Month: April 2015

REVIEW: The Leather Bottle, Earlsfield

When the sun comes out and we’re hungry (or just thirsty!) our default South London beer garden is The Leather Bottle in Earlsfield.  Easter Monday was one of these delicious days and we scurried out of the house in search of perfect outdoor sunshine and BBQ food.  Rows of picnic tables basking in the sun greeted us happily, and we were delighted to see that the BBQ was indeed fired up and churning out it’s trademark burgers and chips. Quickly I was tucking into a cheeseburger with chunky tomato relish, ale onions, and salad, which was so tasty and comforting it was like all the best bits of a Macdonalds (the plastic cheese!) in a poshed up version for the sunglass wearing South London market. The chips are of the yummy skinny fries variety, and there are lots of them. Pub burgers are often rather hit and miss, but this one nailed it, although it does come with a price to match – two burgers (one with relish, one with bacon) with fries, a child-sized hotdog …

RECIPE: Lobster ravioli

When it works, there aren’t many more satisfying things than homemade pasta.  You feel like an Italian mama turning a quick weeknight carb into something fancy and magical. On the flipside, when it doesn’t work it’s like all the love that you poured into making it has come back to slap you in the face.  Why didn’t you just open a bloody packet of the stuff?! I am still learning about pasta making, but I am determined to master it.  Here is my recipe for a rather indulgent and delicious lobster ravioli. Serves four as a main (as part of a 3 course meal). For the pasta: 300g ’00’ pasta flour, plus extra for dusting 4 eggs 75g double cream 2 cooked lobster tails 200g scallops, seared fresh basil leaves salt and freshly ground black pepper For the sauce: 50g butter shells from the lobster tails 1 carrot, chopped 1 white onion, chopped Few fresh basil leaves 50ml brandy 600ml vegetable stock 6 cherry tomatoes, chopped 90g brown shrimps up to 50g double cream 1. Put …

RECIPE: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies have always been a childhood favourite. My Mum used to make us gooey milk chocolate chip versions, and me and my sisters would stand on chairs in the kitchen helping her mix the ingredients. Then, the house smelling of chocolate and biscuits we would gobble them up while they were still warm. They are quick and easy to make, so a perfect half hour activity for keeping little ones occupied, and for making use of easter egg goodies! This is my Mum’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies, which I’ve adapted for white chocolate, just because we had white chocolate buttons in the house. You could easily substitute these for milk chocolate, or experiment with your own fillings. Makes c.15 100g softened unsalted butter 50g light brown muscovado sugar 50g granulated sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla flavouring 1 egg 125g plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 150g white chocolate chips (white chocolate buttons work fine if you break them up a bit first!) 1. Preheat oven at 190 C/GM5 and grease two baking …