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Christmas food guide

One word springs to mind when I think of Christmas – FOOD. When I was younger I would count the months, weeks and days before our yearly trip to the wholesalers. It was the one time of year that I was allowed to run riot around the isles, picking up whatever I wanted (within reason), pop in into the supermarket trolley and devour as much of it as I could over the festive period. Granted, most of what I put in the trolley was pure rubbish – fizzy laces, flying saucers, space invaders, jelly babies, fizzy drinks, you name it, I got it. I have to say though, that I didn’t join in with the rest of the family when it came to breakfast on Christmas day. As everyone else tucked into their smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, I was left to enjoy scrambled egg on toast. My tastes have come a long way since then and smoked salmon is one of my favourite breakfast foods. And of course I love a good fry up …

Ottolenghi, Islington

I have already done one post on Ottolenghi but I was very hungover that time and I figure I should just do it again. Ottolenghi is a vegetarian or cake lovers heaven. It is also one the best places to go for brunch and lunch in London – in my opinion anyway! The word vegetarian has been tarred with the wrong brush over the years. People expect vegetarians to live on a diet of Linda McCartney sausages, carrot sticks and celery. Ok, maybe that is a bit far but Yotam Ottolenghi has shown us over the last few years just how exciting the humble vegetable can be. If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting his restaurant in Islington (or the three take away cafes branches in Notting Hill, Belgravia or Kensington), you may have been lucky enough to see one of his two cookbooks. The first, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook was written by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi and took influence from their home towns of West and East Jerusalem. But their culinary repertoire does …

Clarence Court eggs three ways

There’s something magical about Hix, Soho. Maybe it’s the open dining room with high ceilings, the countless pieces of fabulous art or the snuggly bar in the basement. Whatever it is, I feel special every time I walk through the huge wooden door on Brewer Street. I haven’t been fortunate enough to eat in the restaurant yet (I really should get round to that) but I was lucky enough to be invited to an event in the private dining room by the lovely people at Clarence Court. The event, for bloggers, was an attempt to show us just how fantastic Clarence Court’s fabulous eggs are. After all, according to their motto, Clarence Court produces fabulous eggs from fabulous birds and if the recent adverts are anything to go by, I truly believe them. I wonder how they got their feathers so ruffled!? We had a surprise visit by Mark Hix himself who plonked himself down and explained a few of the reasons that he uses the eggs in his restaurants. We were then treated to …

Duck Egg Lemon Curd Cake

Why have I never used duck eggs in my baking before?! I tried Clarence Court duck eggs in a lemon curd cake over the weekend and I have to say, I’m converted! A sponge baked with duck eggs is lighter, fluffier and richer than a cake baked with chicken eggs. The duck egg yolk has more fat than a chicken egg (which makes the cake richer) and it’s white has more protein (meaning fluffier when whipped). I decided to bake a simple lemon sponge and I filled it with lemon curd. The result? Try it for yourself! Ingredients 200g self raising flour 200g golden caster sugar 200g unsalted butter 4 duck eggs (I substituted one duck egg for one chicken egg) zest of one lemon 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp milk Method 1. Pre heat oven to 180degrees c 2. Cream butter and sugar together 3. Sift in the flour and add all of the other ingredients. Whisk together until the batter is smooth and creamy 4. Spoon into a cake tin and bake …