I’ve always been a firm believer that the food we eat can help to influence your mood. Feeling sad + Eat Pizza = Feeling happy. Feeling Celebratory + Eat a Burger = Feeling Celebratory. Feeling Stressed + Eating a packet of Doritos = Feeling Stress-free.
I’m kind of joking, but not. I know that throughout my life I reach for those fatty, salty, starchy, carby meals whenever I feel like I need to adjust my mood. They totally help in the short term without a doubt, the pleasure that I derive from eating them is immense. Though as I grow older (yeah that) I’m looking to be able to adjust my moods from foods in other ways.
Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. You would think that I’d be up every morning cooking up an epic start of the day… Truth is I usually skip it or have something really simple like a boiled egg. Despite my American roots and love of sugary cereals, doughnuts and maple syrup covered pancakes, they really don’t do it for me for breakfast. I like to start my days eating with something savoury. Like this Savoury Oat Porridge.
Which comes to think of it… is why I probably don’t get along with traditional porridge. Those hot wet oats are normally made enjoyable with swirls of maple syrup or dollops of jam. If its sweet, it’s not for me…. that was until I discovered savoury oat porridge.
Oh Gawd, I love a good poke.. Nope, not talking about that thing you used to do to strangers on Facebook to get their attention.
I’m talking about Poke bowl. Those pretty little-layered bowls of sushi grade fish, rice and toppings. Next to burgers and ramen, I never tire of getting face to face with a bowl of poke. Not only are they visually stunning to look at they are so darn delicious!
What I love most about it is being able to feel like I’m eating a tray of sushi without all the fiddly work of eating every single piece. I love how fresh it tastes and how you can customise it to your exact specifications. For the record, I cannot have poke without avocado!
Read the List of my favourite Poké Bowls.
If you know anything about me… you know that I’m obsessed with eggs. I love how useful they are in everyday cooking. Whenever I get ramen, I always, without fail, order extra eggs. I’m obsessed with those jammy yolked Ajisuke Tamago (味付け玉子). It took me a while to master these, but I think that I’ve got it down pat now with this foolproof method. I’m happy to share with you how to make ramen eggs.
I remember when a good burger in London was one that did not give you food poisoning. That was about 2007 years ago when the scene started to cotton on to the fact that a burger could be more than an overcooked frozen patty with some fried onions and melted cheese in a sugary over-processed white bun. Places like Hamburger Union (RIP), Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Byron started to blaze the way on the high streets. It was not until 2008 when The Meat Wagon rolled onto the scene that burgers got really interesting in London. Its safe to say that I have had a fair few burgers since 2008, some have been amazing, some rubbish and a majority forgettable.
2018 saw a few new entries into my list. I’ve also included an Honourable mention for burgers that I’ve tried just the once or did not manage to eat in the last year (sorry Meat Liquor)
So here is my 2019 List of the Best London Burgers.
Read the updated London Burger List here
The other day when I was on a shoot with Toast Ale I remembered the Leftover turkey ramen recipe I made last year based on the BBC Good Food Turkey Ramen. I really loved that ramen and decided that I wanted to make it again this year. Seeing how Toast is all about making sure nothing goes to waste, I thought I’d take that ramen recipe one step further.
I was once asked what my death row dish would be….. Without hesitation, it was Christmas Dinner. I love it so much. Being You know what I love even more than Christmas dinner…. Using the leftovers to make fun and exciting things…. My favourite use, (and probably the most obvious) is making sandwiches with the left-over meats and sauces.
I’ve been obsessed with muffulettas for a while. I mean just one look and they are thrilling. Not familiar with a Muffuletta?
Don’t you love when an influencer does their job an influence? Dan from ThinkingFood247 posted a picture of KHACHAPURI aka Georgian Cheese Egg Bread and I thought that I needed to have that. Now rather than trekking up to the bakery that he bought it from, I set out to make it at home. Thank you, Dan, my messy kitchen thanks you. Most importantly my belly thanks you.
Have you ever flirted with someone in a bar for most of the evening… Then you go in for the kill to seal the deal. You are making out when someone entirely more appealing catches your eye. Not because you are some sort of a Casanova, but your kissing companion is a really repulsive kisser that has you questioning the meaning of life with every smack of their lips?
Nope? Me either, but I’ve seen it at least once in the movies.
Smashburger has risen to fame in my home state of Colorado. This has happened since I left the US many moons ago. I was mega excited to try their burgers when we heard that they were expanding to the UK. Sadly, they had no initial plans to open in London. Other towns like Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle