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London Eats | A Wish List

It's been so long since I visited London, so much so, i'm getting withdrawal symptoms. So, Ive planned a food trip, albiet virtual for now.

Little Duck | The Picklery

 I'm starting here at   The Picklery   because to me, it sounds like the most perfect little spot in East London.  As you may, or may not know I am OBSESSED with pickles and ferments, so this place? Heaven on Earth.

I'm starting here at The Picklery because to me, it sounds like the most perfect little spot in East London.  As you may, or may not know I am OBSESSED with pickles and ferments, so this place? Heaven on Earth.

I mean listen to this: "The Picklery is a fermenting kitchen, eatery and wine bar - its here we make our seasonal ferments, pickles and home-made drinks - you can buy our fermented goods ready jarred as part of our preserved food range THE PICKLERY or loose by gram for your daily fix of kimchi or kraut fresh from our fermenting crocks..."

I couldn't think of anything better. I'm definitely going to try and get a visit in with my mate, Lucy who is as pickling mad as I am and has already been there without me - rude!! F.Y.I - follow her insta, she'll take you on a locals tour of London.


Snackbar Pop Up

I'm forever gutted that I never tried one of Freddie Janssen's famous grilled cheeses at her F.A.T market stall, so i'm going to have to time the catching of one of the Snackbar Pop Ups, just right. The menu for the Snackbar x Legs popup in Hackney, looked delicious - I would have definitely gone for the Rose Shrimp and Tostadas in Shio Koji and the Shitake and Girolle Tempura. Man, my mouth is watering!


Bún Bún Bún

I've been making Bahn Mi's at home for about six years - in fact i'm pretty sure that my Chicken Bahn Mi was the last meat dish I ate! Still what a way to go, eh?! Even though the search has been long and exhaustive, I haven't found a good veggie or vegan one anywhere since those heady 2012 days and whilst it's not that surprising I guess, considering where I live (pizza, anyone? Artisan burger? Yawn.) - it's still grim and it's 100% the reason I want to try Bún Bún Bún's lemongrass tofu version. Nom nom nom (see what I did there? Ahem).


Slingin' Po' Boys

Ok, ok, this is my last one, for no other reason other than if i carry on writing about ALL THE FOOD, i might gnaw my hand off, because it's 13:45 and I haven't had lunch. I LOVE Po' Boys and i have only ever had them at home, which whilst delicious and totally addictive, just leaves me hungry for trying more versions! Since discovering these guys on Insta, through a recommendation from a fellow foodie, i've been hooked on them and really, really want to try the blackened shrimp (above). I eat with my eyes first, 100% and one sure fire way to get me hungry for grub of any type is, through food photography. Team that with my never ending passion for hot, fresh street food and i'm sold. I mean, look at it!! Then let me at it...

...guess who's trying to give up bread! Ha, this post may as well been sponsored by bread. Bread and pickles. Now, there's an idea...

Hey!

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Hiya! 

Who dat? ME! LIA! The owner of this lonely, cobweb covered blog. 

It's been ages, hasn't it? 26th September to be exact and truth be told, i'm not sure i'm going to keep up tapping away at this keyboard to add content here. I mean, I used to love blogging, but once I switched from DIZZY LOVE ICY to Tangerine Canteen via Wordpress, the moon, the planet Zog and Mars, before finally landing here on Square Space, I've kind of got a bit 'meh' about the whole thing. Plus, i lost a whole bunch of content (2 years worth or something - all portfolio stuff), which really took the wind out of my sales and made me just want to give up all over again.

--- Yep, this is a brain dump. Move along if there is anything more interesting you could be doing, AKA ANYTHING ELSE!!

I dunno, it feels like the good old days of blogging seem like they are long gone and now, unless it's your job, it feels a bit pointless at times, for me at least. I don't read half as many blogs as I used to and i don't really miss it. I feel like I keep up with all my faves via Instagram now and I interact with the people I admire a lot more that way.

I especially feel this way about food blogging. The market is SATURATED now and i don't really feel like there is room for me. When I sit and consider the amount of work and time it takes to make, shoot and write up a recipe, it feels a bit like a waste of time, especially when you know there are probably at least 1000 bloggers out there making the same thing, probably better and more creatively.

But, maybe all is not lost? Maybe I will keep this space and take it right back to the old school? Maybe i'll just use it to document what's going on in the day to day? Maybe, because it isn't my job, or any source of income anymore, it doesn't need to be so curated?  Hmmm?

Maybe that's it? Maybe that's what i'll do with this now? 

Let's see. As you were...

 

WEEKEND BAKE OFF WITH THE KIDS

Peanut Butter Cups

So, this weekend we decided to have a kids Bake Off. This was partly because we were all drained and partly because we thought the weather was going to be significantly worst than it actually turned out to be.  

Toblerone Cheesecake

All three of them chose what they wanted to make and got cracking in the kitchen. It's so lovely to see the older two confident enough to do everything on their own now (I wasn't even allowed in the kitchen!) and it's great to see that India is almost there too. She obviously still needs me there for safety reasons, and will do for a couple more years yet, but she can read a recipe and translate it into actions pretty much on her own.

Lemon & Polenta Biscuits

D made these Peanut Butter Cups 

F made this  Toblerone Salted Caramel Cheesecake  

India made the Lemon & Polenta Biscuits from Jamies 5 ingredients book.

All delicious, how could we possibly pick a winner?

It's the weekend - Link me up

 

Happy Weekending xox

 

My Kitchen Favourites

So, here are a couple of things that I have in my kitchen at all times, if I can help it. I use pretty much all of them daily with maybe the exception of the Hungarian paprika paste (8) as that's a little trickier to get my hands on, so I have to hold back! 

  1. Umeboshi Plums - I take one of these little salt-pickled plums every other day with a glass of warm water, usually in the morning as the first thing i do. Umeboshi plums are said to prevent fatigue, stimulate digestion and help detoxify. To be honest, I first bought them because I was intrigued as to what they might taste like & it turned out i loved them!
  2. Tick Tock Green Rooibos Tea - This is one of my favourite teas. The heath benefits of green rooibos are only marginally less than standard green tea but because it's caffine-free, I can drink it right up until i crawl into bed if I want to.
  3. Ruby Sauerkraut - I absolutely love sauerkraut and when I don't have any of my own on the go, this one is my favourite brand to reach for.
  4. Organic Turmeric - I honestly can't imagine my days without a couple of glasses of turmeric water or a golden latte. The supposed health benefits of turmeric are well documented but I just love the stuff, regardless.
  5. White Chia Seeds - These get sprinkled liberally on any salad or inside any sandwich I make at home. I love them stirred into porridge, made into puddings or stirred through any granola bars i'm making for the kids.
  6. Coconut Oil - eat it, cook with it, stir it into your tea, swill it about your mouth, moisturise with it... anything - I used it all the time.
  7. Miso Soup - The yellow one pictured is a fave and handy to keep in your bag because it's a box of individual wrapped sachets. If i'm at home though, I have a big jar in the fridge which I make a cup a day usually. It's good for my tummy!
  8. Eros Pista (Hungarian Paprika Paste) - I consider it a total luxury having this in my kitchen!! It's hot, salty and totally moreish. I think you're meant to use it in cooking etc, which I do sometimes, but usually it's spread on some sourdough before I smash some avo on top or in a hummus and salad wrap. Amazing stuff if you can find it - Amazon / Sous Chef would be my best bet.

 

 

THE WEEKEND EDIT

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  1. Sadly, there's no Glasto for me this year, but if there was I'd be wearing these!
  2. I haven't dared venture into the new Bath store, but these kitchen goods from Anthropologie are all beautiful. I especially love the fact that has re-produced their iconic farmers market basket in yellow!
  3. I love Wit & Vinegar - and these Baked Peanut Butter Oreo Doughnuts look like something my children's dreams are made of!
  4. I love this design - especially on the tote!
  5. Paloma Cocktail anyone? Mmmmmm!
  6. I still haven't got around to purchasing this book. I really should, because I love the blog!