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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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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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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Arena Flowers Peonies

Arena Flowers Ethical Subscription

Lockdown has reminded me to not forget the little things that bring joy… One of those for me is flowers. So when I came back to my flat from a cycle to find a box of flowers from the newly launched Arena Flowers Ethical Subscription, its safe to say I was thrilled.   I mean who does not love a surprise. 

I was even more thrilled and filled with joy when it was full of Peonies. MY FAVOURITE FLOWER. ⁣the box was full of peony buds, eucalyptus and a little sachet to mix in the water to give the buds life, like the flowers were about to give me over the next week 

⁣Subscriptions are just £20 per delivery… and that is an incredible bargain for the quality of these blooms.  My flat smells INCREDIBLE. ⁣

⁣It’s not only the price that’s incredible… But the ethos and ethics behind Arena Flowers is incredible too  

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Cacio e Pepe Eggs

Cacio e Pepe Eggs

It’s no secret that I adore eggs…   So when I find a new way to cook them I’m like a kid in a candy store.  A fabulous friend shared a post by Food52 on all the different ways to cook eggs and one piqued my interest. 

That was cooking eggs in (Heavy) Double Cream or as they eloquently call it Caramelized Cream Eggs (via Ideas in Food) They described it as life-changing in the way you cook eggs and in fact the way that you look at ingredients.  They dropped the word luxuriously and I was completely sold.  

I’ve cooked the eggs a couple of time exactly as Food52 suggested and each time it was divine… But it got me thinking about flavouring the cream with things and the first thing that came to mind was Cacio e Pepe. With that creamy black pepper laced sauce… I love it so…

So this take on Eggs in Caramelised Cream was born.  It has no cheese in it… but when the cream caramelises it takes on a very similar flavour and its DIVINE! 

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Ole & Steen Cinnamon Social (Kanelstang)

Ole & Steen Cinnamon Social (Kanelstang) Recipe

One of my favourite IF NOT MY FAVOURITE baked good has to be Ole & Steen’s Cinnamon Social.   I don’t know what it is that makes me obsess about it so. Is it the buttery brioche-like bread?  The swirls of warming cinnamon.  Perhaps the secret custard that gets baked in.  Or is it the glaze on top?  Who cares? Because I absolutely love it. 

Since lockdown, I’ve been lost without my cinnamon social… so I decided to take on and try and make the Cinnamon Social myself at home.   Now the Ole & Steen Cinnamon Social Recipe is not out there to google and find.  So I had to put my detective hat on and do some research. 

After a little bit of research, I found the proper danish name for the Cinnamon Social.  Its called the Kanelstang or cinnamon twig.  I guess because it looks like a log. 
Most of the recipes were in danish… so I based my recipe on this one from Valsemollen.dk as the finished product look most like my beloved Ole & Steen Cinnamon Social. I’ve popped my version of Ole & Steen Cinnamon Social Recipe below.

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KFC Style Popcorn Chicken

KFC Popcorn Chicken Fakeaway

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

When Aldi challenged me to create a Fakeaway… I had a couple of ideas. The first one was to honour the colonel himself and create some finger-licking good KFC Popcorn chicken and all the sides.

I spent just over £7 to make this spread and it fed two hungry mouths… plus there are loads of the ingredients left over for other uses. ⁣

The Star of the show was the American BBQ seasoning as I think it was a good nod to the Colonel’s 11 herbs and spices in one jar. Another secret was to marinate the chicken in greek yoghurt and pickle brine overnight. Trust me it makes it epic. ⁣

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