Andi’s Restaurant – Stoke Newington, London

Having enjoyed brunch so much at Andi’s Restaurant a couple of weeks ago, we decided it was time to return and try out the dinner menu.  Andi’s Restaurant is the new hot spot on Church St in Stoke Newington, North London.  The kitchen is run by Andi Oliver, the new chef on the Great British…

Ilha Deserta, Faro, Algarve, Portugal

Every year I go to Portugal and it’s definitely my happy place.  I love the beaches, restaurants, sea and sun and we often spend days on the beach but sometimes I like to do a day-trip to see a bit more of what this beautiful country has to offer.  Ilha Deserta is one of the…

Pan Fried Cod with Tomato Chorizo Cassoulet

This evening I was in the mood for something light yet tasty and filling.  When feeling this way I usually turn to pulses.  Beans and lentils really pack a protein punch and seem to keep me feeling full for much longer than anything else.  Haricot (navy) beans are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that…

Gambas Al Ajillo (à la Dan) – Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp)

Last night’s dinner was a follow-on from Madrid.  When telling Dan all about my trip, I realised that I hadn’t eaten Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp) once on the whole trip, so to rectify it we decided to make it at home, and Dan offered to cook it .  Other than his burgers…

The Ivy Cafe – St John’s Wood, London

The Ivy has seen quite an expansion in recent years.  From one restaurant in Covent Garden they now have 8 other Grills and Brasseries dotted around London and the UK.  They are also opening a new one in Soho next month along with many others planned for the future.  This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the opening…

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…

Chilli, Garlic & Lime Salmon Traybake

Tonight I had my mum staying over with me and after a very meat-heavy week with Slow Cooked Brisket, Beef Bourguignon and Lamb Shoulder on the menu I decided to cook a nice healthy fish dish – I also wanted something easy and quick so that I wouldn’t have to spend too much time preparing…

A Wedding in Siena (Tommaso-Mylene Wedding)

So the real reason that we had come to Siena for the weekend was for the wedding of a friend of mine, Mylene to her fiancé Tommaso (he’s from Siena).  Mylene and I have known each other for 10 years since we lived in Paris together and it was a real privilege to be invited…

Talamone, Tuscany, Italy

To read more see A Wedding In Siena, A Weekend in Siena, Bunello Tasting in Montalcino and A Trip to Viareggio A weekend in Siena in Italy was on the cards for Dan and I, as we’d been invited to the wedding of my friend Mylene to her fiancé Tommaso.  Deciding to extend the trip for…

Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp Salad with Mango Salsa

Today, I found some amazing yellow cherry tomatoes while I was out shopping for something for dinner.  I definitely wanted to make a salad with them so I racked my brains to come up with something tasty and light pair them with.  A few weeks ago I made Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp and I loved…

A Quinta – Almancil – Portugal

Getting time with my family is one of my favourite things about Portugal, and tonight was a chance to catch up with my cousin Charlotte and her partner Ross who live out here year-round.  We were spending the evening at one of their (and my) favourite restaurants, A Quinta in Almancil.  I actually wrote about…

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…