That freshly baked smell of warm bread, straight from the oven, as it floats around you and makes your tummy rumble. Seriously, how can anyone resist? I love a freshly baked loaf. Give me one of those over a full sliced white/wholemeal loaf any day. It might not always last quite as long, but it sure tastes better whilst it’s there. That crunchy crust, fluffy and light middle…it’s making me hungry just writing this. Recently I was lucky enough to be sent some of the new products which have just launched at Polish Bakery to try. The Polish Bakery is the oldest polish bakery in the UK, and considers a good loaf of bread the heart of every culture. So much so, that they say…

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It’s like a Bao down on the London street food scene at the moment, with these little steamed wonders appearing to be having a moment in the spotlight. With so many Korean spots to visit, it sure can get a little overwhelming/bamboozling and no matter how much you say you’re going to visit all the places on your list, we all know it probably won’t happen. The Bao popup I visited recently however, is one of those places that deserves priority status on anyone’s restaurant list. Bam Boo, owned and ran by Kuleen and Jack, is a new Asian fusion street food company based in London. Starting off life touring on a street food stall, Bam Boo has just launched a residency at the O…

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Jerk. No I’m not giving out an insult, I’m talking about the Caribbean seasoning I’ve come to love. Give me anything jerk and it’s a winner – Alex’s mum makes the most incredible jerk chicken, and I love feasting on the stuff at Notting Hill Carnival too! I could probably live on the jerk chicken and wouldn’t get bored. One side which goes so well with jerk chicken is sweet potato – come on, Sweet potato is never going to have had its day. So getting creative in the kitchen recently I started experimenting with combining the flavours – a jerk sweet potato mash to go with my slow cooked BBQ chicken. Combining cooked sweet potato with a little butter and jerk paste, it made…

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Cookie dough. My first thoughts used to be…Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pots. You know the one (the most popular right?), and I’d always consume as much as humanely possible, digging around to find the sweet, soft balls of unbaked cookie inside, like they were little treasures in a hunt. Well, that all changed when I spotted this new opening. Founded by cookie connoisseurs Jen and Hannah, Naked Dough serves up raw cookie dough like ice cream – in a tub, a cone or in a milkshake. No more hunting for those little pieces in the ice cream tub. The dough is based on home baking recipes and techniques, but using no egg so it’s safe to eat your whole tub! If you can manage…

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Pasta. A dish I normally avoid when eating out. Not because the options don’t look tasty, but solely because I think I could probably make that dish, or something similar, at home. I know what you’re thinking, look at that cooking ego, but I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Pasta from a street food stand/van, is usually bottom of my list too – unless it’s quirky and new (i.e. stirred inside a huge cheese). Ok and Mac’n’cheese I count separately as you can’t really compare that to other pasta dishes, it’s my ultimate weakness. I always think that pasta from somewhere like a street food stand would be made in bigger batches, have been cooking for God knows how long,…

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