Week 36 – potato and courgette rosti (new recipe)

During the last week I have for various reasons been buying breakfast and lunch instead of making my own. And it’s bloody expensive! A fruit salad for breakfast, soup and yoghurt or sandwich for lunch, throw in a coffee and you are looking at £7-10 per day in the City of London. An expensive way […]

GBBO week 4 – baked cheesecake: Speculoos biscuit cheesecake (Lotus Biscoff)

Have you ever tried speculoos biscuits? If you have ever been to a little coffee shop on the continent and been served a lightly spiced, caramel biscuit with your coffee then chances are you have tried one. Or maybe you tried to recreate my homemade speculoos biscuits? My point is, if you haven’t tried them […]

Week 35 – lunch at Ottolenghi’s (review)

As I explained last week, due to travels to Paris for work I didn’t have much luck in the way of planning. I did indeed have pork chops, salmon and faggots, a tasty crab sandwich, plus a delicious Sunday lunch with local pals Isi and Michael earlier today. I made a speculoos cheesecake for pudding […]

Week 30 – some much needed rest

When I look back over my recent meal planning blog posts, I realise why I am feeling a touch knackered. Since the end of May we’ve had so much on; and whilst it has all been wonderful (concerts, nights out, posh meals, birthday celebrations, weekends away etc) I definitely feel like it has caught up […]

Jewelled Persian rice with pomegranates, walnuts and parsley

A while ago I was contacted by the chaps at Amira rice, asking if I’d like to receive a few recipes and some samples of their rice to try. I said yes, not expecting to receive a large box filled with portioned containers of each ingredient I would need to make one of their recipes: […]

The Slug & Lettuce is 30 – review

Chances are if you take a wander along most high streets, you’ll see a Slug & Lettuce pub somewhere – they have 80 bars spread across the UK, and I just discovered that the pub chain has reached its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate, they invited me to my local S&L for a review. […]

Weeks 24 & 25 – birthday binging in style

My few regular fans (hi Mum!) may have noticed that I missed last week’s meal plan. This is because I was in no position to type: I was either eating, in a stupor recovering from eating, or listening to live music (whilst eating). Annoyingly I also had to fit in the usual work-related tasks which […]

Week 21 – Fleetwood Mac, Aliens and The Beach Boys

This week is basically going to be a week of going out, so there’s not going to be much cooking happening. But the going out is going to be very exciting. We’ve got Fleetwood Mac at the O2 (The Chain is one of my all-time favourite songs), then I am going to a food blogging […]

Week 15 – an All Blacks themed 40th birthday cake

It has been a busy old week this week with some birthday baking for our friend Danny, who just turned 40. His wife Monika asked me to bake him a birthday cake for his party, something chocolate-y, and as I had the perfect chocolate cake in my repertoire from Henry’s christening cake, I was happy […]