Friday, 22 June 2018

Weekly Love: Week 133

If you don't own a copy, I want you to go and buy a book. I'm so serious about this, the following link for it is not even an affiliate link. Earlier this month, Anthony Bourdain, one of my favourite food writers and probably one of the biggest influences on food journalism and culture in my lifestyle took his own life in a French hotel room. When I was living in Los Angeles, between classes I used to sit under a tree on the UCLA campus reading his book Kitchen Confidential, which not only changed the way people looked at restaurants, but made me want to write about food. It is a brilliant book regardless, but if you're passionate about food (and as you're reading this book, I assume you are) it will speak to something in you in a way few other books will. Get your copy from Amazon here, or even better, go find one in your local independent bookstore.
Weekly Love 22.06.18[1] 1. Beautiful bright carrots at the farmers market. | 2. A big family (Saturday) lunch of roast beef, roast potatoes and of course way too may Yorkshire Puddings for 4 people! | 3. A simply divine dish of coffee rubbed steak and miso wasabi mashed potatoes from Asia de Cuba at Taste of London - a full blog post with everything we ate there coming soon! | 4. Cafe Pacifico, a Mexican joint in Covent Garden with award-winning cocktails were both kind enough to give us tickets to the festival, and to make us some free margaritas in frozen watermelon and passion fruit - must tries! Again, more on them in my post! | 5. Final plug for my upcoming Taste of London post, promise! It was also great to catch up with Mirabeau wines, my favourite rose wine from Provence - I've got a few bottles they sent me kicking around so keep an eye out what I do with them! | 6. Grilling a whole load of delicious veggies on the barbecue.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

How I Get Inspiration for New Recipes + A Mango Chilli Sauce

This post was created in partnership with MyPersonalisedCase. As I've already mentioned, for the past few months I've been hard at work with a fantastic web developer to give this blog it's first totally new look in over five years. It is going to be fresh, bright and responsive, and as well as the new look I'm going to start introducing a bit of a new direction. Don't worry: I'll still be posting brand new, easy weeknight recipes, restaurant reviews and foodie travel guides, but I'll also be introducing some new posts about cooking and eating. Over the past nine years this blog has really grown up with me, and what I really want it to be, and what I think it is becoming is a hub that helps people figure out what to eat; not just a site telling you what and where, but somewhere that also helps you make more conscious food choices, learning about your ingredients, how to cut down on your food bills, and yes, figure out where to book a table for your girls night.
How I Get Inspiration for New Recipes + A Mango Chilli Sauce #kitchen #cooking #asian #mango #chilli #chillisauce

Monday, 18 June 2018

Places To Eat In London: Yashin Ocean House, Kensington

It has recently been brought to my attention that while I love sushi (anyone following my Deliveroo habits on Instagram Stories could attest to this!), there are no longer any reviews for sushi restaurants that are still open on this site. Londoners looking for somewhere to eat their body weight in raw fish and perfectly prepared Japanese rice are being left out! So, when Yashin Ocean House invited me along for lunch last month I thought it would make the perfect spot to highlight for you all; a place where all the sushi is top notch, where luxury ingredients are in abundance (but used to raise the quality of the food, not the price tag) but where you can still get an affordable meal rather than a celebratory supper (though they do those too!)
Omakae Eight Sushi Lunch at Yashin Ocean House, Kensington #sushi #london #kensington

Friday, 15 June 2018

Recipe: One Pan Merguez with Red Peppers & Crispy Chickpeas

This post was created in partnership with BRITA. Today I want to mark the end of my single-use plastic free week challenge with a delicious, easy, weeknight dinner made without generating any single-use plastic for the recycling bin. While usually I use one-pan recipes to empty the fridge of some veggies and grab some protein from the freezer, they're so easy to throw together on a weeknight I can't resist planning ahead for them too. Don't skimp on the quick pickled red onions here as they really brighten the dish and add a bit of punch, and possibly serve it with some fresh crusty bread if you don't have a dessert planned.
Easy Sheet Pan Merguez with Red Peppers & Crispy Chickpeas #onepan #sheetpan #dinner #lamb #merguez #pepper #chickpeas

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

An Update On My Single-Use Plastic Free Week

This post was created in partnership with BRITA. In case you missed Monday's post, last week the guys at BRITA challenged me to #SwapForGood by trying to cut down on single-use plastic (they've been campaigning since 2017 to get people to swap single-use plastic for more sustainable options to cut down on household waste, for example swapping bottles of mineral water for filter water, you can find out more here!) By way of recording how I got on, on Monday I went food shopping and found I could manage to buy everything on my shopping list single-use plastic free except for milk (you can read how I got on here!), and today I thought I'd share some of my single-use plastic free meals from last week. Hopefully, if you decide to take up this challenge yourself too I hope this post will also give you some meal ideas to help you on your way!
Update on my Single-use Plastic Free Week

Monday, 11 June 2018

Shopping for a Single-use Plastic Free Week

This post was created in partnership with BRITA. Even the guy working on the fruit and veg stall I visited this week on the North End Road in Fulham knew (from his Instagram feed) the statistic that eight million tons of plastic waste enters the ocean each year, and that around seventy percent of rubbish currently in the sea is plastic. The stats on how much plastic fish (that we later eat!) digest just does not bare thinking about. I've been wanting to challenge myself to go single-use plastic free for a week for a while now (I say single use, as I'm one of those people who tries to re-use tubs and containers as much as possible!), so when the guys behind my parents' fridge door water filter, BRITA got in touch to ask me to swap for good and cut down on my single-use plastic consumption, I set aside last week to go single-use plastic free (at least in the kitchen!) and this week, all of my blog posts will be dedicated to how I got on with the challenge.
Shopping for a Single-use Plastic Free Week #plasticfree

Friday, 8 June 2018

Weekly Love: Week 132

I know I should not complain, but I've found one of the biggest curses of working for yourself is the really, really busy times feel I think even more overwhelming than if you worked a regular nine to five, because you get the push the boundaries of your downtime more. I love that on days when I'm on top of everything and my workload is light and I'm really not feeling it, I don't have to do anything if I don't want to, but then I find myself pining for those times during weeks like these when I'm absolutely run off my feet. Or am I just taking my free days for granted? Anyhow, my being busy means that there are lots of exciting projects in the pipeline - keep an eye out because next week, for example, the blog is being totally taken over by a challenge I've been working on this week - going single-use plastic free! Also, this will be a mind bender for those of you not used to magazine editorial deadlines: I will have cooked four Christmas dinners this year before August 31st!
Weekly Love 08.06.18[1] 1. Spending time in beautiful, sunny Kent. | 2. Buying masses of berries at the market to eat over yogurt every morning. | 3. Ordering literally everything on the menu at The Compasses Inn in Crundale. | 4. Toasting the long weekend with homemade Aperol Spritz' by the pond. | 5. Burgers for dinner at The Mitre in Fulham. | 6. Finding new friends on long, country walks.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Recipe: Sweet Potato, Red Onion, Spinach & Feta Quiche

This post was created in partnership with Appletiser. Those of you who listened to Nigella Lawson on the Eater Upsell podcast the other day will have been reminded of the fridge forage; something I preach whenever I'm asked about how to cut down on food waste (an increasingly salient question on a topic I'm obsessive about, without ever actually sharing much). It is something we should be doing with all of our leftover veggies, not just to help the environment, but to save money, too. I went through a phase of turning everything into a pasta sauce, and then a breakfast frittata. At the moment, I'm all about using my leftovers to fill a good quiche, slices of which, incidentally are excellent for warm weather picnicking. So, enter stage right a reproduction of something I made for dinner the other week to use up the odds and ends from several recipes lurking in the fridge: my Sweet Potato, Red Onion, Spinach & Feta Quiche.
Sweet Potato, Red Onion, Spinach & Feta Quiche #picnic #summer #quiche

Monday, 4 June 2018

Recipe: 15-Minute Broken Pasta with Lemony Crab & Courgette

Because the recipes I usually post tend to lean towards the weeknight wonder, I know I have a real deficit of dishes you can serve up as a starter (so, they look impressive but are actually deceptively simple) when you have people over. So, today I've got a really quick (you can get it on the table in less than 15 minutes, so perfect for entertaining) and easy pasta dish for you today which yes, can serve two as a light meal (do serve it with a crisp, cold bottle of white wine), but looks super impressive divided between for of you as a starter.
How To Make Broken Pasta with Lemony Crab & Courgette #pasta #crab #seafood #courgette #zucchini #seafood #dinnerparty #starter #appetizer

Friday, 1 June 2018

Weekly Meal Plan #12: Seafood Suppers

With the nations default weeknight protein being chicken, I honestly don't think any of us are getting enough fish. While fish and seafood may be a little more pricy, it is so delicious, healthy (yes there is the whole omega three thing, but fish and seafood are also naturally much lower in fat than pretty much most of the meat on our tables) and varied, and lots of seafood dishes give you the great opportunity to get to know your fishmonger on the way home from work and shop local. So, for this Weekly Meal Plan we're focusing on a week of seafood suppers (though, you can find my plan for a week of chicken dinners here, too!)
Weekly Meal Plan Seafood Suppers #mealplan #weeklymealplan #mealplanning