The River Cafe, Hammersmith

One Michelin star restaurant, with great Italian food, friendly service, and lovely ambience. Some delicious soft bread to start   Our first starter: Scottish langoustines roasted with garlic and parsley Beautifully flavoured You can’t go wrong with garlicky seafood   Fritto Misto – red mullet, violetta archichoke, and sage branches I was slightly disappointed when…

Pecan Cinnamon Crumb Cake

Recipe adapted from https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/246868/pecan-sour-cream-coffee-cake/ Makes: 8×4 loaf For the crumb: 1 cup Pecans, roughly chopped 3 Tbsp Caster sugar 3 Tbsp Brown sugar (I use demerara) 1 tsp Cinnamon powder 2 Tbsp Oil A pinch of salt For the cake: 120 g Caster sugar 1 Egg 1/3 cup Oil 1 tsp Vanilla 150 ml Sour cream 150…

Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle

Adapted from a recipe from foodnetwork website – although I can’t seem to find it on there anymore Serves: 6 What you need: 3 Tbsp Oil 1.5 kg Beef short ribs 2 Bay leaves 2 sprigs Rosemary 5 sprigs Thyme 2 sprigs Flat leaf parsley 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 Carrots, diced 3 stalks Celery,…

Indian Mussels Fry

Recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.co.in/recipe/11852/mussels-fry.aspx Serves: 2 What you need: 200g Frozen mussels 2 Tbsp Coconut oil 1 Tbsp Ginger, minced 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced 2 Onions, finely chopped 1 Tomato, diced 2 Green chillies, slit 5 Curry leaves 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 2 tsp Chilli powder 2 tsp Coriander powder 1 tsp Garam masala 1/2 tsp…

Indian Cauliflower, Carrots, and Peas

Recipe adapted from Simple Indian cookbook by Atul Kochhar Serves: 2 What you need: 300g Cauliflower, cut into small florets 100g Carrots, diced 100g Frozen peas 2 Tbsp Oil 1 tsp Black mustard seeds A pinch Asafoetida (hing) 2 Green chillies, slit 1/4 tsp Cumin powder 1/4 tsp Coriander powder 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 1/2…

Thai Papaya/Carrot Salad (ตำไทย)

What you need: 3 Carrots (or papaya, or mixture of both), julienned 1 clove Garlic 2-5 Dried red chillies 2-5 Fresh red chillies 3 Green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 3 Tbsp peanuts, pan roasted and left to cool 3 Cherry tomatoes, halved (or 1 normal tomato, cut into 6 segments) 1 Tbsp Palm…

Pasta with Prawns and Pistachio Pesto

Inspired by a dish we had at a restaurant on our recent trip to Puglia Serves: 2 What you need 200g Dried pasta 6-8 Prawns, peeled & de-veined 90g Pistachio kernels (NOT roasted) 10g Pistachio kernels – finely chopped (for garnish) 50ml Olive oil 2 cloves Garlic 10-12 Cherry tomatoes 200g Canned lobster bisque soup…

The Sichuan, Moorgate

I love Sichuan food. I wasn’t always a big fan of Sichuan food from the start. I remember thinking the distinctive Sichuan food smell was a bit strange – pungent and nauseating, but not in an entirely bad way. I remember thinking how can anyone in their right mind eat a dish that’s either swimming…

Les Papilles, Paris

Les Papilles is a cute bistro on Rue Gay-Lussac. We were there on a very warm summer day. Luckily, they had a few fans going, so it was bearable. They do a four course lunch (starter, main, cheese, dessert) for 38 Euros Some fresh crusty bread and house red to start For first course, we had…

Edera, Holland Park

I love truffle. I don’t eat them as often as I’d like to, thanks to their hefty price tag. When we are at a restaurant with truffle on the menu, this is how the conversation goes… Hubby: Oh they have truffle on the menu Me: Yeah, I saw Hubby: Do you want it? Me: Hmm…

Sacrée Fleur, Paris

We visited Sacrée Fleur on our last Paris stuff-our-faces trip The restaurant is in Montmarte area, a 10 min stroll from Sacré-Cœur Basilica We had dinner here one summer evening, followed by a quick visit to the beautiful Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Although, I didn’t feel too comfortable walking through the area in broad day light, so take care if…

Chickpea and Fennel Salad

Serves: 2 as a side dish What you need 75g Dried chickpeas, soaked overnight with a pinch of baking soda (or 400g tines cooked chickpeas, rinsed) 1 bulb Fennel, trim off the top, bulb thinly sliced 1 clove Garlic, minced A squeeze lemon juice 2 tsp Red wine vinegar 2 Tbsp Olive oil 4 Cherry tomatoes, halved (or…

Nduja Pasta

Recipe adapted from: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jul/25/nigel-slater-linguine-with-nduja-and-tomatoes-recipe Serves: 2 What you need 200 g Dried pasta 100-140g Nduja (depends on how spicy your nduja is, and what’s your spicy-level preference) 1 Tbsp Oil 6 Cherry tomatoes, halved 2 tsp Capers Pinch of Salt Pinch of Sugar Parmesan cheese, grated (optional) How to put this together Heat oil in a pan…