Thursday, 5 May 2016

London Eats // SuperStar BBQ, St Giles High St

Superstar BBQ

You may or may not know that the wonderful Michelle from Daisy Butter has returned to London from Hong Kong, and last week I was FINALLY reunited with her! Not only was it amazing to see her and catch up on a whole years worth of life, but we also got to do so over her favourite food - Korean food!

I have only tried Korean food a couple of times, and was still yet to try a Korean BBQ, so I jumped at the chance to review SuperStar BBQ, in Holborn, with her last week.

Luckily not only is Korean food one of Michelle's favourite cuisines, but she's also visited Korea! So she was a dab hand at ordering our food. Needless to say, I let her lead the way on choosing dishes. I eat pretty much everything so I knew I'd be happy with anything she chose. 

We started with the two delicious cocktails pictured above. I went for their Kojito - an unusual twist of the classic Mojito, made with soju. Michelle chose the Fallen Angel in Busan, which again was soju, lime, mint and raspberry. We then picked a range of dishes to share, including sirloin steak and pork belly for the bbq.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Lifestyle // Vita Coco Coconut Oil

Cooking with coconut oil

I've been dying to blog about this product for a while, but wanted to give it a few tries before, so that I could give it an honest review. I had heard a lot about coconut oil, and had many friends recommend it to me. As myself and Stew love cooking, it makes sense that we should give it ago. And that we have! 

We've used this generous tub of Vita Coco Coconut Oil in replacement of olive oil and vegetable oil for a number of recipes, including a very tasty Ethiopian curry. We've found that when cooking onions, especially for a curry, that coconut oil works wonders. It gives the onions a rich flavour and smells heavenly! I'm normally the one running out of the room in floods of tears when chopping and cooking onions. But with coconut oil I had my head over the pan taking in the aroma. 

Not only does it smell delightful but it's also a much healthier, more natural form of cooking. In fact, it doesn't get more natural than Vita Coco's coconut oil. Simply cold pressed, to protect it's freshness, the coconut oil is as natural as it comes, being raw and free of any chemicals. When using it for cooking, just add a tablespoon to the pan on a medium heat, and it will melt quickly ready to pour in your ingredients. 

This isn't the only way you can use coconut oil though! 

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Recipes // Jimmy Doherty's Salt and Vinegar Potatoes

Jimmy Doherty's salt and vinegar potatoes recipe

If you read my post last week about a fantastic event I attended in London, you will have seen that I mentioned this recipe. If not, let me fill you in! 

Last week I had the incredible opportunity of dining with celebrity chef, Jimmy Doherty. Over the course of the evening Jimmy educated us on the benefits of buying locally sourced food, and produced a number of wonderful dishes incorporating Jersey Royal potatoes.

In the goody bag from the event was a recipe card, a bag of Jersey Royals, a bottle of balsamic vinegar and some fine Jersey sea salt. So without further ado, here is my replica of Jimmy's recipe - 'salt n' vinegar shake in a bag'. 

And that's exactly what we did. Shook it all around in a bag and baked it in the oven. The potatoes soaked up all the delicious flavours from the seasoning, and to serve we cooked some tasty lamb cutlets, roast carrots, buttered leek, asparagus and steamed kale. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Outfit // Kick Flare Denim Jeans

Kick flare denim jeans Top - New Look // Jeans - M&S // Boots - Topshop // Belt - ASOS // Watch - Casio // Lipstick - Mac 'Velvet Teddy'

I've been coveting this trend for a while, but haven't had the confidence to give it a go myself... until now! 

Whilst attending the Alexa Chung event and Marks and Spencer a couple of weeks ago, I walked past these cropped denim flares and I just had to try them on. In the fitting room I was undecided, but after sending a photo to a few friends, they persuaded me to purchase them. 

I still am lacking in the confidence department with them, but I've seen so many girls walking around the office wearing similar styles. So I just need to suck it up and act like I own it (or so my boyfriend tells me!). 

Priced at just £35, they're very reasonable considering the great quality M&S has to offer. I ordered them in a size 8, although I could fit into a size 6 in a number of other items from Marks and Spencer However these are highwaisted, and I know that jeans can sometimes feel a little tighter. Which I was right about, these fit snugly but are not too tight around the stomach, which is great when wearing them to work. 

They also sell a pair in a washed black colour, which are currently in the sale at just £17.50!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

London Eats // BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour

BB Bakery afternoon tea bus tour

A couple of weekends ago we celebrated both Stew's and mine's birthdays (mine's on the 25th and Stew's was on the 10th), by enjoying afternoon tea on board a London red bus.

A unique concept, thought up by the creative team behind BB Bakery, Covent Garden. This wonderful experience is both afternoon tea and London bus tour in one!

Driving all over central London, the bus stops off at all the great sights - Knightsbridge, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and more. Whilst on board, the friendly staff help to point out all of the landmarks whizzing by, and give some fun trivia along the way.

The afternoon tea itself is fantastic too. As you are greeted and shown your seat, your personal array of both savoury and sweet miniatures await! (The lemon meringue tart is to die for!) Laid out on each table, the afternoon tea also comes with a complimentary bottle of orange juice and a selection of teas and coffees.

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