#throughthewindow at @flourandgrape. 💛
i never used to order pasta in a restaurant without first asking if they made it in house - yes, i’m one of *those* people 🙈. it just didn’t seem worth paying for a meal that’s quick to make at home, unless it was not, actually, something simple to make at home. so i love that now so many restaurants in #london focus on freshly made pasta. 🍝 even if that is all most of those restaurants make! 😃 my lunch here this week with @mirandayork_ was delicious and excellent value, too. 👌🏻
*new opening* technically @popinaldn is already 20 years old, but they finally have a permanent home on duke street in mayfair serving @squaremilecoffee and this excellent homemade granola, their signature tarts, sandwiches and hot homely meals, plus poached eggs on pogacha. pogacha is a serbian bread, kind of like a focaccia but actually more like a cross between a scone and an english muffin (thanks @scottcaneat for the description!). plus there are also lots of cakes. 😍
i first met isidora at a food market more than ten years ago. it’s wonderful to see how the business has grown.
thanks for inviting me down! and thanks @gokican for letting me take a photo of your table. 😘
London ❤️ how many cities have so many places that make you feel like you’re in the country, or another country entirely? it was one of the things i loved so much when i arrived for my “visit” in 2004. it was part of what made me want to stay and of what made me want to start @chocolatetours. i found everything so full of wonder that i wanted to share what i saw with everyone. i love that through instagram i can also share places that aren’t necessarily on the way to chocolate shops and gelatieras. 😆 • i’ve basically bounced from eating to eating this week and am getting woefully behind on everything. 🙈 i can’t choose what food to post a picture of next so here’s this pretty picture of the canal and some ducks, instead. 😊🦆
Burnt babka with a chocolate hazelnut spread, stewed plums and pistachio and rose crumble last night at @bala_baya. the plums were 😍 the babka was quite different to all the other times i’ve had it, much more dense. tbh, we didn’t really need dessert we were so full from an incredible feast of savoury dishes. not that “not needing” a dessert is an excuse not to have one. 😁 my favourite dishes were the roasted cauliflower and the 4-hour cabbage. i could eat them every day. 😍
Fancy brunch with @theboywhobakes? 🍳you know you do. 😘 come along to @seventeen0seven on sunday 25th march and eat his incredible food! tickets are in the link in my bio (tastetripper.com/events). expect an exceptional @ourlondon cocktail on arrival and a warm, pecan sticky bun, followed by baked eggs and sourdough, freshly-baked babka, and spreads (including @newtonandpott jam). then a seasonal crumble. 😍 it’s going to be a-mazing. if that wasn’t enough we’re also going to send you home with one of his brownies. and all of the profit from the event goes to the #hackney#centreforbetterhealth who support people with #mentalhealth challenges. ❤️
My favourite woman. 💗 i am so lucky to have her. my mum hates having her photograph taken so this is one of the only ones i have of us. there are probably more of us when i was little, but they’ll be in australia, where she lives. i miss her. it’s hard to even speak as much as i’d like to, and it’s never the same on the phone. but i still feel lucky all the same to still have her. i know this is a hard day for many. •
i’ve been having a kind of introspective week. i am lucky to have this woman to talk to. even if i don’t always listen. 😂 #loveyoumum#happymothersday
Chocolate rye salted cookie! 🍫😍 i found the perfect way to reward myself for learning about gdpr. 🤭 this #cookie is from the brand new bakery @fortitudebakehouse where everything is fermented in some way and they use @pumpstreetchocolate 🙌🏻 i might have also picked up some more treats for later. 😁 it’s tucked away behind russell square station, open from 8am monday to saturday. they serve ☕️ too. 🧡
I can’t decide which i like better: the chocolate brioche, the cinnamon scrolls or the out-of-shot apple turnovers. 🤔 they’re all extra good when they’re just warm out of the oven. 😍 the sourdough at @thedustyknuckle is some of the best in town, too. 🍞 •
my day has a very exciting gdpr seminar in it. 😯#ohtheglamour
tomorrow i’ll be going to #hotelympia. anyone been and have things to recommend?
Peanut butter jelly cups! 😍 or peanut butter and jam, as we’d say here. 🥜🍫🍒 i made these. ☺️ they were hard to stop eating. you can make them, too! at the end of last year i recorded a little workshop for @workshop.app which shows you (in the comfort of your own kitchen!) all the things you need, and need to know, to make these delicious chocolate #pbj cups, easter eggs, truffles and salted caramels. 🍫🍫🍫 i’m not a professional chocolatier so if i can do it, then you definitely can. 👊🏻 #mothersdaysorted 🙌🏻 #oryoucouldjustbuyherachocolatetour 😂😘
Well, this is definitely worth a rail-replacement bus. 😍pistachio croissant dreams by the pistachio queen @strazzanti_co. 💚 emilia will be here baking these and chocolate hazelnut croissants and cake and some brunch dishes at @seventeen0seven every weekend. (except the ones that she and i will be co-hosting some awesome cookbook writers here 💛 - check out tastetripper.com/events.) excuse me now while i tuck in... 🤤
Staying in tonight with hot chocolate and cookies. 😍🍪there’s a new episode of designated survivor 🙌🏻 once i finish all the admin and accounting... 😴 #realitybites •
thanks @felicityspector for this #vegan cookie made by @godbakery. it’s sweet and crumbly and definitely doesn’t taste healthy. 🙌🏻
Isn’t the snow magical? ❄️ thick, fluffy flakes swirling and crunchy drifts beneath my feet. i feel like i’ve been on holiday, it’s been so long (2009?!) since london’s had snow like this. so maybe the delayed trains and the pain in my fingers and toes for being out in the swirling dirvishes for two hours wasn’t as magical, but as i trudged through almost-empty streets and lightly falling snow this evening it was wonderful. even better i was greeted at @wbyeatsn4 with a series of chocolate treats made with @miaflavour#beantobar chocolate that finished with this dreamy chocolate fondant. 😍
did i mention that chocolate makes me chatty? 🙊 definitely overdosed tonight. 😂 i felt like i was flying home... 🙌🏻 the fondant is going to be on the menu for a while. the chocolate venison dish is amazing too. 🤤 go check it out!
Today i trekked all over snowy london for research on savoury baked things. 🔎 .
i obviously got distracted. 🙈😂 . .
. .this peanut brownie bar from @outsidertart is full of whole peanuts and chunks of chocolate and caramel and it is all the 😍😍😍. #soeasilydistracted
frankly, i didn’t feel like i could resist any of their 10+ sweet tray bakes, but bravely limited myself to two... i wish i lived closer so i could work my way through them all more quickly. but tonight i am just feeling very grateful that i have a warm home to go back to at all. ❤️ i don’t want to be preachy but if you have some slack in your budget today might be a good day to donate to @sheltercharity or @centrepointuk. it’s bitter out here. ❄️❤️
*chocolate babka* i’ve had @_thegoodegg’s babka many times and it is always so good, rich and soft and delicious. 😍 the morning light here makes you also think that perhaps your hands aren’t going to freeze off today. ❄️ they are. 😳 🙈 wrap up warm. 💥
Despite stuffing myself with an excellent roast dinner today at @thefloristuk in #bristol i couldn’t resist one of these #cookiesandwiches from @mrspottschocolatehouse which - i swear - i stumbled upon whilst heading back to the train station. who could? and i can report that it was as good as it looks. 😍 🍪 🍪🍪
I escaped london for the day and it was gorgeous in every way. 💛 i took the train to bristol for the pre-opening of @thefloristuk, a beautiful pub with flowers at every opportunity. 🌺🌼🌸 the skies were blue, the food & drinks were excellent and the company delightful. 🌞 more on my stories. ⬆️ •
this is a white chocolate cheesecake with a ginger biscuit base and a salted caramel chocolate drink (it was #dairyfree, too). 💛 • 📸 by lovely and talented @elensham. 😘