Month: November 2008

Times Top 10 Food Blogs in the World

This is going to be brief as I am too excited to type. Simon from Dos Hermanos, has chosen my humble blog as No 10 in his Top 10 Food Blogs From Around the World. They’re all fantastic blogs and I really am honoured to be included. I am still chuckling at the “Eat Like a Baby Elephant” reference (it’s usually “Eat Like a Goat” from family and friends). I was particularly delighted to see two of my London favourites on there too – the wonderful Cheese and Biscuits and Silverbrow on Food. Check out the rest here. Congrats to everyone. Now where’s the bubbly? ;-)

GOOD Oil & good food, a great combination

This food blogger cares about her health, it may not be obvious with my clear overindulgence in staples like chorizo and pork belly, but I do care about what I eat, I want to be and to feel healthy, and as a consequence, I do try to maintain a balanced diet. This is increasingly difficult in these busy times but I think I do ok. Recently, I was invited to try GOOD Oil, a hempseed oil, at a dinner party in West London with a group of fellow bloggers (Alex from Epicurienne,  Melanie from Fake Plastic Noodles, Helen from Food Stories, Lizzie from Hollow Legs, Chris from Londonist) and hosted by the lovely couple that have dedicated the last 8 years of their lives to perfecting this oil, Henry & Glynis, and their son and cook for the evening, Ben. It seemed like a really good opportunity to broaden my culinary horizons and have an all round nice evening with some of my blogger friends. I always feel like I need to say in these …

Macaron Classes at L’atelier des Chefs

My head is full of things that I’ve yet to blog: my recent trip to Barcelona, a Galler chocolate tasting I recently attended, food and sherry matching with Heston Blumenthal (that was a ridiculously long time ago but it was great and I want to share!) and this macaron class that that I attended last weekend that I will share with you now. So, with all those lovely things, why bump this to the top of the queue? It was great and I want to relive it, I’ve some nice photos of PINK macaroons, and I actually have a recipe to share with you! At last, I hear you cry. Last Saturday, 15 bloggers gathered at L’atelier des Chefs for a 3 hour macaron class, making 4 types of macarons: The classic : lightly salt butter caramel macaroon The original: Porto and foie gras mousse macaroon Flower power: Raspberry and rose macaroon Asiatic summer: Lime and fresh ginger macaroon Now, you won’t have spotted many baking recipes on this site, I love savoury food, and …

Slow Roast Pork Belly with Cider & Lentils

And now it’s November. It’s dark and cold, it’s been quite wet. That’s ok though, life is all about balance, the rough with the smooth, the highs with the lows, the summer with the winter, and I embrace it. Well, most of the time and maybe not the rain, I had enough of that growing up in Ireland! I’ve had a busy few months leading up to this, new flat, new job, new everything it seemed, and now that everything is starting to settle, well almost, I took some time this month to experiment, a little, and indulge alot. It’s been a month for comfort food. Comfort food is at once a friend and an enemy, that first spoonful is so lovely, but by the end, I can start to hate it as I’ve usually eaten way too much. One of the exceptions to this rule is slow roast pork belly, which never grows tired. In fact, I only wished I’d roasted double so that I could have eaten it for the week and not …

butternut squash curry

Butternut Squash, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

This has been a great couple of weeks for festivities. Diwali, Halloween, Day of the Dead last week, and Guy Fawkes coming up. It certainly takes the bite out of the impending Winter! I always like to celebrate anything like this with food if I can, hey, I don’t need an excuse I know, even if it’s just for me, or, better again with friends. Last week was busy but I did sneak in a dish that would in some way cover Diwali and Halloween, well, kind of. Diwali being a Hindu festival is all about vegetarian food, particularly curry, snacks and sweets. As for Halloween, well, Halloween is about spooks and scary things, but also pumpkins, so I thought, why not make a veggie curry with pumpkin in? Or, in this case, butternut squash. I had an ulterior motive, I felt I needed a few veggie days, or veggie meals at least. I usually have quite a balanced diet but lately I’ve been buying lunch out alot more than usual, and as I work …