5 mid-week meals you can prepare in advance

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I’m getting into the habit of spending my Sunday afternoon batch cooking our meals for the rest of the week and I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty life changing. Last weekend, I made butternut squash soup and a meaty ragu and we were good to go four nights of the week (plus I had lunch […]

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Brisket and chilli ramen

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Saturday afternoons of Christmas shopping are best followed by a steaming bowl of ramen. And Sundays are, of course, perfect for succulent slow-cooked meats or buttery pies, generously filled. And my brisket and chilli ramen sorts you out for both, thanks to the masses of leftovers this recipe produces (more ideas for leftovers at the […]

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Self-service wine at The Black Bottle in Winchester

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If you’re a fan of wine, novelty, and shabby chic furniture and happen to have an afternoon spare in Winchester, a trip to The Black Bottle is the perfect way to fill it… In a cute country house, all lead-paned windows and creaky doors, you’ll find The Black Bottle. A ‘pub slash wine cellar slash […]

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Christmassy chocolate bark with Reese’s peanut butter cups & marshmallows

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For all I know chocolate bark has had its day, but after seeing some rather sickly-looking ‘unicorn’ bark, I thought I’d give my own, more grown-up (see: decadent and chocolate-y) version a go. And since Christmas is a comin’, I topped it with gold sugar stars and dubbed it ‘festive’. Well, it clearly wasn’t unicorns […]

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REVIEW: Masala Wala, Brockley

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South London is a treasure trove of independent eateries, and in particular, great curry houses. You know the sort, living room-esque setups with big windows on the front. Mismatched chairs and stools you can just about fit one cheek on. Hustley and bustley, low lighting, elbows knocking, waiters shouting. Traditional Pakistani restaurant, Masala Wala Cafe […]

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Homemade butternut squash and chilli soup

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A tin of soup from the supermarket costs about a £1 for a single serving and is full of sneaky salt and probably not all that tasty. This homemade butternut squash soup recipe costs about 40p per serving and makes enough for FOUR servings, making it ideal for bigger groups, particularly hungry boyfriends or leftovers-lovers […]

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How to make Dishoom’s breakfast naan

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How amazing is Dishoom’s bacon and egg naan? I mean, Indian for breakfast – what’s not to like (but also, who’d have thunk it!?). Usually, I have breakfast at home because well, I’m never up in time to head out for it and even at the weekend the London-based eatery stops serving that delicious bacon […]

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Ox cheek goulash

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Ox cheek goulash is such a favourite of mine that in my last job, I was referred to by more than one colleague as ‘Goulash Girl’. Not only am I a fan of the meaty winter warmer, but I’m also quite vocal in my adoration… Goulash originated in Hungary, and is traditionally a soup-y, stew-y dish […]

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What to eat in Florence, Italy

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Pasta, pizza and coffee are all a given when it comes to eating out in Florence, and if you’re planning a trip, you’ll no doubt be hoping to fill your days with all of them. But if you want to really taste Italy, you need to try the city’s more specialist edibles, the things the locals […]

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REVIEW: No.5 Bridge Street, Winchester

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The eating scene in Winchester is pretty darn good, and the sweet cobbled city is easy to get to from London (57 minutes from Waterloo, to be exact), offering a more tranquil but no-less-delicious alternative to eating out in the Big Smoke. I’m a big fan of The Black Rat (read my review of The […]

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Baked brie with marmalade

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This is less of a recipe for how to make your own baked brie at home and more of a reminder that that’s a really great idea and something you should do immediately. Especially if you have people over. We used a 1kg brie, so other people were needed. As was a make-shift tin foil bed because otherwise […]

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REVIEW: Silk Road, Camberwell

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If it’s good enough for Jay Rayner… Silk Road is a Chinese restaurant in Camberwell, which is a short bus ride up the road from my little home in Forest Hill, (I do love an easy meal out in South London!). It’s a very casual set up with just a few tables, mostly geared up […]

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Brunch time: Eggs and chorizo

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Brunch. It’s fast becoming my favourite meal of the day. A meal where it’s acceptable to eat two meals’ worth of food AND drink alcohol? HELLO. I’m going to do a post on my favourite brunch spots in London soon because all of the above + someone else cooking it and doing the washing up […]

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Spicy lamb cultets

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I’ve got a bit of a thing for a casual lamb cutlet starter whenever I’m in a good Indian restaurant. Benares holds the title for my favourite, but you can’t beat Tayyabs, who regularly sell out of their brilliantly seasoned take that costs less than your morning latte. Turns out, it’s pretty cheap and relatively […]

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The 5 best burgers in London

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In honour of National Burger Day yesterday, which I celebrated in gluttonous style at Street Feast‘s fab event, here are five burgers you should most definitely try in this here London. Dip & Flip I am so new to this place (see: I tried my first one yesterday at Hawker House), but I may well […]

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Shepherd’s pie with shredded lamb, harissa and olives

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I’m writing this from Poole, where the weather is rather lovely! I’m sat on my Dad’s balcony and once I’ve finished I’m going to go for a dip in the swimming pool. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it… (Update: it took me so long to post this that I am now […]

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A really easy recipe for Potatatoes Boulangeres

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If I *had* to choose one cuisine to eat for the rest of my days, I’d probably go French. Steak. Frites. Casserole. Coq au Vin. Boeuf bourguignon. Bread. Croissants. All of the pastries. Cheese. Red wine. Quiche. Creme brûlée. Macarons. Madeleines. Soufflé. Tarte Tatin. Pâté. Jambon. Raclette. Sorry, I got a bit caught up there… […]

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Sweet and sticky duck legs

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We’re trying to eat less chicken. Well, Alex is trying to make me eat less chicken. It goes with everything and I put it with everything. So, we’re stepping away. More vegetables, and more non-chicken meats for these guys. This week I experimented with duck legs. I love duck (even more than chicken, actually), I just don’t […]

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REVIEW: Dinner by Heston, Knightsbridge

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If you like your Michelin-star restaurants with a healthy dose of drama and more attention to detail (and to you) than you’ve ever experienced before, go to Dinner by Heston. It’s the real deal. To celebrate 7 (long, hard) years together, Alex and I booked a table at Dinner by Heston, which is situated in […]

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4-ingredients-only banana pancake recipe

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I don’t eat a lot of pancakes. Unless I’m in America, in which case I’ll take a stack every morning with a vat of maple syrup and bacon or it’s Pancake Day in the UK, where Alex and I will competitively eat homemade pancakes, both sweet and savoury, until one of us is near toilet-hugging […]

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5 London restaurants for hungry people

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Roll up, roll up (quite literally!)… If you scoff at artistic flowers arranged atop your food, if pea puree smears really get your goat and if piddly portion sizes have you swallowing down cries of “RIP OFF!”, you’ll love these Big Girl (and Boy) dishes. From Indian banquets to meaty breakfasts and filling foodie market […]

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Lentils and rice with tomato, pork and kabanos

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I’ve just returned from a little timeout in the Spanish sunshine and my return to normality is taking longer than usual. My responsibilities for the last week have been limited to remembering to apply more sun cream (factor 50, every hour; I no burn) and shoveling crisps from a bag to my face while I […]

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Sweet potato and chicken curry

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This is a super quick and easy mid-week meal, so I won’t rabbit on as usual. I’ll just give it to you straight. Here’s my simple sweet potato and chicken curry recipe, which serves 3 or 4 people… You’ll need: 3 chicken breast 1 cup natural yogurt 2 large sweet potato, chopped 2 large onions, […]

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REVIEW: The Black Rat, Winchester

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Just an hour from London Waterloo lies Winchester, a cute cobbled town in Hampshire. It’s actually a city, with its very own cathedral, but the sweet market-lined high street (singular) and proper country pubs tell a different story. One of those pubs is The Black Boy, and nearby, in Chesil Street, is The Black Rat, […]

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Sticky pulled pork topped with three cheese mac and cheese

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Well hello, Friday night food perfection! If bone-sticking, bad-but-good comfort food is what you’re craving (and who isn’t at the end of a long hard week?), my sticky BBQ pulled pork recipe, teamed with my three cheese macaroni and cheese recipe is spot on. Cause what’s better than pulled pork and mac and cheese? Pulled […]

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