Month: August 2016

Dinner at The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

Every now and then I find a real treasure somewhere unexpected, and that happened when I visited The Artisan Bistro in Chelsea. It was less than a 10 minute walk from Earl’s Court station, down a quiet residential street. As soon as we walked through the door, we were made to feel incredibly welcome – the kind of hospitality I remember from Cyprus which is sadly often lacking in London. We decided to take a seat out in the adorable garden at the back, surrounded by lavender and other plants, even grape vines! We kicked off proceedings with raspberry mojitos, which was the perfect refreshing tipple for the summer evening, along with some bread and marinated olives to snack on. Something that really excited me before visiting this restaurant was the menu, which I’d had a peek at online. Obviously you’re only going to visit a restaurant if the food appeals to you, but this was my dream menu – a fantastic range of delicious-sounding small plates, and meat and fresh fish galore! It’s difficult to …

Breakfast at Badger & Co, Edinburgh

During our visit to Edinburgh earlier this year, we were catching our flight back to London late morning, so we wanted to find somewhere close to our hotel for a spot of breakfast before we left this beautiful city. And we found a brilliant new restaurant called Badger & Co. It had only just opened up a week or so before, and with it being 8.30am and pouring with rain outside, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. I was completely in love with the decor! You might be wondering about the name, and the reason for the badger artwork adorning the walls. Well, it has a very cool reason indeed. The restaurant is located on Castle Street in the former home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of Wind in the Willows! The literary geek in me was having a whale of a time – Tim has experienced this on many occasions to his peril, such as the time I made him trek around Brooklyn for hours trying to find the former home of …

Pork Chops with Mango, Peach and Halloumi Recipe

Tim and I are very different cooks. He is meticulous in his cooking – he will scour our shelf of recipe books and peruse for hours (literally!) before deciding on one and buying all of the necessary ingredients. This always results in a perfect and delicious dish. I tend to wing it! I take a look in the fridge, see what we’ve got, and just chuck stuff together. Occasionally it doesn’t quite work, but thankfully it usually does! This happened recently, as I’d bought some Yorkshire Halloumi at the Malton Food Lovers Festival when I was up visiting my Mum. I was very excited to discover Yorkshire Halloumi and couldn’t wait to experiment with it, so this is what I came up with… Ingredients – serves two  1 red chilli 1 mango 2 peaches 2 pork chops 250g halloumi Salt and pepper Olive oil (for cooking) Method Pre-heat the grill to a medium heat (this is for the halloumi). Chop up the red chilli into small pieces. You can taste how hot the chilli is by …

Wild Yorkshire – May 2016

You might have read on here that I was born in North Yorkshire, in the beautiful town of Harrogate, to be precise. My mum recently moved back to a little village on the way to York, and I go up to visit as much as I can. I regularly post restaurant/event reviews of my visits up to Yorkshire, but it’s such a stunning place, full of incredible nature and wildlife, that I thought I’d start a series of posts simply with the photos I take when out and about – they don’t really fit into any of my usual blog posts, but the photos are definitely worth sharing. So here are some of my snaps from my last visit in May 2016… Let me know what you think, would love to hear your thoughts!