The Anchor & Hope Pub, The Cut, Waterloo

Feeling distraught at the election outcome we decided to head to the South Bank with some friends to sit in the sun and drown our sorrows.  I promise no BREXIT chat on the blog so that’s all I’ll say on the matter! We headed to The Understudy – a nice new bar that we found recently…

Smoked Salmon & Summer Vegetable ‘Risotto’

Tonight I was staying at my parents’ house, and it was just going to be my mum and I as my dad was away.  We both like to eat the same thing and we both eat a similar diet.  Her’s is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which is quite a bit stricter than the made-up one…

Huevos Rancheros with Chorizo

Typically a Mexican Brunch dish, I’ve become a big fan of Huevos Rancheros recently.  I love the spicy tomato flavour paired with the gooey egg and I also add avocado on mine to cool everything down. Breakfast? Brunch? Lunch? Dinner? Doesn’t matter – I could eat it any time of the day. When making this…

Lunch at The Ivy Cafe – Marylebone – London

  On a wet and miserable day in London I had something to look forward to.  Mum and my grandma were heading up to town for the day so I’d booked us into The Ivy Cafe in Marylebone for lunch.  It would have to be a pretty quick affair as they had an appointment at 1.20,…

Easy Guacamole

Heading home for Father’s Day, the plan was for my brother and I to cook lunch for my dad – hopefully a BBQ, but in England you always need a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Luckily, the weather looked as if it was going to hold out, so that morning my mum…

Kerry’s Bday BBQ

This weekend saw Kerry’s Birthday BBQ, so Dan and I headed back to Essex to share in the celebrations.  The weather wasn’t amazing but the rain held off so we were all outside in the garden.  It was lovely to see Tom and Kerry’s new house (they only moved in 6 weeks ago) and although…

Bolney Wine Estate

For Valentine’s Day this year I’d bought Dan and I a ‘Grand Gourmet’ Tour Voucher for a visit and tasting experience at the Bolney Wine Estate in Sussex which has been producing wine since 1972. The schedule was… 2½ hour tour and tasting with an experienced guide Glass of sparkling wine on arrival Learn about the history of…

Slow-Cooked Lamb Shanks

The weather this week has been pretty miserable, so although this is a very unseasonal dish, it fits perfectly with the climate in London at the moment. Normally when I make a weeknight supper, I try and do something that I can pull together in 30mins or so I can walk home/go to the gym…

Caprese Chicken ‘Pasta’ with Courgetti Spaghetti

This post was published on my Courgetti Spaghetti Recipe Round-Up Tonight the weather was a bit miserable so I wanted something warming and comforting.  Not able to eat ‘pasta’ as such, I decided on cooking a Courgetti Spaghetti dish using my spiraliser.  Longing to be back in Puglia I went with an Italian theme and decided…

Forest Fruit & Blueberry ‘Cheese’Cake

Heading to a hen party tomorrow, I wanted to make something a little bit special (but still healthy – so that I could eat it).  I’m not usually a huge fan of sweet things, and would always pick cheese over a dessert, but I knew there’d be plenty of things to tempt me so I…

Honey & Mustard Grilled Chicken Salad

This post was featured on my Summer Salad Recipe Round-Up What an ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ end to my day today.  Walking past Liberty’s on my way home tonight I bumped into these two loons, promoting their new movie.  They really do seem as nuts and funny in real life as they do on the show. So…

Family BBQ

The weather today was much better than expected and Dan had some of his extended family over so we all decided to do a BBQ at his mum’s house in St Albans. Having said before that Dan doesn’t cook, he does in fact do a mean BBQ and tends to take charge completely of all cooking…