How many times have you had Chinese and ordered something veggie? Ok, if you’re vegetarian, how often do you choose Chinese over another wold cuisine? For me. I’d never ordered a veggie option, I usually love to choose something different to the many meat dishes I eat when with Alex. But it’s always been a  matter of limited options. Looking at a standard Chinese menu, there’s a vegetable chow mein, mixed veggie curry, veggie sweet and sour, or just something plain, like mushrooms. Where’s the variety? Well that was until recently. Zing Zing has just launched a new vegetarian and vegan offering, the ZZGREEN menu. With over 20 options, with everything from Szechuan Aubergine to Sweet Potato Rendang, there really is plenty to choose from.…

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Some of you may think an omelette is super simple. Which to be fair it is, when you know the best way to make it and the key ingredients. Ever made one and thought…”I’d have much rather had dippy eggs” or “screw it, I’m having something else next time”? Then there’s a chance you’re doing it wrong. A good omelette can be packed with flavour, yet light and fluffy, keeping a good form and shape. Delicious with half an avocado, or side salad and fresh crusty bread, it can make a truly satisfying breakfast, lunch or dinner. My favourite omelette at the moment is mushroom and cheese. Cooked with plenty of onion too, the umami flavours are potent in every bite. So flavoursome it doesn’t…

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We all have those go-to easy pleaser spots on our lists. You know the ones. The pizza express types, where you know food will be decent, and even if service isn’t top notch, you’re not paying too much so it doesn’t make you hate the place. Note: Pizza Express has actually surprised me recently. Busaba Eathai is one of those for me. A spot I can always rely on for a good catch up with the girls. Service isn’t always that great, but they have something tasty for most on the menu, and you know you’ll probably get a space – no queuing for an hour for this place. A number of large sharer tables and the odd small table for two make up the…

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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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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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