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Whoever invented sharing plates is a genius. I will never get bored of sharing several smaller dishes. After all, you get to try so much more from the menu (I always feel so restricted picking one main), and you’re less likely to suffer from food envy or get bored of your dinner. Win win. Escaping the rain a couple of weeks ago, Kim and I headed into Shackfuyu for dinner and a good old catch-up before the launch event for Henry Holland’s latest Habitat collection (I was lucky enough to be Kim’s plus one). A big fan of Bone Daddies famous Ramen, Shackfuyu had been on my list for a while, and it had also featured on Kim’s must visit list too. It was pretty…

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Ok so the brunch wars went on hold for a few weekends whilst I was away visiting family, and whilst we were both ill – you just don’t fancy an extravagant brekkie when dosed up on Lemsip and feeling nauseous. But they’re back! Alex made some more awesome pancakes (I think he’s obsessed!), then I tried to top it, and I’m sure I came pretty close with my latest breakfast – breakfast tacos! We had some leftover standing soft tacos from dinner in the week, which is where my inspiration first came from – I just hate waste! So I got thinking about all the wonderful breakfast toppings I could pile into them, and obviously which would be the best combos because let’s face it…

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My birthday this year has been full of surprises! Alex and I have done experiences over presents for birthdays for a while, as we love trying or seeing new things, and there’s not many seriously awesome presents you can really think of when you’ve been together so long – all the good ideas got used up a year or so ago haha. Well my sister followed suit this year, and with her surprise for me on a weekend in the middle of Alex’s two surprises, my birthday truly went ¬†on for a few weeks! A little spoilt but I like to drag out the celebrations. Alex’s first surprise, seeing The Weeknd from the box, was awesome (read all about it here) and Emma’s brunch and…

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Barbecue food isn’t what it used to be. It’s not banging a burger on the disposable barbecue, or flipping sausages until almost burnt just to make sure they’re cooked, before serving in a roll oozing with ketchup or yellow mustard. Nope. Go out and see barbecue food on a menu, and expect slow cooked meats, tender rich brisket, juicy beef short rib and flavoursome burnt ends. Ok, so it’s another of the American influences which has made its way over here, South-West American to be exact, and this style of cooking is AWESOME. St. Bart’s Brewery, in Smithfield, is one of the restaurants on the London food scene which has jumped on the trend, but added their own little touch – all of the meat…

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Hot cross buns are EVERYTHING at Easter. So, of course I had to experiment with different ways to use them for brunch, another love of mine. I tried all manner of toppings, from simply butter, to jam and strawberries, Malteser spread and PB and banana. Trust me, they were all ah-mazing, but nothing could really beat my Hot Cross Bun French Toast with hidden Nutella pockets. Blowing my own trumpet a little right now, but these were INSANE I tell you, and definitely make the ultimate brunch for this Easter weekend. Pretty simple, they don’t take too long to whip up in the kitchen, and actually work really well with PB instead of Nutella too. Alex was pretty impressed by how quick I managed to…

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