"Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch."

Sweet Potato – Hot Potato

Baked Sweet Potato with Tuna

I wasn’t convinced when I first spotted this recipe on GoodFood, tuna and sweet potato? I’m not the biggest fan of tuna and standard potato but something told me to give it a go (probably the fact that I had a sweet potato in the house and I couldn’t summon the energy to go to the shop). Long story, actually pretty short story, it’s a incredible combination paired with the slightly south american influences of chilli, lime and yoghurt. It also helps that it is quite a bit better for you than the traditional white potato and mayo. I recommend adding a quick sprinkling of chilli salt too.

Full recipe here.

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Brunch for One

Strawberry and Banana Smoothie

I’m home alone this weekend (a matter my friends now know very well) so I couldn’t quite be bothered to go through my usual fanfare of Sunday brunch. Cooking eggs and bacon, mashing avocado, slicing, toasting etc it all seemed a bit much. Instead I went for a liquid brunch and made a smoothie. I love how little mess is involved and it brings my little used Kitchenaid back to life.

To make Strawberry and Banana smoothie: 200g strawberries, 1 medium well ripened banana, 1 cup of natural yoghurt, 2 cups of semi-skimmed milk, little squeeze of fresh orange. Blend and serve.

Chicken Tagine

Sophie Conran For Portmeirion Tagine �50 (1)I saw this Sophie Conran Tagine for Portmeirion and I just had to throw my hand to morrocan dining. Failing to find a recipe I liked the look of online (not enough ingredients that I had in my cupboards) I mocked up my own tagine. I then force fed it to a friend and she smiled and made all the right noises so I guess it wasn’t too bad?

4 chicken thigh fillets, 1, onion, 3 small sweet potatoes cut into chunks, 1 tin chickpeas, 1 carton passata, 1 chopped pepper, 12 dried apricots halved, 3 cloves crushed garlic, 1tbsp fresh chopped coriander, half a lemon juice, half tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp rose harissa paste, 1 cup of cous cous, natural yoghurt

Chop the onion into wedges and fry gentle with a little olive oil, the garlic, lemon juice and the chicken thigh fillets. Add the passata, sweet potato, pepper, apricots, half the coriander, the harissa and around a 100ml of water. Cover and let simmer gently for 40 mins stirring occasionally to ensure nothing is stuck to the bottom. You may need to add a little more water to ensure it doesn’t become too dry. Lots of people cook tagines for hours, this way the meat becomes tender and flavoursome, however I don’t have time for that so I just hashed it up.

To cook the cous cous add 1 cup of water to 1 cup of cous cous gently heat for a few seconds and then leave for a minute. Add seasoning and a generous knob of butter then fluff up with fork.

Serve with yoghurt and coriander for garnish.

World Baking Day

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What did you bake for World Baking Day?

Cafetiere Crush

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/1 Summer Haze from John Lewis /2 Golden beauty from La Cafetiere /3 Vintage functionality from Etsy /4 Style Junkie from Amara

Gimme, Gimme

I want thick marble slabs, tapas sets in chalky pastel colours and cream jugs in abundance. Rowen & Wren are a haven for understated slightly nordic inspired gems, all hued in greys and dusty pinks.

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I feel a summer obsession coming on…

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OMFG Pitt Cue Co have a cook book

pittOh yes, Pitt Cue Co have released a cook book to impart their genius pork based knowledge. I cannot wait to get my mitts on this.

Buy it on Amazon just a suggestion, not a command.

60 Second review of Burger & Lobster

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You may have seen this pic before

60 sec review on @Londonlobster

What: The traditional american lobster shack gets a chic British makeover. Simplicity at it’s finest, there are no menus just three options Burger, Lobster or Lobster Roll all served with salad and chips for £20. A lobster for £20 I hear you cry with delight, yar only £20 and it’s bloody incredibly too. A burger for £20 I hear some cry with derision, yar it seems pretty hefty but it offsets the Lobster prices to keep it low and friends have assured me they are tasty (as well as huge!). So what about the Lobster roll? Well I plumped for it first time and whilst the toasted brioche bun was a sweet taste of French genius, I was  unpleasantly surprised to find the lobster meat filling was cold. Rather jarring in my opinion. It also seemed to have quite a lot of tasteless lobster meat.

Where: four spots in Mayfair, Soho, Farringdon, City respectably (I went to City – Bread St)

Atmos: Bare bulbs and wooden crates as screens, it’s a little warehousey with a nod to the fishing trade. Service is swift and friendly.

Drink: Extensive drink list in comparison to the non existent food menu.

Do: not order dessert. They weren’t wow worthy despite the names – peanut brittle ice cream and strawberry cheesecake. The cheesecake was a gloopy, gelatinous mass and the ice cream was tasty but too much after such a rich meal.

£: Keep up! It’s £20 for a Burger, Lobster or Lobster Roll.

Burger and Lobster’s Website

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@sway23 and her lobster roll

Busy this sunday?

ohlalamacaronThis Sunday Ohlala – Macarons will be hosting a one-off “Only Macarons” class.

Focusing on creating and decorating delicious macarons without their normal alcoholic accompaniment. This workshop is ideal for people wishing to enjoy a lighter Sunday or younger macaron lovers.

Priced at a tantalisingly tempting £30 per person you will not only indulge in unlimited macarons, you will also take-away a box of your own hand-made creations at the end of the session.

Sunday 28th April | 3.30pm – 5pm | 33 New Oxford Street, WC1A 1BH  | £30 per person

Book here