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.
Monday, 31 August 2015
Friday, 28 August 2015
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.
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
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.
Friday, 21 August 2015
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.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
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!)
Friday, 14 August 2015
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?
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!
- The New Potato has put together a list of their top 10 Thai restaurants in New York. They've also done the leg work for NYC's 10 best spots for oysters.
- 5 things you'd only know about Paris Couture Week if you were invited.
- Miguel, Carrie from WishWishWish's fiance has written a great post on what it is like to be a 'blogger boyfriend'. I'm sorry to day the food thing is true for everyone close to me.
- Yves Saint Laurent has made Touche Eclat in powder compact form and I want it now.
- 5 Things You Need To Know About Making Better Ice Cubes This Summer.
- All September, you'll be able to buy all of Le Labo's city exclusive scents, anywhere.
- The Glitter Guide shares 7 great apps for editing Instagram photos, and how to use them.
- Design Love Fest's most recent free wallpaper download is perfect for Summer.
- So who else wants to try this cocktail made by mixing rose wine and homemade lemonade?
- How To Plant A Small Space Lettuce Garden.
- A Guardian food critic eats at a hospital, a prison and a school who are doing something different with their institutional meals, perhaps giving us a glimpse of the future.
- How to spend a weekend on Regents Street, without visiting any shops.
- Jacintha takes us around the fantastic Slow Food Market in the courtyard of the Rosewood hotel in London. It is open every Sunday, and the hotel does a simply incredible Slow Food brunch in the mirror room parallel to the market. One of the best I've ever had.
- How To Start A Soup Club. (via Joy)
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.
- Dreamy does not even begin to sum up Christine's photos from Morocco.
- In case you ever wondered, this is how you make homemade marshmallow fluff.
- Into The Gloss has some great beauty product recommendations for swimmers.
- Kate's '24 Hours In Iceland' post reminds me why I need to go back there very soon.
- I always love David Lebovitz's foodie Summer holiday posts: this year, Cape Cod.
- This is how you make a lemon twist garnish for your cocktails.
- Bri's Summer holiday snaps from Nicaragua make me want to head to the ocean.
- Stephanie shows us how to make homemade burger buns in just 40 minutes.
- Into The Gloss has found us the best hotel toiletries worth traveling for.
- Calling all freelancers: how to win a digital pitch.
- Food 52 schools us in how to make miso paste from scratch.
- This is how you DIY your own espadrilles at home.
- Rose's weekend in Norfolk is the perfect illustration of why I love the English countryside.
- 10 Things I Learned Watching Nigella In My Pyjamas.
- Emily walks us through how exactly alcohol is created.
- Apparently, this is what we should be doing with our watermelon rinds.
- How To Eat (and Drink) Your Way Around Charleston, South Carolina.
- This is how you make homemade burger buns in only 40 minutes.
- America? Sephora has finally launched a beauty box subscription service.
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
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.
Monday, 10 August 2015
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.
Friday, 7 August 2015
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.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
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.