Month: July 2016

Dinner at Le Moulin Brégeon, Loire Valley

Earlier this month, my sister-in-law got married in France, in the middle of the countryside in the Loire Valley. Some of our family members were staying at a hotel called Le Moulin Brégeon nearby, and we spent an evening with them, the night before the big day. You would never guess the hotel was there unless you already knew about it. And that’s no exaggeration – the turning onto a narrow country lane is barely signposted. But that seems to be how the owner, Jonathan likes it. The 19th century water mill is a stunning retreat, and he doesn’t seem to have any problems booking up the five luxury suites, adorned with fine art and antique furniture of the region. As you pull into the driveway of Le Moulin Brégeon, you know that you’ve discovered somewhere special, with a plethora of animals greeting you, from the owner’s gorgeous cat and dog, to the chickens and ducks (many of which regularly sneak into the house, to be chased out by the kitchen staff – it was like something from …

Moretti Gran Tour 2016

You may have read my post last summer about the Moretti Gran Tour in Hackney, a brilliant evening of Italian street food vendors and, as you might have guessed, Moretti beer! It was one of my favourite foodie events I went to last year – it was just so well all organised and all of the food was incredibly tasty and authentic. So when I was invited to go again this year, I couldn’t wait! This year’s event was held just off Brick Lane in East London and was completely out in the open, so it was pretty fortunate we were experiencing  a heat wave. It was the perfect weather for an event like this – enjoying an ice cold beer in the evening sun. Birra Moretti have recently launched the Regionali Range, featuring Birra Moretti alla Toscana and Birra Moretti alla Siciliana, which was available to sample for the first time in the UK. This year there were two cookery classes taking place – butchery and pasta making. I did the latter last year, so …

A Mushroom Supper Club at Cafe from Crisis

The very first event I went along to as a food blogger was at Food at 52, for the launch of a new curry cooking kit from Tastesmiths. At said event, I met the wonderful Liz O’Keefe, food journalist, chef, recipe developer and self confessed ‘fruit and veg geek’. She runs ‘seasonal dinner parties’ and so when I heard she was doing a mushroom themed supper club for homeless charity Crisis, I couldn’t wait to see what it would all be about. The event was hosted at Cafe from Crisis in Aldgate and we were greeted by Liz who introduced the whopping seven course menu (with drinks!) to us. She actually is talking about the food here, and not doing a rather jazzy dance… Given the seasonal theme of the supper club, the venue and place settings were beautifully decorated with flowers (some of which were edible). I’ll take you through the courses (note, there were a lot!!) Strawberry, cucumber flower and cider gin aperitif – the cucumber flowers were from Worcestershire glasshouse facility. The gin was …

A Real Greek Fat Wedding…

Greek food is probably my favourite type of cuisine. It means a lot to me, having grown up in Cyprus, and I try to cook/bake it at home as much as possible. Here are a couple of my previous recipes, Lamb moussaka and Baklava. I’ve previously reviewed The Real Greek, a chain of Greek restaurants around the London area and really enjoyed it – anything for a little taste of home. And I was just sent their brand new cook book! It has been put together with Tonia Buxton, a chef who the team at The Real Greek have been collaborating with in their restaurants for some time now. In an interview on their blog, when asked how the cookbook came together, Tonia said: “we started out on getting the recipes down to a more manageable level for the home (2-4-6 servings). We also asked a few of our key staff to look back into their family recipes that have been passed down generation to generation in their family and share their finding with us/you. There are …

Dinner at Inn The Park, St James’s Park

There are some stunning parks in London, but one that I seem to forget about is St James’s. Tucked in between Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, it’s actually a real beauty, as I discovered when I went for dinner at Inn The Park with Sophie recently. The name is quite self explanatory – it’s a wooden, almost chalet-style building located right in the middle of the park. We were seated outside overlooking the park and lake (and plenty of joggers, but we turned a blind eye to them as we knocked back the wine!!) and it was certainly a lovely spot. The menu at Inn The Park is separated into small plates, main courses and desserts. We weren’t completely sure how big the small plates would be (there was a special offer to share three between two people) but we decided to go for one each. When they arrived, I’d say they were big enough for a starter portion, especially sitting outside on a warm summer day, you don’t need anything heavy. Sophie ordered the Suffolk …

Taste of London 2016

One of my absolute favourite events of the year is Taste of London. I went last year and just loved everything about it. An outdoor festival, packed with some of the best restaurants in London, serving small portions of delicious food so you have the opportunity to try lots of dishes… what more could a foodie want? The event runs throughout the week and into the weekend – this year I was tempted to go earlier in the week, but decided to go on Saturday to make the most of it with plenty of tipples, and without fear of a mid-week hangover! It was quite muddy underfoot when we went, as it had been raining pretty heavily during the week, but we were fortunate that it stayed away for our visit. Still, I don’t think rain could dampen my spirits at this event! Like last year, I thought I’d list the dishes we tried and tell you what I thought! First up was Cobia sashimi with pickled green chilli salsa, black sesame and chive oil …

Review of Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Prior to us going up to Edinburgh for the weekend recently, I’d been researching places to go for lunch. As you can imagine, you’re spoiled for choice in this city, but something about Edinburgh Larder Bistro really appealed to me. The dishes and ingredients looked fresh and delicious. The Bistro is tucked away on the corner of Alva Street in the West End, down some steps, so you might not see it. But you really should! Stepping down ‘underground’, the restaurant is incredibly cosy and candlelit. But if you head through to the back, there’s an adorable ‘orangery’ style area, which is where we were seated. I tried a rather unusual lavender gin, served with tonic, which was lovely, and Tim had a craft beer. We ordered the set lunch menu which was great value, with three courses for £15. To start, we both ordered the wood pigeon pastrami with pickled beetroot on walnut toast and Strathdon blue cheese dressing. It was gorgeous and the flavours just worked so well together – beetroot and blue cheese are a …