Two weeks ago I saw a photo of my long-time friend Charlie on Facebook. She looked amazing – she’s always looked amazing, but it was more her statement on the photo that got me:
My lovely friend Charlie
Plus she looks darn amazing in that swimsuit… Continue reading
Ardleigh and Dragon in Hornchurch, Romford is one of those restaurants you have to either know about, be told about, or stumble across to really appreciate the beauty and fresh flavours inspired by Thailand. Housed in a former pub that wasn’t really the type of venue that attracted savoury types, Orchid Pubs and Dining took over the site over seven years ago and have done a sterling job of making it a fine pub and restaurant to visit.
What’s that you say? It’s a pub and a restaurant? Yes, that’s right. When you arrive, that’s made clear from the start, with “English pub” one one side of the building and “Thai Dining” on the other. Make no mistake that the Ardleigh & Dragon intends to give its customers an authentic Thai dining experience in an English pub, with an Oriental theme throughout.
To think I grew up less than five miles away from Ardleigh and Dragon and never visited is shocking. Why did I not know about this beauty? Continue reading
So yesterday I overdosed on cheese. MASSIVELY.
After months of being nagged by my sister, we finally went to “When Mac Met Cheese“, which is a… oh right – you worked it out for yourself. Nice. Continue reading
When I told my friends I was going to be dining at a weight watchers pop up restaurant, one of them responded “Weight Watchers?! The last thing I want to do when eating out is watch my weight.” How wrong she was – and her comment showed how much this restaurant was needed, to show that it is possible to eat tasty healthy food without having to think too much about it. Continue reading
I have a real bugbear for fake Yorkshire puddings. That is the likes of Aunt Bessie’s.
Don’t get me wrong – I am definitely GUILTY of buying a ready-made Yorkshire pud or two. I used to pick them up in the fridge aisles of supermarkets along with the beef I was planning to cook for Sunday dinner.
That is until I discovered how EASY they are to make – using Jamie Oliver’s recipe. The first time I made them, they didn’t come out so great, however I persevered and now I have them down to a T if I may say so myself. Continue reading
Yup, I’m back! It’s been four months since I last posted a blog post. FOUR MONTHS! Well I haven’t been hibernating under any rocks – that’s for sure – one look at my Instagram account will show you that I’ve been busier than ever.
Well… I bought a house! Yup – I’m all “growed up” ha ha. Continue reading
Typically of Caribbean island food, (how many times has my best friend Simone told me “it’s not fishcakes, it’s fritters”) EVERYONE wants to claim buljol as their own. Some say it’s Bajan, some say it’s Trini. One thing everyone will agree on is that it’s delicious. Perfect for Sunday breakfast.
I’m having a bit of a quiet weekend and I haven’t left the house – so I thought there’s no better time to make myself a lovely comforting sunshine breakfast this Sunday morning. Here’s what you need to recreate this delicious recipe. Continue reading
When I told Russell Norman that I was initially a bit sad when the Marquis of Granby pub at the top of the road where I work closed, he replied “really?” with a look of disbelief on his face. Russell, sometimes when you work in a pressured environment such as retail – closest pub for a gin and tonic takes precedence over “best location”.
It’s fair to say now that he has snagged “best location” for his latest venture of The Ape and Bird which opens next week.
The Marquis of Granby may have not been the best pub but it was an old boozer and conveniently located on the way home. You could often find most of my office stood in a circle inside or outside the pub on pretty much any evening having a drink. A drink, which would eventually lead to five. I even ate lunch there once which was a mistake. Their fish and chips were awful and unless I’m at a Wetherspoon pub or a football match, I DO NOT expect to be served condiments in sachets. Continue reading
Earlier this week I published a blog post on Taste of Christmas 2013 which I visited with my friend Yvette and her son Dylan who just HAD to meet Michel Roux Jr.
It was great to see him and brought back memories of when my friend Chanelle and I met him in 2012 and I had him sign a copy of Cooking with the Masterchef.
Here’s a lovely pic that we had taken way back when… (ok it was only last year!)