Yearly Archives: 2014

The Wisdom of the Quince

Quinces are humbling. One of those old school fruits that remind me, that in a skirmish with Time, I shall never win. I start out insanely desperate to cook with them. They’re in season for such a short Time. It has to be now. I scurry high and low, clamoring […]

Cocktail Recipes from London’s Bar of the Year

The Polo Bar at The Westbury recently won the coveted “London Bar of the Year” at the 2014 London Lifestyle Awards. Only London’s Bar of the Year. If you don’t mind. To celebrate, they pulled out their beakers and bunsen burners and have come up with some specialty cocktails to […]

Metropolitan Belini Cocktail Recipe

Oysters at Randall + Aubin

Randall and Aubin: best oysters in London 2

In London’s food scene, it is really not fashionable to blog about a restaurant that opened eighteen months ago. Uh-uh. Nopey no. You’re a dead-as-a-do-do kind of blogger if that’s your caper.  Eighteen days since the whizzy ‘launch party’ and many bloggers have forgotten to pen their promised ‘review’, moving […]

Scratch Recipe: Perfect Pesto

Can anyone remember the world before Pesto? Anyone? Pesto seems to have been pimping our pastas and glaming our dowdy fritattas since, oh, 1882?  In reality, few people outside Italy had heard of Pesto until the 1990s but it’s definitely taken on the ‘comfortable old slippers’ role in the culinary shoe cupboard […]

TRENDS: The Rise of The Dessert 2

On the 5 days of the week when Londoners are not starving themselves on a diet of one sardine and a celery stick (aka the 5:2 diet), it appears we have an uber-crush on desserts. Dessert bars and pop-ups have become something of a ‘thing’ lately. At the same time […]

What He Said – Corrado Accardi

I first met Corrado Accardi at a cooking class.  A pizza cooking class.  Those who know me will find this surprising as pizza is not my favorite of the five food groups.  ‘Where’s the chocolate?’ I hear you ask.   I was really taken by Corrado’s enthusiasm and passion as a food […]

Corrado Accardi

So Frenchy, So Brasserie Chavot

I have a big belly. I’m stocky and rotund like one of those Babushka Dolls, though I do try not to look quite so much like a Russian peasant.  I’ve thrown that nasty tassley thing away for instance. But weirdly, I have quite a small appetite. Yes, of course there’s […]

Blueberry Pancakes at OPSO

OPSO: New Greek Restaurant in London

We’ve been living in something only marginally bigger than a toddler’s playpen for a while now. ‘Enough. Let’s move.’ ‘Ok.’     Looking, looking, then finally we find something. It’s a little further out. Fine. Good. Great! We’re ready. Were SO ready. Then comes Opso. And my resolve weakens. And I […]

Scratch Recipe: Rhubarb, Ginger and Star Anise Compote 2

It’s taken me a while to be friends with Rhubarb. She can be a slippery, surly thing. But I’ve recently come around to her. A heavy-handed approach to sugar and the unexpected zing of ginger – and she can be quite the charmer. This compote recipe is a lovely way of […]

Rhubarb Ginger and Star Anise Compote

London’s Best Bars For Gin Drinking 1

Gin’s having a bit of a ‘Thing’ in London at the moment. The ‘Thing’ actually started some years ago, but shows no signs of morphing into a momentary “Fad”, so I think we can continue to call it a ‘Thing’.  In the 80s and 90s no woman worth her extra […]

Scratch Recipe: Almond Pistachio & Rose Petal Brittle

Of questionable nutritious value but devilishly moreish, these clumps of nutty jaw-sticking naughtiness are divine. Another super easy throw together. You’ll notice a pattern here; I do have a fondness for ‘quick sticks cooking’.  And if it looks like you laboured over it for an eternity? Well you’ll still go […]

Peanut Brittle

What She Said – Rosalind Rathouse

I’m a sucker for authenticity.  It sounds a bit ‘white witchy-poo hippy’, but I tend to get ‘hunches’. I reckon I can tell if the wool around my eyes is being tugged too tightly.  Of course I may be dressing up a tendency to be judgemental as wisdom, and intuition, […]

Scratch Recipe: How to make Baba Ganoush 2

I don’t make the best baba ganoush I’ve ever eaten. This is not false humility.  I actually make a great baba ganoush, it’s just that somewhere in central London you’ll find a better baba ganoush than mine. It makes me a little tetchy to admit that, but there you have […]

Baba ganoush

Scratch Recipe: Honeycomb Chocolate Soldiers

This recipe for Honeycomb Chocolate Soldiers is a nostalgic nod to the gluttony of my youth.  In the general store my parents owned in Australia, the “Violet Crumble” was often used as payment for doing an after-school shift behind the shop-counter. A long slender bar of crisp, brittle honeycomb encased […]

Chocolate Honeycomb Recipe

Scratch Review: Granger & Co

I’ve always had a soft spot for Bill. Maybe it’s the shock of Aussie beachy blond hair. Or his cheeky grin lifted straight from the face of a naughty but endearing toddler. Or maybe it’s what appears to be his effortlessness in achieving that ‘perfect life’ that we all covet. […]

Best Coffee in London? Here’s Five.

Coffee is a prickly subject. I regularly disagree with one of my friends about where to find the best coffee in central London. She takes a long black and I tend towards a milky brew.  I haven’t undertaken research in the strictest sense of the word, but my feeling is that baristas […]

Recipe: Salmon Gravlax

Scratch Recipe: Salmon Gravlax

I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but gravlax is actually very easy to make. It’s one of those showy dishes that people ‘Ooh’ and ‘Ahhh’ over, marvelling at your talent and technique. I shamefully confess to having stoked the fires of awe once or twice myself. But in truth it’s […]

Scratch Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

It’s taken me quite some time to accept that i am a slave to my chocolate cravings.  I do know who’s boss in this tussle, and it’s really never been me. I clutch at all the stats and research that suggests chocolate is undeniably, unequivocally, unbelievably, unimaginably good for you. […]

chocolate hazelnut torte recipe

Top 4 Water-based Tours of London

No, your geography teacher wasn’t a sham, London’s not on the coast. But this eclectic city does have several waterways, and one of the best ways of seeing London is by finding a stretch of water and taking a tour along it. We’ve done the hard work for you and […]

Scratch Recipe: Pancakes 1

When I was a kid we’d just leapfrog over the indulgence of Pancake Tuesday and run headlong into the abstinence and guilt of Ash Wednesday; followed by six weeks of deprivation.   This seems grossly unfair in hindsight, but at the time we didn’t know that a day of nutella and […]

Scratch Recipe: Coriander + Lime Calamari

  This zingy concoction can be made wither with or without chilli.  I rather like it with chilli but I’ve had a few guests who can’t eat chilli so I did an ok version without it.  It’s fabulous in this calamari dish but is also rather scrummy with chicken, prawns, […]

Honey and co_biscuits

Honey & Co

I live in almost the most perfect area of London.  A quick scoot into Soho, an energetic leap across to a huge central London park and a mere whiff of a croissant away from an amazing weekend farmers market where the eggs still smell like poo.  It’s  an angel’s wing […]

PURL: drinking den not knitting circle

PURL is grubby. And that’s why it took me three and a half years to check it out.  Even though it’s only a 6 and a half minute walk from my place. And even though I love cocktails. But – and this is why it’s on this London Blog of […]

Purl cocktail bar

Tour of London by bike

Tours on Wheels

So it went like this: Tour guide: “…and this is a great example of the Adam style of architecture.” We were in one of the wee roads off The Strand, running south, down to the Thames. Me: “Oh yes, is that Douglas Adams?” Nanoseconds after it escaped from my mouth […]