Monday, October 26, 2009


we woke up yesterday after another late night. we'd been at the academy til about 3am with the 2 bears so needed some serious punch to our breakfast. as Alice gave me the new Jamie book last week for my birthday i thought it was time to christen it with a wacking breka. we made the "Beautiful Breakfast Tortillas". as ever Jamie's recipes work fantastically. it was made up of jazzy scrambled eggs, with lots of garnishy things to put on top.

as i couldn't find tortillas, my mum and i went to Las Americas, a fantastic Columbian and Brazilian butcher that also makes these incredible corn breads at the back. walking in here makes you feel a million miles from London and yet this very feeling is what makes London so special and exciting and various. another change i made is the addition of a mix of meats from Manuel. he sells these vacuum packed cured collections of chorizo, sausage and pancetta. i added this to the pan before adding the eggs and it gave the whole affair a more smokey taste.

it's pretty simple, as breakfast recipes often are. here's the basic outline:

warm some delicious las americas corn bread
chop up coriander
chop up chillies
chop up some tomatoes
grate very ordinary cheese
mash avocadoes with lime juice and season
fry some meats
whisk eggs with chopped spring onions
add to meat
don't over scramble

serve up and then recline with the sunday papers!
i recommend you try it next weekend.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


it's all very exciting. we're doing a pop up restaurant and shop in brixton in december. can't wait to tell you more, but we are about to embark of the cleaning and painting. then we'll know what's going on!

Friday, October 9, 2009

HOPE AND ANCHOR. f**k the rain away

i couldn't work on wednesday as there was a massive fire in a wig shop in Brixton. poor me. after putting on countless washing loads of aprons and scouring gumtree for furniture, a suggestion was thrown out there... Lunch?

so off we went on our bikes, to the much chatted over Hope and Anchor. however by the time we actually got to The Cut, we had been soaked by the dreadful rain this week. rather werrily, we sat down, and i ordered a pot of tea straight away (to ward off any autumnal chill).

this was a real treat. we had crab with garlic mayonnaise, greens (savoy cabbage that day. it was cooked perfectly so it was still alive with bright greens, unlike the more schooly grey mops i remember from my childhood) and a fennel gratin with a dead tasty cheese that i can't now remember the name of. all this was served with a big basket of chewy and very sour in-a-good-way sourdough.

fed and watered, and presented with a perfectly reasonable bill, we got back on the bikes, into the eye of the storm, to go and see The Spivs at the 12 bar. not a perfect day, but definitely one that was improved by this meal and went on into a fun old soho knees up.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


here's the pictures of last nights delicious working-girl pasta. it was indeed packed full of vegetable goodness, and sorted out mine and alice's delayed hangovers. seconds were had, and none is left.

tonight i'm making a pomelo salad with grilled mackerel fillets, and brixton farmer's market greens. i'm pretty excited.

Monday, October 5, 2009


wasn't i sitting in the sunshine yesterday eating breakfast, pretending it was high summer? i really was, but today has brought with it the sudden arrival of autumn. damp and darker. part of me is a little excited. we've been making the flat cosy, and tonight i'm going to make some really comforting pasta with lots of carrot, celery, courgette and general 'verdure' action. pictures to follow. x