Thai Calamari

How squid can transform into something so delectable, when coated in batter and deep fried, from being the scum of the sea is beyond me. If I was the first person in the history of the world who came across a squid, I wouldn’t want to go anywhere near it, let alone ingest it. It … Continue reading

Vietnamese Pho with Fish Balls

I used to have a serious issue with Shoreditch, and North London in general. This issue stemmed from my time living in Angel in a five bedroom house that should’ve really been advertised as a five bedroom septic tank. I don’t know anybody that has enjoyed the house-hunting process in London. It is especially de-moralising … Continue reading

Churros con Chocolate

I have a love-hate relationship with amusement parks. I hate nauseating rides. What I dislike even more than vomit-inducing rides is that you have to queue for a ridiculously long time. The queues aren’t even human-friendly. What if you needed to go to the loo? You don’t really know how long you’re going to queue … Continue reading

Gnocchi with Goats Cheese Sauce

I have a few vivid and comical memories of my time as an investment banking analyst. One pleasant Friday evening I was anticipating the return of N&D from abroad and had prepared for it to be a special evening, complete with risotto and wine. I made sure I had replied to all my urgent emails, … Continue reading

Cod Loin Goujons (aka Posh Fish Fingers)

For me, cod is a tricky fish to be enthusiastic about. It’s essentially rather bland and dries out into tasteless flakes the moment I turn my back to it. Which means no watching X Factor while cooking cod, making it an incredibly inconvenient fish. I cannot resist a fish finger sarnie, or any sort of … Continue reading

Macarons with Raspberry Butter Cream

I have been relentless in my pursuit of the perfect macaron. And I am pleased to say that I am getting closer and closer. Having experimented with various permutations and combinations of baking trays, oven level, temperature and whether the oven door is kept slightly ajar or closed, I think I’ve finally come closer to … Continue reading

Southern Style Fried Chicken and Chunky Chips with Home-made Spicy Ketchup

I have already confessed having a dirty obsession with KFC. Since turning into a full-fledged non-vegetarian, my progression into Meat-opia has been like a toddler’s – hot dogs –> chicken nuggets –> burgers –> fried chicken. I’ve been force-fed fois gras. It tastes like fat and liver. That said, I am still willing to try … Continue reading

Macarons with Chocolate Raspberry Ganache

The macaron took me a while to fall in love with. At first I just adored the way they looked. Too cute to eat. Big macarons, small macarons, yellow macarons, pink macarons, ice cream macarons, cheesecake macarons. While living in Paris pretending to learn French I discovered these multi-coloured pretty little things in Patisserie windows … Continue reading

St Petersburg: матроская тишина (Matroskaya Tishina)

I hadn’t realised how uncomfortable I would be in a really hot and sweaty Russian banya (spa…of sorts) with several women of all shapes and sizes in the nuddy walking around…like it’s normal. As I was so uncomfortable being starkers around loads of strangers I initially walked in in my 2 piece, and of course … Continue reading