I am one week into my new Italian adventure. And of course it is nothing less than bellissimo! I am living in Northern Italy in a little town called Bra, yes let’s get all the giggles and jokes out of the way early on. No the town does not have two large mountains, yes it does have a disproportionate number of lingerie shops, I considered going bra-less for the whole 12 months but that would just be silly. Continue reading
Last Friday was my last day in the office of my real job in London. I am now posting this from Italy where I am about to embark on the gastronomical adventure of a life time. When I read my oversized farewell card from my London colleagues it became quite evident that they won’t remember me for my tireless dedication to my job, they are instead mourning the loss of my baked goods. And I guess that reflects well on my decision to take a year out to complete a Masters in food culture and communication.
And so on my last day at work I baked the killer of all cookies just to ensure that they really will remember and miss me. These cookies are the ultimate. I really did make them weep. Continue reading
It’s not you East London, it’s me. I’m leaving you for the Continent. And it’s breaking my heart. Because East London, there is so much of you to love. So I dedicate this post to you and all of the places, food and fun times we have shared.
Shanghai is one contrasting city. A dazzling neon lit skyline by night and smog so dense by day the sun rarely peeks through. Heat and humidity which engulfs you like a big wet hug and the most epic downpours of rain which literally stop you in your tracks. The glamour of The Bund, then the dirty poverty of the slums. And through this dynamism an emerging food scene is building. Continue reading
Polenta cake is so good, with Italian origins, of course it is. The crumbly and grainy texture and the fresh citrus flavour make the most delicious little cake you ever did taste. A surprise burst of raspberry in the centre is an added treat. They are ridiculously easy to make, and can be baked as little cup cakes or one big cake to slice and serve with lemon gelato. Continue reading
High-end Cantonese dining set in 1920′s opulence, La Société is the hidden gem of Shanghai. Secluded in the historic YWCA Building in the Rockbund complex just off the Bund, it is the most fabulous place I have experienced in a long time. Cloaked in marble, mirrors, leather, dark lacquered panelling and the most amazing wallpaper – think Great Gatsby meets Chinese dynasty. I fell in love upon entering the foyer, never mind the food. Continue reading
Only one good thing has come out of the distinct lack of summer we are experiencing; rhubarb is lingering. It’s been fooled into a false sense of spring security. And has caused me to go rhubarb baking mad. I have been experimenting a little with some recipes and this one is definitely a winner. Very easy to make, this cake is packed with tart rhubarb goodness. Made with sour cream, it has a fresh tang and a spongy texture. The nutty crumble top gives a delicious sugary crunch. Grab some pretty pink stalks whilst they are flourishing and bake this beauty today. Continue reading