Posts tagged ‘food’

September 15, 2014

Veggie Heaven in Primrose Hill

manna

Ok, so I am a veggie but I don’t like vegetarian restaurants, certainly not vegan ones. Lettuce munchers, allergic to good taste. It’s just something about the atmosphere in them that turns me off. A room full of veggies, a crazy night does not make.

Ah, Manna. Primrose Hill. Beautiful people. Warm evening. Ice cold prosecco.

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August 27, 2014

Cafe Below

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God, I love living in London.

Where else can you eat lunch in a crypt made by Sir Christopher Wren? Cafe Below is an exquisite cafe under St Mary-Le-Bow Church on Cheapside. A hop and a skip away from Bank tube station.

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May 31, 2014

ilili

ilili

While mooching around the fine island-thing that is Manhattan, one must sample the seafood or one really is a loser.

Enter ilili, 236 Fifth Ave.

Love! A fabulously exclusive Lebanese restaurant (what, you didn’t book weeks ago? You mustn’t have any friends this side of the pond darling). A little darker than I like for a restaurant but phew, the tables are lit well

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May 18, 2014

Amy’s Bread

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If you find yourself wandering around bustling Hell’s Kitchen, New York then there are a million and one places to stop for cake and coffee. So how to select the best one once you ignore all the chains? (Rather alarming posters of Oprah Winfrey currently on every Starbucks window as she’s promoting her new Chai Latte, now that’s random.)

Easy! Go to Amy’s Bread – it is such a find! Too cute – it reminds me a little of Gail’s Kitchen in London but this is a million times better and cheaper. We walked in for $3 iced mochas and read a cute sign “Voted Best Carrot Cake by the New York Post”. Sold!

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April 1, 2014

Austria Is Trending

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Pero by Aneeth Arora WIFW AW 2014

‘You’re in next season’ I told my friend. ‘Whaaattt?’ Was my confused friend’s reply as she’s never in or on trend or bothered.

My friend is an Austrian chef living in Delhi.  We were out looking for check fabric a couple of weeks ago for her company branding so I was pleasantly surprised to see checks were in two shows at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week AW14.  And that too in both the prints we selected, blue checks and red checks.

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November 29, 2013

Orchard

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Because you can get lovely veggie food everywhere it is easy to forget how different it is to actually go to an exclusively veggie restaurant/cafe.

If you find yourself around Holborn, you must skip along to Orchard on Sicilian Avenue. The Ave is cute enough but a fab lunch time stop is offered by Orchard. They don’t take bookings

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November 13, 2013

Hakkasan

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Are we cool? We go to Hakkasan, Mayfair for dinner and cocktails. Or are we stuck in the noughties? We used to go there when we were young and crazy, we would drink cosmos, giggle with strangers and go on to a club.
We went on Saturday – do people still go to Hakkasan? Apparently, yes.

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September 25, 2013

Noodle-iscious!

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The things I learn when I’m on the move!  Today I learned that there is a World Instant Noodle Association (WINA), can you believe it?  I’ve never been a fan of Pot Noodles although Supa Noodles were at the back of my cupboard in my halls of residence …long past the expiry date.

Instant ramen noodles were first invented by a Japanese man in 1958 who experimented on creating a low cost dish after seeing starving war veterans.  Many decades later

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July 17, 2013

Halal And Kosher Meat Available Here

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My mother is mortified that I’ve been a veggie since about 2006. She has only just recently accepted that chicken is still meat.  I told her once that even if I did ever eat meat again (yuck) I would not touch halal meat because I find the procedure cruel and inhumane. Yes, personification of an animal but can you truly say an animal does not feel distressed when she knows she is bleeding to death?

Jews and Muslims

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May 13, 2013

Cool Cooking With Atul Kochhar

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Continuing the cool theme of my previous post, I will add Atul Kochhar to the “cool” list!

He’s delightfully nerdy and told us joke after joke and bless him, I was forced to laugh along with the rest of the audience on Saturday afternoon in Asia House.  He cracked a few wife jokes and then moved on to his curry demo. Ohhh what! I couldn’t believe my misfortune. He was going to make Lahori Chicken Curry. Jeezo! My mum is from Lahore and makes this curry every week.

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April 30, 2013

The Art of Selecting A Watermelon

watermelon with feta cheese

Apparently there is a science to selecting a watermelon but I think it’s quack. Science: Tap it and it should sound hollow if it’s ripe. Nonsense. Try listening to a watermelon when there is heavy traffic honking behind you.

The art of selecting the most perfect juicy red watermelon

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April 21, 2013

Sunday Brunch In Style

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On the way to the London Marathon today, we popped into The Wolseley on Piccadilly.  Isn’t it wonderful? You live in London for a million years and there are still amazing treasures to find. The welcome was lovely and we were quickly guided to lovely seats even though we hadn’t booked and it was busy brunch o’clock.

We ordered

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March 29, 2013

I Only Need 8 Medium Chocolate Eggs This Year

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One of my darling nieces who is five years old made that statement contrary to her mother who said that my niece’s teeth were in a bad state and she wasn’t getting any.  I know who will win that battle…!

Lindt bunnies are the cutest Easter treat to give to loved ones this weekend and you know their mini size bunnies are only about £0.30 but get a guaranteed smile and squee from the receiver.

My niece might be able to sit inside this chocolate egg by luxury chocolate company

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March 13, 2013

Cecconi’s

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I remember when I first moved to South West London and my cousin took me to a bar in Chelsea. “Oh my god” she heard me mutter as we walked in. “Great isn’t it” she nodded at me. No. It wasn’t great, it was awful, full of tossers, one of whom said “it was great to see Asians drinking in Chelsea”.

This experience happened time and time again. I would be taken to a “fabulous place darling”

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March 7, 2013

Zip Your Lips

ikea almond chocolate tart

At work we fell into two camps during and following the horse meat scandal.

Smug smirky looky-downy middle-classes who sneer “what do you expect! A Findus frozen lasagne hahahah and you think you’re eating beef? Come on!”

And…

Smug smirky looky-downy vegetarians who sneer “hang on you disgusting eaters of flesh! What is the difference between eating a cow and a horse?”

I fell into the second camp. “It’s a good week to be a veggie, hohoho” my fellow veggies and I chuckled.

Not so!  Do you like chocolate? And almond? I heart both.  And if you were in the Second Worst Place on Earth (Ikea), does your partner have to promise to buy you a chocolate almond cake to shut you up that “all the cool couples in the world are not in Ikea on a Saturday”?

Ikea have found poo

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March 6, 2013

Eat Yourself to Life

Sardines escabeche

Lookin’ good!

We Brits will die before our European neighbours, so claims the latest research.  As we all know a healthy diet plays a big part towards our longevity.   The Mediterranean diet may well be wonderful but many Mediterranean breakfasts consist solely of black coffee and cigarettes.  Very healthy! 

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February 14, 2013

Feed Your Mind

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Want to know how to bake a Universe?  Kings College London will hold a festival of food and ideas from 7 – 22 March 2013 and the programme of free public events looks appetising indeed!

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February 7, 2013

Seventeen

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Having heard great things about Seventeen in Notting Hill, I broke with tradition and decided to Go West and try it out.

First impressions were incredible, this certainly is a very cool Chinese restaurant, very modern but in keeping with a Chinese aesthetic.  I’m not entirely convinced it belongs in Notting Hill which is more understated cool, but anyway, I was looking forward to a fab meal having been very impressed immediately with the restaurant interior.

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January 31, 2013

Half The Portion All The Fun

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A new study at Cornell University found that smaller portions can leave us just as satisfied and happy as larger ones, good news if you’re counting your calories as part of your new year’s resolution (even if you made it whilst drunk stick to it!!).

The basic conclusion was

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January 26, 2013

The Wishing Chair

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Delhi, the sprawling capital city of India includes numerous little villages that were swallowed up in the city’s expansion.  Retaining their narrow lanes and crumbling buildings they have an authenticity missing in the newer parts of Delhi.

One such village is Shahpurjat.  One could easily drive past it or live in the city for years as a foreigner without knowing it existed, however, it has some very delightful shops and cafes that are worth visiting.  One such shop/cafe is The Wishing Chair, a decidedly feminine and pretty little place.  Teeming with beautiful trinkets

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December 11, 2012

Nobu London

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Nobu is one of those marmite restaurants that people either love or hate.  A friend went a while ago and was hit with a £500 bill between four and frankly speaking, that did put me off a little.  I love sushi but always feel hungry after a couple of hours and would not appreciate a rumbling tummy after a hefty bill.

Having said that, every time I have had sushi at a restaurant with a Nobu guest chef

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December 5, 2012

Festive Food: Chocolate Mousse

Luxurious velvet in your mouth made in 30 minutes.

Thanks Jamie Oliver. x

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November 29, 2012

Festive Food: Red Onion Tart

During the coming weeks, I will be bringing you quick, easy and scrumptious recipes that can be rustled up for any celebration or entertaining during the festive season.

Red Onion Tart

Red Onion and Feta Tart recipe.

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November 6, 2012

Gilbert Scott At St Pancras

Set in the exquisitely renovated St Pancras Hotel, Kings Cross, dinner at Gilbert Scott was definitely a date I was waiting for……

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October 16, 2012

Nigellissima

Nigella Lawson’s current series on BBC 2 has caused controversy. Notorious for “cheat’s cooking” as she calls it and loved by working women everywhere for its ease and convenience, this current series has gone a step too far or has it????

The Italian inspired series is full of recipes that use unhealthy helpings of butter, cream, chocolate and the list goes on. Nigella recently said in an interview in The Telegraph that she is a great believer in fat; it helps look younger in middle age and is a moisturiser from within.

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October 1, 2012

Apple Crumble

Apples are falling off the trees across the country. There are an assortment of foods that can be made from jams to chutneys to desserts. My recent favourite is a quick and simple Apple Crumble served with custard or ice cream.

Takes less than half an hour to prepare and perfect warm dessert for the colder autumnal nights.

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August 6, 2012

Feed Your Face

It’s often said that beauty begins from within and although there are plenty people that oppose this theory it is logical that we are what we eat.  Here are some beauty power foods that will help you look your best:

Starting with a 2-in-1 beauty combo, avocado with cottage cheese.  The avocado is packed with vitamin Niacin (B3) and other essential oils to help give you a glow.

Cottage cheese contains selenium, an essential mineral, that teams up with vitamin E

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August 2, 2012

Short Bargain Break

Following a tip from a travel agent on BBC Radio 4 a while ago, I decided to take a short city break to Valencia. The agent suggested that countries affected the most by the recession are offering the best value for tourists and she wasn’t wrong. Normally visiting Europe feels and is so expensive but this trip left me with change.

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July 5, 2012

Times Of Oliver

A really sad story in the news today was research indicating that UK has a child hunger crisis. According to Net Mums and Kids Company, 1 million children live in homes without enough to eat. The forthcoming summer holidays is real problem for these families as children rely on free school dinners as their only meal of the day.

Hungry children is not an epidemic as it is in some developing countries but a 223% increase in the last 12 months due to the economic climate in the UK is frightening. I just cannot believe it.

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July 5, 2012

Oysters

There is probably a good reason why I have stayed away from oysters. The slimy texture really isn’t my thing, so I cannot understand the appeal. I was literally frightened away from them even more when I watched a tiny wiggling creature pop its head out the oyster as my friend was about slurp one down……

 

Yuck!!!!

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June 20, 2012

Meh to Mandaloun Lebanese Restaurant

If you’ve seen this restaurant, which is just outside Westfield near Waitrose, you will know that it looks amazing. Great interior design, solid furniture, huge mirror and welcoming atmosphere…. Or so I thought!

It has been ages since I went somewhere utterly rubbish for dinner and I feel I must share bad reviews with you to prevent you from wasting your hard-earned cash.  My sister and I were shopping in Westfield

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June 19, 2012

Fatty Foods Won’t Kill You

For 50 years we have been led to believe that fatty foods are the cause of heart disease, but, this may be a myth. A recent review of 48 studies, reported by health journalist, Helen Foster, found no link with fatty diets and heart disease.

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April 10, 2012

Roti Chai

Roti Chai in Portman Mews, next to Selfridges, brings street food of India to London.

 

The canteen style restaurant with a fine dining area downstairs, has carefully selected dishes from around India such as papdi chat, dhokla and bun kebabs.

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March 22, 2012

Come Dine With Me Part 3

During this week, we have given you recipes for “Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms” and “Salmon Encroute“.

Today is the final recipe for this no fuss delicious dinner party menu….

Heartache Chocolate Cake adapted from a recipe by Harry Eastwood from Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache.

This delicious chocolate cake with an unusual ingredient is full of surprises.

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March 20, 2012

Come Dine With Me

Nigella Lawson eat your heart out. The Queen of Ease has been a role model for me who likes to create delicious meals with little fuss. My timetable just doesn’t allow lamented cooking efforts. So my menu for a dinner party this weekend took all of an hour and a half to prepare and was cooked entirely in the oven.

The Menu:

Starter: Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms, Main Course: Salmon and Artichoke En Croute, Dessert: Heartache Chocolate Cake.

Each day I will bring you a recipe starting with Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms from a supermarket recipe card.

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March 6, 2012

Delicious Chocolate Cake

I was delighted that my daughter wanted to make her birthday cake so we tried Jamie Oliver’s Easy Chocolate Cake recipe with a slight adaptation. It takes less than an hour to make!!!

 

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February 21, 2012

Easy Peasy Pancakes

It’s Pancake Day. I am not observing Lent, but do love pancakes, so would like to eat plenty of them today.

 

Here is a really easy recipe from Delia Smith.

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February 8, 2012

Two-Day Diet

New research has found that cutting carbs for two days a week is more effective in helping weight loss than trying to diet constantly. Apparently you can eat carbs the other days as normal.

This is the two-day diet the women in the research followed:

Breakfast: Fruit tea and a banana, or mug of milky coffee.

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February 2, 2012

Himalayan Kitchen

The Himalayas stretch fromPakistan to Nepal and there are countless restaurants borrowing the majestic mountain range’s name.  However, the Himalayan cuisine I will focus on is the Nepal/Tibet side as I review one of my favourite restaurants in Delhi: Yeti, the Himalayan Kitchen.

Always fresh ingredients and light

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January 26, 2012

Deep Fried Foods

New research has concluded that eating fried food does not increase heart disease. This made me feel a whole lot better as I tucked into my full English breakfast after a night out.

 

A study done on 41000 over 11 years found that only 600 people suffered from any coronary heart disease.

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