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White vanilla macaron with sakura tea ganache recipe

This is a recipe from Sakura at Sake No Hana For the tant pour tant: Ingredients: 600g ground almonds 600g icing sugar 220g egg whites Method: In a mixing machine bowl, mix all the ingredients together until smooth. For the macaron: Ingredients: 1 batch tant pour tant 220g egg whites 600g caster sugar 120g water…

Tea and tapas at El Pirata Detapas, Notting Hill, dinner

Lalani&co and tapas at El Pirata Detapas, Notting Hill

Menu from a dinner at El Pirata Detapas in Notting Hill with Lalani & co to sample their tea and tapas pairings with boutique estate teas supplied by Lalani & co: Seared tuna, ajo blanco, marinated almond Prawn tartare, egg yolk citrus sauce Roasted fig with cheese foam and crispy ham Spring Reserve 2011, LaKyrsiew Garden Seared scallops,…

Mari Vanna, Knightsbridge, Afternoon Tea Review

Photographs, Afternoon Tea at Mari Vanna, Knightsbridge

Wellington Court, 116 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7PJ You don’t realise how British you are until you sit down to an afternoon tea, see jam on the table and automatically assume that scones are being served. But at Mari Vanna, jam and honey are for sweetening the tea and not for treats. The Knightsbridge restaurant, with…

The Fountain Restaurant, Fortnum & Mason, Review

The Fountain Restaurant, Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER “You must not,” Jonesy tells me sternly, in a manner befitting a school headteacher, “talk about the food. Under any circumstances.” And like a naughty school girl, I defiantly enquired: “What, then, should I be talking about in a restaurant review? Surely food plays a major part?” “Talk…

Bread is art, and it tastes good too

The Waitress, Saatchi Gallery

Today I went to explore the Partridges Food Market on Duke of York Square with the view to test out my recently repaired camera and to do some investigation on a market piece for Jellied Eel magazine. The stalls gather there most Saturdays to sell a range of food products – everything from tea and cakes to cheese…