Hot Cross Buns with Crème Pâtissière Cross

Recipe adapted from Ima’s legendary hot cross buns: http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/recipes/yael-shochat’s-hot-cross-buns Makes: 9 large buns For the buns 425 Bread flour 60g Butter, at room temperature, cubed 90g Honey 30g Fresh yeast 250ml Milk (full fat), heated to 90°F 1 tsp Salt 1 Tbsp Ground cinnamon 1 tsp Ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp Ground cloves 125g Currants 65g Mixed…

Mushroom Biryani (Vegan)

Adadpted from this recipe: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/mushroom-biryani-dum-mushroom-biryani Serves: 2 For rice: 1 cup Basmati rice, washed 3 times, and soak in water for 20 mins 1 Bay leaf 1 inch Cinnamon stick 3 Green cardamom 2 pieces Mace 2 tsp Salt For mushroom curry: 200 g small white mushrooms, quartered 1 inch Cinnamon stick 1 tsp Black cumin…

Chicken Satay (สะเต๊ะไก่)

Thai-style chicken satay! Serves: 4-6 as starter or snack For chicken 500 g Chicken breast fillets, or chicken breast sliced into thin pieces (13-15 pieces) 100 ml Coconut milk 1 stalk Lemongrass, using only the bottom part (white bits), sliced then pounded 1 tsp Galangal, diced then pounded 1/2 tsp Cumin powder 2 tsp Coriander…

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction, Belgravia

One michelin star restaurant in the pretty suburb of Belgravia. They serve Basque cuisine in a fine dining setting. The food is delicious, the restaurant romantic, and the service is faultless. The restaurant is located at boutique hotel COMO The Halkin Inside the hotel, the cutest front of restaurant …and the coolest restaurant setting inside. It’s…

Kurobuta, Marble Arch

Japanese restaurant in Marble Arch (they have another branch in Chelsea) serving small-plate dishes. The restaurant is casual, and the food is cooked well and beautifully seasoned. The waiting staff are young and some of them seem slightly unprofessional. Maybe it’s a bit hard to get the balance right between being cool without being impolite,…

Le Vacherin, Chiswick

Fine dining French restaurant in Chiswick. The restaurant has a lovely view of Acton Green. And while it’s on a relatively busy road with cars & frequent buses in front – it has a really nice surburby feel to it. Lovely place, lovely food, and great service! Inside the restaurant Fresh warm bread, with sardine…

Eggplant Indian Curry

Roasted eggplants has lovely smokey flavour to it. Delicious. What you need 2 servings portion Basic Indian Curry Sauce (i.e. half the recipe from here) 1 large Eggplant Oil 1/2 cup Frozen peas Salt to taste How to put this together Heat oven to 230 C Line baking tray with foil. Brush eggplant (whole) with…

Basic Indian Curry Sauce

The key to making this sauce is to NOT rush it. You want to slowly cook the onions & tomatoes to extract flavours over low heat. Make a large batch, and keep in the freezer Simply re-heat the sauce with a bit of water, add meat or vegetables and simmer until cooked. Makes: sauce for…