Using up leftovers has to be one of the most satisfying things. There’s nothing worse than going into the kitchen mid-week, after a long day in the office, and realising that you haven’t used the rest of the pack of meat, some of your favourite fresh veggies and that your bread has gone mouldy. I’m sure we’ve all experienced it at least once before. I’ve got really good at freezing everything which is due to go off, and then using it from frozen in my cooking – frozen beansprouts, sausages, crumpets, etc. But I do love to take a look at what needs eating and try to concoct some sort of recipe from the mashup of ingredients – it’s almost like a challenge. Recently I…

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Suns out, picnic blankets out. We all know that as soon as the nice weather arrives, the majority of Londoners will pack their rucksacks, grab a blanket or anything which could possibly work to sit on (I’ve seen old curtains, towels and cushions) and head to the nearest park – or the best looking green space. If you could take an aerial photo of London’s green space on a hot day, I’m sure there wouldn’t much unoccupied. We followed by example last week during the heatwave, with a picnic on Primrose Hill. It was my first trip (I know, I can’t believe it either), and the perfect spot for an afternoon soaking up the rays, having a laugh and enjoying some nibbles and a drink…

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Bottomless Brunch. The weekend plan which has become THE thing to do with a Saturday/Sunday, so much so that even restaurants you wouldn’t expect to offer a brunch menu, like Shackfuyu has jumped on the bandwagon. Due a brunch catch up with Sandy, we decided to try Asia de Cuba, the pan Asian restaurant located inside St. Martin’s Lane hotel, where I went recently to try the new spring menu (well what can I say, I was converted into a fan – read that review here).  Seated at our reserved little table for two in the corner (perfect spot for a good gossip and giggle), we got settled for our two hour slot of eating and drinking until we burst (that’s pretty much the point…

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A pad thai used to be my go-to dish when out for Asian food. A fail safe. Something you could trust would be pretty darn tasty wherever you were. That was up until I made a conscious promise to myself that I needed to start trying new things on the menu. But before recently I never knew how easy it was to make. Like super speedy! Ok so the noodles might take a tiny bit of patience – you have to soak them and stir them as soon as they start to soften to try and stop them from sticking to each other. Once soft enough to wrap round a fork, you drain, rinse with cold water and stir in a little oil to avoid…

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When my brother came to visit a few weeks ago, I decided we needed Friday night cocktails to see in the weekend. And what better timing than during happy hour. Suitably named for a circus themed bar, Trapeze is just round the corner from my office, in the heart of cool and edgy Shoreditch. Set over two floors, the decor is fun, bright and colourful, with red and white striped columns, huge bright booths, quirky additions like cars and other structures on the side, and the ceiling looked like it was ready for a trapeze act to don the hoops and ladders and show off some skills. Our spot for one bevvie, before heading off to join my work colleagues as they got competitive over…

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