My winning bake off entry

My entry into our work bake off for
National Wear A Tea Cozy On Your Head Day (NWATCOYHD) inspired by the Antonio Marras SS14 collection.

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Secret Santa

Pictures of the Secret Santa gift I put together for our Menswear Designer at work who loves to cook.

I have mentioned Jose’s a few times, both at work and also on ‘Hollybees’ as it is my favourite tapas restaurant and a great place to relax on  Sunday afternoon and enjoy a few dishes of traditional Spanish food. After buying his cook book on our first visit I have been able to have some of his delicious food at home. I put page markers on some of my favorite dishes that I have either eaten at Jose’s or have had at home. A great way to share your favourite dishes as part of the gift.

Jose Pizarro - Seasonal Spanish Food

Jose Pizarro - Seasonal Spanish Food

Jose Pizarro

The perfect afternoon treat…

…a mini treacle tart brought home by my boyfriend from Maltby Street Market from Poppy’s Kitchen. Delicate and delicious!

I think next weekend I am going to have to go and check out her stall as this was by far the best tiny desert I have had in a very long time! Scrummy!

Poppy’s Kitchen

Christmas Chutney – year 2

Last week I met up with the same girls as last year to make our second round of chutney ready for Christmas gifts.  After the success of the caramelised onion chutney last year, we decided to give a ‘special Christmas chutney’ a go. Made with apples, pears dates and onions it was relatively easy to make, just the huge volume to contend with :) This weekend I decorated the jars to finish off, with printed mini luggage tags using my letter set…They look quite nice don’t you think?

Relaxing mid shopping lunch location in Downtown NYC

Like a peaceful oasis in the heart of the bustling city, B-Bar & Grill offered a walled garden like environment to relax and enjoy a light lunch in after a busy morning shopping in Downtown NYC. A semi, outdoor sectioned off area is scattered with garden tables and chairs and lined with hanging baskets and flower beds, a compleat contrast to the surrounding location. Lovely light food and interesting salads…recommended.

B-Bar & Grill, Bowery + 4th Street, New York, New York, 10003

Rioja and Tapas Festival, Potters Fields Park

After our drive around the East of London we finished the day with a visit to the Rioja and Tapas Festival at Potters Fields Park. It’s on again today and great for a late afternoon glass of vino and some delicious food. Live music and little pop up bars filled the venue with some great Tapas on offer.  Luckily it didn’t rain when we were there but Tower Bridge looked fantastic with the stormy black sky behind with the Olympic rings hanging from the centre. A delicious end to a lovely day.

Rioja and Tapas Festival on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.

Potters Fields Park, Tooley Street/ The Queens Walk, Southwark, London, SE1 2AA

A quick lunch at ‘Stripped Back’ by Ben Spalding

After a rather wet wander around Broadway Market, we sat down to lunch at Ex Roganic Chef, Ben Spalding’s outdoor Kitchen/ Dining experience. Set up in a primary school playground, Stripped Back offered new concept of how we perceive market eating. With a miniature rough restaurant like set up under a gazebo next to other street food traders, the stall offered a 4 course menu on sit down stools for just £15. With no gas, electric or running water, the food was served from Tupawear and ice cream tubs, pre prepped and ready to go. With only room to seat 8 people at a time, the setting was intimate and it gave you chance to chat about the food you were eating and how it was prepared. It was closer to a market stall than to that of a restaurant in many ways, however, the attention to detail in the food and eating from china dishes, not disposable plates, gave it that special edge that made me re think the concept of street food. The food was fresh and delicious, especially home cured salmon and the quirky cider served at the beginning of the meal. The menu changes every week so no doubt we will be going back again before it finishes. An interesting and exciting new way to eat.

Stripped Back takes place every Saturday in London Fields Primary school playground, Westgate Street E8 3RL