Cinnamon vanilla toasted oats make the most important meal of the day the most beautiful…

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I don’t know about you dear reader, but there’s something about the scents of cinnamon and vanilla that I find equally comforting and alluring. Their warmth and sweetness invoke memories of apple crumble baking in the kitchen on a rainy afternoon or Christmas mulled-spiced mugs of wine enjoyed by the fire while the snow falls softly outside or fat golden churros eaten greedily straight from the pan as generous tumblings of sugar spill over your fingers and make your lips impossible-to-ignore lickable.

Now whilst I’ve nothing against advocating traditional comfort food, alcohol or Mexican doughnuts for breakfast, I should probably reassure you that this is in fact a little post campaigning for the use of these flavours in a much healthier, quicker & simpler sunrise routine… Read More

Getting your freekeh on with this delicious mid-week dinner…

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Is there anything more beautiful than a plate full of glorious colours & textures? A plate that makes you want to throw decorum to the wind and plant your face in it? A plate that you know will make you feel as good eating it as you do simply staring at it?

I don’t think there is. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are sunsets and there are babies and there are miniature pigs in wellies but really, a plate full of gorgeous food still does it for me every-time and in this post, I’m going to teach you how to make such a plate in your own home. I say ‘teach’ loosely because it’s comically simple but it might ask you to step out of your comfort zone hence my hand holding as we get into it.

Nutty, full-of-flavour wholegrains topped with roasted-until-caramelised-and-sticky sweet potato, beetroot, pepper, tomato and red onion and adorned with chunks of creamy avocado and nuggets of tangy goats cheese…in the words of Lurpak whose adverts I could watch on repeat much like a Ryan Gosling film, this is your dinner. Read More

Love Japan? Try a clean, sweet taste of the far east in the busiest part of London town…

Japan is a country well known for its tranquility and serenity. Perhaps not the whole land and maybe not for the entirely of its history but there are areas of its culture and society that are beyond reverent in stillness and quiet tradition.

Piccadilly Circus is an area of London well known for its buzz and excitement. Perhaps not every single street and maybe not for all the years it’s been there but there are areas that boast more exciting restaurants & world-class theatres than anywhere else on the globe.

Would you put these two together? Probably not and if you’re wondering what they have in common, I’ll let you in on a little secret – on the edge of Shaftesbury Avenue lies the Japan Centre. It’s not quite the placid and hushed corner of Japan that a voyage into the Land of the Rising Sun might actually afford but it is an excellent spot in which to pick up some beautiful Japanese pastries.

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