Weekend Brunch at Theo’s Simple Italian

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Charcuterie and Burrata

Brunch is a funny old term where its use has become more and more popular over the years. I’m all in favour of it especially as my favourite, eggs, tend to feature in a lot of the dishes, whether it be sweet or savoury. Theo Randall – ex Head Chef and business partner of the iconic The River Café and award-winning Theo Randall at InterContinental focuses on Weekend Brunch at his newest venture Theo’s Simple Italian at Hotel Indigo.  Tucked away on a residential street off Earl’s Court, Hotel Indigo is casual and cosy with chic interior, which beautifully sets the scene for casual dining. Continue reading

South African Food and Wine Pairing

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South African Wine Tasting

South African wines are not usually my first choice, as I honestly don’t know much about them. However, recently I got to discover a couple of very good ones at a food and wine pairing event hosted by Sainsbury’s and Bosman. Bosman is an eighth-generation family owned South African winery, which grow premium vineyards and supply Fairtrade wines to Sainsbury’s. Continue reading

Blue Princess Beach Resort: A Room With View in Corfu, Greece

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On the Beach

Travelling to other countries for me is mostly about exploring and soaking up the culture. But sometimes all I want to do is chill by a beach and do absolutely nothing. What I find perfect for this are all-inclusive holidays where one is completely looked after and because my aim is not to do much I’m quite happy to go solo, I prefer it in fact. But for no sensible reason the majority of solo all-inclusive holidays come at a premium. My brief for my most recent holiday was for a European destination, quiet location, hotel with a beachfront location, sea view room and sunbathing temperatures. My budget? Continue reading

Baked in Style with Neff at L’atelier des Chefs

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Hazelnut Torte*

By contributor Mathew Lea.

Are you in full Great British Bake Off mode? I know I am. So when I had the opportunity to attend a Baked in Style event, I’d signed up quicker than you can say soufflé.

The event was a baking and photography session hosted by Neff and Currys PC World and held at L’atelier des Chefs near St. Pauls Cathedral in London. On the menu to bake was a Hazelnut Torte which would then be ‘food styled’ to make it look extra fancy for the photographs. Having never personally dabbled in food styling, I was intrigued as to what this would involve. Continue reading

Do Happy Egg Co. have happy hens?

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Roaming Hens

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that eggs feature heavily and that’s because I love them for their taste and versatility. As a meat-eater I do think it’s important to be aware of how animals are reared and their welfare and I mostly buy free-range or organic eggs. On occasion these have been from the Happy Egg Co. (easily identifiable by the bright yellow packaging) and recently I got an invite to visit one of their farms in Tring. Continue reading