So, I have been trying to cut down on my meat consumption recently – because as most of you will have gathered, I’m a meat addict. It’s SO good. But I think I owe it to the animals and the environment to calm down a bit. Mushrooms always seem to be a great way to make stuff taste more meaty so here all I did was add some garlic and oil to a pan, threw in some chopped spring onions, green runner beans, peas and mushrooms and fried them with some salt and pepper. I then got a vegetable stock cube and crumbled it into the mix to add some flavour – no water needed! Then serve with some almond flakes and you have yourself a tasty little meal.
As well as my meat addiction, you may have noticed that I have been a bit absent on here lately and I have mentioned several times that I have been working on a side project. This project is finally live – and while it still needs tweaking I am ready to show it to the world. I have been working on it with my friend Holly. It’s an online shop and it’s called couch&cup. It’s all about great home design for the house and kitchen - we also have a blog where you can get tips and inspiration to make you home and more cosy and beautiful place. Have a look and let me know what you think!
Have any of your heard of skillshare? My friend, Holly, introduced it to me last week and since I have been hooked. It’s an online teaching portal, where you can watch videos and learn about design, photography, styling, fashion, film and much more. I LOVE IT.
I am taking Leela Cyd’s, lifestyle photographer and blogger, course on 5 photo styles.. and I feel I have already learnt so much! Here are some of the photos I took – although I still have a long way to go, I just wanted to write a quick note about this resource, because it’s so fantastic.
So, I was looking at dutch baby recipes… and I DON’T have a skillet pan. How has that happened? I am obsessed with all skillet baked goods… yet I don’t own one. Ridiculous. Luckily I found a pan that can go in the oven. Probably nowhere near as good as an actual skillet though.
Not heard of a dutch baby? They are crispy pancakes essentially. They remind me a bit of yorkshire puddings, but they are the sweet version.
Anyway, as per usual I must scoot off to work on the side project stuff. I promise it will be live by the end of September
Here is the recipe for this from Bon appetit – I used blueberries instead of peaches, which made i go a darker bluer colour!
A while ago I saw that Molly had posted these most incredible Courtesan au chocolat inspired by the film Grand Budapest Hotel. And WOW. they are pretty. They are made of choux pastry and filled with chocolate creme patissiere. They took me about 2 hours in total – quite an undertaking! But really REALLY fun.
I have been pretty absent on here guys, sorry about that. As I have mentioned I have another project I have been working on which will be coming to life soon. Plus, its been hot this summer and I have been whiling away the hours drinking ice coffee and trying to stay away from the heat. The heat.. that is only increased by a hot oven for baking. But don’t worry.. Autumn approaches and I will be back on it – with bells on!
Here is my version of the courtesan au chocolat. Enjoy – this video is THE best recipe format I have ever seen, so I won’t try and outdo it. If you want to make them, find out by watching it!
Recently, for various reasons I have been trying to cut down my meat intake. My mum always worries about vegetarians who don’t supplement the iron, protein etc. they lack. So, I have started eating a lot more eggs. One of the reasons is also because I’m trying to be healthier. My boyfriend is pretty into his eggs and so he was giving me some food advice. He loves this egyptian bean dish called Fool. Which is made from fava beans… that also works great with eggs. I also recently bought the book by Michel Roux called Eggs. I would highly recommend it! Additionally I have found some great low calorie meals on British Lion eggs website – a great source of information abou types of eggs, quality of eggs, where eggs are produced etc.
As I’m a bit sick at the moment, I haven’t got any amazing recipes for you, but here is my delicious poached egg with the ripest, spreadable type of avocado on an english muffin. Add a dash of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and you are good to go!
Also, as I have been saying for months, I have been redoing my bedroom. I painted one of the walls this colour called petrol and I am completely in love with it. It’s not quite finished as I need to do another layer of paint I reckon, but the vibe is there!
So, the shelf is from ikea as are the brackets. I bought the brackets in black and then bought copper spray. Cheaper than finding copper brackets and they look like the real deal. I bought this sweet goat toy and sprayed it white to make it a bit more elegant and ornamenty. These “kissing” owls are actually candle stick holders, but I prefer them without. They along with the goat are from TIger. This beaaaautiful print is from Juniqe - a German shop that sells amazing prints! I have another one further down in this post.
My shelf of props, crockery, bakeware etc, is normally a complete mess. But I Have now brought some order to it, so that it can act as an actual feature in my room rather than a chaotic mess.
Now this cute copper shelf is part of an old clothing rail. I once again sprayed it copper, bought some little hooks and now I use it as a jacket rack/ decorative shelf. I just hung it with two nails at the top. HOW COOL IS MY CAP – got in from New York. Never actually had the guts to wear it, but it reminds me of me when I was 19. Maybe outgrown that style a bit, but still it acts as a great piece of decoration.
How cute is the hanging chopping board? This is from Tiger as well, but it’s way too pretty to use, so I just hung it with a nail again.
My mood board. Solange and M.I.A are my beauty icons. The rest is just photos of loved ones, baking and things that make me smile.
The print on the left is also from Juniqe. and this beautiful woman on the right is a print from Made.com – a furniture company based in the UK. Their prints are also fab!
I adore this vase from Otto, it’s really modern. Normally vases in white aren’t my thing, but I love the geometric shapes here!
Berlin is a town where you find a lot of stuff in cafes that it is near impossible to find in a supermarket. Gooseberries for example, I have the most amazing Gooseberry cake in St Oberholz, a cafe by Rosenthaler platz but I couldn’t for the life of me find any actually gooseberries in the supermarkets. Woe was me. But then I went into this amazing shop called “mini asia markt” on Brückenstrasse near Heinrich Heine Ubahn station and low and behold there sat these gorgeous red gooseberries. I was saved!
So, I thought, I would make some gooseberry jam and then I I decided to make some muffins with the jam in and some marshmallowy meringue stuff on top. The result – finger licking good.
Also – for anyone who is in Berlin, there is a peaceful demonstration on Saturday against the oppression of Palestine. Have a look at the facebook event if you are interested in joining! Let’s show our support for Palestine.
In the words of Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Hi guys – I am so happy to have been featured on Food52 – one of my absolute favourite food sites. I made some vanilla and lavender essences. They are easy as PIE! For the recipe just got to Food52.
Sorry, that I have been out of action recently. I have been having some absolutely heart breaking camera problems, which are now resolved. THANK GOD! Watch out for a gooseberry meringue cake to come later in the week as well as some delicious ice cream and ice lollies!
Ok – so this is the last big break i’m going to have. I have been working on a book for my sister’s 30th Birthday. It was called Food for my Sister and it took me ages. But it was worth it – she really liked it!
Now, I can finally share some of the stuff I was making with you guys. Here are two great salady dishes for ya!
I have never used Radicchio before – it’s also called Italian chicory in some places. But the colour just pops out so beautifully and the shell like shape it makes when you use the individual leaves is great. So – what does this first salad entail? Many delicious things. Pesto di noce – which is walnut pesto, bulgur wheat, aubergine and tahini. It’s great for vegetarians!
Wash your raddicchio leaves and arrange on a plate like baskets
Spoon a tsp of pesto di noce into each leaf
In a frying pan add the oil, with some salt and paprika powder - heat until very hot and add aubergine cubes in 3 groups (too many at one time will mean they don't cook as well). Once they are cooked through and soft, remove the aubergine from the oil with a slotted spoon and place on a plate with kitchen towel on (to absorb the oil)
Boil 3.5 cups of water (seasoned with salt) on the stove. Add the bulgur wheat once the water has started to boil and take off the stove - cover with a lid or plate for 20 minutes to allow to cook.
After twenty minutes - check that the bulgur is cooked through and drain any remaining water.
Spoon 1 tbsp of bulgur into each leaf.
On top of this spoon the a tbsp of fried aubergine per leaf.
Now drizzle some truffle oil and tahini over the top of them as well as a little bit of salt and pepper.
Now, this is inspired by an Ottalenghi salad with butternut squash. As I am very much a lover of stodgy carbs, I exchanged the butternut for a sweet potato. This salad has sweetness, tang, creamyness and herbyness. What more do you need?
Happy Friday Bitchachos. Sorry for my absence of late – you know how it is with all this beautiful weather. Plus it was my sister’s 30th birthday and I’m going back to London to see her next weekend and the present is taking some time to create. I will let you know how it goes once it’s done.
But enough of my poor excuse. Unlike the last post, this one is pretty photo-light. I just wanted to share this beautiful and EASY tart with you all. There is a great little soup, juice, salad place on my street near work in Berlin called Suppen grün. They always have they most intriguing tarts in there. The latest beauty was a tart filled with what looked like chocolate pudding, with some strawberries and strawberry looking glaze on top. Finished by sprinkling some greeny/purply crushed pistachios. I was very lazy when making it. Rather than making the chocolate pudding I just bought some, along with some strawberries, some strawberry jam and pistachios. Then I made some sweet pastry and tada a wonderful dessert.
I haven’t got much time, so here is the recipe – enjoy and have fabulous weekends. Man, man, MAN am I looking forward to the weekend. Work has been a bit intense this week and I can’t wait to just lie down and not think about anything except cakes and pies.
Prepare yourself for what is WAY too many photos. I just got back from New York and man, does that place have a lot of good food and pretty things to photograph. I only had my macro lens with me so, sorry if they are all massively close- up. I love a good close up.
Hopefully this will be useful for anyone going to New York, I had the best time. I was initially cynical because, well, you know when everyone is saying stuff like “it’s SOOO amazing” the whole time, it makes me feel like “Be serious”. Anyway, my cynicism was completely bashed when I got there. Lucy, my friend who lives there, had a friend who lives right by Central Park on the Upper West Side and she was away. So we got to stay in the amazing AMAZING apartment for a week. Thanks Noelle – you are a star! We went for a run around Central Park on the first morning and it was so relaxing, which is weird because I hate running, but I just had that “WOOOO, I’m on holiday” feeling.
My friend Philippa and I spent the majority of the time doing 2 things – 1. walking around open mouthed at how delicious, glamorous and tall everything looked, felt and tasted and 2. Eating. a LOT of eating was done.
First off, a walk round China town – it’s bustly, crazy with 1 dollar dumplings sold out of little trucks on the corner. Fruit, vegetables, fresh seafood that you have never seen before, cakes which will make your eyeballs pop out. It’s a place you have to see – it really is very different to the more calm and contained London China Town. Both are fab but very different. There are loads of great Dim Sum places with trolley service so you can take what you want off there, but you can also order. We had some great beef Cheng fun and Char sui bao. MMM MMMm MMMM. Oriental Garden is fab!
After we got out of little Italy, that is when we hit the Mexican restaurant in Soho where the Tacos are things dreams are made of. It’s called La Esquina and at lunch there are queues for the tacos – that’s how good they are. They have a few tables inside and out, but it’s a great place to just pick up some food and go and sit in the park next it. THE FISH TACOS blew us both away, they were tangy and fresh and the tacos themselves were the perfect softness with that great corn taste that they never seem to have in the UK. I also had veal tongue tacos, because I thought, what the hell try something new – outcome = very nice, but not for every day.
Also – I love the way the place is decorated, they have a lot of colour a lot of nice window art. I want to go bacccck there. They do delivery too.
The photos of the girls with the amazing lights behind them were taken at this awesome indian restaurant called Panna 2. It’s a tiny place where the ceiling is completely covering in chilli christmas lights. They are so bright and it’s visually spot on. The food was great- the coconut naan was oHHHh so good and it was fairly cheap because it’s BYOB.