October Foodie Highlights

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Can you believe it's November? - said every British Person.

Now I feel like the spiral into holiday obesity can finally start...

These are my October foodie highlights:

Kensington Farmers Market
There is no bad day that can't be solved with pasta, and this is one of the best you will find. 

The Kitty Hawk Back Room, The City
There is always time for charcuterie and wine on a school night and this is where it's at.

Soho House, Shoreditch 
Because the avo on toast was always going to be the best in London.

Kerb Camden 
Kerb Camden is back and better and more delicious than ever.

Bronte, Trafalgar Square
A whole gin menu is what I'm talking about. A little in love with Bronte.

Nova Food, Victoria 
Give me an Aussie-inspired brunch any day. This is one of my best discoveries yet. Brunchers, get it on your list.

Good & Proper Tea, Leather Lane 
And I just thought butter belonged on crumpets. Wrong. Butternut squash and feta was the absolute boy, all washed down with a cracking cuppa.

Be at One, Oxford Street
 In the wise words of Be At One - Life is what you mix it. Amen.

Pizza Express
Vegans, Rejoice! Pizza Express have nailed the vegan pizza. Read about my vegan pizza making here.

Now that November is here, GIVE ME THE MINCE PIES.
Any idea where the best ones in London are hiding?


Cheese, Kale and Chilli Jam Toasties

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I am a sucker for anything that includes bread and I truly consider toasties to be one of the best things on earth.

Say hello to my cheese, kale and chilli jam toasties, suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snack times in between.

You will need:
  • sourdough bread
  • salted butter
  • grated mature cheddar cheese
  • kale 
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • Tracklements fresh chilli jam

How to:
  • Pop a handful of kale in the oven for about 5 mins to make it crispy. Put a generous helping of salt and olive oil on it before crisping.
  • Butter your bread on both sides 
  • chilli jam the insides of your bread 
  • put the cheese on
  • add the crispy kale 
  • jam it shut and toast (either in a toastie maker or with a good frying pan and weight)
  • pour yourself a cup of tea 
  • tuck in and enjoy with some extra chilli jam for dunking!
 Super easy, super quick and bloody lovely.

Let's raise a toast(ie) to that.


Going Vegan at Pizza Express

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Pizza is one of my favourite things in life. For me, it's usually covered with pepperoni and smothered in cheese, so when Pizza Express invited me in to try their new vegan range that launched over summer, I was intrigued. I'm not vegan but I have played with the idea before, it's the cheese thing that gets me every time. Imagine a pizza without cheese....

WELL, Pizza Express has nailed the cheese dilemma for us worriers. 

A few of us gathered in the new, fancy Gloucester Road restaurant for a night of dough balls, vegan pizza making and wine drinking.

I have done one of the pizza making parties before and they are so fun! You get to make your pizza from scratch and put on as many toppings as you like, which naturally I did very well...

I packed mine with spinach, mushrooms, mixed peppers, jalapenos, onion chutney, those small little sweet peppers and vegan cheese. It's really crumbly but melts like a dream.

They spoke to us about the process of introducing vegan products to the menu and listening to how much work went into launching the range was amazing. The process took so long but they didn't want to rush launching something until it was flawless. 

So once being a chef was done, it was time to drink wine and tuck into our tasty creations. 

Being 100% honest, it's probably the best pizza I've had in a long time. I rarely go meat free when I go out for pizza but I was so impressed with this. 

and of course, after all things savoury, you need something sweet. I went for coconut sorbet that went down a treat. 

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