The Surf and Scallop Project

Have you ever wondered why some people get so obsessive about food? For me it goes beyond simply being hungry – it’s more about curiosity: curiosity to try different flavours, different textures and different interpretations of food. I was always one to explore food – my friends would reprimand me when I’d pop something I had…

Trip to the Windy City (a.k.a. Chicago)

Chicago was never my go-to place. To be honest, the United States was always at the bottom of my ‘must-absolutely-[without question]-visit’ list. Reason being that the US is has a fairly young history and a culture that isn’t too different to what I’m familiar with. However. I am absolutely thrilled that I got the chance…

Grilled Miso Aubergine with Dukkah

Hello everyone! I’ve recently discovered what could be one of my favourite veg dishes: Grilled Miso Aubergine.I came across it for the first time when I visited Machiya, London (I’ll be reviewing them in the coming week). Eating the Grilled Miso Aubergine was like a revelation. The aubergine was so ridiculously creamy that you could scoop the…

Croque-Star

I knew I had a busy weekend ahead so wanted to make something quick and easy.  I had to capitalise on the time I had this weekend due to being in Paris next weekend! Et voilà! The answer was right in front of my face. I would make a Croque Madame, but with a twist. Serves: …

Yerba Mate & Blood Orange Bundt Cake

If you’ve read The Great Steak Post (where I don’t only talk about steak), you’ll hear about Yerba Mate — the national drink of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Southern Brazil. It is known to have antioxidant properties, is caffeinated and is consumed 6 to 1 over coffee. When I was visiting Argentina, I would pass by dozens of passerby…

Cleaning up the fridge: Open-Faced Sandwiches

I’m a big fan of open-faced sandwiches because a) I love that you can make it up as you go and b) because it’s a great way to clean up the fridge (if you have a busy fridge like me).  Open-faced sandwiches are also ideal when you have guests because you simply have to prepare…

Kwareżimal – Traditional Maltese Lent Sweet

With the run-up to Easter, my aunt asked whether or not I’d be making traditional Maltese Lent biscuits, called Kwareżimal.  And what a brilliant idea that was because I absolutely LOVE kwareżimal and I think I’ve managed to convert a few others since I made these. The word ‘kwareżimal’ is derived from the latin word quaresima referring to the…

Corn Muffins with Jalapeño and Feta

On my way to work, I usually walk past the Farmer’s Market just opposite King’s Cross Station. When I’m lazy and haven’t prepared breakfast, I pop by the baked goods stall and they have delicious savoury muffins and my favourite has got to be their cornbread muffins. I’ve come up with my own version but…

Chicken Lentil Curry

Lentils are one of those kitchen cupboard staples because they are extremely versatile and contain beneficial nutrients like fibre, protein, minerals and vitamins. They also virtually contain no fat. Which means, if you throw lentil dishes into your meal plan,it will cost you few calories with the benefit of keeping you full for long. I’ve made this…

Patty-less Shrimp Burger

One of my first encounters at Broadway Market was a food stall called Shrimpy (review via link), that make delicious, patty-less shrimp burgers. What I like about Shrimpy’s burger, is that even though the burger is patty-less, you get a balanced burst of flavour. Shrimpy adds samphire for that crunch and punch of saltiness, avocado for…

London’s China Town and the Year of the Dog

London’s China Town isn’t too different to what you’d expect from any China Town. But what I love about it is that it is so easy to navigate as it’s not large, yet has the advantage of providing everything Chinese. Expect amazing dim sum and Hong Kong-styled Cantonese roast duck, with your occasional bubble tea…

How to make Chocolate Marzipan Truffles

Marzipan has always been something I’ve associated to travel. I have two distinct memories: one related to when I had my first Mozart Chocolate truffle which I remain devout to (and bought swats of in Vienna); and another associated with Brussels, because it’s not uncommon to come across marzipan chocolate cigars. Whilst my experience has been…

How to make Austrian mountain food: Gröstl

In my previous post, I talked about Fischer’s Café and Konditorei, on Marylebone High Street, where we had the Austrian Gröstl for brunch. It inspired me to make it at home, not least because it seemed like the perfect dish to keep you warm and satisfied for a good part of the day. It also turns out…