London Foodie

This week has been a bit of an eating out marathon, not that i’m complaining! I’ve found a new favourite pizza place and had a burger fix all within two days.

On Tuesday me and the girls headed to Pizzeria on the Green. This place may not look like much from the outside but they do amazing pizzas and for some reason they are always half price! What better way to spend a sunny evening then with pizza and gossip. You can find Pizza on the Green right by Clapham South tube. You can check out their website here.

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It seems that everyone (including George Osborn) is once again loving Byron burgers! With so much competition hitting London in terms of burger joins I’m glad to see that Byron is still ranked one of the best. They are about to launch the Big B Burger specially for summer, Tom Byng, founder of Byron, has created a limited edition burger inspired by a recent trip to LA. It consists of a double cheeseburger, served in a potato bun with sliced pickles and onion and burger sauce. The potato bun is the most interesting as that is what makes the American Shake Shack burgers so appealing. With the UK’s first Shake Shack coming to Covent Garden on the 5th of July will Byron be able to keep up with the competition? Only time, and lots of burger eating will tell…

The Big B will be available at all Byron restaurants from July 2nd – 26th August inclusive, priced at £9.50.

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Feasting in London – Taste of London 2013

This weekend was the annual Taste of London! A fantastic festival celebrating food, drink and music, set in the stunning Regents Park. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival and I can’t believe I have only just discovered it. The festival has its own currency (crowns) we bought £20 worth but only needed half of these as we were treated with a lot of freebies and tasters. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the different smells and sights when you first arrive so we grabbed our first freebie (a shot of gin) followed by some coffee and went exploring.

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Along the way we discovered breads, cakes, chocolate brownies, steaks, feta cheese, olives (yuk), whisky (no thanks), a stand dedicated to Lindt chocolate, popcorn and ting!! Already slightly stuffed and feeling slightly sick from the sweet savoury mixture we decided it was nice to spend our crowns on some “real” food.

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One end of the festival is dedicated to “The Taste of Thailand” so off we went to Thailand for some food. The area was like a busy Thai street except colder and raining, with people shouting and all trying to be your restaurant of choice. To get the most of our crowns we each went to a different food stand. I was happy with my choice of peanut chicken on toast, slightly spicy and very delicious.

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Washed down with my favourite exotic drink, Ting! Usually reserved for holidays in Antigua, I was very happy to come across this little gem in the middle of Regents Park! With full bellies and enough of Thailand we headed over to the exhibition tent and took our seats to watch a demo from the fabulous baker brothers. I love these guys, they are really energetic young chefs with a passion for food and home cooking. They were entertaining and friendly and really got the crowd excited in the blustery rain!

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Fuelled up with some treats from costa and more popcorn samples we did a final walk around and wondered what to spend our remaining crowns on (we had rather a lot left)! I bought some amazing pizza from the Pizza Pilgrims (coming soon to soho) and a LOT of popcorn.

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Father’s Day Peanut Butter Cookies

With the inspiration of Father’s Day and a free Sunday afternoon I decided to make some cookies for my family to enjoy! With a whole cupboard of ingredients plus a brand new jar of my Grandma’s marmalade I came up with the idea of peanut butter and marmalade cookies.

The Recipe is very easy!

3 level tablespoons of peanut butter
3 level tablespoons of soft brown sugar
1 egg
50g self raising flower
50g butter
50g caster sugar
2 level teaspoons of marmalade
Pinch of salt

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Start by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a sticky mixture. Now the fun part… get your hands dirty and turn that sticky mess into 15 little balls all around the same size. However the charm of homemade cookies is that they all end up different shapes and sizes which mine certainly did. Press them down with a fork and then pop them in the oven for 15 mins at 200 degrees C or until they are golden.

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They are something that Mary Berry herself would be proud of! The mix of peanut butter and marmalade may sound odd but trust me, it’s that salty sweet thing that makes these cookies delicious.

Early Father’s Day celebrations

On the Saturday before Father’s Day my brother and I took my lovely Daddy to a fantastic little pub in the country called The Old Forge – visit there website here. It’s become a bit of a favourite in our family for it’s good food, friendly staff and classic decor with a modern touch. It’s just outside Winchester in a little village called Otterbourne, so is perfect if you don’t want to fight for parking in town!

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After handing over the cards and studying the menu my Dad and I settled on a classic pub favourite of Fish and Chips and my brother went for Garlic and Chilli prawns with a side of fries of course.

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The food is simple yet excellently cooked and chips were up there with the ones at The Diner in Covent Garden! It has quickly become a favourite and one to certainly visit whenever I venture back to the country. Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

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Strawberry inspired cupcakes

Taking inspiration from some delicious Strawberries that I found in Winchester market I made these Strawberry cupcakes for Afternoon Tea with my family. They must have been good as all 12 disappeared within seconds.

Follow my regular cupcake recipe which is so easy that my 8 year old cousin has mastered it and then add red food colouring and top with strawberries. Seasonal and delicious!

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Hometown Glory

London can get very hectic at times and especially with the sunshine looming all I needed was a relaxing weekend away from the city. As London geared up for another Friday night I rushed onto a packed train and headed back to the country.

Saturday mornings are perfect for enjoying a good breakfast. There is no rush to get to work so therefore no need for boring cereals and dry toast. Embracing this thought I called my Dad and we headed to Maison Blanc in Winchester. This quaint little French patisserie was buzzing with families and tourists and was the perfect place to enjoy some scrambled eggs and tea in the brilliant sunshine. Situated at the bottom of the town you can watch the world go by whilst listening to the sounds of the busy market setting up for another day.

IMG_1224Maison Blanc is a great place to buy breads and pastries to impress your guests. They are passionate about serving innovative, charming and authentically French food that leaves their customers craving for more. Having just been to Paris I certainly felt like I had stepped into a piece of France in the centre of a very British town.

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Not only is coming home extremely relaxing but there is always someone that is happy to see you (especially the dogs) and you can step across the drive and come across beautiful greenery. The sunshine did help!

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