All posts tagged: foodie

Özerlat Turkish Coffee – A Taste of Home

When I was a teenager in Cyprus, from the age of about 15 to 18, I used to waitress a few evenings a week after school and over the weekend. My first waitressing job was at a traditional Cypriot taverna which holds a lot of memories for me, called Vatouthkia. I must get round to writing a dedicated post about it soon. When you go out for a meal in Cyprus, no matter how hot it is, it always ends with a coffee! Either a simple nescafe (usually reserved for the tourists!) or ‘proper’ Greek coffee; sketo (without sugar) metrio (medium) or glyko (sweet). And one of my tasks at Vatouthkia was to make this coffee. Pretty daunting, when it has to be just right, and you’re serving it to the locals who know exactly how it should be done. And it isn’t just a case of putting some in a cup and adding hot water – it’s brewed in a small pot over heat, and stirred until just right. It’s strong but the flavour …

A Quick & Easy Guacamole Recipe!

The other day we were making chicken fajitas for dinner, and I thought I’d make guacamole. I’ve never been a huge fan of avocados, but I enjoy guacamole when it has the other ingredients mixed in. I first tried ‘proper’ guacamole during a work trip to LA, where the Mexican food is just incredible. We would always go to Rosa Mexicano in downtown LA, close to the convention centre, and the chef would make the guacamole right at your table!     Saveur Magazine said it was ‘the best guacamole’ they had ever had and  Martha Stewart said it was ‘the best guacamole in the world’. High praise indeed. And I have to agree! My guacamole recipe is simple, quick and easy, but tastes so good! I don’t include tomatoes in mine as I’m not a big fan of raw tomatoes. Ingredients 4 avocados 1 red chilli 1 clove of garlic or a spoonful of lazy garlic A dash of olive oil A dash of tabasco sauce A squeeze of lime Salt and pepper to …

#FoodieFriends – Hannah’s Thai Ice Cream Experience at Yumitub

My latest #FoodieFriends post is from the lovely Hannah Fish, who has written about her experience at YumiTub in Brixton – a very cool new Thai rolled ice cream company (yes, you read that right!) Over to you, Hannah 🙂 Just as I thought I had done the rounds of the culinary delights on offer in Brixton market, Pop arrived – just in time for the summer! This new events space (created from shipping containers) plays host to a number of local craft traders and has a range of culinary options to choose from. Amongst them is an ice cream maker with a twist. Formed in 2015, Yumitub is no traditional cone and flake affair. The process starts with ice cream in a liquid form (chocolate or vanilla) which is poured onto a cold plate – that resembles a crepe plate.     Traditional tools and a chopping motion are then used to move the ice cream around the plate and gradually this becomes a more solid mass of melted ice cream. Then comes the …

My Food Heaven at Champagne + Fromage

I’m a little bit worried you’re all going to get bored of me rabbiting on about cheese, but hey ho, here’s another cheese-tastic blog post! This time I’m writing about Champagne + Fromage. I first came across the restaurant on Twitter a few weeks ago, as they’ve opened a new branch in Greenwich, not too far from where I live.  But on Saturday I planned to meet my friend Laura for lunch, and we ended up at Brixton market. After sitting at a table at a tapas restaurant for about 15 minutes being completely ignored, then told there was basically nothing on the menu, we decided to try elsewhere. And low and behold, we stumbled across Champagne + Fromage, right in the heart of the market (it was like a cheesy, dreamy mirage!) I’d completely forgotten they had a place there.     I couldn’t grab a table quick enough after glancing at the menu board outside, and we were promptly served by a very friendly, helpful gentleman.  My heart honestly skipped a beat when I …

Serenata Flowers Hamper Review & Giveaway

At the weekend, I tried out a fabulous food hamper from Serenata Flowers called ‘Turn up the Heat!” In case you haven’t heard of them, Serenata Flowers has a huge range of flowers and gifts, with something for everyone and for all occasions. When they asked which hamper I would like to review, I knew it had to be this one, as it was packed with cheese and chocolate – as many of you will know, two of my very favourite things! As per the website, the hamper includes: Hand Waxed Hot Chilli Cheese 170g Hand Waxed Scrumpy & Crunchy Apple 170g Bambino Black Olive Crackers Bambino Moroccan Spicy Crackers Luxury Organic Bombay Mix Luxury Spicy Chilli Coated Peanuts Belgian Chocolate Fine Blended Whiskey Truffles in Clear Box Bottle Green Trug There were a few small replacements in my hamper – rather than Hot Chilli and Scrumpy & Crunchy Apple cheese, I was given Whittington Oak and Blackberries & Apple Cheese. And rather than Whisky Truffles, I was sent two bars of chocolate from KC Chocolatier – …

Mississippi Mud Pie for 4th July

For the past few years, I’ve always made some kind of pudding to celebrate 4th July. Yes, I know I’m British, but a lot of my friends and ex-colleagues are American. And hey, any excuse to make a cake, right? This year I thought I’d have a go at a Mississippi Mud Pie. But I have to confess. This ended in disaster… I haven’t had a baking disaster for a while, so it was extremely frustrating! I followed a recipe from The Telegraph, with the exact ingredients, measurements and so on. However, after over 40 minutes of being in the oven, I could tell that the inside was still quite wobbly. I left it to cool for 20 minutes but could tell it was clearly undercooked. I put it back in the oven for another 15 minutes but the inside was still gloopy! At this stage I was running out of time and didn’t really have a choice, so I took it out and as expected, the thing completely fell apart. The issue is clearly …

A Gourmet British BBQ!

Well the UK weather this week has been pretty incredible/horrendous, hasn’t it? Temperatures reached 36 degrees Celsius in London on Wednesday, the hottest I’ve ever experienced in the city! You would think I’d be used to the heat having grown up in Cyprus, but that’s definitely not the case! In hot countries you stop work/school by 2pm due to the heat, so having to deal with similar temperatures in a city, in an office with no fan or air con, or on buses packed with people (with no opening windows, I’d like to add) it’s pretty testing!  What would have made this week much nicer, is coming home to a nice BBQ in the garden at the end of the day. We can’t do this in the flat where we currently live, but as soon as we get a place with a garden, it’s one of the first things we’ll be buying. In fact, my sister-in-law and her partner kindly offered to get us one as a wedding present. We can’t wait!  BBQs were always …

Homemade Halloumi with The Big Cheese Making Kit

As you probably know by now, I’m completely cheese mad. I don’t think there’s been a single cheese I’ve tried in my life so far that I didn’t like!  In Cyprus we had Feta and Halloumi. The latter was often served grilled with tomato and Lountza (a type of dried, smoked pork). Or sometimes watermelon, which was lovely and refreshing in the summer.  The other day I came across a British company called The Big Cheese Making Kit, that sell a number of kits to help you make your own cheese at home. It’s something I’d never really considered doing, as I thought it would be extremely difficult in a standard kitchen. But when I saw the Halloumi kit, I just had to give it a try! I wondered if it would taste like the Halloumi I used to eat at home, and also whether it would really be worth the effort, as opposed to buying it from a shop. The Halloumi kit comes with vegetarian rennet tablets, organic sea salt, organic dried mint, a …

A French Dinner at Blanchette Soho

French cuisine is one of my favourites in the world – it’s usually meaty, creamy, cheesy and decadent! But the techniques involved in French cooking are normally quite traditional. I’ve previously written about our visit to The Waterside Inn, one of the only UK establishments to maintain three Michelin stars. And while the food is absolutely superb, it’s very ‘old school’ in style. You can tell that Alain Roux has been cooking like this for a long time and it clearly works very well. So when I met Yannis and Maxime at a recent Teisseire event, I was intrigued to learn that at their French restaurant in Soho, Blanchette, they serve French cuisine ‘with a twist.’  I finally got round to visiting Blanchette last week with Ceri. It’s located to the North of Soho, a few minutes away from Oxford Circus tube station. I left it quite last minute to book and there was only room left to sit at the bar. I took this to be a good sign, as the restaurant was clearly …

Sipsmith & Jude’s Gin & Tonic Ice Cream

Gin and Tonic is my favourite pre-dinner tipple. I like the flavour of gin and find it an easy spirit to drink. My drink of choice as a teenager was usually vodka and as such, I put myself off it, buying cheap local versions, packed with sugary mixers. But I never touched gin when I was younger, so it has remained sacrosanct, and something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed as an adult. My friend recently introduced me to Sipsmith gin. After looking at their website, I loved their brand and gorgeous design of their bottles. Sipsmith is the first copper distillery to launch in London for nearly 200 years and they have reintroduced the art of handcrafted, small batch spirit production to the capital. I’ve heard that their distillery tour is really interesting, so I’d love to check it out one day and learn more about how they create their gin. Apparently they have names for their three stills – Constance, Prudence and Patience. Love it! When I found out that they were launching a limited edition …