1. Arrack Punch courtesy of @lanes_of_london ! Ceylon Arrack, lime juice, ginger juice, pommegranate syrup and soda water! #tgif

     
  2. Double Grammy Award winner Common (and one of my favourite MC’s EVER!) plays Roundhouse on Saturday, November 8th. Just copped a pair of tickets and CANNOT WAIT! Cheers B for the tip-off x

     
  3. @hemsleyhemsley chicken adobo - a popular Filipino dish which is so goooooood, my word. Only took 25mins to make with simple ingredients (chicken stock, black peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic and interestingly enough, apple cider vinegar). Having it with roast veg and quinoa! #theartofeatingwellcontinues

     

  4. New Post: What we’ve been up to… Rossopomodoro (via Deliveroo)

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    What we’ve been up to… Rossopomodoro (via Deliveroo)

    I love dining out as much as the next foodie, but sometimes you just want to kick back and let the good eatin’ come to you (without having to pick up a single fry pan).  That was the case for TCé when we recently got the chance to try out Deliveroo, a new food delivery service  working with some of hottest , upmarket restaurants in town. Busaba Eathai, Carluccios and Ping Pong are all on the roster, along with Rossopomodoro, a lovely Italian eatery that serves heart-shaped pizzas and the mind-blowing Calda Calda, a fried pizza dough(nut) topped with icing sugar and Nutella. Both food and delivery were on point – our order arrived quickly, while it’s good to know a decent, quality meal is only a few finger taps away. Next order – Busaba calamari!

    For more information about Deliveroo visit www.deliveroo.co.uk

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  5. New Post: Something you should serve… Louisiana sweet potato pancakes

    http://www.theculturalexpose.co.uk/eat-drink/something-you-should-serve-louisiana-sweet-potato-pancakes/

    Something you should serve… Louisiana sweet potato pancakes

    Ah, sweet potatoes! I love the fact that they’re so versatile – especially when you change your mind about how you want to use them, like I did on Tuesday. That’s how I arrived at the idea of making sweet potato pancakes for breakfast.  I had a leftover cooked sweet potato and after toying with the idea of making sweet potato muffins, I figured it could work just as well (and quicker) in pancakes.  Well, let me tell you something – those pancakes were the best mid-week breakfast I’ve had for a while.  Just look at ‘em!  Topped off with peaches, blueberries, strawberries,  greek yoghurt, honey and cinnamon, these were  made with buckwheat flour and no sugar, but I’ve outlined the original recipe I found via  Allrecipes which is fairly easy to tweak.   Serve this for weekend brunch with a light papaya smoothie and a mug of Earl Grey….

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    Louisiana sweet potato pancakes

    Makes roughly 8-12 smallish pancakes or I imagine 6 large ones?  Whatever you choose, you get a good yield!

    Prep + cooking time = 40 minutes 

    • 3/4 pound or 12 oz sweet potatoes (I used one sweet smallish potato that I zapped in the microwave for about 10 minutes – but according to the recipe I should have technically used about 2 small potatoes or 1 large one, which would taste better) 
    • 1 1/2 cups or 340g  plain flour 
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt  (I’d recommend cutting this down to 1/2 a teaspoon)
    • 2 eggs, beaten

    Directions

    1. Place sweet potatoes in a medium saucepan of boiling water (or zap it in the microwave)  and cook until tender but firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, and immediately immerse in cold water to loosen skins. Drain, remove skins, chop and mash
    2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg or mixed spice. Mix mashed sweet potatoes, eggs, milk and butter in a separate medium bowl. Blend sweet potato mixture into the flour mixture to form a batter.
    3. Preheat a lightly greased griddle  or fry pan over medium heat. Drop batter mixture onto the prepared griddle by heaping large spoonfuls and cook until golden brown, turning once with a spatula when the surface begins to bubble.
    4. Keep cooked pancakes warm by putting them on a baking tray (with baking paper) in the oven on 100-150 C.  When all the pancakes are cooked, serve with toppings of your choice. 

    papayasmoothie Papaya smoothie: You know, I never bought a papaya in my life (!) until I came across this recipe from the Hemsley cookbook. I tweaked it a tad using a whole papaya, 1 banana, lime juice (I used lemon) a little bit of ginger , roughly 200 ml water and honey to taste). Blend it and bam! Trés dope.

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  6. News just in! Extra Lauryn Hill show in London, 28th September:

    Ms. Lauryn Hill has announced that she will perform a very special intimate show at Brooklyn Bowl, London on Sunday the 28th September. This will follow her forthcoming run of UK tour dates, including two sold out shows at O2 Academy Brixton.


    Ms. Lauryn Hill tickets for Brooklyn Bowl go on-sale 9am on Friday 5th September priced £55 / £80 (VIP) / £150 (Meet & Greet) (subject to per-ticket charge plus order processing fee) and are available from www.livenation.co.uk, www.ticketmaster.co.uk or www.axs.com

     

  7. New Post: Somewhere you should go… The Hackney Pearl

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    Somewhere you should go… The Hackney Pearl

    It’s a big call for non-Hackney Wickians to venture out to this local  East End haunt – yet if you do, you’ll be glad you did.  The Hackney Pearl comes with the artsy vibe of the neighbourhood it inhabits, offering plenty of interior eye candy and quirky details only hipsters do so well.  The menu is just as creative,  with a varied selection of standard, seasonal fare and other unique concoctions. But above all else, the food is incredibly  well-made and tasty.  On a recent invite for Sunday brunch, we enjoyed freshly made focaccia that practically melted in the mouth, followed by an excellent Norfolk chicken with roast  tomatoes and mograbiah . The latter is a sort-of pearly, couscous grain that has been delicately cooked in butter and it’s delicious.  Desserts are good too, if not modest for the price.  Chocolate-covered pears are over in few spoonfuls, while the sliver of custard tart was a bit of tease, especially as it was so yummy.  That said, it’s a testament to the quality of The Hackney Pearl that we wanted more – and to be fair, once we downed a couple of their stunning orange and cardamon mimosas, all was soon forgiven.

    The brunch menu changes frequently and expect to spend around £50 for two people  including starter, drinks and desserts  -  but for more information about The Hackney Pearl, visit: www.thehackneypearl.com Check out our pics from our recent visit below. 

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  8. Just had a mild baking disaster, but happy to know I can make a salad! Lol This is a super-easy courgette salad with toasted pumpkin seeds. Olive oil and balsamic dressing brings the flavour flave…

     
  9. An easy-like-Sunday-morning breakfast: Amaranth porridge with raisins and peaches! Cooked in Coconut Milk. From the @hemsleyhemsley cookbook.

     
  10. Meal planning in Holland Park :-)