How many of you have sat down in a restaurant in a capital city after work over the past two weeks and really thought about where you were? When I lived in London I was eating out at least a couple of times a week in the packed city centre, enjoying myself with friends, and I still grab a bite and a couple of drinks after work when I can in the city. If you've thought twice about making dinner plans in the fortnight since the simply horrific attacks in Paris where ordinary people were murdered out enjoying a Friday night out with friends, don't. How better to honour their memory than to keep on enjoying the things that are a part of our way of life that they are no longer able to, and that the people who killed them seek to eradicate?
Friday, 27 November 2015
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
I thought today I’d scribble down a few thoughts on full time blogging. I read a study last year that over 90% of women under the age of 24 who start a fashion or lifestyle blog now do it with the dream of it becoming a full time job. Some of you may remember when I wrote this post back in May last year when I finished university and I announced that I would be blogging full time I was so excited by the prospect. However, a year and a half since I wrote that post, and a couple of months into my new part time job, I thought I’d share why I found that living the blogging dream was not necessarily all it was cracked up to be.
Monday, 23 November 2015
Living in Los Angeles, I picked up a love for Korean food, but due to the availability of ingredients (though I have managed to make do with some approximations) and the prevalence of very good, but not quite authentic Korean restaurants over here, I've found it hard to get my fix. One of the biggest road blocks was that up until this month, it has been impossible to buy Gochujang (Korean chilli sauce) in a British supermarket. However, some stores have risen to the challenge, so in collaboration with Yogiyo! (a Dragon's Den start up who have brought mild Gochujang, medium Gochujang for cooking and Galbi Fruity Soy Marinade to Sainsbury's stores) I thought I'd share with you a simple, bright and delicious recipe using Gochujang.
Friday, 20 November 2015
Cooking for the season is just as much about using Autumnal colours as Autumnal flavours. This month in my Borough Market column I've charted my adventures in making no-knead pizza dough (if you've made no-knead bread before, no it is not as easy as it sounds) in order to make this No-Knead Wild Mushroom, Caramelised Onion and Ricotta (my new pizza and toast topping obsession) Pizza. It is made in a sharing size, and is perfect topped off with an indulgent drizzle of truffle oil. Yes, I'm the person who has turned up at someones home as a guest with a little bottle of white truffle oil as a gift for my host, rather than a bottle of wine.
1. A steaming mug of Spiced Apple Tea in this adorable mug the team at Joules popped over to me, featuring Peggy the Hen. | 2. A sort of Full English breakfast featuring homemade hash browns, and whatever I happened to have in the fridge. | 3. Autumn leaves falling thick and fast on the trees. | 4. Shooting something of an Asian persuasion for the blog next week. | 5. Crisp and crunchy Kentish apples outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street. | 6. Editing photos with a pineapple and sage mojito in hand at No. 11 Pimlico Road.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Now it really is time to start thinking about Christmas shopping, I thought I'd do something a little different with my Christmas gift guides this year. Instead of posting separate guides for different types of people, I thought I'd put together guides by price. Everything costs £50 or under, and I've put together a guide for gifts £10 and under (great for stocking fillers), gifts £25 and under (perfect for friends) and £50 and under (perfect for family and loved ones), as well as a guys gift guide at the bottom (because they are always the hardest to shop for!) I hope you find these helpful shopping for the people in your life this holiday season!
Joules Peggy Hen Porcelain Mug: £9.95 | Hotel Chocolat 12 Portly Penguins: £7 | Paperchase Set of 2 Christmas Sprout Bottle Stoppers: £8 | Emma Bridgewater Prestat House Truffle Stocking Tree Decoration: £7.95 | L'Occitane Charm Keyring: £10 | Liberty of London Cherries in Kirch: £9.95 | Lush The Magic of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar: £5.95 | Biscuiteers Christmas Tree Biscuit Card: £9 | L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Lip Balm: £8.50 | Joules Current Leaf Hand Cream: £7.95
Monday, 16 November 2015
I've been holding out on you with the last post from my trip to Los Angeles this Spring. However, I wanted to keep this post to tie in with my theme of festive gifting this week (stay tuned for my Bumper Christmas Gift Guide online on Wednesday!) and share with you a little look around probably my favourite store in Los Angeles: Urbanic Paper Boutique, located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. If you happen to be stateside (or shopping online) for your festive gifts anytime in the next month or so, Urbanic is where it's at. I also had the chance to sit down with the store owner, Audrey Woollen, to chat about the store and its neighbourhood.
Friday, 13 November 2015
People are always asking me for restaurant recommendations near Victoria station. Until now I've never been forthcoming as I'd never found anywhere good, but today I want to introduce you to a great spot only 7 minutes walk away from the station: No. 11 Pimlico Road. It is one of those great, airy restaurants that has an impressive looking breakfast and brunch menu, a good selection of bigger dishes for lunches and evenings, and a great spread of smaller bites to pair with their mouthwatering cocktail list. Perfect any time of the day.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
As a fan of quick pasta dishes, avocados and the internet, it was only a matter of time before I shared a recipe for avocado spaghetti with you all. Let us be honest there; it's Autumn. Not quite Winter yet, but there are still evenings when all you want to do is snuggle up in a blanket with a nice big bowl of pasta to watch Grey's Anatomy without feeling heavy afterwards (I'm a real pasta fan, but courgetti would work too!)
Monday, 9 November 2015
While we all know that my favourite social media platform is Pinterest, my love for pinning all things pretty is only marginally greater than my ever growing love for Instagram. I think before Instagram was a platform where the sorts of people I wanted to follow online (other than my friends, other bloggers) posted snapshots of their day to day in order to promote their own websites. However, I love that Instagram has now become a place people put as much thought into original and engaging content for. So, I thought it would be a good time to share with you 10 of my favourite accounts; a mix of snapshots from people who create pretty pictures elsewhere online, and a few Instagrams that are fantastic stand alone sites in their own right.
Friday, 6 November 2015
In Korean-American food and drink culture the idea is to keep on eating until you feel full and then keep on going. I read somewhere once that if you're still either hungry or sober at the end of an evening in Koreatown you're doing it wrong. Well, while day drinking by yourself in 28 degree heat is rarely a good idea, with a day to kill while I was staying in Koreatown until I met a friend for drinks at a Venice wine bar, I decided that the eating part of this food philosophy sounded perfectly good to me; it was time to discover some of the other food in Los Angeles' Koreatown outside of my favourite Korean barbecue joints.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
As regular readers will know, I'm a massive fan of infusing my own gin at home. I'm working on perfecting a damson gin recipe, and one of the most important tasks of my year is making batches of sloe gin from the berries that live here on the farm. However, I'm aware that for those of you who don't live in the countryside like me have difficulties getting hold of ingredients such as sloes and damsons for your gin making. So, I want to introduce you to a recipe I came across a few months ago for how to make your own raspberry gin.
Monday, 2 November 2015
When I ran into Sam Deeson (the guy behind one of my favourite Canterbury restaurants Deeson's, and everyone's favourite local shopfront and street food outfit Pork & Co.) at the Canterbury Food Festival a few weeks ago he told me that he'd taken over the shop front next to the Cathedral gates that used to be Hawkins Bazaar, and that he'd be selling pies, mash, grilled cheese and some other New York style deli items out of it.