All posts tagged: Food

Late Lunch: POLPO Duke of York Square

Polpo is a lovely place in London. I have long been a fan of the Covent Garden outpost (delicious meatballs), and have even been known to frequent the Smithfield spot. Recently the restaurant has been rolling out new spots as quick as it takes for me to enjoy a gin and tonic on a summer evening- and I wasn’t convinced that was a good thing. The two newest outposts- Cambridge Circus and Duke of York Square- seemed too big and too flashy¬† to make for great restaurants. What I love about Polpo, originally, is that the food is great and simple- without losing the Venetian flavours it purports to represent. The small menus are appealing and diverse too- and it’s reasonably priced for what it is. I was worried that the new openings might not be able to carry this simple formula well, and buckle under the pressure to turn outrageous profits and cover the expensive rents. So I was sceptical when the Pal and I turned up without a reservation to the Duke of …

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 …

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. …

Dinner at Tonkotsu Mare Street

The best thing about living in Hackney is the seemingly endless supply of hot new restaurants and bars available to your average hipster-about-town. My latest gastronomic adventure was a rather impromptu trip to the recently opened Tonkotsu on Mare Street. The third branch of the chain is by far the sleekest- and the first one to feature a cocktail bar. And a good thing that is because on a Friday night you can expect to wait over 40 minutes for a table for two, and potentially longer for bigger groups. But it is worth the wait- especially in the cold winter months when a steaming bowl of rich broth and fresh ramen is the only food IN THE WORLD that would drag me from under my cashmere blanket. The menu is simple stuff- six or seven options of ramen, including the brand-new seafood option- available only at the Mare Street outpost. There are also some appetisers, most of which are fried, and some very delicate gyoza. Everything is delicious and warming, even if I think …

Prawn Bisque Tagliatelle

Some days have been so long at the office, and it’s so grey and miserable outside that I just feel the need to treat myself with food- and by treat I don’t mean cake or sweets. I mean a really luxurious, rich, warming, delicious meal. But as times are tough a girl needs to keep a constant eye on the contents of her purse, so she cannot keep treating herself to restaurant meals and champagne willy nilly. As much as bubbles and lobster sound delicious, I actually really love cooking something delicious for myself and the Pal. So last night I did just that: I took a charming stroll through London Fields to the consistently excellent (if pricey) Fin and Flounder, and bought myself a bag of huge shrimps. The result was a delicious Prawn Bisque Tagliatelle that was as easy to make as it was luxurious and delicious. Too delicious to not share on here, so… Feast your eyes and tummies on the Super Incredible Prawn Bisque Pasta