Thursday, 20 October 2016

London Eats // MeatUp, Wandsworth

MeatUp Wandsworth, Sunday roast

When it comes to finding a good Sunday roast, you could say I'm a little obsessed by the idea. There's nothing I like more than proper roast dinner, pub style! Since we moved to London we've travelled far and wide in search of the 'perfect' roast dinner, and whilst we've tasted good Sunday lunches, nothing has matched up to our own homemade roast. It's not easy for any pub or restaurant to come up to my high standards. For me a roast has to have 4 crucial elements - deliciously succulent meat (preferably pork or lamb), a hearty Yorkshire pudding, lashings of gravy and super crispy roast potatoes... Plus of course veggies (no peas!!) and extra marks goes for some kind of cauliflower or broccoli cheese. So as you can see, I'm not asking for much haha. 

Recently I have been left dissatisfied with my Sunday roasts when we've been adventuring around the capital. However, that all changed this weekend, when we headed to Wandsworth to try MeatUp's Sunday roast. Finally I have found my ideal roast dinner location in London! You have no idea how happy this makes me and I cannot wait to tell you all about it...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Recipes // Chicken mustard spaghetti

Chicken mustard spaghetti

When I made this dish last week, I had a feeling that I'd already blogged about it, but I can't seem to find it anywhere, so I must not of. Apologies if I did though and you remember it! This is a super simple, delicious pasta recipe that we make frequently. It's one of our go to dishes when we're stuck for ideas or short on time. 

The addition of mustard and creme fraiche to chicken is beautiful! Mustard adds the perfect kick to an otherwise creamy, indulgent meal. 

This time we added a bed of raw spinach for further health and adding a fresh, crisp touch. We always choose to use mushrooms, tomatoes and courgette to ours but you could add whatever vegetables you prefer. It's one of those dishes where you add and take away as much or as little as you like - putting your spin on it!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Outfit // ASOS ruffle knit jumper

ASOS knitted ruffle jumper
Jumper - ASOS // Jeans - Topshop // Loafers - Topshop

Apologies that these photos are not up to my usual standard. Unfortunately my Olympus Pen has broken :(. I'm not sure how it's happened, but it will no longer take any photos. It all started when my camera ran out of battery whilst I was in Croatia a couple of weeks ago. Luckily it happened on our last evening, so it was no bother. When we got home, I was able to re-charge the battery, turn the camera on and download all of my holiday snaps. However, when I then went to use the camera to take some outfit photos, the lens began to malfunction. After a few attempts of moving in and out, as if it is trying to focus, it eventually stops but a black/blank screen is left on the display and it won't let me take any photos.

Having only owned the camera for 10 months, I was quite distressed when it happened, especially after trying many classic techniques of removing the battery, trying again, removing the lens and trying again - all to no avail.

Eventually I headed to Twitter to see if anyone else had experienced similar problems, and much to my surprise I found out many of you had encountered similar issues. One only having owned the camera for 3 shorts months! I also found out that the exact same thing had happened to blogger Charlotte Fisher the same day. Very odd and worrying!

I've since contacted Olympus via their website, and fortunately they were very quick in replying, which I'm really grateful for. I have now sent the camera to their repair centre and am awaiting news. Luckily the camera is still within it's 2 year warranty period. I just hope they can either fix it or send me a replacement asap as I'm lost without it!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

London Eats // Pasta Remoli, Finsbury Park

Pasta Remoli

Last weekend my parents came down to London to stay with us. I hadn't seen them since I went on holiday to Krakow with them in June. So it was a long overdue catch up. On the Saturday night we decided to head out for dinner and I'd heard many great things about Pasta Remoli in Finsbury Park, so we gave it a try.

I'd actually previously been invited to a couple of tasting events that Pasta Remoli have held, but had on both occasions been unable to make it. So I was really keen to visit and try some of their North London famous pasta!

With another branch in Stratford, Pasta Remoli serve up fresh, mouthwatering, al dente pasta. Not only do they know how to cook pasta perfectly but they also allow you to get creative and make your own dish! Yes, that's right, you can create your own dish in three easy steps. Simply choose your pasta, your sauce and your cheese topping! To help make your decision, Pasta Remoli have a sample of each pasta on display next to the open kitchen. This not only looked amazing, and I'm sure helped lure customers through the door, but also helped provide an insight into the amazing world of pasta and just how many different types there are!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Recipes // Turkey with lemon and courgette couscous

Courgette couscous

Do you ever get those days where you're simply at a loss of ideas for what to cook for dinner? It happens to us from time to time and I hate it! I have a complete mind blank. I can't think of any types of food, no ingredients. I think of meals that we've had recently, and nothing takes my fancy. It's frustrating!

Not wanting to give in to the temptations of ordering a takeaway, Stew saved the day by finding a recipe for courgette couscous online. The art of adding cooked grated courgette to couscous. I love courgette and I was intrigued, so we decided to make it with the addition of a turkey breast, seasoned with Italian herbs and served with roasted vegetables.

It turned out well, so well that we now want to add courgette to our couscous all the time! Grating it was odd, but it cooked super quickly and slightly charred in places, adding great flavour to the dish. We also followed exact instructions (for a change) on how to make couscous and for the first time ever it came out light, fluffy and delicious! No longer will I rush the art of making couscous.

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