REVIEW: The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa

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It’s not all about London, y’all… A couple of weekends ago, we took a trip to Leamington Spa to see some friends (hi, Mike!). We had a fab time playing games – girls are infinitely better at Articulate, it turns out – drinking lots of wine, and stuffing our faces. There were several face-stuffing sessions, but […]

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Slow-cooked ox cheek goulash

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In celebration of my ox cheek goulash recipe being published in Voucherbox’s new e-book, I’m re-sharing it with you lovely lot. The team at Voucherbox wanted to create a collection of 22 recipes that didn’t break the bank, and I was more than happy to let my low-cost goulash recipe out into the world. Did […]

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The only chocolate cake recipe you need

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This is the BEST chocolate cake you will ever eat. I’ve made it approximately 10 times, and not once have I been able to snap a picture of the whole thing before someone snaffled a slice. It looks the part and it bloody well tastes it too. It’s SUPER chocolate-y, not just a bit chocolate […]

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The most decadent bacon sandwich you’ve ever eaten

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We do weekend breakfasts in a big way around here. All calorie counting goes out the window, and butter is considered a main ingredient. Grease is not dabbed away with a fresh piece of kitchen towel, and small plates are disregarded – only great platters the size of your face will do. Understandably, the bacon […]

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Red wine-braised lamb shanks with cheesy polenta

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Oooooooh it just sounds hearty and winter-appropriate, doesn’t it!? I hadn’t cooked lamb shanks before this recipe, but I’ve eaten my fair share and I think they’re utterly underrated. When they’re cooked low and slow like here, they’re just as good as slow-cooked beef and have heaps of flavour. And you don’t have to treat them […]

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Blueberry and raspberry oat bar bites

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There are two distinct categories of people. Those who eat breakfast and those who don’t. I love breakfast. It’s one of my faves (along with lunch, dinner, and supper), and my mood and work is considerably better when I have it. HOWEVER, I am time-poor in the mornings, largely through my own inefficiency and a […]

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REVIEW: Smokestak, Shoreditch

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I fell in love with Smokestak’s smoky, meaty tendencies quite some time ago at Dinearama, one of my favourite pop-up foodie fests in London. In the summer, we went almost weekly, and every time without fail, I’d have to sample the signature pork ribs or beef brisket. So, I was pretty gutted when I found out […]

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Chorizo and coriander scotch egg

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Picnic food is my absolute fave. I am genuinely just as happy at a schmancy restaurant as I am with snacking sausages. Mini quiches, pork pies, and of course, scotch eggs, are my weakness all year round. I’m either setting them out on a blanket in a park in the summer or popping them on […]

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Tartiflette with chicken

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I saw a poster for apres-ski staple, tartiflette a couple of months back on the tube. The advert was actually about travelling to the French Alps with some low-budget airline, but the picture depicting a cheesy one-pot wonder was what lured me in (unsurprisingly) and after a little research (see: Googling ‘what the hell is […]

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Easy chicken jalfrezi recipe

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This isn’t actually my chicken jalfrezi recipe. I pinched it from the Hairy Bikers – favourites of mine in particular for their fail-safe and relatively healthy curry recipes – and changed it a tiny bit. Mostly, I changed it because I can’t leave anything alone, but also because the recipe was written in a quite […]

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The best places to celebrate Burns Night 2017 in London

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A much underrated evening in the calendar, Burns Night is a Scottish celebration, which marks the birthday of great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (he’s the guy who wrote Auld Lang Syne!). He died in 1796, and his friends would gather to drink and recite his poetry in his memory every year after that – thus […]

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The best brunch spot in New York: The Butcher’s Daughter, Nolita

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My list of places to eat in New York far outweighed my list of places to see. But I have been before, so I felt it was only fair that I move my attention away from viewing decks and shopping malls and on to buffets and brunches… Top of my must-visit roster was a vegan […]

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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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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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