A few weeks ago my Mother and I threw a dinner party. It was a cozy, kitchen table affair full of our favourite French farmhouse dishes. I made a classically dressed salad, dressed up with crispy lardons, homemade garlic croutons and soft boiled quails eggs to start, and she made Mustard Chicken with our home grown leeks. To go with the chicken (along with some buttery tenderstem broccoli and baby chantenay carrots) I'd been working on a recipe for some crispy, classic sautéed potatoes, anointed with lots of herbs, and finely chopped pieces of garlic and banana shallot. And butter. A lovely, glorious knob of unsalted French butter.
Monday, 23 February 2015
I've found my favourite place in London to eat Southern style barbecue. You may have noticed that I eat in an awful lot of different places every week, so for me to come away from a meal without finding many flaws, and to have really, really loved the experience is a rare thing. Last week after a trip to Borough Market to pick up ingredients for my column, I drifted along to Bankside to meet a friend at Porky's, a Memphis barbecue joint across the street from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. (Pre or post theatre cocktails and meat-fest, anyone?)
Friday, 20 February 2015
If you've ever wondered what sort of music I listen to while I'm in the kitchen, what constitutes my idea of the ultimate comfort food, or where my favourite places are in London to eat at the moment (you can find all of my 'Places To Eat In London' reviews here), the team at Recipes Plus caught up with me for a bit of a chat about my blog and where I get my kitchen inspiration from. You can read the interview here.
1. The blooms are starting to get colourful outside Liberty's. | 2. I've found my favourite Southern style barbecue at Porky's on Bankside. Full review to follow next week! | 3. Indulging with dippy eggs and anchovy butter soldiers. | 4. Meeting with the Shopstyle team to talk upcoming projects over juices at The Riding House Cafe. | 5. Enjoying the latest issue of Jamie Magazine with a fluffy pile of pancakes with fresh raspberries, and doused in maple syrup on Sunday morning. | 6. Long weekend country walks in the brilliant Kent sunshine.
- Refinery 29 has put together a round up of the best tacos in L.A. They've also put together a round up of the 30 most popular Instagrammed landmarks in Los Angeles. I have 10/30!
- London brunch fiends? My friend Izy has recreated Granger & Co. famous ricotta hotcakes, complete with (super easy) homemade honeycomb butter.
- Carin has put together a quick and easy round up of Paris' best coffee spots.
- I'm so bringing a bottle of Sriracha Heinz Tomato Ketchup from American next time I go.
- The TIG has published a great insiders guide to Melbourne. Also, San Miguel de Allende.
- Fashionista has some great profiles this season on why different people go to Fashion Week.
- Claire took some simply stunning photos in Crete.
- Tess travels to Turkey and introduces us to the local cuisine. You can find part 2 here.
- If you've ever wondered everything Joy The Baker eats in a week.
- Okay, who wants to work in Into The Gloss' beautiful, airy offices?
- Domain sits down with Ludo Lefebvre to find out the 4 dishes that made his career.
- This photo series documents school lunches from around the world. Basically, I wish that I'd gone to school in Brazil or Greece, and The USA (and the UK) have problems. (via Amy)
- On that note, this video showing American kids eating breakfasts from around the world is both adorable and priceless. However, I take back what I just said about wishing I'd gone to school in Brazil for the lunches - I feel they get the short straw, here!
- Media Marmalade has published a great post on how to monitor your blogs success.
- The Kitchn's '10 Things You Should Know Before Getting Into A Relationship With Someone Who Loves Food' is spot on.
7. Technicolour displays of Prestat chocolate boxes in Liberty's. | 8. A simply divine lemon curd panna cotta with raspberry sorbet at the end of a simply amazing meal at Toto's in Knightsbridge. My review of the the restaurant should be up sometime next week, too! | 9. Digging into the eggs from my brunch post for Sunday lunch. | 10. Campari and Blood Orange Juice while we perused the menu at Toto's. (I've got the recipe for this classic Italian cocktail here!) | 11. The Lindt press office was my Valentine this year, and I must say they do know how to woo a girl! | 12. Finally, a big thanks to the team at Jamie Magazine for including one of my Instagrams in the latest issue!
- Move over Style Me Pretty, Sophie at What To Cook Tonight has co-ordinated, photographed and styled a simply stunning dinner party for their new website.
- Camille Styles has put together a dreamy looking guide to Napa.
- Olivia has put together a great guide on where to stay in Brighton.
- Kristabel's post on blogging and journalism as a career is a must read.
- I'm excited to try these 1 Hour Mini Cinnamon Buns with Whisky Cream Cheese Frosting.
- Cupcakes and Cashmere has put together a really helpful post on taking care of your shoes.
- Into The Gloss sits down with Michelle Phan to talk about her digital empire.
- One of my readers, Brag & Butter is holding a supper club in Frankfurt on March 21st.
- Fashionista sends a guy from outside of the fashion industry to review NYFW. Also, one of their journalists took their Mother to a show, and it was equally as brilliant.
- Thee New Potato sits down with Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt. They've also caught up with Nashville's Sam Palladio, and included a Spotify of what he's currently listening to.
- How to make candy out of just maple syrup and cream. I know, right?
- The Tourist Of Life has some great tips on how to save money on flights and hotels. I'd figured that thing about websites upping the prices on things they know you want to book, but I did not realise that clearing your web cookies would solve the problem - so clever!
- In other travel news, Jessica has put together a great guide to tipping around the world.
- PUNCH poses an interesting question on this piece on if booze TV will ever go mainstream. They also take us behind the scenes of Moscow's secret supper clubs.
- Ed travels to China to eat Sichuan Hot Pot like the locals.
Something new for Weekly Love this week. I'm pretty much always looking at pretty new clothes, shoes, home, kitchen and beauty items online, or while I'm killing time at the shops between meetings in the city, or waiting for my train at the station. (I'm surprised more damage has not been done already to my bank balance with Joules, L'Occitane, The White Company, Jo Malone, Whistles and Aspinals all at St. Pancras!) So, at the end of each Weekly Love I'm going to be choosing five items I either already own and have been particularly loving over the past fortnight, or I've been lusting after in store. Call it my mini shopping edit, if you will!
First up, my beautiful brand new Liberty Print Barbour. I've wanted a Barbour for years, and I've been wearing this super stylish number practically every day since I got it, both on long country walks and around London (the big pockets are great for stashing my phone and Oyster card for easy access!) In other coat news, I spied this beautiful bright yellow rain coat from Joules in Fenwick the other week. I know I already own a rain coat, and my new Barbour is waterproof. But, well, it's bright yellow!
I already own grey and white, star spangled pyjama bottoms (sorry - sold out - but they are super comfortable and have pockets, so I'd still love to recommend them to you in pretty pink and white stripes) that I've been wearing this week from The White Company, so it really is just a natural progression that I'd want a matching hoodie from Zoe Karssen. Or, to actually go outside and face the world these star print jeans from Stella McCartney. Also, remind me to just jump the gun and buy this French 'Very Good, Thank You' sweatshirt from Whistles before they all sell out in my size?
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend?
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Breakfast at a place called Fish & Chips by Des McDonald is not necessarily what you'd expect. Tucked away a few streets down from Liverpool Street Station, this all day/ takeaway gourmet fish and chip shop has recently started serving up your morning meal (it is great for breakfast meetings), serving up everything from The Fisherman's breakfast (a classic Full English) to Manx Kippers on Toast. The also have great coffee to go to grab on the way to work. I was curious to say the least when I was invited down to try the new menu, so I grabbed Izy for a bit of a catch up in the City before heading off to our respective meetings on Monday.
Monday, 16 February 2015
Going back through some of my 'Places To Eat In London' posts over the last few years, I've realised that whenever confronted with a brunch menu, I'll always order something with eggs. Poached Eggs served on top of an aubergine puree, yogurt, sumac and a big chunky slice of toasted sourdough at Caravan in King's Cross, soft boiled eggs with dippy anchovy soldiers at Beagle in Hoxton, or simply a pillow of perfectly chef scrambled eggs with a side of smoked salmon at Granger & Co. in Notting Hill are all favourites of mine.
Saturday, 14 February 2015
This is not a post I had planned in my editorial calendar, but after having a day or two to think it over, I wanted to address the issue of Pinterest and affiliate links, and what it means for us bloggers and digital business people who monetize out Pinterest feeds. I came as something as a shock for me on Thursday night when an email from Pinterest dropped into my inbox with the subject line: 'Removing All Affiliate Links'. My first thought was panic. It is no secret that a very large portion of my income comes from affiliate links, and at the close of 2014 roughly 10% of my income came from Pinterest affiliates.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
I've been asking for a Barbour for my birthday since I was 16 years old from my parents, and this year I've finally succeeded. I don't turn 22 until next month, but when the guys at the newly re-vamped Cucina Asellina inside the Me Hotel on The Strand invited me down to sample their new style menu on Monday, Mummy and I took it as the perfect excuse to head into town for a spot of lunch at the hit up the Barbour store. (In case you were wondering, we ended up in Liberty's, and I opted for this navy Liberty print number.)
Monday, 9 February 2015
Today I want to talk to you about reviewing restaurants. I've already written at length about what the experience is like for my friends and family when they're dining with me when I'm writing a review, but I have not really taken a look at it from probably the most important point of view that exists in any of my reviews: that of my readers. Several times a month I go into restaurants, take photos and write about my meal to share my experience with you all, but a lot of the time I'm not the one footing the bill.
Friday, 6 February 2015
I'm sitting here, finishing off this blog post today curled up on my office sofa, still wearing the big scarf I had on to take my car to the garage this morning. Everything is just too cold. I can see the trees outside my window swinging violently back and forth, so it is no surprise that all I can think about right now is soup. If you've got a nice, hot, steaming bowl of something on the brain too, here are the recipes for my Pea & Mozzarella Soup, A Basic Chicken Soup, Pumpkin & Coconut Soup, A Warming Carrot Soup, and my aptly named 'Winter Cure' Kale, Barley & Root Vegetable Soup. Grab the ingredients on the way home, make a massive vat of soup for dinner tonight, and don't leave the house (and preferably your duvet) all weekend. Simple.
1. Over on the Borough Market blog, I've started my new column of easy, healthy and exciting desk lunches you can make ahead and take into work with you. I've got so many exciting dishes planned I can't wait to share with you, but for now click through for my recipe for this Pearl barley & Pomegranate Tabbouleh. | 2. Sitting down with Waitrose Kitchen to a leftovers lunch: leftover roast duck, soba noodles, baby kale, spring onions, sesame oil, hoisin sauce and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds. | 3. Making the beetroot and cinnamon smoothie for breakfast Hemsley + Hemsley created for the Vita Coco Coconut Oil event I attended last month. You can get the full recipe over on my Instagram, and keep your eyes peeled for more coconut oil in upcoming recipes. I'm a little obsessed. My favourite ways to use it so far are scrambling my eggs in it and stir frying Asian greens. | 4. My first ever veg box, from Abel & Cole for my collaboration with Ebury publishing to celebrate the launch of Rachel de Thample's book FIVE. I promised I'd let you know how I got on with the box, and I need to be honest that I did not finish it. I think it was the chicory: I've never been a fan! | 5. Something I did make using the shiitake mushrooms from the box, was this delicious leftovers lunch: the end of a homemade loaf topped with shiitake pan fried in butter with a dash of soy sauce, topped off with tamago ribbons (Japanese omelette made with mirin) and lots of fresh chopped coriander. | 6. Curling up on a Sunday with some of my favourite cookbooks and a freshly baked plate of Chocolate-truffle Cookies from Joy Wilson's book Homemade Decadence.
- Zoe has asked some of my favourite bloggers, including Carrie from Wish Wish Wish and Rosie from The Londoner what they consider makes a successful blog.
- Speaking of Rose, she's found us the very best Trattoria in Florence.
- Also, Carrie has written a great piece of being young and being in a long term relationship.
- Photos of breathtaking libraries. (via Harriet)
- 'To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This' is one of the most fascinating, and surprisingly heartwarming and thought provoking thing I've read in a while. (via Joy)
- Bondi Beach. Yet another reason Australia is somewhere near the top of my 'to visit' list. Also, once I'm there I want to visit The Grounds of Alexandria.
- Okay, scratch that. All of Carin's holiday photos have me wanting to hop on a plane to Sydney.
- The very best way to slow-cook pork belly.
- David Lebovitz has found us the best place to buy French pottery in Paris. He also talks us through the etiquette of having bread for the table in French restaurants.
- Speaking of Paris, Melanie's photos from her recent French trip (Paris, Alsace and my local Le Mont Saint-Michel are simply dreamy to look at.
- Refinery 29 has put together a great feature on how moving to a new city can effect your skin, and how to negate the effects. I suffered with this a lot when I moved to L.A. - a useful read.
- Do demands from cookbook authors as to what type of eggs, butter, oil, etc. we should be using really matter when we're cooking and baking at home?
- Sarah's 'The Definitive Guide To Healthy Eating' had me in stitches, and helps dispel so many of the ideas we read on the internet about what is and is not good for us to eat.
- The Kitchn asks the age old baking question: how do you measure 1/2 an egg? They've also put together a brilliant round up of absolutely everything you need to know about tofu.
7. A breakfast of navel oranges, blueberries and fresh mint, with my usual glass of V8 juice, reading Uyen Luu's book My Vietnamese Kitchen. I've cooked a fair bit from it, and I'll be sharing it with you guys at some point. | 8. A few Sundays ago, I joined a group of bloggers for an early Chinese New Year treat at Millennium Hotel in Knightsbridge. Everything is Asian themed, and all of the dishes are exciting, and unique - I'd really recommend it for something a little different in between a days shopping, as long as you remember to hoard the pork dim sum buns for yourself; they're the best! You can find more information on the hotel website. | 9. Geeking out on food and literature with the Hemsley + Hemsley book and Peter Ackroyd's retelling of The Canterbury Tales. | 10. Lunchtime toasts: avocado, sunflower seeds, avocado oil and fleur de sel, and fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. | 11. Delicious, ice cream filled profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce at Canterbury's newest opening, Chez Joel. | 12. Watching the red slowly creep into every blood orange I cut into, carried back home with me from Borough Market.
- Here are the top 20 street foods you must try around the world. (via Amy)
- We have Izy to thank for gluten-free, sticky toffee pudding pancakes.
- Into The Gloss has published a fascinating history of blush.
- Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the stunning photography and vibrant recipes on my most recent food blog find, The View From Great Island? Also, I need to try their post on how to make your own clotted cream.
- I feel like Matcha White Chocolate Fondu is a fantastic idea.
- Refinery 29 have put together a list of L.A.'s best brunch spots. My all time favoruite brunch in the city, The Tasting Kitchen is on there I'm happy to report. Read my review here!
- Here are some stunning overhead shots from The Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef.
- PUNCH has published a fascinating piece on Utah's Zion Curtain Mormon driven laws denoting that all alcohol and drink mixing needs to be hidden in public bars and restaurants.
- I really enjoyed reading Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere's 'Day In The Life'.
- 6 places to visit, visiting Dublin for the day.
- Tieghan introduces us to the joys of frying our pizza bases.
- Los Angeles? Here are the 30 best things to do in L.A. this month.
- The New Potato sits down to talk all things breakfast and Downton with Laura Carmichael.
- A Beautiful Mess has published a lovely little guide to Charleston, SC.
- Fashionista has put together a line up of the 20 most influential style bloggers in 2015.
- There is an entire Instagram dedicated to Venice Beach sunsets. #takemeback
- Style Me Pretty tours my new office crush, belonging to Man Repeller. Copper chairs, please!
- Tess has written a great post on soy: what you can find it in & if it is actually that good for you.
- Nicole's pictures from Pokai Beach in Oahu make me want to hit the beach. Now.
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend?
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
I want to make it clear from the outset that I don't have a problem with Valentines Day. I think it is rather lovely to have a whole day dedicated to the one you love, I just think that modern day commercialism has gone a step too far for a day that has stemmed from the feast of a Catholic martyr who was tortured to death. So, when Borough Market asked me to put together their Valentines Day menu this year, I decided to go for something that looks impressive but is actually really simple for a kitchen table supper. This way, your Valentines evening can be about enjoying each others company without all the superfluous hearts and flowers.
Sunday, 1 February 2015
This year, I thought that I'd bake you all a cake. 6 years ago today when I started this blog there was no way that I could have known what a big part of my life my small little corner of the internet would become. All the amazing people I've met and worked with, all my wonderful friends I've made, the opportunities I've had and the amazing places I've been able to travel to are things I can't believe I'm lucky enough to have in my life.