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Recipe: Lemon and summer berries layer cake

Nothing says summer better than fresh berries and zingy lemon, layered up and drowned in glorious white chocolate. Ingredients: Sponge cake 285g caster sugar 285g butter or margarine 5 eggs 285g self-raising flour 1 tsp lemon essence 1.5 tsp vanilla

Recipe: Lemon and summer berries layer cake

Nothing says summer better than fresh berries and zingy lemon, layered up and drowned in glorious white chocolate. Ingredients: Sponge cake 285g caster sugar 285g butter or margarine 5 eggs 285g self-raising flour 1 tsp lemon essence 1.5 tsp vanilla

Recipe: Lemon and cinnamon brioche french toast

(Sorry, no photo currently. It was so good that I gobbled it up too fast!) Ingredients: 2 slices brioche (from brioche loaf) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2tsp ground cinnamon zest of 1 lemon vanilla ice cream For the butterscotch

Recipe: Lemon and cinnamon brioche french toast

(Sorry, no photo currently. It was so good that I gobbled it up too fast!) Ingredients: 2 slices brioche (from brioche loaf) 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2tsp ground cinnamon zest of 1 lemon vanilla ice cream For the butterscotch

Restaurant Review: Osteria Antica Bologna, Clapham

Having recently moved to Clapham, I have decided to explore the local food offering, and what better place to start than Northcote Road. Stretching from Clapham Common to Wandsworth, Northcote Road is a thriving hub of young professionals in the

Restaurant Review: Osteria Antica Bologna, Clapham

Having recently moved to Clapham, I have decided to explore the local food offering, and what better place to start than Northcote Road. Stretching from Clapham Common to Wandsworth, Northcote Road is a thriving hub of young professionals in the

Restaurant review: Suvlaki, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London

If you have visions of a traditional, family-run cantina with yiayia tending to the stove, or of a greasy but delicious roadside souvlaki joint where meat is stripped off giant skewers and squashed into fluffy pita with glistening fries and

Restaurant review: Suvlaki, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London

If you have visions of a traditional, family-run cantina with yiayia tending to the stove, or of a greasy but delicious roadside souvlaki joint where meat is stripped off giant skewers and squashed into fluffy pita with glistening fries and

Café Review: Tart, Clapham, London

A trip to visit my maternal grandparents usually means a lunch of Marks & Sparks quiche, cold meats, boiled eggs and a big bowl of retro salad, complete with radishes, spring onions and salad cream. It’s a classic English summertime

Café Review: Tart, Clapham, London

A trip to visit my maternal grandparents usually means a lunch of Marks & Sparks quiche, cold meats, boiled eggs and a big bowl of retro salad, complete with radishes, spring onions and salad cream. It’s a classic English summertime

Recipe: Mum’s coconut and cherry cake

This recipe is courtesy of my mum who baked the cake this morning. I was drawn to the sweet smell escaping from the kitchen and thought it too good not to share on my blog. Both my mum and my

Recipe: Mum’s coconut and cherry cake

This recipe is courtesy of my mum who baked the cake this morning. I was drawn to the sweet smell escaping from the kitchen and thought it too good not to share on my blog. Both my mum and my

Recipe: Pistachio, apricot and lemon thyme biscuits

After diving into the biscuit jar only to be greatly disappointed that it was empty, I made the obvious decision that we were in need of some more tea-dunking treats. These biscuits worked out well last time (you may have already tried

Recipe: Pistachio, apricot and lemon thyme biscuits

After diving into the biscuit jar only to be greatly disappointed that it was empty, I made the obvious decision that we were in need of some more tea-dunking treats. These biscuits worked out well last time (you may have already tried

Recipe: Green Goddess salad with grilled herb chicken

On these warm Summer evenings, my appetite often wanes. This gorgeous green salad is bursting with flavour and the cooling and zingy Green Goddess dressing is sublime. Enjoy the simple salad alone as a light bite, or top with juicy

Recipe: Green Goddess salad with grilled herb chicken

On these warm Summer evenings, my appetite often wanes. This gorgeous green salad is bursting with flavour and the cooling and zingy Green Goddess dressing is sublime. Enjoy the simple salad alone as a light bite, or top with juicy

10 Greek Street, Soho, London

A black facade and a shiny number 10 set above a black door. 10 Greek Street is London’s Soho is the epitome of modesty. No frills decor and a daily changing, seasonal menu chalked onto a blackboard, this unshowy neighbourhood

10 Greek Street, Soho, London

A black facade and a shiny number 10 set above a black door. 10 Greek Street is London’s Soho is the epitome of modesty. No frills decor and a daily changing, seasonal menu chalked onto a blackboard, this unshowy neighbourhood

Restaurant review: Lemonia, Primrose Hill, London

“There are two types of people; those who are Greek, and those who wish they were Greek”, says the cheery, care-free owner of Lemonia – words taken from a film we all know and love. Nestled amongst an international crowd

Restaurant review: Lemonia, Primrose Hill, London

“There are two types of people; those who are Greek, and those who wish they were Greek”, says the cheery, care-free owner of Lemonia – words taken from a film we all know and love. Nestled amongst an international crowd

Recipe: Mum’s Victoria sandwich

I am sure every Brit has claimed this once in their life, but I can honestly say that my mum makes the best Victoria sandwich. A light as air vanilla sponge, creamy butter icing and sweet strawberry jam – the

Recipe: Mum’s Victoria sandwich

I am sure every Brit has claimed this once in their life, but I can honestly say that my mum makes the best Victoria sandwich. A light as air vanilla sponge, creamy butter icing and sweet strawberry jam – the

Café review: Dark Room Espresso, Swindon

Unlike in London where artisan cafés and coffee houses are a dozen a dime, Swindon’s coffee scene is limited to greasy spoons and those three well-known chains. And then there is Dark Room Espresso. Blink and you’ll miss it; the

Café review: Dark Room Espresso, Swindon

Unlike in London where artisan cafés and coffee houses are a dozen a dime, Swindon’s coffee scene is limited to greasy spoons and those three well-known chains. And then there is Dark Room Espresso. Blink and you’ll miss it; the

Recipe: Lemon drizzle with rosemary and olive oil

Bring a touch of the Mediterranean sun into your kitchen with this olive oil, rosemary and lemon cake. Although more of an autumn/winter herb, I love the subtle note of rosemary, which gives a piney, tea-like aroma to the zingy lemon.

Recipe: Lemon drizzle with rosemary and olive oil

Bring a touch of the Mediterranean sun into your kitchen with this olive oil, rosemary and lemon cake. Although more of an autumn/winter herb, I love the subtle note of rosemary, which gives a piney, tea-like aroma to the zingy lemon.

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Blanc, London – Spring/Summer menu revisit

Spring has sprung at Brasserie Blanc, with a new menu to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. The classics remain, but earthy autumn mushrooms and hearty winter stews have been replaced by colourful and fruity salads, grilled fish and spring

Restaurant Review: Brasserie Blanc, London – Spring/Summer menu revisit

Spring has sprung at Brasserie Blanc, with a new menu to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. The classics remain, but earthy autumn mushrooms and hearty winter stews have been replaced by colourful and fruity salads, grilled fish and spring

Restaurant Review: Ceviche, Soho, London

Knowing little to nothing about Peruvian food, I ventured into Andina a couple of months ago expecting to devour giant plates of grilled red meat, slathered in spicy sauce, imagining the food to be much akin to the Brazilian joints

Restaurant Review: Ceviche, Soho, London

Knowing little to nothing about Peruvian food, I ventured into Andina a couple of months ago expecting to devour giant plates of grilled red meat, slathered in spicy sauce, imagining the food to be much akin to the Brazilian joints

Restaurant Review: Rick Stein, Marlborough, UK

This year, Rick Stein opened his 14th restaurant, in Marlborough, Wiltshire, at the heart of the town’s historic High Street. Set in an attractive Grade II listed building, Lloran House, it’s the ideal location for a leisurely weekend lunch or

Restaurant Review: Rick Stein, Marlborough, UK

This year, Rick Stein opened his 14th restaurant, in Marlborough, Wiltshire, at the heart of the town’s historic High Street. Set in an attractive Grade II listed building, Lloran House, it’s the ideal location for a leisurely weekend lunch or

Restaurant review: L’Acchiardo, Nice, France

Famous amongst locals, L’Acchiardo is as family-run as it gets and you truly feel a sense of family, community and friendliness here. The restaurant has been passed down the generations, and is currently run by an 82 year-old gentleman and

Restaurant review: L’Acchiardo, Nice, France

Famous amongst locals, L’Acchiardo is as family-run as it gets and you truly feel a sense of family, community and friendliness here. The restaurant has been passed down the generations, and is currently run by an 82 year-old gentleman and

Restaurant Review: La Femme du Boulanger, Nice, France

Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, this quaint restaurant is tucked away down a side street just a short walk from the main shopping stretch at Rue Jean-Medecin. Don’t miss its famous brunch, served everyday from 8:00am (9am on

Restaurant Review: La Femme du Boulanger, Nice, France

Great for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, this quaint restaurant is tucked away down a side street just a short walk from the main shopping stretch at Rue Jean-Medecin. Don’t miss its famous brunch, served everyday from 8:00am (9am on

My guide to a long weekend in Nice

After years of coming to Nice during the summers to while away my school and university holidays in the sun – courtesy of a very good friend of mine whose papi lives in a little village in the surrounding hills

My guide to a long weekend in Nice

After years of coming to Nice during the summers to while away my school and university holidays in the sun – courtesy of a very good friend of mine whose papi lives in a little village in the surrounding hills

Everyone’s talking about… Press’ avocado toast

Press is one of London’s most popular juice bars, famed for it’s tasty yet nutritious smoothies, seasonal juices and health kick tonics. But it’s the avocado toast that’s attracting all the attention. Press’ primary focus is on its drinks, but

Everyone’s talking about… Press’ avocado toast

Press is one of London’s most popular juice bars, famed for it’s tasty yet nutritious smoothies, seasonal juices and health kick tonics. But it’s the avocado toast that’s attracting all the attention. Press’ primary focus is on its drinks, but