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Coffee

Yesterday I tweeted about a girl I overheard with a bonkers request whilst ordering my morning crack coffee. Each day I go to the same Eat store on my way to work and order a black Americano (long black), the people there know me now, they’re sweet and always work extra hard to get my coffee to me quick. So what did this girl request? She asked for a “cappuccino with no foam”. I was thinking, is she serious? She had a serious face and had a take-no-bullshit look about her. I felt bad for my friends behind the counter who were now going to have to make this non-cappuccino cappuccino. She’s lucky I wasn’t working behind the counter as I would have said quite quickly – what the fuck is that? Do you mean a white Americano? But they smiled and nodded and went on their merry way to make this crazy lady’s hot beverage. I nearly turned to her and asked what a foam-free cappuccino was, what was the point?! She’s murdering an Italian …

Come Dine With Me: The Review

Saturday night’s Come Dine With Me dinner party turned out to be a complete success. Not only did we polish off six bottles of wine, the girls absolutely loved my courses. When they arrived we started with a raspberry limoncello prosecco cocktails, topped off with mint and served with a dish of olives for nibbling. As they do in Italy. Next we had our starter of potted crab (snap above), with grilled, buttery asparagus and toasted sourdough. Paired with a slightly sweet Riesling that Crosbie picked up as it recommended to be served with crab. The combination of crab, lemon, dill, chilli and the sweet wine went down a treat. I had to prepare the whole paella once the starter had been completed as the dish would have looked like a dirty porridge if I had done it earlier and let it sit. Thankfully, how my kitchen is set up it worked well due to the island in the middle I could prepare on and talk to them sitting at the dining table on the other side. …

Penis pasta

If you have been to Venice or Rome you will have no doubt passed one of the many little gift shops dotted around the cities, where you can buy knick knacks and funny Italian themed items such as penis pasta (as pictured above). I brought mine back from Venice as a gift for my other half. I never actually got around to cooking it though as we broke up a week later. We’re back together now (long story, lots of toing and froing, neither of us could make our minds up), so last night I decided to add it as the pasta to my Minestrone mash up. I call it Minestrone mash up, because I didn’t use a recipe but followed the general idea of a Minestrone base with whatever I had in the fridge: carrots, onion, leek, mushrooms, garlic, peas, celery, can of tomatoes, bacon, veggie stock, penis pasta and salt and pepper to season. VERY simple but now it’s our favourite. It totally knocked my veggie soup off the top of the list. I …

Veggie soup for the soul

I’m trying my best to be healthier, so after last night’s martini, gin & tonic, wine and pizza, I needed to be extra good tonight. I decided to try and make up a yummy vegetable soup. Both the man and I were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it. As we were having just veggie soup with no pasta, protein or lentils I decided to add a potato which I ended up blending with a few of the other veggies to thicken it. I was shocked at the colour, but who doesn’t love eating food that looks like it’s radioactive, but knowing it’s so damn good for you?! I brightened mine further by adding a swirl of hot Sriracha sauce. Get involved: 2 potatoes 3 carrots 2 leeks 1 onion 3 garlic cloves 1 celery stick 1/2 head broccoli  Mushrooms Peas 1 bay leaf Parsley Thyme Vegetable stock Sauté the garlic and onion in a little olive oil. Add cubed potato, carrot, celery and leek and stir for 2-3 minutes. Add your vegetable stock and bring …

BBC Bake sale

The biggest news to hit Britain this week: the Great British Bake Off sale. BBC have sold the rights to the show to Channel 4, a somewhat surprise given its success over the years. Turns out it’s not been a sale of choice, more that the production company in charge of GBBO pocketed themselves in the range of an extra £10 million. I for one, am an avid Bake Off fan, having never missed an episode. The hosts, the innuendos and the soggy bottoms keep your drawn in. Also of course the nail biting moments when time is ticking down and 24 identical Cypriot flaoumas or a 30cm tall Bavarian clock tower made of shortbread must be completed and standing strong. While Channel 4 insist they will work hard to keep the integrity of the show – will it be the same? Mel and Sue have stepped down from hosting, and Paul and Mary have walked away from judging. All four created the comfort and entertainment you want on a Wednesday evening, so the next …