All posts tagged: celebrity chef

A ‘Thrifty Organic’ Dinner with Deliciously Ella

I’ve come across a number of fantastic blogs that focus on being thrifty and I’m always so inspired by what they can achieve with such little spend. I was always fairly thrifty when I was younger and I’m still happy to buy my clothes from somewhere cheaper rather than splashing out on designer numbers. When it comes to food, I don’t think that it always has to be expensive to be good, but I’m very conscious of quality, especially with regards to meat. For this reason, I’ve found that food seems to be the one area in my life where I do spend more. I was recently invited to a very exciting event at Whole Foods Market in Kensington, hosted by The Organic Trade Board and the lovely Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella. In case you’re not aware of her (but if not, where have you BEEN?!) Ella started blogging back in 2011 after being diagnosed with the rare illness, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome. She was able to take control of this illness (which was causing chronic …

Croatian Fig Tart Recipe

Have you been watching Rick Stein’s ‘Venice To Istanbul’ TV series? I’m rather hooked, as I’m a big fan of the cuisine he’s lucky enough to be eating, drinking and cooking his way through, having grown up in Cyprus. As I’ve mentioned previously, Cypriot cuisine really does take inspiration from all of the countries surrounding it. I’ve been meaning to buy the cookbook accompanying the series, but when I came across one of the recipes for a Croatian Fig Tart in BBC Good Food Magazine, I had to try it out. I was cooking it for a dinner party, perhaps a bit risky for a first attempt, but luckily it turned out well and was very yummy indeed! Here’s the recipe: Ingredients PASTRY: 170g plain flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting Pinch salt 100g unsalted butter, cubed 50g caster sugar 1 egg yolk 50ml double cream FILLING: 500g mascarpone cheese 6 tbsp clear honey 6 large, 7 medium or 8 small fresh figs, stems trimmed, halved Method For pastry, mix flour, salt and butter until …

My Morning with Nancy Birtwhistle for ‘Use Your Loaf’

How much of every loaf of bread that you buy, do you actually end up eating? I tend to buy a loaf in our online shop to arrive on a Saturday morning, which we use for toast that day and Sunday, but I’m ashamed to admit that’s often all we use it for. I rarely have time to make breakfast in the house before leaving for work (well, that’s actually a lie, I could just get up earlier, but when it’s a toss up between extra sleep and brekkie, sleep usually wins!) so there’s rarely a need for the bread during the week. According to Love Food Hate Waste, I’m not the only one who does this. A staggering 24 million slices of bread are thrown away in the UK every day and 18% of people have admitted to binning a forgotten loaf of bread before even opening it! I was invited to an event hosted by Love Food Hate Waste, where Nancy Birtwhistle (winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off) would be giving …

Dinner at Tapas Revolution, Shoreditch

My family rarely used to eat tapas when I was growing up. While we often went on holiday to Spanish countries, but we would normally order big dishes, such as paella. I think this is largely because my Dad, in a ‘Joey from Friends’ manner, didn’t like to ‘share food’! However tapas really seems to have taken off recently in London and funnily enough, I read an article in the Evening Standard a couple of days ago which said the reason for this is because Londoners have finally learned how to share! Quite sad that apparently we didn’t know how to before, but there you go. One of the chefs who kicked off this foodie revolution is Omar Allibhoy who couldn’t understand why Spanish food wasn’t as popular as other types of cuisine in London, such as Indian and Chinese. Numerous restaurant openings later, television appearances and a book, Omar is certainly trailblazing for Spanish cooking in the capital. Last week I tried out his aptly named ‘Tapas Revolution’ in Shoreditch and although I was …

Growing Underground – An Underground Farm in Clapham!

I don’t normally write about a product or place unless I’ve had the chance to review or visit it, but in this case, I had to make an exception. This week, I learned about Growing Underground, London’s first underground farm (in disused WWII bomb shelters beneath the Northern Line at Clapham). That’s a pretty exciting concept for me! Growing Underground (why hasn’t this name been thought of before?!) is the brainchild of Richard Ballard and Steven Dring, along with Michelin-starred chef (and one of my favourites!), Michel Roux Jr, and it will start trading in mid-July 2015, after 18 months of research and development (and more than £750,000 of investment). The tunnels were used during World War II as a bomb shelter for London residents, designed to accommodate 8,000 Londoners.   The first phase of the farm, which includes a sophisticated lighting and irrigation system, is in the final stages of preparation for commercial supply.  Phase one crops include pea shoots, several varieties of radish, mustard, coriander, Red Amaranth, celery, parsley and rocket. The crops …

Taste of London 2015: Review

Wandering around a park filled as far as the eye could see with top London restaurants, the scent of meats and seafood filling the air, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Taste of London takes place at Regents Park every summer and last weekend, I got to visit for the first time, as I’d always been away when it was taking place before. This year it was held from 17th-21st June, and I went with Tim and our friends James and Clare on the Saturday. Clutching hold of a big wad of ‘Crowns’ (the Taste of London currency to purchase food dishes), we headed inside! There are so many restaurants and suppliers there, it’s hard to know where to begin! I’d picked up some hints and tips from press that had attended earlier in the week, so I had a few ideas. So I thought it would be easiest to list what we drank and ate at the show… What we drank Meantime Brewery Lager & Pale Ale This was our first stop …

Throwback Thursday: The Latymer, Pennyhill Park

Towards the end of 2012, Tim treated us to a night away at Pennyhill Park. Pennyhill Park is a beautiful 5 star hotel and spa in Bagshot, Surrey, about an hour from Central London by train. After spending the afternoon being pampered in the spa, we were booked in for dinner at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park’s Two Michelin starred restaurant. The Head Chef is Michael Wignall, who was awarded his first Michelin star 14 years ago. He describes his cooking as ‘complex and carefully crafted’, which I couldn’t agree with more… if only I could remember exactly what we had as part of the Tasting Menu that we tried. Funnily enough, Tim and I both say that this was our favourite Tasting Menu to date (and we’ve tried quite a few!), but we can’t for the life of us tell you exactly what we had. I think this is largely due to the intricacy of each of the courses – they are visually stunning and the complex combination of flavours and textures is a taste to behold! What …

Win ‘Taste Of London’ Tickets with Asda 

Taste of London is taking place in London’s Regents Park from 17th-21st June, and I’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away, thanks to the lovely people at Asda. It’s a fantastic event for food lovers, with lots of celebrity chefs (Marcus Wareing, Nuno Mendes and Monica Galetti, to name a few), cookery demonstrations and the opportunity to try dishes from some of London’s most prestigious restaurants, including Duck & Waffle and Sushi Samba. The event will feature an Argentinian style Asda tipi, featuring demos and sampling of their finest Wagyu and Aberdeen Angus beef in various recipes and forms – with wine to go alongside them too. There’s more information on the official website. I’ll be going, I can’t wait!!       To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: Like my Facebook page and Share this post. Twitter: Follow me on Twitter and Re-tweet this post.      Terms & Conditions The two winners will each receive two tickets for Taste of London – these tickets …