Category: Food

Oh Porto!

October 20, 2019 0

In February, I took another solo trip, this time to sunny Porto in Portugal. A vibrant historical city famous for being the home of port wine. As long time readers may know, I currently work as a trainee solicitor. February marked the end of one of my 6 month seats (or rotations, basically a period…

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My Solo Trip to Malta

February 25, 2018 6

After completing an intense 6 month post-graduate diploma at law school, I needed some alone time to de-stress and recalibrate. The island of Malta was my destination of choice… I previously had some solo travel experience having moved to Italy alone in 2014 for my year abroad. This was, however, the first time I had…

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Review: Rosa’s Thai Café

May 21, 2017 0

Rosa’s Thai Café, a small chain of Thai restaurants born out of London’s east end, offers authentic Thai food served with love. One sunny Saturday, myself and two girlfriends decided to go for dinner at Rosa’s Thai in Angel. Having previously been to the Soho branch and talking about it non-stop since, it was time…

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Strawberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake

May 6, 2017 0

This deliciously more-ish dessert is incredibly easy to make and makes a great end to a meal. You can’t go wrong with a cheesecake and so it was my dessert of choice for our family Easter lunch (Quick question: is cheesecake a pie or a cake?!). Inspiration for the flavour came from the huge box of…

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Dutch Caramel Apple Pie

December 28, 2016 2

Whilst perusing the internet for Christmas dessert ideas, I came across this wonderful twist on a classic apple pie… Dutch apple pies differ from usual apple pies due to the fact that they have a normal pastry crust but a streusel topping – a deliciously sweet crumble made from flour, butter and sugar. The caramel…

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Macaroni Cheese & BBQ Chicken

November 22, 2016 0

A simple hearty meal of some classic favourites… It was early one Sunday afternoon that I suddenly had a craving for some super cheesy macaroni cheese. I’d had a first attempt at it when I cooked the dish for my graduation BBQ back in July. But with the hustle and bustle that comes with hosting…

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My Barbados Highlights

November 22, 2016 1

My recent trip to Barbados is up there as the best family holiday I’ve been on. Having travelled there for my aunt and uncle’s wedding vow renewal, it was inevitably going to be a special trip but the wonderful island far exceeded my expectations. I didn’t want this post to be too long as I’m working on…

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Dauphinoise Potatoes

November 22, 2016 0

Creamy, decadent and moreish, Dauphinoise potatoes, or gratin dauphinois, is the perfect classic French side dish. It had been a while since I’d had a go at my favourite potato dish, and considering how well it had gone down previously, I thought I’d make it again for Father’s Day. A combination of recipes I’ve accumulated…

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Review: Miller & Carter Steakhouse

November 22, 2016 0

For the love of steak: the best of British beef and quaint converted barn settings, Miller & Carter Steakhouse is a family favourite. Last weekend, we took a trip to Miller & Carter Steakhouse in Chigwell, Essex for my sister’s 17th birthday. The chain has restaurants across the country so be sure to check their website…

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My Weekend in Scotland

November 22, 2016 0

Castles, haggis and fabulous accents. I spent a long weekend in Edinburgh and Glasgow visiting my year abroad pals.  My university reading week culminated in a 3-day trip to Scotland to visit my friends studying in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. I had never been to Scotland before and with a return flight costing just £35…

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