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World Baking Day

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What did you bake for World Baking Day?

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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

Street Feast – It’s a dine of the times

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Its back on the 12th, next friday! Just in line with the lighter nights and warmer weather (hopefully).

The clocks may have gone forward but surely this is the first sign that summer is on it’s way? It’s got the cult classics (we can call them classic now right?) Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Ribman and some new names I’ve never had the pleasure of me[eating], HAI Spit & Roast! The plan? Head down to Merchant Yard, fill your belly with food, your liver with alcohol and your mind with music and art.

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Photos by Chris McIntosh from Street Feast

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Photos by Chris McIntosh from Street Feast

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Photos by Chris McIntosh from Street Feast

If you need more info check it: www.streetfeastlondon.com

National Popcorn Day


National Popcorn Day

Plastic popcorn holder from Dotcomgiftshop Lemon & Poppyseed and Caramel & Macchiato Gourmet popcorn from Joe & Sephs Popcorn Popcorn Machine from MonsterStuff.co.uk

Today is apparently National Popcorn Day, not that I need an “official” day dedicated to the stuff – I’m already an avid fan. Not just the snack of choice for cinemas, popcorn has entered into the gourmet league with brilliant brands such as Joe & Sephs offering interesting and diverse flavour ranges. There is even a dedicated popcorn shop in Notting Hill!

Six Dinners Later

Six Dinners Later

Are you a Come Dine with Me fan but could never quite envisage your mug on the telly? Well new site Six Dinners Later is a new platform made to “encourage friendships” and puts your cooking prowess centre stage without the score cards.

How does it work?
Firstly, you are invited to join Six Dinners Later and attend your first dinner.
Then, you host your own dinner, invite your original host and four new guests off the guest list.
After that, you get invited to dinners hosted by your four guests, so four dinners later you’ve made 25 new pals.

You can pick all your guests based on their profile where you can find out what they do, what they cook and even what they would take to a desert island.

Find out more here.

Winter Wonderland

I had a jolly ole time in Hyde Park last night scoffing hot dogs and watching people drunkenly dance to a (very) old man’s rendition of Gangnam Style in a Bavarian bar.

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It seems Winter Wonderland gets bigger every year, sprawling across a larger expanse of the park, this year features more Ferris wheels, carnival rides, pubs, sweet stalls and Christmas paraphernalia stalls than Santa can shake his hat at. Take plenty of cash with you (there are cash machines but they charge you £2+) as no one takes card! Perfect evening for getting you into the Christmas spirit!

www.winterwonderland.com

Ohlala – Macarons and Martinis Masterclass

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I fell in love with the Macaron this year. A little late, I know, but as I scoured Paris for the cities best I greedily scoffed white chocolate from Fauchon, a giant pistachio and raspberry one in a patisserie next to the Moulin Rouge and all the varities that I could lay my (then quite chubby) mitts on in Pierre Hermé. I can’t get enough of them but, despite having ground almonds in my cupboard for an age, I have never been quite brave enough to attempt the french delicacy in my own home.

So I was happy to take tips from the new Macaron Masterclass madames at Ohlala – Macarons. Held in Holborn I raced there after I fell asleep in a tub chair at Dean Street Townhouse.

Thankfully I took my seat and in front of me sat a tower of pastel coloured treats and what turned out to be a magical forever refilling lychee martini glass. Parfait!

Meredith took our hands and told us a bevvy of secrets about the infamously difficult bake and busted myth after myth until they seemed a doddle. After a hands on demonstration we were given a selection of cases and cremes to pop some together. We then wrapped them in tissue and sealed with Ohlala’s super cute poodle stickers.

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Then, a little wobbly, I left my perfect macarons to prop up the bar and watch a mixologist (we had La Bodega Negra’s finest) show us the basics of a martini. We started with a demonstration of the magical Lychee Martini and then each made our own. After asking us about our flavour preferences we created “bespoke” drinks and most importantly got to taste test our efforts. I felt it rude to leave any in the glass. The ingredients of choice were Legend of Kremlin vodka and Gabriel Boudier liquers. Prior to this I had never tried Kremlin but I can confirm it to be delicious and worth the pricier tag.

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Martha shaking her Martini

The masterclass is two and a half hours in length and £80 pp.

  • Sample a selection of macarons
  • History of macrons and martinis
  • Expert demonstration of preparation of macarons and ganache filing
  • Make your own packet of over 10 macarons in a choice of colours and flavours
  • Expert demonstration of how to make the perfect martini
  • Create your ideal martini using luxury ingredients
  • Q & A – troubleshooting
  • Full recipe cards and supplier/stockist details

This would be the perfect activity for a Hen party (classy too), birthday or gift for any Great British Bake Off fan

www.ohlala-macarons.com