Drygate Brewery, Glasgow

After Christmas we found ourselves with a bit of time before we had to return to work. Being cooped up with your family for a week of intense eating and too much booze can take it’s toll, so we escaped to my dad’s flat in Glasgow for a weekend of exploring (and more booze…)

Hook, Parkway Road

We love fish and chips. We could dine out in London for the rest of our lives on fish and chips and Sunday roasts alone, on a constant quest to find the best place for our favourite dish.
Hook Camden opened in October and we went to see what the hype was about during their opening week, and couldn’t resist returning.
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Our Christmassy home...

Merry Christmas everyone! Sorry we've fell off the radar of late. We've been so busy preparing for Christmas that we've not had much time to blog about our preparations. All of our presents are now wrapped up under the tree waiting to go back to Leicester with us for Christmas on Wednesday, after a week of visiting family and friends up and down the country. 
If you'd like to know where any of the furniture in these photos is from, leave us a comment and I'll do my best to remember. We've spent a long time turning our rented flat into a home, but now we've spent our first festive season here it feels a lot more like our own. 
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Prior Park, Bath

Last week was half term, and we spent the best part of the week cat-sitting for friends in Bristol and exploring the West Country. Now the weather and the leaves are changing, wintery walks are number one on our to-do list and Prior Park was the perfect place to start.
We also ended up joining the National Trust (woohoo!) so be expecting a lot more posts of this nature. Click read more to see all the photos...

Pachamama, Thayer Street

We were lucky enough to be invited to Pachamama, the new Peruvian-inspired restaurant in Marylebone, to do a Test Drive for Hot Dinners. Read the review here, and check out the rest of our photos from the evening by clicking the read more button...

Pink sky in the morning

Mornings are made ten times easier when this is the view from your back garden...


Melt in the middle chocolate chunk cookies

We love Ben’s Cookies. They’re rich and chocolatey and gooey and delicious and nigh on impossible to recreate at home. For weeks we’ve been trying different cookie recipes, and almost breaking our colleagues teeth on some disastrous peanut butter biscuits, we think we’ve cracked it.

So, it’s with great delight (and after much trial and error…) that we can finally share with you our perfected recipe for mouth watering melt-in-the-middle gooey chocolate cookies...

The Fish & Chip Shop, Old Broad Street

The Fish & Chip Shop in Islington is where we went on one of our first dates. We shared a sherry trifle for desert and bickered about who ate most of it because it was so delicious that we didn't want it to end.

So when we heard that there was another branch opening on Old Broad Street, we couldn’t wait to try it out. I have to admit, the fact that the soft launch nights (13th-14th October) were boasting a huge 50% discount on all food added considerably to our excitement.


Book launch: Trine Hahnemann, Scandinavian Baking

I went along to the launch of Trine Hahnemann's Scandinavian Baking at the Danish Church in Regents Park, London for Hot DinnersRead the piece here, and click read more to check out the rest of the photos. Enjoy!


Bánhmì11, Great Eastern Street

After another night of meandering around galleries in East London for First Thursdays, we were starving and on the hunt for somewhere in Shoreditch that didn't have a queue out the door (Pizza East had a 45 minute wait, and there was a queue about 30 people long for Dishroom). We we wandering back to Old Street station down Great Eastern Street, resigning ourselves to beans on toast at home, when we stumbled across the understated Bánhmì11. I'm so glad we did. 

Florence, in Instagram photos

Our trip to Florence was just too wonderful to even sum up in words. Over the next few weeks we'll go over our notes from the trip and write about our favourite places to visit, eat and enjoy Florence. But for now we're still sulking in our post-holiday blues, so here are a handful of photos from our trip....

Elephant, Brixton Village Market

Last night we ventured to Brixton to see the wonderful Ella Eyre at Electric Brixton. Having heard nothing but good things about Brixton Village Market, we decided to check it out for a pre-gig dinner.

From Brixton tube station, you turn right on to the high street and right again on to (what I would call) a typical London market street - it's crowded and bustling with open shop-fronts. On the left about half-way down, there's a understated entrance to Brixton Village Market. Looking in from outside, you think you're about to take a wrong turn... You're not.

Weekday dinner: salmon, broccoli and mint frittata

Frittatas are heavenly for a few reasons – you can put almost anything in them, making them perfect for using up leftovers, and they're super quick and easy for post-work mid-week dinners. We just happened to have salmon and broccoli, but you can put anything in... anything! Here's the recipe...

The Urban Food Festival, Shoreditch

The Urban Food Festival is in a car park just off Shoreditch High Street. It doesn't look like a car park just off Shoreditch High Street though, which is a good thing. The atmosphere is lively – it's packed. There's live music and booze (the two things that complete any event), and although the bar is a little on the steep side (£5 for a bottle of beer), it's worth it for the selection of craft beers and ales.

Ombra, Vyner Street

If you live in London and you haven't been to First Thursdays; you're missing a trick. Once a month (on the first Thursday, believe it or not) the galleries of East London stay open late so working folks can actually look at something other than their computer on a weekday. Not only are there glorious sights for your eyes, but there's also a lot of free booze, and if you find an accommodating gallery you can just sit on their interior-designer picked sofas and drown yourself in prosecco.

Competitive dinners...

We've always been competitive. It started when we first met. I'd take Kerry to Greenwich Observatory to see where time starts, then she'd take me on Boris bikes down Regents Canal on the nicest day of the year. I'd try and one up with a weekend away, and that would be returned with a holiday in St Ives or a spa break in Cambridge. The competitive dating had to end before one of us went bankrupt, so we had to channel our energy into something else.
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