Ottolenghi’s Restaurant – Islington, London

Another date night and after taking Dan to Casa Paco in Madrid last month, it was my turn to be treated.  Having eaten in Bala Baya a couple of weeks ago, we found out that the chef there used to work for Ottolenghi’s Restaurant.  It’s a restaurant I’ve always wanted to go to and Yotam…

Bala Baya Restaurant, Southwark, London

Bala Baya is a new restaurant, just opened in Southwark and is the creation of the ex-head chef, Eran Tibi, from Ottolenghi’s Restaurant, who left to start this place up!  There was an offer for 25% off on all bookings as it was the first month so we went with a few friends to see what it…

Hemsley And Hemsley Cafe, Selfridges, London

I can always count on my mum to want to visit a healthy restaurant with me.  We like the same kind of food and eat the same kind of diet (grain, gluten and refined sugar-free – amongst other things) so when I spent a day with her recently I suggested that we went to the…

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket

It never happens that we have a Saturday night to ourselves but we had one free this weekend and I was very excited to spend it indoors.  A night in front of the fire was in order so, to amplify the cosy feeling, I decided to cook a roast dinner.  We found a lovely piece…

Best Slow-Cooker Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce (or bolognaise as the English call it) – that classic Italian dish that everyone seems to have a different recipe for.  Below is mine – perfected over many years and many attempts and this is the way I prefer to eat it… First you need to peel and dice the onions.  Add these to…

Boeuf Bourguignon

Is there anything better than a warm, hearty stew, when the weather is cold outside – and this is the most famous of them all, the classic French dish of Boeuf Bourguignon (beef casserole with added red wine and a fancy french name!) with a bit of a twist to make it grain and gluten-free….

Melting-Middle Mozzarella Caprese Burgers

Last night we decided to have a BBQ outside and burgers were on the menu.  Dan normally makes his Super Simple Spicy Burgers but today we decided to up the ante and go for something a bit different.  Melting Middle Mozzarella Caprese Burgers were what we came up with.  Deciding to stuff each burger with…

Dan’s Super Simple, Spicy Burgers (Chilli & Garlic)

Dan will be the first to admit he’s no chef (although he’s keen to learn!)  but I believe that everyone has at least one special dish in them and this is his…beef burgers that he makes from scratch and grills on the BBQ.  Always a hit with everyone and cooked to perfection every time, it’s…

Enoteca MF – Cadaques – Spain

To read more check out my posts on Cadaques and hiking in Cap de Creus National Park. Tonight in Cadaques, Dan & I decided to go out on our own as all the others were eating in, so true to form, we picked the local wine bar Enoteca MF.  We had a short wait for our table…

A Beach Blanket Babylon Birthday, Notting Hill

Birthday Month Continues!!!  And tonight I was getting treated to a birthday dinner out by my friends Wioletta, Fiona and Robin.  The destination had been kept from me for weeks but I’d finally been let in on the secret – we were going to Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill.  Wioletta had been there once before…

Pride and Providores, Marylebone High St

Today started with a BODYBALANCE class followed by a BODYPUMP class – I was clearly feeling energetic and am now most definitely paying for it!  When we got back from BODYPUMP I made us both a brunch – smashed avocado, bacon and poached eggs on bagels for him, and yoghurt fruit and paleo granola for…

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…