18th August 2013
I think I’ve already mentioned how great it was to be back in London a little while ago, but I guess it was more than just great – it was surreal. Surreal because life was so different when I left, because I’ve learnt so much (trial and error and all that) in the meantime, but mainly because I’d forgotten how much I loved cold-busy-stinky-tube-air-on-your-face London. Rather than write a long list of places you should visit, I thought I would show you instead. Feast your eyes on our itinerary (literally – my boyfriend designs restaurants so it’s usually a culinary tour more than anything else!).
In London we:
Stopped over at Liberty.
Discovered breakfasts at Dishoom, new favourite!
Was intrigued by the Damien Hirst at Tramshed.
Visited an old stomping ground in Highbury
Wore my travel essentials to death.
Was delighted by summer puddings at The Riding House Cafe
Tried out The Clove Club – impressed!
Indulged in some victoria sponge madness
Visited Whistles maybe 400 times over two weeks.
Drooled at Ottolenghi
Trespassed in gardens in Chelsea
Breakfasted with my girl Anna
Perved on buttons.
Ate at our all time favourite pub The Eagle (a MUST if you visit London).
Rummaged at Beyond Retro in Dalston
Took a load off and admired new kicks.
Indulged in man sized portions at The Eagle.
Ate a garden on a plate at The Clove Club.
Did a spot of shopping at Whistles.
Perved on perfect facades in Chelsea.
Said yes to dessert at Nopi (best food of the trip!)
Indulged in some childish excitement at Foyles.
Lay back at The Boundary.
Indulged in upside down chicken at Tramshed
Hung out at the Victoria & Albert Museum
17th July 2013
The ultimate in healthy mid afternoon snacks, these apricot and coconut balls are so delicious served chilled alongside a cup of tea. I posted this pic on my instagram a few days ago and had quite a few requests for the recipe, and I’m quite happy to share it with you! After you’ve made this version you should experiment a bit, trying different fruit and nuts – it’s really so versatile. And the best thing? You don’t have to be overly pedantic about the amounts you use – it’s done to taste which is great because I’m not so into (read: good at) being precise when it comes to cooking.
- 4 handfuls of dried apricots (approx 500g)
- two handfuls of almonds or any other nuts you like – cashews or macadamias would be delish (approx 250g)
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup of dessicated coconut
- a few spoons of water
- In a food processor or by hand, chop up the nuts and apricots into tiny pieces.
- Add the water, salt, 1/3 of the coconut and mix together so you have a slightly moist rough dough. You can do all this in the food processor if you are using one.
- Take spoonfuls of the mixture and press into balls.
- Roll in coconut.
- Leave to set in the freezer. I like to store mine in the freezer all the time so they are cool and solid to snack on.
How cute are my new delicate gold pieces from Rose Jewelry?
* ps is it silly that I snigger every time I say balls? Argh so childish!
7th July 2013
Summer holidays call for a refreshing (and healthy) snack – something sweet with a touch of spice. Whilst recently pondering what to take on a boat trip with friends I remembered something we used to eat when I lived in Sri Lanka (my family lived there for a year when I was 12) – sweet pineapple sprinkled with chilli powder and sea salt. Street vendors would wait by the school gate as we were leaving and we would scrape together our rupees for a few slices (that would inevitably drip juice all over our school uniforms). I made it yesterday and have to say it went down a treat and was even more delicious served with a side of nostalgia. I doubt you need any written instructions for this recipe – simply slice, sprinkle and eat!
I used ground cayenne red pepper for this which is why there was only a little sprinkle (cayenne is quite hot) but you can use any type of chilli powder you like, adding more or less depending on your taste for spice. Oh and make sure you get yourself a super sweet pineapple, essential for bringing out the flavor of the chilli and salt. In case you’re interested you can see some pics of my trip to Sri Lanka a few years ago here – I can’t recommend it enough as a travel destination!
Do you have any simple and healthy summer snacks you like to make? I’d love to hear!
Thanks Dan for helping me with a few of these pics.