Beautiful Basics

Isn’t nature wonderful? The variety of colours, shapes and textures I’m still discovering continuously amazes me. I’m a real sucker for it and my grocery shopping reflects that – I usually have a fridge full of what I call beautiful basics and find myself always looking for fun new ways to use them. Through this series, I’ll…

Review : Turtle Bay, Brixton

With over 20 branches now in the UK, the latest popping up on Briton Road, Caribbean food chain Turtle Bay is making its mark. Following recent controversy over a less-than-smart social media campaign, you’d be forgiven for having already made your mind up about this one. But their super-friendly vibe could very quickly change your…

Review : The Blues Kitchen, Brixton

[Written for the Brixton Bugle] I know I won’t be alone in saying that anyone promising to fly in 12-hour smoked brisket and fall-off-the-bone 16 hour beef short rib direct from Texas to my local neighbourhood, is a friend of mine. Well, meet my new buddy The Blues Kitchen. Owned by The Columbo Group (which…

Recipe : Sausage, kale and egg breakfast pizza

Breakfast on a Sunday is my raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. I love trawling Pinterest for new recipes (one of my favourite boards to follow for inspiration is ‘Breakfasts & Brunches’ by Donal Skehan), ordering the ingredients with my weekly shop, waking up on a Sunday and taking my time to create something…

Review : Mamma Dough, Brixton

[Written for the Brixton Bugle] I live with a person who is somewhat of a pizza-fanatic (he’s eating one right now), and so correlatively, I eat a lot of it. In Brixton we’re pretty spoiled for choice when it comes to pizza, with the likes of Agile Rabbit and Franco Manca in Brixton Village, and…

Review : Sponge & Cream, Brixton

With the Great British Bake Off back on our screens, we’re all once again experiencing a higher-than-usual amount of cake cravings. Luckily, there’s an answer to those sugar-coated prayers lurking in a corner of Brixton Village. Sponge & Cream is owned by Paulina, who quit her job in IT to pursue a career in baking….

Review : Milkwood, Herne Hill

[Written for the Brixton Bugle] I’ve always loved Herne Hill and found, for its size, it to have a healthy number of good standard hangouts to head out for a bite. Milkwood, situated in the premises of the former Escape Bar, is the latest newbie complying with that expectation. The bonus is that it’s got…

Review : brünch, pop-up

As I’ve said before, I get pretty excited these days at the prospect of a non-eggs-and-bacon-centric breakfast. So I was more than happy to head along to brünch, which promised to delight guests with a long, lazy, Berlin style get-together. This is a proper pop-up which uses under-utilised spaces to host a truly unique gathering….

Recipe : Tuscan sausage and kale soup

Ahh, comfort food. Sometimes you just need it. It’s good for the soul, y’know. But it’s summer! And comfort food will make me podgy! Well, how about a creamy soup? You can even substitute full-fat cream out for low-fat alternatives and it’ll still do the trick and it’s very low in those naughty carbs, so you…

Review : Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Brixton

Written for the Brixton Bugle Having originally started out as a pop-up at the Hackney WickED Arts Festival in 2011, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen has rocketed in popularity and is slowly but surely getting Londoners hooked on Ghanaian grub. Recently back from an 18 month stint in Berlin, Zoe has set up her first permanent residency…

Recipe : Hong Shao Rou

Sichuan food is my fave. My love of Chinese inspired cooking stems from many moons ago when I was a young girl – my parents, sister and I, every Saturday night, would set up camp on a towel on the living room floor in our Yorkshire home, in front of the fire, watching Blind Date, with a…

Review : Katakata, Brixton

Also on the Brixton Blog When the boards started going up for this new(ish) kid on the block, the last thing anyone expected to appear next to Brixton veteran Negril was a vegetarian and vegan French galette serving hang-out and herb garden. Half way up Brixton Hill stands Katakata. The whole vibe of this place…