Tofu Red Thai Curry

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One of my besties, Sophie, is vegan and a cracking cook. She manages to flavour everything perfectly and her meals are far from boring. 


I was sent a handful of goodies from Wing Yip and tasked with making a delicious oriental dish. We put our heads together and decided on a tofu, red Thai curry, and bloody hell was it amazing! 


You will need:
  • Mai Siam red Thai curry paste
  • Courgette
  • Aubergine
  • Red pepper 
  • Mangetout
  • Green beans 
  • Ginger 
  • Fresh chillies
  • Kale 
  • Cauldron tofu
  • Lime 
  • Mai Siam coconut milk 
  • Onion 
  • Garlic 
  • Fresh coriander 
  • Cashews 
  • Rice


How to: 

  • Start by chopping your onion, garlic and ginger. Add some oil and fry these on a gentle heat.
  • Throw in your chopped courgette, aubergine, pepper and a generous sprinkle of chillies, salt and pepper.


  • Add in 3 heaped tablespoons of red Thai curry paste and stir it all up.
  • Add in your tin of coconut milk and let it simmer.
  • Meanwhile chop your tofu into big chunks and fry on a low heat - this will be ready to add at the end. 


  • Chop all your other veggies, it's best for these to go in near the end to add some crunch.
  • Cook your rice. 
  • Once your courgette and aubergine has softened, add your greens, tofu and some chopped coriander. 
  • When your rice is fluffy and the curry is smelling divine - plate it up and garnish with coriander, cashews and a squeeze of lime. 


In total I would say it took around an hour - when it come to cooking a veggie curry I don't tend to do things by timing. I taste as I go along and add things when I think they are needed. 


Since moving to London, I don't tend to cook as much but this curry was to die for and I'm definitely adding this to my go to list of faves. 


A couple of glugs of wine and Instagram shots later, we were completely stuffed and already planning our next dish.



xxx

Bao London - The Best Buns in Town

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Bao has been on my list for a very long time. After trying the squidgy buns for the first time at Dinerama, I got slightly obsessed with the things. The Plate Licked Clean had also mentioned how good this place was which put it firmly at the top of my list. 

Something I've learnt very quickly about London - if you want good food you've got to be prepared to queue for it.

There are 2 Bao restaurants in London. One in Soho and one in Fitzrovia. We headed to the teeny Soho one and patiently queued with wine in plastic cups. 30 minutes later, which goes super quick when you're with faaaabalus company, we were called over and shown our seats.



I wouldn't recommend heading here if you want to sit around and gaze into someone's eyes. Only head here if you want delicious food and are happy being in and out within half an hour. BUT it will be half an hour very well spent, trust me.

Now on to the food. I went for the daikon and the confit pork bao's. Both mouthwateringly good and gone in 2 swift mouthfuls. I can say that the pork one was the best thing I've ever eaten.  They also gave me new beauty goals - one day I would like skin as soft as a bao bun. So silky and smooooth.



We also shared sweet potato fries that were drizzled in a plum ketchup, fried chicken, an aubergine dish with wonton crisps (highly recommend this) and scallops. We passed on the trotter nuggets but the guy next to us spoke very highly of them...



Everything is surprisingly filling and we left feeling completely stuffed and very satisfied.

We each had 2 bao's, shared 5 sides and had a drink each, it came to £70 which I was more than happy to pay because the food was so Bao-tiful.


So if you're looking to impress someone, need a quick bite before drinks or simply fancy loosing you Bao virginity - make sure it's here.


xxx

Peckham Brunching

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The other weekend my Bristolian bestie came to visit and 2 days of catch ups calls for 2 days of brunching.

Milky latte's - check
Big toast - check
Fluffy eggs - check

Londoners, if you're looking for some new brunch spots get yo ass to Peckham. There's more to this area than Del Boy and its £4.99 cinema tickets.

Black Bird cafe under Queens Road Peckham Station. I was team BB all weekend having 3 helpings of the stuff.
Saturday morning was take away coffees (these folks do the best coffee in Peckham) 
Saturday afternoon meant slabs cake from the guys at Dulwich Market - I had the most incredible chocolate cake - It was also gluten free which means it's healthy, right?



Then Sunday morning was brunch with a menu that can sort out any fragile head.



Pedler. If you're looking for a spot that's good for girly catch ups, first dates and everything else, head to Pedler. 



They have an extensive brunch menu with lots of things I cannot pronounce, which makes it a great change from your standard bacon sandwich. I saw a great big Yorkshire pudding thing go past that was stuffed with all things delicious. No idea what it was but it looked fabulous. I went for the shakshuka because baked eggs, spicy tomato and thick bread can do no wrong.



It's worth noting that you can enjoy these places in the evening too. Black Bird do pizza nights and Pedler does an evening menu and some smashing cocktails.


So if you find yourself south of the river, make these brunch spots a must!!

xxx

Baileys Pumpkin Spice Boo-zy Hot Chocolate

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Autumn wouldn't be autumn without over-sized scarves causing the tube sweats, shoe selfies on crisp leaves and most importantly, pumpkin spice flavoured EVERYTHING.

I only usually drink Baileys at Christmas whilst inhaling a tub of Quality Street, but their latest creation has had an autumnal makeover and how can anyone resist that? 

Say hello to the limited edition, Baileys Pumpkin Spice.



Hot chocolate, it's time to get boozy.

You will need:

  • 1.5 tbsp of coco power - I used Green & Blacks 100% coco
  • Half a tsp Cinnamon
  • Half a tsp Sugar
  • Shot of Baileys Pumpkin Spice
  • Milk
  • Squirty cream
  • Gingernut biscuits 
How to:

  • Heat your milk on a low heat.
  • Mix your coco, cinnamon and sugar with a splash of water until it goes like a paste.
  • Add a (generous) shot of Baileys Pumpkin Spice and stir it all up.
  • Meanwhile crush up some gingernut biscuits for sprinkling.
  • Once your milk is hot, pour in bits at a time and stir.
  • Add plenty of whipped cream.
  • Sprinkle your gingernut biscuits on top.
  • Stick a straw in and sip away.



There ain't nothing basic about this. It's delicious as you can imagine. Creamy, sweet and like autumn in a cup. 



So the weather is getting chilly and Halloween is almost upon us, it's definitely time to get BoO-zy.

xxx

September Foodie Highlights

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Birthday shenanigans.





It happened, I am no longer in the 18-25 box. I am the old side of my 20's and I can no longer own a young persons railcard because I am an old person now.





But it's ok, I don't have a wrinkle yet and ageing a year means celebrating. A lot - which I did.



It started with brunch at Pedler in Peckham. This is a V cool place and they lather the door stop toast in maple butter. It's what dreams are made of. You can also sip on Gin N Juice with breakfast which is always a winner.



 

Home time! Back to Wales means lots of fizz and girl time with the best.





Bloom Gin, macaroons and catch up's with the best team at Park Plaza Cardiff.





Kebabs by the sea in Porthcawl at The Fairways.








The G&Tea cocktail at No6 in Swansea. It's the best cocktail I've had in a long time, so much so I went back last week for a goblet or 2 for my sisters 30th...








While we're on Gin in Swansea, another good place is Hogarths - they have lots and lots of gin on offer. Mine was Brecon Gin & organic tonic. This is hands down my favourite gin of them all. (The best things in life are Welsh...)





I feel like September is the last month where you can enjoy ice cream before you make the swap to indulgent boozy hot chocolates. Amorino is where it's at for frozen sweetness. I had pistachio, coffee and chocolate flavour and it was delicious. I went to the one in Fulham but they are dotted all around London so they are easy to find.








A hearty Eggs Benedict portion at my fave Peckham brunch spot, Anderson & Co.








Enjoying the last of the warm(ish) nights at Franks Rooftop Bar in Peckham. It closes for summer this weekend :(






Espresso Martini's at Noah's Yard in Uplands. This is my favourite place for a drink in Swansea, I lived in Uplands when this place first opened and each time I go it gets busier and better.
 







Although the beginning of September saw an unexpected heatwave, I am fully ready for Autumn and the basic necessities. AKA pumpkin spice everything - including Bailey's. Watch this space.






Not that a summer bod was ever on my list of achievement's this year, but we have officially entered in to Autumn which means comforting, carby foods to keep you warm...


October I'm going to like you.


xxx



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