Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: July 2012

Eating out in London

To the first-timer London town seems like an endless parade of cheesy franchises and greasy spoons, but once you lift the veil of this wonderful city you will find some excellent eating out experiences. Eating out in London can be expensive and disappointing but if you steer clear of the Pizza Huts, steak joints and overpriced curry houses, you can find good food at reasonable prices. My list is by no means exhaustive, it is simply what I’ve learned, as a newcomer who has visited all the major sites and locations and found myself hungry and disappointed.

The first mistake …

Cupcake papers

As you know, I don’t advertise here on the blog. I don’t write about things here unless I genuinely like them. So, rest assured that the cupcake papers I’m about to share were found by me. Back when I was doing MOTIF magazine with my cousin Tegan, I came across an online business called Dotcomgiftshop. The good thing about this site is that they seemed to have to have tapped into the zeitgeist and used their amazing curatorial flair for consumer domination. Every time I get an email from them, I want to buy 50-60% of the items on …

Cirque du Sweet

It is a rare occasion that I get to bring someone along to one of my Foodepedia events, but last Sunday proved to be an almighty exception. Harrods had a VIP launch party for their new candy store and not only did I get to go, but I got to bring the family with me! So, at 8.30 in the AM, we bundled the boys into the car and took our chances driving into London. Lucky for us the Olympic lanes were not in effect and there was ample parking in the salubrious suburb of Knightsbridge.

We were greeted by …

Apple, pecan and blue cheese salad with mustard, maple dressing

In the unlikely case that you’ve bought yourself a wedge of blue cheese and have some left over in the fridge – I have a solution if you’re looking to minimise the guilt you’ll feel as you eat the remainder of the blue cheese, all by yourself. I found this recipe on the The Pioneer Woman blog.

The blue in question is the award winning Barkham Blue from a local cheese maker called Two Hoots Cheese. The farm is in a village called Barkham, near Wokingham and it is a rich yellow, creamy blue cheese with a soft, buttery …

Not such a stranger, not such a strange land

There’s no food here today. I just wanted to talk about being here. I had a moment the other day when I realised that I had finally experienced what I came here for. I moved here not for the glamour of London or the endless holiday possibilities – although both of these are huge bonuses.¬† I moved here to embroil myself in the culture of England, to see and hear and talk and commune with the people of this land. But that sort of thing doesn’t happen straight away. I felt like a visitor for so long and at first …

Why is it so?

I am having a cookie conundrum. I made my usual choc-chip cookie, for the umpteenth time, and lately I have been taking special care to measure out the butter and peanut butter, to get a more consistent result. Now I feel like I’m going crazy because I am getting these different results even though I am making them the same way. I have included a photo to demonstrate my point.

If anyone has any ideas about why this is happening, please tell me!!

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

I love beetroot. I love it so much that I made a cake with it. I put it in every salad and love to eat it with goats cheese and everything else really. At work we get a lot of press releases from PR companies who’s clients sell fresh produce, like beetroot. I was sent a press release for beetroot the other day – strange I know – and I checked out the lovebeetroot.co.uk site for recipes. I found one for a chocolate and beetroot cake and went home that day and made it.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned …

Mexican Wedding Cakes

I rediscovered a Martha Stewart Christmas Cookie magazine in my recipe book cupboard on the weekend. I flipped through the pages undecided about what to make…and yet unable to make anything. Most of the recipes contained various nut manifestations which I don’t keep in the cupboard. So on my weekend shop I bought ground almonds, walnuts and pecans. Yesterday afternoon I made the first recipe in the magazine that took my fancy, Mexican Wedding Cakes. It was one of those days where I couldn’t seem to stop eating. You know those days?

The name is curious. Apparently the recipe originates …

Success at the summer fair

Well, I am pleased to report that our Croatian food stall at the Summer Fair was a resounding success. I’d been having restless nights leading up to the day…I’d been anticipating (I won’t say ‘dreading’) it ever since I signed up for it, knowing it would be a big day. I’m one of those people who can’t do something half-heartedly. I have to throw myself into everything. I imagine it’s hereditary because I know someone else like that. Dad had said he would help with the BBQ and Mum said she’d make oblatne for the stall. On the day, they …