Underwhelming Xi’an Impression Holloway N7

One of the delights of eating out in London is discovering new cuisines. A Chinese Chef friend of mine insisted that we try this new place in Holloway, Xi’an Impression. He doesn’t usually steer me wrong so we trotted off there one evening. It’s a tiny restaurant with about 30 seats, directly facing the front steps of the Emirates Stadium, home of the Arsenal Football club. It was busy and… [Read More]

Lemon and Clotted Cream Scones

Scones are my favourite afternoon tea treat. Here is an easy recipe for Mini Lemon and Clotted Cream Scones. Using lemon zest to flavour the scones and topped with lemon curd and clotted cream. Serve this with a pot of loose leaf tea served in bone china cups. Perfect.

Sunday Selection: Big Fish Brand Salmon, Manomasa Chips

The Big Fish Brand – Ready To Cook Salmon Fillets A lot of my friends are afraid of cooking fish. It baffles me. Fish is quick and easy to cook and so full  of Omega 3. I was recently introduced to this company that does ready seasoned, ready to cook Salmon. Just pick your favourite flavour, cook it for about 10-15 minutes and serve it with your favourites salad or… [Read More]

Bruce Bogtrotter’s Rich Chocolate Cake #MatildaBakeOff

Who is this Bruce Bogtrotter you ask. If you did, you probably did not read Roald Dahl’s book called Matilda. Bruce is a boy  in Matilda’s class who got caught eating the headmistress’ chocolate cake. As a punishment, he was forced to eat the whole cake in front of the class. This cake has been made famous in Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes. Matilda is about a young girl who loves to read…. [Read More]

Smith and Whistle Cocktail Bar at the Park Lane Hotel

Mayfair has many little jewels that are not on everyone’s usual going out list. Step away from the crowded West End and take a breather from the uber hip Shoreditch and try out this new bar in the Park Lane Hotel instead. Smith and Whistle is the new cocktail bar in Mayfair, newly rebuilt at the front of the Park Lane Hotel. Named after 2 fictional characters, Detective Inspector Smith… [Read More]

Prawn Quinoa Risotto or Quinotto – Cooking Peruvian with Encona Sauces

Peruvian food has been one of the new favourite cuisines in London in the last 2 years. I have had a several Peruvian meals but still don’t really have a good grasp of the identity of the cuisine. Quite a few of their more popular dishes like Lomo Saltado is a fusion Peruvian Chinese dish, a result of the mass immigration from the Far East in the last 2 centuries…. [Read More]

Zingy Luxardo Cocktails at Obica Soho

Luxardo hosted a really fun evening of cocktails paired with some superior Italian plates at the Obica Mozzarella Bar on Poland Street. Luxardo’s Brand ambassador “G” Franklin was mixing up some truly inventive cocktails. Luxardo started off making their renowned Maraschino Cherry Liquer in 19C which is still being produced to the original recipe from 1821. The 6th generation of the family now make a range of Italian liquers in their… [Read More]

Magners sponsored BBQ Champ kicks off on ITV

Tired of cooking shows? Here is a similar cooking competition format focussed on BBQs, using clever ways to cook over wood, fire and charcoal, BBQ Champ sponsored by Irish Cider company Magners. They don’t use just any BBQ, no gas is allowed anywhere, just wood and charcoal. BBQ has caught on in a massive way in London in the last couple of years. The UK is the fifth largest BBQ… [Read More]

The best of London in 5 restaurants

  Anyone will tell you that if you have a taste for the world, there is no better city than London to experience vast variety and quality of food. Known for its diversity and culture, the city is nothing shy of great places to eat, from French to Italian, and Thai to Mexican. Below is a hand-picked list of London’s finest restaurants for you to explore. Hunan Established in 1982,… [Read More]

Afternoon Tea Week Launch at St Ermin’s Hotel

I just love afternoon tea. Not just for the usually fabulous assortment of patisseries and cakes but for the fine teas that are served alongside. I used to spend every weekend traipsing around London trying out all sorts of places for tea. From 5 star hotels, to European cake shops to little tea rooms around London, I have probably done them all. It is quite fun to discover new places… [Read More]

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