Friday, 29 June 2012

Piña Colada Cupcakes

It's no secret that we can't resist a well-made cocktail and one of our all-time favourites is the classic beach drink, Piña Colada. 
Close your eyes and you can almost taste the sea breeze & feel the sand beneath your toes...

You will need:

80ml Malibu/coconut rum
175ml coconut milk
60ml pineapple juice
185g flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
60g butter
200g sugar
3 eggs
185g crushed pineapple, drained
100g desiccated coconut

Combine the rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice and vanilla in a small bowl, set aside.
In a slightly bigger bowl whisk the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar, then slowly add the eggs.

Once thoroughly mixed, alternately add the rum and flour mixtures to the large bowl, stirring well after each addition.

Fold in the pineapple and coconut.

Pour into cupcake cases and bake for 20 minutes at 200°C

  Important step: shake remaining coconut milk, rum and pineapple with a handful of ice to make a Piña Colada*

*drink whilst waiting for cupcakes to bake

Once cooled, whip up a simple buttercream using butter, icing sugar and vanilla.
Sprinkle with the remaining coconut and serve to oohs and ahhs..
Now, where did we put our bikinis?


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Taste of London

The 'almas caviar' of foodie events and one of the most anticipated dates in our diary saw Regent's Park transform into an alfresco, gourmet's paradise... 
40 top restaurants from both the city and further afield, totalling an impressive eleven michelin stars, gathered together to whip up a delectable array of signature dishes and culinary delights.

We listened in awe to Ashley Palmer-Watts, Protégé of Heston, as he explained the inner workings of The Fat Duck (sigh), gorged on a few too many of The Bowler's famous meatballs - whilst perched on fairy stalls in The Secret Garden, attempted to consume our body weight in 'Rocktails' and went through more crowns than the Tower of London, all whilst basking in the London sun.

Our favourite dish was a toss-up between Barbecoa's burger and the mini fish & chips by Kensington Place - which in our opinion, should be renamed 'newspaper wrapped cones of heaven'.

It's hardly suprising our tastebuds have already begun the countdown to next year...!

Barbecoa burger, with Westcombe cheddar, streaky bacon
and sweet onions

Kensington Place - Mini fish & chips

Bar Boulud - Tunisienne 'hot dog'
lamb merguez with harissa, roasted peppers, brioche
bun and mint yoghurt

The Hinds Head - Tea smoked salmon with soda bread

Gaucho - Sea bass ceviche with mango and passion fruit sauce

Barbecoa - Crispy pigs' cheeks, piccalilli

The Savoy Grill - Chargrilled dry-aged Lake District farmer's sirloin

Barbecoa - Pulled pork shoulder with BBQ sauce and coleslaw

Cotidie - Tuscan-style bread and tomato soup with buffalo stracciatella

The 'Forgotten Foods' roulette profiles a range of seasonal and native British foods with the aim to raise awareness - so that they may be rediscovered and returned to the market...

Q & A with Ashley Palmer-Watts

The Bowler's delicious meatball van..

'Gosh Brownies' - Cookies and Scream

Asia de Cuba - Mexican doughnuts
Sweet brioche rolled in cinnamon sugar and filled with butterscotch sauce -
served with a mojito sorbet

        Dress: Traffic People, Wellies: Hunter             
Top: Harley Davidson, Shorts: Miss Selfridge, Cardigan: New Look

Monday, 25 June 2012


Dreams of falling supposedly mean you've lost control in a certain aspect of your life, while flying dreams are often associated with the feeling of freedom.
 Dreams of dancing burgers however, usually indicate a recent visit to MEATmarket and the carnivorous cravings that follow soon after.
Consequently, it wasn't long before an afternoon of Oxford Street shopping turned into a frenzy-fuelled dash to the conveniently close MEATliquor - the bona fide restaurant within Yianni's burger empire.
Swap the bright lights for dark and moody
& the shakes for cocktails..
and you have the perfect place to linger over your hunky pattie of a date.
Which we did.
So if you will excuse us, we have plans in the land of nod and some dancing burgers to attend to!

 Henrietta Fizz & Paloma

File under : food porn

Whoppers of onion rings

N.B require two hands and the ability to dislocate jaw.

Quack Pie

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