A snowy day supper

We knew it was coming. Let be honest, we have been checking and rechecking the forecast all week willing the white to arrive. One slippery, boot-crunching walk and tediously long wait for a train home from work later – and the novelty has started to wear thin. The tip of my nose is much like my dogs. Wet and cold.

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Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

But unlike the pooch I do not wish to go outside and roll around in the cold, wet, white stuff. I want to stay at home, candles lit, in my onesie AND dressing gown with a steaming plate of this…

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Crispy pork chops, buttery mash, glossy green spinach and lashings of creamy mustard and garlic sauce.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 pork chops
  • 2 large waxy white potatoes
  • Butter 
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • A small tub of creme fraiche
  • Wholegrain mustard
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 bag of washed and ready to cook spinach

 (Serves 2 for exceedingly large portions)

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Drizzle your chops in a small amount of olive oil, X2 crushed garlic cloves and a hefty sprinkling of salt and pepper. Leave to marinade in the fridge for an hour or until you are ready to cook.
Peel your potatoes. Cut into small chunks to speed up the cooking time and boil for about 30 mins or until soft. This will depend on the size of your potato chunks – give them a prod with a knife now and again to see how they are getting on.
When the potatoes are almost ready. Put a frying pan or grill pan on a high heat, you do not need to oil the pan as the meat is slightly oiled. When hot add the chops so they sizzle and spit. If you can, try to hold the fatty edges firmly against the pan with some tongs. This will render down the fat making is deliciously crispy.
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Drain the potatoes, add as much butter as you dare, salt, pepper and a dollop of your creme fraiche. Put the lid back on pan and leave to one side.

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The pork should take about 5 minutes each side depending on the thickness of the chops. If you are unsure cut into the meat and take a look – it shouldn’t be iridescent or pink but should still be juicy.

When cooked, take the pork out of the pan onto a board and cover in tin foil to keep warm.

DO NOT wipe the pan clean or try to use another one. The juices left and the burnt, crispy bits stuck to the pan is what will give your creamy sauce its best flavours.

Turn down the heat and add a large knob of butter.

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Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Creamy pork chops with mashed potato and spinach, pork chop recipe, snow day recipe, winter dinner, pork supper, creme fraiche, mustard and pork, snow, London, home cooking

Add three heaped tablespoons of creme fraiche to the pan, a heaped teaspoon of wholegrain mustard and the juice of half a lemon. Stir.

Put your spinach in a small pan with a small lump of butter (yes, more butter) and a grating of nutmeg. (optional) Turn on the heat fairly high and place lid on pan.

Start piling up your plate with mountains of mash, a glossy greens for good measure, crispy pork and smother in the creamy sauce.

Eat in large fluffy socks.

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Going Green

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
A new year and a fresh start. There is no better time for it after copious amounts of turkey, stuffing, chocolates and red wine in pyjamas. After extending the festivities to about a month prior to Christmas Day I am in desperate need of a bit of a detox. A fresh start and an injection of goodness to add a spring to my step despite the grim wet weather and dark mornings. 
Green juice. 
Fad or utterly fab? 
This is what I know: All the main ingredients are jam packed with antioxidants and super food goodness. Gwyneth and Miranda Kerr are avid drinkers of the green stuff and Tracey Anderson (fitness and gorgeous body guru) is an advocate. Worth a (wheat grass) shot?
Here is my recipe for an quick and fuss free morning fix of the green and good stuff:
INGREDIENTS (makes approx 24 smoothie discs ready to freeze)
  • X2 lemons
  • 500g of whole blanched almonds
  • A big bag of washed and ready kale
  • A big bag of washed and ready spinach
  • A knobbly chunk of ginger
  • Coconut water or apple juice (fresh – not from concentrate)
Kale and spinach are pretty key but other bits you could substitute or add in are:
Parsley, mint, cucumber, apples..
OTHER BITS AND PIECES:
  • A blender
  • a cupcake tray
  • freezer bags

Slice the zest from the lemon and de-pip as best you can. Blitz it all up in a blender with sloshes of coconut water or apple juice to loosen the mixture. I only have a minuscule Kenwood smoothie blender  so had to do a few batches and mix it up in a large bowl. Taste as you go and add more lemon or ginger if you fancy but bear in mind this is a concentrated mixture you will dilute with juice or water later.

Once you have a wonderful bright green sludge like this, spoon into a cupcake tray and pop in the freezer.

After 24 hours pop the discs out of the trays and place in freezer bags. 
When your ready to get started with your detox (there is no time like the present!) pop a disc in the blender with a large glassful of coconut water, juice, or just water to keep it simple and cheap.
BLITZ

DRINK

FEEL AND LOOK FABULOUS
For a fruity smoothie alternative, bag and freeze your favourite berries and fruits ready to blend up with your juice of choice.
Pomegranate seeds, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, sliced chunks of bananas are all perfect to keep ready and waiting for when you fancy a fruity fix. I have also frozen some miniatures of my favourite passion fruit yoghurt’s from The Collective Dairy to add to the mix..

Substitute at least one of your milky teas or coffees a day for a fruity or herbal number and drink lots of water. 

Exercise. 
When the maximum effort of the last month has involved raising a large glass of Malbec to my lips – its time to get moving again. Walking a bit more and a bit faster, running on a bright fresh morning, swimming and yoga are guaranteed to make you feel saintly, improve skin, reduce wobbly bits and increase energy levels.
If all the above fails miserably. 
Just focus on the most important of all promises for the year ahead…




Kitchen Chic

This Christmas I was spoilt rotten with gifts to make my kitchen pretty damn chic and cooking in it just heavenly…. 

Blue rimmed rustic bowls, tins and trays. Oven friendly and perfect for pies and puddings  – crispy burnt bits oozing over the sides. Available at Brixton Market from a lovely little stall just opposite MamaLan (a rather delicious dim sum spot) or online at Falcon.

Tie Dye goods! My favourite kind. Canvas bags, napkins and tea towels – make your own with old napkins or tea towels looking for a lease of new age life,  or scour Ebay, Amazon, Ikea and markets for some budget finds and get dipping and dying. 

If drinking wine makes you happy…
 Try drinking it from these bad boys – big red wine stained grins guaranteed.  
Cheer up and Chin Chin bottles by Fishs Eddy
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If your looking for a January treat to brighten up your Kitchen, check out my pick of the best below..

Mark making dessert plate – currently £7.95 on sale from Anthropologie 
‘Barrige llena corazion contento’ print – ‘A full stomach makes a happy heart’ Wise words from the fabulous Anek available from £19.05 plus shipping from Etsy
Designers Guild Sarille Aqua Tableware for beautiful white crockery with a splash of colour. Prices range from £7 – £29 available at John Lewis  (Top Tip: deliver for free to your local Waitrose and pick up your groceries in one stop!)
Simple lines – Lawren rectangular tablecloth currently £49.99 on sale from Zara Home
These tiny tiled and dotted bowls are perfect for filling with nibbles, dips or filled alongside your cooker and filed with Malden sea salt for sprinkling. Available in lots of colours and patterns £10 each from Anthropologie
I could spend forever and a day scouring Etsy for gems like these dip dyed wooden spoons. Order in time for spring salads and barbecues. By O Me o My at Etsy

Cups of tea from ombre mugs – £4 each by Royal Daulton available at John Lewis
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Go on.. treat yourself!

Sunday Brunch

As instructed by the Commodores, Sunday mornings should be easy. Stress free and wrapped in fluffy dressing downs. This is my recipe for the PERFECT lazy morning.
Step one: Papers and cups of tea in bed until you feel suitably ready to emerge.
Step two: Twist legs out of sheets, tuck toes into slippers and slide into kitchen.
Step 3: Remove the following from cupboards and fridge:
  • Free Range Eggs
  • Crusty Bread
  • Bacon
  • Avocado
  • Humous, butter or mayonnaise (whatever takes your fancy)
  • Tabasco sauce
  • S & P
  • Olive oil
Put a saucepan of water onto boil and once bubbling away spin the water vigorously until it whirlpools inside the pan. Drop in eggs, I break into a glass first then tip in gently and leave for 3 minutes for a runny yolk. Whilst boiling add a slug of oil to a hot frying pan, lay in the bacon and sizzle away until brown and crispy (for really sweet sticky bacon brush with maple syrup before frying). When the eggs 3 minutes are up use a slotted spoon to remove and drop into a bowl of cold water to stop the yolk from cooking through. Remove the crispy bacon and drain on kitchen towel.
Turn on the grill, rip bread into bite-able slabs, drizzle with a touch of olive oil and sprinkle in salt and pepper and pop under the grill. Slice avocado.
Remove hot, crust bread and lather with lashings of butter, mayo, or my favourite- humous!

Layer on the avocado, bacon and top with poached egg and a splash of Tabasco.
Serve with tea, coffee or juice, newspapers and trashy telly. 

Jamie’s Sticky Ribs, Wonky Fries and Slaw

Messy food. The best kind.
Jamie Oliver’s sticky barbecued ribs are my personal favourite. Here is how they are done… 
Ingredients:
  • 2 long racks of pork belly ribs from your favourite butcher
  • Fresh Orange Juice
Dry Rub:
  • 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • a good few grinds of black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • Fresh thyme, stalks removed
  • Fresh Rosemary, stalks removed
  • 3 cloves of smelly garlic
Sticky BBQ Sauce:
  • 120ml tomato ketchup
  • a few drops of Tabasco, more if you are feeling brave
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons of runny honey
  • 3 tablespoons of apple juice
  • a swig or two of Worcestershire sauce
  • a swig of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic finely grated
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C/325 F/Gas 3. Put all your dry ingredients in a pestle and mortar and grinnnndddd. Rub into your racks of ribs and place in a large baking tray on a soft cushion of rosemary.  Pour over the orange juice and cover tightly with lots of tin foil. Cook in oven for 3 1/2 to 4 hours and the meat with be falling off the bone.

Mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Whilst your ribs are turning succulent and tender in the oven. Start on your coleslaw and fries. Be sure to make the coleslaw just before serving if possible to prevent it getting limp and soggy, the key to good slaw is freshness and a crunch.

Coleslaw:

  • Red cabbage
  • White Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Apples
  • Creme Fraiche or Mayonnaise
  • Wholegrain mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • S & P
Wonky Fries:
  • Big white potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
Slice cabbage thinly and leave in cold water for about half an hour if you can, then salt. Slice the carrots, radishes and apples, grate  for a finer slaw or drop in a food processor with the ‘slice’ attachment. 

Slice potatoes about a fingers width, wash and drain. About 15 minutes before the ribs are ready, turn the oven up to 180 degrees. Heat a baking tray with a little olive oil in the oven for a few minutes. Remove and add the dried fries so they fizz and spit in the hot oil. Shake em’ up and sprinkle with sea salt. Pop in the oven for about half an hour, they will need a shake or a turn after about 15 minutes when you remove the ribs. 

Take your ribs out of the oven, remove and discard the foil and smother in your smokey barbecue sauce. When the chips are cooked flick on the grill. Leave the fries at the bottom of the oven to keep warm and pop the ribs directly under the hot grill for about 10 minutes or until dark brown and sticky with a few burnt gnarly bits.

Mix up all of your coleslaw ingredients with a squeeze of lemon for some zing, some creamy mayonnaise and/or creme fraiche and a large dollop of whole-grain mustard. Measurements will depend on whether you prefer more of a crunchy dressed salad or a big saucy dollop of creamy slaw. Keep stirring and tasting and judge for yourself. Add a sprinkle or grand of salt and pepper.

Remove chips and ribs. Pile all three on a large board. Pour yourself a JD and coke or a cold beer, have a large wad of napkins at the ready and get stuck in!

Jamie Oliver recipe available here.

Champagnes and Chateaux with Canard-Duchêne

Champagne. The French Provence lined in vineyards and bubbling with opulence and deliciousness. When invited by Champagne and Chateuax and Champagne house Canard-Duchêne to join them to swig champers for two days my answer was unquestionably – oui.

Greeted in Ashford I boarded a coach with a lovely bunch from around the country ready to begin.

Onto the shuttle, under the channel and out the other side,  4 hours and 2 glasses of champagne later we arrived in the town of Reims, one of the 3 main cities within the Champagne Provence the other two being Troyes and Epernay. 

Lunch consisted of three rather creamy and delicious courses all washed down with Canard Duchêne Cuvée Léonie . Light, fruity and incredibly quaff-able. 

Never one to make decisions when faced with a menu, I shared a starter with my partner in crime on the trip. Half ham hock terrine with creamed mustard and salad followed by half a plate deliciously smooth and creamy Fois Gras with Melba toast and piles of rock salt and fragrant herbs for sprinkling.

Shared starters followed by a rare steak in peppercorn sauce with a rather large dish of dauphinoise doused in copious amounts of cheese and cream and just to ensure I was well and truly unable to move, a traditional dessert from the region of powdery and sweet rose biscuits with ice cream, a ground hazelnut crumble and layered pastel pink sponge.

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Reims has so much to see including some rather beautiful shops, with not much time to browse and the inability to walk after lunch I did not get to see enough. A good excuse for a repeat visit.


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Canard Duchene, Champagne, Reims, France, Champagne and Chateaux, Road Trip, French Wine, French Champagne, Reims Cathedral




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Canard Duchene, Champagne, Reims, France, Champagne and Chateaux, Road Trip, French Wine, French Champagne, Reims Cathedral


We made our way to the house of Canard-Duchêne in Loudes, just a short drive from Reims where we were taken around the grounds, the vines and through the cellars. Grapes and bottles as far as the eye can see – a true wine and bubbles lover heaven.

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Canard Duchene, Champagne, Reims, France, Champagne and Chateaux, Road Trip, French Wine, French Champagne, Reims Cathedral


Canard Duchene, Champagne, Reims, France, Champagne and Chateaux, Road Trip, French Wine, French Champagne, Reims Cathedral


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That afternoon I was awarded a diploma. Without question, the easiest and most enjoyable I have ever received – A diploma in Sabrage.

Sabrage: The technique of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre. The traditional method of opening champagne is still used today by Canard-Duchêne fro special occasions and ceremonies and puts the traditional ‘twist and pop’ to completely shame.  

With a sweep of a rather large and shiny sword, the cork and bottle neck were airborne. Frothing champagne was caught in awaiting glasses and quickly drunk. And there you have it. A certificate for my outstanding achievement. 


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Consumption of the sword-sliced bottles followed before canapés and a four course tasting dinner paired with chosen champagnes.


Scallops in a rich mushroom sauce with grilled fennel served with Grand Cuvée Le Victorieux

Pan fried Iberico pork chop served with Grand Cuvée de Beauté

Layered brie and truffles served with Grand Cuvée la Rose

Poached pear in a pastry parcel accompanied by pear sorbet served with Authentic Demi-Sec


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Canard Duchene, Champagne, Reims, France, Champagne and Chateaux, Road Trip, French Wine, French Champagne, Reims Cathedral


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After a G&T back in Reims eyes got rather heavy and bed beckoned. The next morning we returned to Canard-Duchêne in Loudes for a tour of the production house, lots of rather clever equipment and LOTS of champagne. With yet more champagne tasting we relaxed after lunch before the journey home. 



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Canard Duchene, Champagne, Reims, France, Champagne and Chateaux, Road Trip, French Wine, French Champagne, Reims Cathedral


Lots learnt, a diploma gained and more bubbly than fairy liquid filled jacuzzi made a very enjoyable two days in Champagne. 


My Personal Favourites:
  • Canard Duchêne Cuvée Léonie
  • Canard Duchêne Grand Cuvée de la Rose 
  • Canard Duchêne Authentic Green

See full details of Canard Duchêne and Champagne and Chateaux.

Perkin Reveller

Perched underneath Tower Bridge on the North of the river, Perkin reveller is the newly opened neighbour of Tower of London. The restaurant area is filled with vast, long wooden tables and chandeliers and the snooky bar area is a cosy and welcoming spot to spend an evening glugging beer or gin punch bowls, bums sunk into squidgy cushions.
Invited for an evening of canapés and cocktails, tables were covered in goblets of pork scratching’s, chips and roasted nuts and they showered us in bite size plates from their menu . A host of rather lovely staff helped us to big, shiny, silver bowls of crispy whitebait, oysters and shallot vinegar, insanely delicious quails scotch eggs with curried mayonnaise, apple and gin punch and champagne.
Think knights of the round table meets The City with traditional British food presented in clean and modern dishes. They keep the contemporary glass interior cosy with warm lighting surrounded in twinkling lights form the tower and river water. An outside space filled with rustic wooden benches has an incredible view of the surrounding spot with lots of big flames burning for added drama. At the end of each table is a trunk of old school games and warm blankets – perfect for a cool evening outside wrapped in a red blanked playing dominoes, drinking gin and feeling very medieval.  
Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Check em’ out here
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DIY Recipe Book

Ever asked a friend for their recipe and two months later when you have a craving for those chocolate coated goodies that made you groan, you cant for the life of you find that disheveled, grease spotted napkin end you scrawled it on? I have. And it is a sad moment.


Buy yourself a crisp new book or file (I love Muji) and start filling it. Stick in your newspaper corner scribbles, tear out recipes from magazines and newspapers and photocopy your friends new crisp recipe book jam-packed with good stuff but that you don’t have room for on your already bulging bookshelf for.

Decorate if you are feeling creative, fill the gaps with notes and tips and for those recipes you stole from memorable meals, note when and where you were and cover in photos of who you were with. You will make yourself not just a book full of food you know you love and want to cook but a diary of your tummy’s happiest moments. 

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DIY Recipe book, home made, home baking, gift for foodies, Muji Folders Jamie recipe, recipe collection, best recipe book

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DIY Recipe book, home made, home baking, gift for foodies, Muji Folders Jamie recipe, recipe collection, best recipe book

DIY Recipe book, home made, home baking, gift for foodies, Muji Folders Jamie recipe, recipe collection, best recipe book

Maltby Street


There is simply no better place to be in the South East on a Saturday. The hum of Maltby Street is hidden by the surrounding roads, housing blocks and railway lines but follow your nose and you will find it. Nestled alongside the London Bridge railway line, the street is strewn with bunting and individual food stalls are framed within a crumbling brick arch. You won’t find an amateur amongst them, all passionate about food, wearing large smiles and ready and waiting to feed you up – prepare yourself for early drinking as the Sparrow Gin cocktails are not to be missed.

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Maltby street market, London market, London bridge, Bermondsey, Fresh produce, home cooking, recipes, home baking, things to do London, Londons best market


Maltby street market, London market, London bridge, Bermondsey, Fresh produce, home cooking, recipes, home baking, things to do London, Londons best market


Maltby street market, London market, London bridge, Bermondsey, Fresh produce, home cooking, recipes, home baking, things to do London, Londons best market


Maltby street market, London market, London bridge, Bermondsey, Fresh produce, home cooking, recipes, home baking, things to do London, Londons best market


Open from 10am – 2pm but often drifts on later, wine and gin flowing into late afternoon.

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Maltby street market, London market, London bridge, Bermondsey, Fresh produce, home cooking, recipes, home baking, things to do London, Londons best market


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The fruit and vegetable market on Druid Street has such huge choice you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for in abundance. Bring a basket and fill it up!


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Maltby street market, London market, London bridge, Bermondsey, Fresh produce, home cooking, recipes, home baking, things to do London, Londons best market


The dirty porker. Meltingly slow cooked pulled pork, sweet gravy soaked brioche bun, onions, green leaves and tomatoes – additional napkins required.

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Monty’s Deli do a mean chicken liver pate and pastrami sandwich you could dislocate a jaw attempting. Available with all the trimmings, crunchy gherkins and slaw.

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Most are faithful regulars and one or two stalls vary from week to week. The market will be moving undercover as the wetter/cooler weather kicks in. The Cornish Grill take pre-orders for floral salads, veg and lovely meaty bits (try the lamb shanks) Pre-order your groceries for pick up here or just rock up on the day to dig into their weekly specials often on the BBQ.

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Tips: Hidden just a stones throw away on the edge of Tower Bridge road are vintage clothes, bikes, antiques and some rather delicious home baked goods. Wander through whilst slowly digesting and if you want to continue on into the evening – head to Bermondsey Street, one of my all time favourite streets for a winding line of rather lovely shops and restaurants.

Bermondsey Street Favourites:

  • JoseTapas at it’s best
  • The Garrison – perfect for ‘ladies what lunch’ – a rustic and romantic gastro pub hosting Sunday film nights in the snug below
  • Zucca– Sleek, modern Italian. Worth a visit purely for the pumpkin tempura
  • The Stock MKT – Street food night market



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