Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Rookery: SW4

Sometimes you can't beat a proper Sunday roast. I'm not a huge fan, I could never eat one every week, but just once in a while I get that craving which nothing else can satisfy. One of my favourite places to have a lazy Sunday lunch is The Rookery on Clapham Common. Last time I went (for Holly's birthday) I indulged in perfectly cooked slices of beef on top of creamy swede and carrots and perfect roasties topped with a satisfyingly big yorkshire pudding.

I'd recommend booking  a table, they can get pretty busy. But if you've got a few hours to kill on a Sunday, there aren't many better places to while away the hours with a few bloody mary's and some great food.

Happy Sunday x

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Ultimate Gooey Chocolate Brownie Stack

In case you hadn't heard (where have you been?!) it's National Chocolate Week. Cue me sitting at my desk, chocolate bar in each hand, fully taking advantage. Then I realised that I couldn't remember the last time I had a brownie. Shock horror. The humble brownie. It's often overlooked on a gastro pub but when you get it right, nothing beats it. This recipe is an old favourite; nice and crispy on the top with an ultra-chocolatey, ultra-gooey centre. Whether you drizzle with cream, top with ice cream or smother in more melted chocolate this is a truly indulgent treat.

What you'll need:
200g butter 
200g dark chocolate 
275g light soft brown sugar 
2 eggs 
1tsp vanilla extract 
150g plain flour 

(Makes 12) 

Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease and line a baking tin with baking paper. 

In a pan, heat the butter and and chocolate and continually stir until they have melted together and are nice and glossy. 

Take the pan off the heat and and mix in the sugar, then eggs and vanilla (tasting as you go of course).

Sift the flour into the pan and stir gently. 

Pour into your tin and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is nice and crusty. 

Leave to cool for 5-10 minutes (if you can bare to) then cut into 12 squares. 

Stack them up, dust with icing sugar and go wild with your toppings. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Bun & Bar - N8

A few new cocktail bars and restaurants have opened up on Green Lanes recently, and by far the best is Bun & Bar. Boasting belly buster burgers, wasabi bloody mary's and double cream espresso martini's, I knew this was a place I would be visiting more than once. Nestled in between Jam & Jar and Brouhaha it is ideally located for your very own bar crawl. Head down Thursday - Sunday for some excellent live music to accompany your perfectly-cooked burger and expertly-prepared cocktail. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

September according to Instagram

October so far has been crazy busy, I have barely had time to sit down. But I am finally relaxing, in front of the TV with a big glass of wine, and taking stock of September. It was a food heavy month: lots of eating out, some new decorations for my room and a bloody mary or two. All in all it was a pretty good month.