Saturday, 20 December 2014

How to marzipan and ice your Christmas cake

This morning's advent calendar chocolate helpfully informed me that it's only five days until Christmas, so I thought it was about time I showed you how to decorate your Christmas cakes that you all rushed off and made after I posted the recipe.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Wigwambam at the Queen of Hoxton

Winter has well and truly come now. And where's the ideal place to shelter from the bitter cold? Why, in a wigwam on top of a building in East London of course!

So that's where I went last week with two of my most friendiest friends.

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Meal and movie night

Tom and I recently had one of my best kinds of evenings - dinner followed by a film at two of our favourite places in Brixton.

It all started with molten cheese on a circle of chewy sourdough...

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Mantanani Island

Are you ready for the last ever Borneo post?! How are you going to cope without them?

Everything we had done so far took place over a single week, so as happy as we were to be there, you can imagine that we were also pretty tired (even though scuba diving seems like just a lot of floating around and waving at fish, it actually burns about the same amount of energy as running!).

So for our last week we planned to do lots of nothing at all on a stunning, secluded island.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

No soak fruit and nut Christmas cake

'Christmassy' is one of my favourite feelings (up there with pre-holiday excitement and when you're just the right amount of hungover to justify eating anything you want all day without it making you feel worse). I roll my eyes with everyone else when supermarkets start displaying their Christmas stock way back in September, but I'm secretly glad we get to start feeling Christmassy earlier and earlier each year.

That's why I always make a Christmas cake. They need to be made a month or so in advance to give the flavours time to intensify, which means I have a legitimate excuse to start getting into the Christmas spirit in early November without anyone rolling their eyes at me.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu

Ready for another exceedingly long Borneo post? I promise it's not as long as the last one, and it's got a sea turtle in it!

After leaving the jungle we flew to Kota Kinabalu, to go diving in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Peckham Burger

To give you all a break from being jealous of my holiday, I thought I'd shake things up a bit with a London-based post.

I love Southeast Asian food and we had some incredible local dishes while we were away, but one thing I was really looking forward to having when I got home was a big ol' juicy burger.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sungai Kinabatangan

So at the end of my last post we were sheltering from the relentless heat in the oasis that was the Rainforest Discovery Centre Exhibition Hall, from where we were picked up and driven a couple of hours deeper into the jungle, to a camp on the banks of the Kinabatangan river.

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Monkeys in Sepilok

Stop worrying everyone, I'm back! Tom and I just spent a couple of incredible weeks in Borneo, staying in the rainforest, relaxing on a paradise island and eating a lot of noodles.

Our first stop was a little town called Sepilok, to see orangutans...

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Open House

It was Open House in London on 20-21 September, a yearly occurrence which encourages the awareness and appreciation of the capital's architecture by giving us the chance to snoop around buildings that are usually closed to the public, from big, well-known ones like The Gherkin to peoples' actual homes.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Eat 17

It was Tom's birthday recently so I took him to Eat 17, a restaurant in the depths of East London (see what they did there?) that does the best chicken burgers in the city, maybe even the world.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Time: Tattoo Art Today

My brother and sister visited me a weekend or so ago, and we spent the day shopping, eating and getting up to a little bit of culture.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face

We recently went to see The Boy Who Climbed Out of His Face, a production by an immersive theatre company called Shunt. With a title like that you're probably wondering what on earth it could have been about. Well, I'll try my best to explain...

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dine Mile High

So here's my account of Dine Mile High, an airline themed pop up restaurant that took us from airport lounge to in-flight meal to Andalucia over the course of the night. I lived in Andalucia for a couple of years when I was a teenager, so I was really looking forward to going back for an evening.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

The Cornershop

This afternoon I went to The Cornershop. Wait! Before you close the tab and go back to watching ice bucket videos, hear me out. This wasn't just any old corner shop, this one was made out of felt. Yep, felt. Every single item, even down to the till.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Friday, 8 August 2014

Birthday buns (buns that you eat, not the other kind)

It was my birthday on Sunday, so we started celebrating early and went for dinner on Friday. We went somewhere that has been on my list for a while...Flesh & Buns.