Archive for the ‘London’ Category

St-Émilion au Chocolat

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Sweet Squash Curry

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Fennel Coleslaw

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Thanks Janice

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

It was my birthday last week and I really love birthdays. I mean, really. A lot of people seem apprehensive about making a big fuss about their birth, but it’s not really about that. It’s about having a good excuse to get the best people in one place and do some really great, or in hindsight not so great, dancing. Birthdays also mean presents, and in my goodie bag from my best friend were two foil wrapped gems. Two perfectly ripe avocados. I’m not sure her mother knew how much these would be appreciated. But they were.




Baby Plum Tomatoes

Fresh Coriander



Smush the avo on the toast and arrange as depicted. Eat in bed with a TV show such as Arrested Development or Girls. Follow up with some strong black coffee and an attempt at productivity.

Ham Hock Terrine

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Alliterative Quiches

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Happy Christmas

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

I have settled in nicely now and have been exploring the area’s markets accordingly. As part of my money saving efforts, I’ve invested in some wonderful fresh herbs. Herbs are super, although a quarter of my weekly budget went in an instant, it’s a one off expense and it’s like having a living store cupboard! I’ve stuck to the basics: basil, garden mint (mojito essential), coriander and thyme but there’s always next week to expand my collection.

I properly felt like I was in an episode of Eastenders as the herb stall lady divulged intimate details of her personal life interspersed with cries of ‘fourforrafiver!’ and ‘allsmall’unsapaaand!’. I’m glad that although ‘her Nancy was giving Tom’s Rob the eye’, she had some time to tell me about the five different types of basil she had to offer and as I result I came away loaded with new fragrant friends.

Last year, I got teased for treating my basil plant as a pet; I took very good care of it and it flourished. There’s no problem with that. This time there are four of them though, so Basil is going to have to fight for attention.