Weekly Love: Week 204 + Ping Coombes’ Brunch Club

Let’s talk all things Student Eats! Yours truly has been around and about talking about the book, so if you fancy checking out my visit to the BBC London studio last week you can listen to me talk about how I took inspiration from my parents for some of the recipes in the book from the 01:08 mark. If sitting down with a long read and a cup of tea is your thing, I sat down with Study.EU to talk about my favourite recipes in the book and what it was like to study abroad in California. They’re also giving away 10 (!) copies of the book over on their Facebook page. Finally, if you fancy getting into the kitchen The Happy Foodie have shared two of my favourite recipes from the book: my Banana & Nutella Muffins and my Pea, Prawn & Mushroom Egg Fried Rice!

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1. Celebrating the publication of Student Eats with my parents at Duck & Waffle – look out for more pictures from our meal next week! | 2. An incredible Surf ‘n’ Turf and carafe of Malbec at The Butlers Wharf Chop House. | 3. Student Eats in the window of Daunt Books. | 4. Stunning, golden hour view of Tower Bridge from the terrace at The Butlers Wharf Chop House. | 5. Pink frozen champagne ice lollies from Fortnum’s. | 6. Stunning flowers in my favourite colours as a publication gift from the Ebury team.

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7. Taking over The Happy Foodie Instagram feed to celebrate the publication of Student Eats. | 8. We were roommates when we were 14 at boarding school, together again at my book launch! | 9. Baked Eggs with Black Pudding, Sautéed Potatoes and Caramelised Onions – find my recipe here! | 10. Beautiful orange roses outside Angel Tube Station. | 11. Utterly in love with Cadbury’s new Dairy Milk Tiffin. | 12. Incredible view of The Gherkin from Duck & Waffle up on the 40th floor.

Ping Coomb's Brunch Club

Have you ever eaten a Malay curry off of a banana leaf? A few weeks ago my friend Eddie and I were invited along to Ping Coombes’ Brunch Club at Chi Kitchen off Oxford Street for a traditional feast of curries and rice served on a big banana leaf, mixed and scooped up with our hands. The flavour from the banana leaf infuses into the rice for a whole riot of flavours with a different adventure with every bite. It was not for everyone but we loved it, and I’d really recommend you go along to one of her next brunch clubs – you can find out when the next one is by keeping an eye on the Chi Kitchen events page!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I’m looking forward to a good country pub supper tonight before a lazy weekend in Kent. I’m also going to make my parents their first ever Aperol Spritz, whatever the weather! For more like this, don’t forget to sign up to my monthly newsletter, which hits your inboxes on the first Sunday of each month packed full of seasonal eats, mini cookbook reviews, and other updates.