All posts tagged: notting hill

A Modern Moroccan Dinner at Zayane, Notting Hill

One place I really do want to visit at the moment is Morocco, as I’ve always heard wonderful things about the food. I enjoy cooking Moroccan style food at home, although I’m never completely sure how authentic it is. So when I was invited to try out a new Moroccan restaurant which had just opened up on Golborne Road in Notting Hill/Ladbroke Grove, I couldn’t wait to learn more about the cuisine and culture. Founded by Meryem Mortell, originally from Casablanca, Zayane opened up a few weeks ago, with Chris Bower as Head Chef. The Yorkshireman has previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurant Thackeray​​’​​s and The Ivy, and his aim at Zayane is to combine the vibrant flavours of authentic Moroccan cuisine, with modern culinary techniques and European influences. We were given a choice of two starters, mains and desserts, which was nice, as often at blogger dinners you eat what’s provided unless you have specific dietary requirements. It’s not usually a problem for me as I’ll happily eat anything (I’m probably the least fussy eater …

Sushi Making at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease, Notting Hill

For Christmas last year, I bought Tim a voucher for him and I to go to a cookery class at Jamie Oliver’s ‘Recipease’ in Notting Hill. They host a whole range of classes, from knife skills through to the preparation and cooking of particular dishes, such as bouillabaisse. The class I had in mind when I bought the voucher was the sushi making class, which Tim was keen on too. For various reasons (getting married, buying a house and a kitten, and starting a new job, to name a few!) we only just got round to attending the class. Upon arrival we were greeted with a glass of prosecco, before aproning up and heading over to watch the demonstration by our chef. Tim and I both love sushi (I haven’t written nearly enough sushi posts on here for my liking yet!) but we’d never tried making it ourselves. The first thing to point out, for anyone who might not know, is that sushi is so-called when it includes rice and is ‘wrapped’. Raw fish served …

Lunch at Pizza East, Portobello Road

One of my favourite companies is the Soho House group. Their private members clubs are second to none – an evening on the roof terrace at Shoreditch House with its swimming pool and loungers is hard to beat. The group owns a number of restaurants including Chicken Shop, which I wrote about recently. Last week I was kindly invited to review Pizza East. I walk past the Shoreditch restaurant every day to get to work, and therefore rather naively believed (given the name), that this was the only one. I’ve since learned that they are also based in Notting Hill/Portobello Road, Kentish Town and also overseas in Chicago and Istanbul.  I was invited to the Portobello Road restaurant which I was particularly excited about, as I really don’t get to spend enough time in West London. After battling the Notting Hill crowds, the lovely restaurant, with its blue and white awning, felt like a little jewel amongst the hectic market.  The restaurant was pretty much full when we arrived just after midday, as we soon …

‘An Evening With Rye’ and Bake With Maria

I recently attended a chocolate class with other bloggers at ‘Bake With Maria‘, a baking school run by the lovely Maria Mayerhofer. Maria teaches all kinds of classes, from macarons to croissants, and last week, I was invited to try out her ‘baking with rye’ class. I really enjoy making and eating bread, although I’d never made rye bread at home before. There’s so much focus in the news at the moment on eating healthily and cutting out various food substances, such as gluten or yeast, so I was keen to see if I would like the rye products as much as standard white or brown bread. I was hoping I would, as it seemed like a healthier alternative! The class was held at Snaps + Rye in Notting Hill – interestingly, London’s only Danish restaurant!     During the class, we learned how to make a Rye Loaf with Figs & Fennel, Rye Crackers with Seeds and Overnight Rye Buns. Rye Loaf with Figs & Fennel This was a lot of fun to make, and made …

The Icing Cafe at Biscuiteers

Something I haven’t tried baking at home yet, is biscuits. In fact my last experience was aged 12 at school during food tech class, when we were asked to make cookies. While my friends made the usual chocolate, ginger, perhaps even vanilla for the particularly daring, I had to take it one step further – mint choc chip with green food colouring. What came out of the oven was a luminous green, melted, chocolatey mess. I think the experience scarred me. Following the rise of cupcakes, meringues and macarons, biscuits have recently been increasing in popularity, largely I believe, to Biscuiteers. I first became aware of them a few months ago when I saw their creations being featured in a lifestyle magazine. The second I went onto their website and saw their Beatrix Potter range, I was in love!     Biscuiteers offer a wide range of delicately hand iced biscuits for all occasions. What I love about their business is that whatever idea comes into their head, or whatever is happening in the news, …