Category Archives: Yummies

Zing Zing – delicious MSG-Free
Chinese Delivery

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I love Chinese food. And I mean, I LOVE Chinese food. It started in my teens and a pivotal moment was when I chose Peking Duck & Pancakes at home with a pal, over a New Year’s Eve party in a swanky bar. Where a boy was going to be who I liked. And he played the guitar.

Even then. I ditched both him and the bar for duck.

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London’s Best Hot Chocolate

Best Hot Chocolate London Poppy Loves

Scooter Caffe. Pic: @cheekywkd

Here is London’s best hot chocolate, in my (not so humble) opinion. Before you read any further, I should assure you that I am 100% qualified to write this post. In fact, I couldn’t be more qualified. I’d challenge you to find someone MORE qualified, who has drunk more hot chocolates than me, and seen more sugar stars than me, in London.

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A taste of Yorkshire, in London

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Hidden away in Yorkshire is Keelham Farm Shop – an award-winning family-run business which has two shops in Yorkshire and prides itself on championing great tasting, local produce. Hip pip!

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Transforming my home grown tomatoes
into Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Photo: Vikalinka

All the way through the Summer, Autumn and up until a few days ago, I had the fruits of my successful labours alive and kicking and glowing beautifully red in pots outside my kitchen, thanks to Wyevale Garden Centres.

They sent me all kinds of wonderful goodies to attempt to grow myself… some were more successful than others and my overwhelming triumphs were my little tomatoes!

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EatFirst knocks my brunching socks off

Eat First

When you’ve just moved into a new home and you’re surrounded by boxes and you don’t know where your pants are, let alone your saucepans, and you’re about to go on holiday so there is really no point in unpacking…. the LAST thing in the world you feel like doing is cooking. Not just because you can’t find a frying pan, but because it’s just one thing too far to think about… especially as you can’t find your pants.

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Working lunch

 

Ryvita lunch packs

Today I have been running around the house (I keep writing ‘flat’, then having to delete it!) doing a mixture of blogging stuff, laundry stuff, shopping stuff (beans, milk etc – nothing exciting) and staring vacantly into space as I try to work out how I should tackle my post-holiday heaving inbox of 1273 emails. Unread. *Sob*

On days like this I can forget to eat. And then 4pm comes around, my blood sugar is ridiculously low and I end up destroying a packet of Jaffacakes without even blinking.

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My #OrganicUnboxed Challenge

ORGANIC UNBOXED

Oh hello September! This one of my favourite months – it’s the beginning of Autumn, the leaves change colour and I can’t help but be catapulted back in my mind to the first day of school and being reminded to bring in a can of sweetcorn for the Harvest Festival.

September is now widely known as Organic September, which is something very close to my heart. I was rather late to the party, when it came to thinking about what I was ACTUALLY putting into my body… but once I’d jumped on board the bandwagon, there was absolutely no stopping me and my enthusiasm for eating good, real, not-messed-about-with food.

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Cooking on gas with Gizzi Erskine
(and a perfect soundtrack)

Gizmo Erskine with Google Play

A few days ago I visited Google HQ in London. That’s like the MOTHERSHIP of the interwebby. My sense of direction is terrible at the best of times, so to be honest it was a miracle that I found my way to the amazing Google Kitchen, where Gizzi Erskine was ready and waiting, with her new cook book, a wooden spoon, a shed load of oil and sporting some sensational polka pants.

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Pearl & Groove
The Flourless Bakery on Portobello Road

Pearl & Groove Portobello Road

The way Alabama is staring at her cake, is exactly how her mum Anoushka and I stared at ours when we first arrived at Pearl & Groove on Portobello Road –  with total, unadulterated love.
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Covent Garden’s
Ultimate Street Food Market

Poppy Loves Covent Garden

Last week, Miranda and I sauntered on down to Covent Garden to witness and indulge in the ‘Ultimate Street Food Market’.

Both of us adore street food. And love markets. And we also have a real passion for excellent food and wonderful London restaurants…  What we hadn’t banked on was all of these things colliding in an delicious foodie explosion right in the heart of Covent Garden, on King Street, on a Thursday night. This is all part of #CGAfterHours, taking part very Wednesday – Saturday in July.

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My kinda box set

Paul A Young Chocolates Sky Box Set

Last Friday night, I high-fived the beginning of the weekend, kissed the week goodbye and settled into the sofa with my remote control and one of the best box sets I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing…

Paul A. Young’s Ultimate Chocolate Box Set.

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Feasts & friends al fresco
Come and join our table…

Jacob's Creek Our Table

Word on the street is that it’s Summertime here in London. I’ve not been that convinced, but last weekend the sun came out, my tomatoes started coming out to say hello and I toasted each al fresco meal with LM,  friends and a glass (or two) of some of my favourite Jacob’s Creek wines.

(And if you would like to win three bottles of Jacob’s Creek wine yourself,  just see the bottom of this post!)

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A meal made of memories
with Jacob’s Creek

Jacob's Creek Our Table event at Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic Thursday 23rd June 2016.

Jacob’s Creek Our Table event at Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic Thursday 23rd June 2016.

There are certain things in life that for me, conjure up strong memories and feelings of nostalgia, that come upon me so unexpectedly that I am taken by surprise…

And one of the most powerful triggers for me, is food. The smells and the tastes of some of the simplest things can suddenly catapult me back to a specific moment years ago, that I thought I had clean forgotten…

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Feast@Fitzrovia
27th June – 3rd July 2016

Feast of Fitzrovia

Feast@Fitzrovia is back and this time it’s bigger than ever! Once again, the all-star cast of restaurants, chefs, cafés, bistros and bars are coming together to celebrate an array of international culinary delights. From Monday 27 June – Sunday 3 July, we Londoners will be treated to one of the most diverse offerings of gourmet menus alongside a jam-packed schedule of events that are sure to ignite appetites around the capital…

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A lunch less ordinary

Ryvita

Everyone has a go-to Ryvita topping. It might be cream cheese, maybe it’s marmite (me) or  cheese and pickle… but it wasn’t until I was challenged to come up with an exciting topping, that I realised I was in a Ryvita Rut. An RR.

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