Easy Yorkshire Pudding Recipe (Stop being lazy)

7 Apr Jamie Oliver style Yorkshire puddings

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

Guess who’s back…

30 Mar claire bubbly

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

Buljol for Sunday Breakfast

30 Mar buljol and fried dumplings breakfast

buljol and fried dumplings breakfastTypically 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

The Ape and Bird Public House, Shaftesbury Avenue, London

28 Nov

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

Throwback Thursday; Michel Roux Jr at Taste of London 2012

27 Nov

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!)

michel roux jr taste of london 2012

#MeatlessMonday – Pan-Fried Cod and Prawns

26 Nov

So, I was on the phone gassing to my friend Simone last night and she asked me “what are you having for dinner?”

“Well…” I replied.

“You know how I like a fad…?”

“A what?” She asked

“A fad.”

“What?”

“fad”.

“What? Sad?”

“No, Fad. F.A.D”

We continued this for around 30 seconds.

“FAD Simone. F for foxtrot. A for apple. D for delta”

Finally she got it. Continue reading

Meeting Michel Roux Jr at Taste of Christmas 2013; Tobacco Dock, East London

25 Nov

Turkey, gnocchi, warm gin brews and Michel Roux Jr, yup – it can only mean one thing – Taste of Christmas 2013!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… Everywhere you go. Especially in Tobacco Dock which was taken over last weekend for the annual Taste of Christmas festival. I had wondered why they had moved from the venue of last year, Excel. All became clear when I watched the news on Saturday morning and saw that a 50th anniversary for Doctor Who was taking place at Excel, meaning that Taste of Christmas had to move their set-up to Tobacco Dock, East London.

tobacco dock Continue reading

Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte – City of London

30 Oct

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I made a bit of a faux pas – I went out to eat and I didn’t take photos! Imagine that! *covers face* In my defence it was a business lunch so it wasn’t really appropriate to take pics – also in the city of London with all of those toffee nosed stuck up City B-Wankers – it’s really not the sort of environment to take pics. I had to just tell you about my visit to Le Relais de Venise in Throgmorton Street, London. Continue reading

Diciannove Launch Party | Crowne Plaza Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB

22 Sep

**Pronounced ditSan”nOve**

What a lovely evening Sally and I had on Thursday at Diciannove - an Italian restaurant within the Crowne Plaza hotel in Blackfriars that has renamed and recently revamped itself. Usually PR events are much the same. Drinks and food that the proprietors THINK you want to sample thrown at you. Followed by an A4 sheet of paper with the offering and many links to ensure that you post SOMETHING to ensure the restaurant gains coverage. I have to love Roche because they get it right. They don’t make me FEEL like I have to post anything on the Internet or give any coverage to events. I guess their clients just have such an air about them that I feel that I will want to tell people “look here! You must go!” Continue reading

O-Tower Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant, Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey London

16 Aug

“Welcome to Misery’s West Indian Restaurant”

If you ever watched The Real McCoy that will mean something to you. If you have no idea what I am talking about here’s a taster so the rest of my post means something to you.


I recommended O-Tower to my sister amongst others on account of the fact it had amazing reviews on Trip Advisor – and rightly so – we had a whale of a time!

I don’t know why but we loved the demeanour of Sheila – the owner. We had a table of 18 including the birthday girl – my sister Elisha.

MOST of us turned up on time – but Elisha was awfully late (story of her life!). 1 hour 15 mins late. Yeeeah.

Continue reading

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