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Azulejos Adventures in Porto

Azulejos Adventures in Porto

I’m not gonna lie…. My main purpose of visiting Porto was to take in those azulejos.  If you’ve seen pictures of Porto (and other parts of Portugal) you’ve seen the beautiful, blue and white tiles that done the facades and interiors of buildings and churches. 

It was King Manuel I of Portugal who brought azulejo tiles from Seville, in Spain, to Portugal, during the fifteenth century. Azulejos were very common in parts of the in Seville and Grenada (Areas heavily influenced by Moorish architecture and art). The word azulejo comes from the Arabic word al zellige which means “the polished stone”.

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Picnic Perfect Muffaletta

Picnic Perfect Muffuletta

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[This is part of a paid collaboration with Leerdammer]

YAY to summer and yay to picnics.  I preset to your the Picnic Perfect Muffuletta featuring @leerdammer. Despite its goofy sounding name, it’s a serious sandwich that has wow factor when you serve it up.   

The muffuletta is a New Orleans classic that was invented in the 1930s.   

It could not be simpler. You hollow out a loaf of crusty bread then layer in Cheese and meats then top it with a herby olive relish (I’ve popped the recipe in the link in my bio). Then put the bread lid firmly back on and wrap it in cling film.  You need to wrap it pretty tight to compress all the filling.   You can make it up to three days in advance.

Not a fan of olives?  You can replace the olive relish with a pickle or even piccalilli.  One this you can’t skimp on is the meat and that delicious Leerdammer. 

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Pasta Alla Gricia

Pasta alla Gricia

Pasta alla Gricia may be the most underrated of all the four types of classic Roman pastas. The world loves a carbonara, probably the most dare I say pedestrian of the four. Every food lover in London gets their knickers in a twist over cacio e Pepe. Not being shady, I like it too… so much I created a fried egg recipe that tasted like it. I don’t really love the tomato heavy Amatriciana, but that’s just me.

My favourite has to be Pasta alla Gricia. Its super simple to make you need 3 ingredients pasta, pecorino and guanciale. With simple recipes its important that you get top-quality ingredients. All of my Italian groceries come from the ICONIC Lina Stores in London. they have been supplying Londoners with Italian groceries and deli items from their Soho shop since 1944.

Keeping with being very 2020, Lina Stores have launched a grocery delivery service. You can get almost everything Italian delivered to your doorstep in London. From fresh pasta, sauces, cheese olives, bread, rice and cannoli.

They deliver nationwide now so rejoice!

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Middle Eastern Meatfree BBQ

Middle Eastern Meatfree BBQ

[This post is part of a paid collaboration with Naked Glory]

Summer feels like it is officially here.. So I’m firing up the BBQ (on my patio) and I’m cheating on meat with this Middle Eastern Meatfree BBQ with Naked Glory. Now, Naked Glory sausages are great on their own… but I’m craving a little escapism to warmer shores.

I’ve made a glaze with chilli, pomegranate molasses, cumin, sumac, paprika and oregano to give the sausages a smokey sweet heat.

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Jersey Royal Crush

Perfect Salt & Vinegar Chips (At Home)

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[This post is part of a paid collaboration with Youngs Seafood]

My favourite pub lunch (after a Sunday roast obvs) has to be Fish and chips. With pubs closed I recreated that lunch at home. I enlisted the help of Young’s Seafood to do all the hard work of doing the fish. I picked their new Tempura Beer Batter Cod. The fish has this incredibly thin crispy coating as you’d expect from tempura, but the flavour of a classic beer batter.  DELISH.

With the fish tackled it was time for me to focus on making some incredible chips from scratch. Nothing against frozen chips.. but I wanted to share a technique that I hacked off YouTube that makes incredible chips..  

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Fried Mozzarella sandwiches

Fried Mozzarella Sandwich (Aka Mozzarella in Carrozza)

It’s no secret that I adore I miss travelling… So I’m spending this time looking at past travels and what I loved about them. I keep coming back to Venice… the canals, the colours and the Cicchetti. Specifically the Fried Mozzarella Sandwich.. AKA Mozzarella in Carrozza I had whilst sipping an Aperol Spritz.

If you have not had Mozzarella in Carrozza before you are in for a treat. It’s roughly translated to mozzarella in a carriage.. and that’s what it is… Its kinda the love child between a grilled cheese sandwich and a savoury french toast… but with… you guessed it Mozzarella. These Fried Mozzarella Sandwiches could not be any easier or more delicious to make.

Traditionally they just have cheese… but in Venice, they have a slice of parma. Being extra, I’ve included a bit of basil because I love the stuff. Feel free to omit.

Best served with an Aperol Spritz whilst sat on a canal. But sitting near any outside space will suffice in the UK.

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What I love about Deptford

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This July completes my 20th year of living in the UK, specifically London. It’s safe to say that London has become my home.  In those 20 years, I’ve lived all over the capital.  From Surbiton to Hampstead to The Docklands to Bromley to Peckham and finally Deptford.  As much as I loved all of the areas for different reasons…  Deptford has really become to feel like home.  Completely ironic after proclaiming that this would be one of the last places I’d like to live when I accidentally got lost here in 2012.

How wrong about that was I?

What do I love about Deptford?  Read on…

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Wagamama Katsu Curry Fakeaway

[This post is part of a paid collaboration with Aldi ]

When Aldi challenged me to recreate some of my favourite meals… One had to be the ICONIC Wagamama Katsu Chicken Curry. One ingredient that makes Katsu curry stand out is that supper crunchy panko bread crumb coating on the chicken. I hear you ask…. does Aldi sell Panko bread crumbs, Nah… But no panko is no problem.. Just fake your own for this Wagamama Katsu Curry Fakeaway. ⁣

Buy a loaf of white toast bread and pop it in the freezer. Once the slices are frozen solid, sauce off the crusts and then grate on the coarse side of a box grater. Then dry the crumbs out in the oven in a really low heat. Thank Me later. ⁣

The ingredients for this meal set me back £6.64 and it left ingredients to use another day. ⁣

I’ve popped the recipe and a how-to video below! Kanpai

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Creamy Boursin Potato Salad

Creamy Boursin Potato Salad

[This post has been sponsored by Boursin]

Despite the dreary weather we are having… BBQ & Picnic Season is here. So I present to you my Creamy Boursin Potato Salad. I love a potato salad in the summer… but sometimes it’s nice to have one that’s a little creamier, tangy and full of herbs.

This potato salad fits that bill. Besides the creamy Boursin texture setting this apart, I really love the crunch that the celery and the hits of acid the capers provide. Use whatever extra herbs you may have at hand for the garnish… Parsley, Dill and Chives would be divine… Mint or perhaps basil would take it in another welcomed direction altogether.

I think you will find that this is a lovely year-round recipe.

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