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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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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