Weekend inspiration: Maltby Street Market

Ropewalk, Maltby Street Market is a lovely little way to while away an hour or two on a weekend morning. It’s a bit off the beaten track and is set beneath scuzzy old railway arches in Bermondsey, about a 20-minute walk from the heaving Borough market. When you make it to Ropewalk you’re met with a cute and buzzy, delicious-smelling … Continue reading

Top marks for ten, Hornsey

  Hello, NGOTCB is back! Yes, it has been a year since I last blogged (hides behind hands…) but I have a good excuse. And it goes like this: Julian and I now have a permanent plus-one and her name is Jasmine. And she’s delish. With a baby in tow, my attempts at cooking have taken a bit … Continue reading

A Prosecco Slush Puppy

Five steps and three ingredients to Prosecco heaven…   The official name for a Prosecco Slush Puppy is a “Sgroppino”. This Italian lovely is made up on Prosecco, vodka  and lemon sorbet – and you can make it in 5 easy steps. The only props you need are a blender and glasses. Here’s what you … Continue reading

Summer roll with it…

Vietnamese summer rolls. Made by me. In my own kitchen. I must admit I’m pretty impressed with myself. I went to an Asian supermarket and everything. They’re 74 calories a roll, too – perfect for 5:2 diet days. (Yes, I have two of those a week. But in my defence, I do stuff my face … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Bubbledogs

Bubbledogs, 70 Charlotte Street, London Bubbledogs does champagne and hot dogs and has become one of London’s must-eat-at dining joints since it opened in August. It has a no-bookings policy (except for groups of six or more, apparently…) and has had tonnes of press – so as to be expected, its queues are loooong. My … Continue reading

Shakshouka Eggs

My friend Rick told me the spicy tomato and egg dish I concocted for brunch a couple of weeks ago resembled a famous Israeli breakfast – Shakshouka Eggs. Intrigued, I Googled, read up on it, and set about turning my messy concoction into a shakshouka. Apparently this dish is Tunisian in origin and, get this, … Continue reading

Mulled Wine and Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first mulled wine of the season is always something to get excited about. And what better night for your first hot, clovey vino than a picnic at the top of Ally Pally hill on Bonfire Night? My friend Tara had the task of mulling the wine and cooking the mini margarita pizzas (which were … Continue reading