Author: Rita Lobo

Chili-Lime Pork with Corn Salad

In the summer, some of the delicious fruits and vegetables are in season. That makes it the perfect season to eat fresh, seasonal local produce as much as possible. I have been working hard this summer to develop some new recipes that are fresh, bright and sparky, to reflect everyone’s mood and keep us all healthy. However, today rained loads in London. And it will continue to rain all week. Bleurgh. So even though I was keen to eat loads the beautiful fresh veggies I have been seeing all over the organic fruit and veg shops in my neighbourhood, I am also craving something warming and a bit naughty. Call me crazy but that’s what I want when my toes have been wet all afternoon. The answer to this conundrum is CHILI. Of course, fresh AND warming. BAM. So I have been trawling through recipes online and I found a gem from Martha Stewart. It’s fresh, it spicy and it’s delicious. It also features a delicious chunk of pork. YAS. So I spent the afternoon …

Sonia Delaunay at Tate Modern

Sonia Delaunay was an amazing artist, and fantastically creative human. But because she was a a woman, we don’t learn about her in school. The Tate Modern in London though, is working hard to challenge visitors to expand their horizons and explore some of the most amazing female artists that we may never have heard about. This summer the Tate has a female double headliner- and since I have been moaning about how white and male the mainstream art scene in London is- I am delighted. Sonia Delaunay and Agnes Martin will be the main attractions at London’s most popular museum all summer long.

Weekly Fashion Forecast: Summer Rain

Rain is just a fact of life- and nowhere more so than in London. It rains a lot….and by a lot I mean A LOT. I think that’s why in the summer where it rains slightly less everyone gets over excited and goes outside. Pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops all migrate to the sidewalks or pop-up in parks when the weather is fair. This week however, the rain will be back. It will still fee fairly hot, and London does get muggy and humid, so I recommend a light trench- the most classic and chic of all rain clothes. Leather shoes keep feet dry and a hat protects the hair- but I wouldn’t be a Londoner if I didn’t carry a brolly with me (that’s an umbrella for all you foreigners and Americans). The other thing that I would certainly recommend is to keep a light cardigan in your bag, because as soon as night hits, the temperature drops. I like grey cashmere- just sayin’. This is what I’ll be wearing this week: Hat, Rag & Bone, …

This Weekend: PICNIC in Green Park

London is one of the greenest big cities in the world. It is hard to walk more than a few minutes and not reach a park or leafy garden- particularly in the centre of the city. And the summer is the best time to enjoy those parks. Last weekend, the Pal and I were itching to get outside. The thermometer was edging towards 30, and the sun was shining. We picked Green Park simply because of it’s convenient proximity to Fortnum & Mason, purveyors of the finest picnics goods in all the land since 1707. All you really need for a picnic is a hamper and a big blanket. Our hamper was my favourite Matt & Nat backback, because of it’s square shape it kept all the foods upright, and it looks great too. We filled it with: champagne, cherries, smoked trout pate (with grissini), and a typical English pork pie. There have been more sophisticated picnics out there- the recent surge of the #OttolenghiPicnic hashtag on instagram certainly proves that- but it was delicious. …

Courgetti with Avocado Pesto

I bought a spiralizer a few months ago, and I have to say I love it. Sure it looks like a guillotine, and so far I have only spiralized carrots and courgettes, but I still love it. I have many dreams of salads and fancy deep dishes made from myriad stringed vegetables, but so far I have not achieved those. But I have mastered the courgetti– and many delicious sauces to go with it. This week I had it as a post-gym dinner, so I chose to supplement my courgetti with some regular ol’ spaghetti. I know it’s unorthodox, and some health food bloggers might want my head for it, but whattyagonnado? I fancied some carbs- and after the gym is when I have them. I did keep it on fleek with my delicious avocado pesto though. If you are unfamiliar with this delicious and healthy variety of the Italian staple, you have been missing out. The avocado replaces the vast amounts of oil that conventional pesto requires, and ads a subtle richness to it. …

Topshop ARCHIVE Collection

For the past few years, Topshop has had something of a penchant for the vintage aesthetic. It has really embraced this 90s-revival trend, and it has a vintage/salvage section at it’s Oxford Street flagship. Now the mega-brand is taking this affinity for all things retro one step further with the launch of their Archive Collection. According to the cats over at TS Archive, “is a limited edition collection of pieces inspired by decades of irreverently cool Topshop style. A love letter to British fashion, classic seventies smock dresses return for lazy summer days and rebel-rock icons like the disco jean and the vinyl mini skirt are reborn for a new generation. Inspired by the way the TOPSHOP girl effortlessly blends influences across the decades to define her own look, it isn’t about being too referential, it’s about reinterpreting fashion history in a modern way.” I have to say I dig it. Some of it is a fantastic though some of it is totally unwearable- and I mean that is the best way. My favourite is certainly the stripy Shirley Manson Circa Garage …

What is PRE-FALL anyway?

At nursery school every child in the English-speaking world learns the same things: the days of the week, the alphabet, numbers until ten and the seasons of the year. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (or Autumn, if you are in the UK). Every year, the same cycle, one season after the other, in the never-ending circle of life. However there are a few days between each season when the weather has not quite flipped yet; in the past we would have just carried a cardigan or mac out with us in the morning, in case it was not quite as warm as expected. This arrangement has worked for everyone since time immemorial. After all, even before fashion was an industry human beings have been very competent at dressing ourselves for the weather. But the fashion industry is never satisfied. Four seasons?? Pah! That’s for nursery school kiddies. Traditionally the fashion calendar has defied the natural laws of nature, and operated with two main season: Spring/Summer, and Fall/Winter, that’s why there are only two major fashion weeks. …