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…

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

I love a roast dinner – there’s something about it that feels so homely, and with friends of ours coming over for dinner (who have recently emigrated to Hong Kong) I decided to do a traditional British supper to welcome them back to the country.  This time of year is all about Spring Lamb and…

Morada Brindisa – Soho, London

Last week I went for dinner with some girlfriends of mine.  We picked Morada Brindisa in Soho as there was something for everyone and it was conveniently located for us all.  It’s just off of Leicester Square so perfect for post work drinks and dinner.  Morada Brindisa is a new restaurant from the Brindisa group…

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…

The Best Food Markets in Madrid

One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to check out the local food markets.  I love just wandering around, seeing what the locals eat and buy, trying a few things, maybe buying some lunch for a picnic and just generally enjoying the atmosphere.  I’m in heaven in Madrid as there’s so…

Andi Oliver at Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star – Homerton, London

Update: It seems that everyone loved the food here as much as I did.  Andi Oliver and Kelly Miles have now got their own premises in Stoke Newington High Street. Check out Brunch at Andi’s Restaurant for info on the new place! Last night Dan and I decided to try the restaurant run by the…

Barrafina – Dean St, Soho, London

Another date night tonight and this time it was my turn to be treated.  A fabulous musical ‘Aladdin’ (which I highly recommend, *the genie was amazing* and even musical hater Dan agreed it was great) followed by dinner at Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas Bar, in Soho. We’d been to the old Soho Barrafina before but…

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….

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…