Category Archives: English

Restaurant Review: Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, London

Percy & Founders is one of the latest additions to the Open House family, which also includes The Lighterman on Granary Square at King’s Cross and The Larder, also at Fitzroy Place, the award-winning development of new homes, offices and

Restaurant Review: Percy & Founders, Fitzrovia, London

Percy & Founders is one of the latest additions to the Open House family, which also includes The Lighterman on Granary Square at King’s Cross and The Larder, also at Fitzroy Place, the award-winning development of new homes, offices and

Bar Review: Cahoots, Soho, London

The first time I went to Cahoots, I remember being giddily excited to finally be visiting one of London’s worst kept secrets. A colleague at work had used her rather labyrinthine network of contacts, calling upon a friend of a

Bar Review: Cahoots, Soho, London

The first time I went to Cahoots, I remember being giddily excited to finally be visiting one of London’s worst kept secrets. A colleague at work had used her rather labyrinthine network of contacts, calling upon a friend of a

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

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: 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.

Everyone’s talking about… Bread Ahead’s hot cross bun doughnuts

Hot cross buns are one of my favourite sweet treats. Topped with lashings of butter that runs down your hand as you bite into the fruit-packed, sweet, spiced bun, I can never stop at only one. So when I saw

Everyone’s talking about… Bread Ahead’s hot cross bun doughnuts

Hot cross buns are one of my favourite sweet treats. Topped with lashings of butter that runs down your hand as you bite into the fruit-packed, sweet, spiced bun, I can never stop at only one. So when I saw

Café Review: Highness Café & Tea Room, Highbury, London, UK

TimeOut Love London Awards winner in both 2015 and 2016, Highness Café & Tea Room is a charming family-run cake shop located on the short stretch of high street between Highbury, Islington and Arsenal that has come to be known

Café Review: Highness Café & Tea Room, Highbury, London, UK

TimeOut Love London Awards winner in both 2015 and 2016, Highness Café & Tea Room is a charming family-run cake shop located on the short stretch of high street between Highbury, Islington and Arsenal that has come to be known

Recipes: Two boozy bakes for Christmas

Amaretto Brownies Boozy brownies, perfect on a cold winter’s night. Seriously dark chocolate spoked with Christmas flavours; bursts of tart cranberries in every bite liven up this otherwise dense, rich treat. Deliciously moist, with a dense, fudge-like texture dotted with nuggets

Recipes: Two boozy bakes for Christmas

Amaretto Brownies Boozy brownies, perfect on a cold winter’s night. Seriously dark chocolate spoked with Christmas flavours; bursts of tart cranberries in every bite liven up this otherwise dense, rich treat. Deliciously moist, with a dense, fudge-like texture dotted with nuggets

Restaurant Review: The Alwyne Castle, Highbury, London

The Alwyne Castle – just a short walk from Highbury & Islington Station in North London – is your quintessential cosy English pub. Every year, it fully embraces the fun and festivities of Christmas; fir trees adorned with twinkling lights,

Restaurant Review: The Alwyne Castle, Highbury, London

The Alwyne Castle – just a short walk from Highbury & Islington Station in North London – is your quintessential cosy English pub. Every year, it fully embraces the fun and festivities of Christmas; fir trees adorned with twinkling lights,

Recipe: Almond and hazelnut florentines

A delicious and festive Christmastime treat that makes a nice change to the biscuit jar for when guests pop round (although I wouldn’t recommend dipping them in your tea!) They look rather fancy, so are sure to impress, yet are quick and easy

Recipe: Almond and hazelnut florentines

A delicious and festive Christmastime treat that makes a nice change to the biscuit jar for when guests pop round (although I wouldn’t recommend dipping them in your tea!) They look rather fancy, so are sure to impress, yet are quick and easy

Recipe: Cherry and blueberry frangipane plait

… with white chocolate drizzle, served with vanilla cream. Once the summer arrives, people tend to gravitate towards simple fruit salads, light panna cottas, cool ice cream and no bake fruit tarts – all delicious options, but why deprive ourselves

Recipe: Cherry and blueberry frangipane plait

… with white chocolate drizzle, served with vanilla cream. Once the summer arrives, people tend to gravitate towards simple fruit salads, light panna cottas, cool ice cream and no bake fruit tarts – all delicious options, but why deprive ourselves

Recipe: Orange cake with chocolate-hazelnut buttercream

This light and airy cake is packed with a citrusy punch and laced with a secret fleur d’oranger centre to cut through the sweetness. Ingredients For the sponge: 6oz unsalted butter 6oz caster sugar 3 eggs 6oz self-raising flour 1tsp

Recipe: Orange cake with chocolate-hazelnut buttercream

This light and airy cake is packed with a citrusy punch and laced with a secret fleur d’oranger centre to cut through the sweetness. Ingredients For the sponge: 6oz unsalted butter 6oz caster sugar 3 eggs 6oz self-raising flour 1tsp

Highbury Staycation

The relentless pace of London life often leaves me in need of an escape from the clamour of the streets, shadows of skyscrapers and people rushing by. Every now and again, I seek haven at my friend’s house in Highbury,

Highbury Staycation

The relentless pace of London life often leaves me in need of an escape from the clamour of the streets, shadows of skyscrapers and people rushing by. Every now and again, I seek haven at my friend’s house in Highbury,

Restaurant Review: Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Heathrow, London

In 2008, Gordon Ramsay became the first chef to open a Michelin starred restaurant at an airport. Now, holiday-makers can kick off their travels in style at one of the UK’s best restaurants. I had a morning flight, so arrived

Restaurant Review: Gordon Ramsay Plane Food, Heathrow, London

In 2008, Gordon Ramsay became the first chef to open a Michelin starred restaurant at an airport. Now, holiday-makers can kick off their travels in style at one of the UK’s best restaurants. I had a morning flight, so arrived

Café Review: Daylesford Farm Café, Notting Hill, London

If you’re planning a trip to Daylesford Farm Café for Sunday brunch then you’ll definitely want to arrive fashionably early and join the band of brunchers sat eagerly awaiting the doors to open at 10. It’s like a military operation.

Café Review: Daylesford Farm Café, Notting Hill, London

If you’re planning a trip to Daylesford Farm Café for Sunday brunch then you’ll definitely want to arrive fashionably early and join the band of brunchers sat eagerly awaiting the doors to open at 10. It’s like a military operation.