It’s become a birthday tradition of sorts that on/for Alex’s birthday I take him out to one of the best meaty restaurants in London. This year, following a fab recommendation from KS Ate Here, we celebrated his birthday at basement bar and chop restaurant, Blacklock. The city restaurant, situated close to Sky Bar, looks almost a little hidden and mysterious from the exterior. With just a black fascia and sign, Alex didn’t have a clue where we were, which added to the birthday surprise effect. Downstairs, the restaurant feels minimalist yet chic, with bare brick walls, dark woods and black leather seats. It almost likes you’ve just entered an American ranch. The menu, focused around chops and steak, looks small but don’t be fooled. With…

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Eton Mess is a classic. A truly British dessert loved by many. The fresh, juicy berries, light and airy, sweet meringues, runny coulis, and thick indulgent cream, a dreamy combination. A treat to be devoured every now and then. But for those moments when I crave a classic, like an Eton Mess, during the week I like to put a healthy twist on it. Less guilt, no feeling like I need to gym to burn it off, and yet still just as delicious. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Eton Mess version. Using low fat or fat free vanilla yoghurt instead of cream, with plenty of fresh strawberries, sauce and crunchy meringue, I created a seriously tasty dessert, which radiates the feel of…

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Thrill seekers. This one’s for you. My final birthday surprise for Alex. All he knew was to wear full length trousers or jeans, sleeves, trainers, maybe a coat in case he got cold, and to bring no bag. As we were walking from Lambeth North station he actually asked if we were going to Battersea Dogs home to walk dogs. He had absolutely no idea. And his London geography was so out..you’d expect better from a London born and bred 26 year old considering he wasn’t blindfolded. Haha. Easy to find in Archibold Park, somewhere between Lambeth North and Waterloo, the postcode will take you to one of the side entrances of the public space. All you have to do then once entering the park…

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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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