Tuesday, September 23, 2014

High Tea

For a real London afternoon tea experience, one cannot go past Brown's Hotel in Mayfair. Serving the traditional fare in style and class, complete with live piano music, one cannot help but melt into the armchair and wish all afternoons were spent in this fashion.

An array of sandwiches with contemporary twists on the traditional, such as mint in the cucumber sandwiches, make them extremely tempting. You may need more than one plate.

The cakes are all delightful. Yes, I had all of them. Particular accolades go to the luscious lemon tart and the softer than silk, macaron.

Champagne was a must, as we were there to celebrate my leaving London for a gig on the Queen Mary 2. Bubbles and ladies in frocks and old world British service. Yes please.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gordon Ramsay - Royal Hospital Road

One of the best meals I have ever eaten. Impeccable in every way. Just behold the splendour of this Turkish Delight. Sheer perfection.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tommi's Burger Joint

I do love a good stroll through Marylebone, especially when it involves an awesome burger. A block or so down from Patty and Bun is Tommi's Burger Joint, and it is better, by far.

The burgers are luscious and juicy with a patty that is well seasoned and flavoursome. Ugly, dented and greasy Tommi knows what Champagne Duchess likes. 

Oh and the chocolate shake was so thick you almost hyperventilated from trying to drink it. Excellent.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cooking with Gennaro

Last Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of assisting Gennaro Conti in his cooking masterclass at Recipease, Clapham Junction. A character that is full of life and passion, Gennaro enthralled his audience with his flamboyancy and eccentricity. To watch him make fresh pasta was something of a marvel - he doesn't believe in resting the dough - and formed from what looked rather scrappy and useless, the most amazing, silky pasta.
His ethos of flavour and love is simple and should be adhered to by all.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Club Gascon

For a lovely evening out in London town, the degustation at Club Gascon with matching wines does a splendid job. 

A playful menu filled with dishes to delight the eyes as much as the tastebuds, Ausignac balances flavours exceptionally and makes one ask "how on earth did he do this?", as one eats their way through an array of sublime textures and tastes.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake is a deliciously moist cake filled with pineapple and banana. This recipe comes from Jamie Oliver's new book Comfort Food - which as the title suggests is filled with recipes that hug you. 

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