Pot roast beef with truffle oil and thyme

I love my slow cooker, really one of the best things I own. This super easy meal is great for a Sunday lunch and can be prepared up to two days in advance, just slice the beef and put in an airtight container then put in a casserole dish with the veg, pour the gravy…

Ernest does hot x buns

I was contemplating how to convert my fav hot cross bun recipe to Ernest language (my Thermomix for those who don’t know), when low and behold and email arrives from the lady who sold me Ernest and she had used the exact same recipe! Not being one to look a gift horse and all that,…

Pancakes galore

I love pancakes, I know I’ve said that before and I also will have said I don’t understand why I only make them once a year! Anyway, fool proof pancake recipe below, brackets are for those not using a Thermomix: Ingredients: 110g plain flour, (sifted) pinch of salt 2 eggs 200g full fat milk mixed…

The Fat Bear

I’ve eaten at the Fat Bear before, and on that occasion I had the gumbo which I thoroughly enjoyed.  This time however my dining companion and I decided to go for a selection of starters and sides and one of their much raved about burgers.  The service as last time was great, attentive but not…

The Forresters, Hampton Wick

The Forresters in Hampton Wick is a pub with a wonderful restaurant. I’ve eaten here quite a few times in the last couple of years, usually for Sunday lunch.  The pub is a short walk from Kingston, just over the bridge and on the same side of the river as Bushy Park and Hampton Court Palace. …

My new regime

There are two distinct times periods in my life now BE and AE (Before Ernest and After Ernest – the Thermomix). I have always been obsessed with having a well stocked store cupboard and fridge on the off-chance that I fancy something and want to be able to make it then and there. But BE…

Butter bean, sundried tomato and pesto soup

My first “create your own soup” in my new kitchen gadget, stemmed from looking at the courgette pulp in the bottom of the salad draw that I had bought earlier in the week to make into soup and then forgotten about, and needing to make something for my lunch without too much fuss while I…

Very cheesy scones, thanks Ernest! 

My first non soup creation, we tried a basic recipe during my demo of Ernest (the Thermomix for anyone who didn’t read my last post).  They didn’t quite turn out as I hoped for a number of reasons, the basic recipe is very basic and not really as flavoursome as my palate likes, and secondly…

Adventures in gadget land

aAfter many years of pondering, I finally made the decision to buy a Thermomix.  Why in heaven’s name it has taken me so long I’ll never know, probably the price tag. But before even opening the box I consider this the best £925 (2016 price) I have ever spent. Why I would I want to…

Fera, Claridge’s, London

Fera is a restaurant that I had wanted to try for a long time but just never got round to it. I was a big fan of Gordon Ramsey when he was at Claridge’s many moons ago and I find it often happens that I don’t want to go back somewhere when a resident restaurant…

Antico, 214 Bermondsey St, London

Antico was introduced to me by a foodie friend and is definitely one of my favorite London restaurants. The food is always excellent, and the restaurant itself is intimate and comfortable. It oozes coziness when you walk past with it’s low lighting and the buzz of conversation which emanates from within. The staff are always…

Gyoza Bar, London

Gyoza Bar has opened on St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, serving gyoza, bao buns, ramen and a few other small plates. I and 2 friends ate there during soft launch and there were the obvious teething problems associated with a new restaurant such as too many staff most of which looked confused, slow service (despite all…