Lemon drizzle cake with blueberries

I like cakes, but I’m not the biggest fan of sweet candy. So for me, it’s always a good idea to have cakes, pastries and desserts that include bitter chocolate or citrus fruits like orange, lemon and passion fruit. The cake of the moment at home is the lemon drizzle cake with blueberries. The addition of the lemon zest in the batter gives the cake an elegant, delicious aroma. I

Lentils and chorizo salad

Some friends invited me for a Sunday Roast, and my contribution was to prepare a side dish for a roasted lamb. Looking for a dish that matches with lamb, I discovered that lentils were an excellent choice. Immediately I remembered a Spanish recipe: lentils with chorizo salad. Since I had no chorizo at home, I used a smooth smoked sausage. The coriander and lemon gave a touch of freshness and

Black Sheep Coffee – Eastcheap

On my way home from the gym, I noticed a new cafe was recently opened on Eastcheap Street. It’s called Black Sheep Coffee and was designed by a group of coffee-loving friends who decided to “Leave The Herd Behind”. They set out to challenging the status quo by sourcing only unorthodox coffees that have a story to be told. This is the case with robusta coffee.     Among more

London Coffee Festival 2017

The London Coffee Festival happened between the 6th and 9th of April. And I was there to check what was going on. If I could describe this event in one word, it would be incredible! In London, there is an ever-growing culture of selection, roasting and preparation of our delicious cup of coffee, whether at home or in the small cafes spread all over the town. At the festival we

Four Corners – Waterloo

I was walking around Waterloo station and quickly did a search for a café. The best-rated coffee shop that appeared on foursquare was Four Corners and it was located just a few feet away. So I decided to go there and see why. The café is on Lower Marsh Street, where commerce is thriving and there are street fairs with food stalls. The entrance is stylish with a sign saying that it has been voted

Aubergine Caponata

Today I will share the most versatile recipe I learned from Maria: aubergine caponata. She is an extraordinary and inspirational woman, who cooks amazing food. Maria is the mother of 2 friends of mine, which I had the luck to known during my teenage period. She was always cooking delicious dishes, mainly influenced by Middle Eastern flavours. Some of her recipes included shanklish, babaganoush, mousaka and aubergine caponata. And she used

Ask for Janice – Farringdon

Walking around Barbican these days, I had some free time between appointments, and went for a cup of coffee in the charming Ask for Janice.   In fact, Ask for Janice is a relaxed bar/restaurant, which was named after a Beastie Boy’s song (I loved the inspiration!). The bar speciality is Gin, a traditional distillate here in England. But the menu of the place is quite varied, with options of

L’eto Caffe – Brompton

On weekends my husband and I are always coming up with something to do out. Recently we went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to visit an excellent exhibition on the youth revolution of the 60s and 70s, culminating in Woodstock. In the Brompton region, besides Victoria and Albert, we also have the Natural History Museum. Both are a must see! Come to London; you have to go! Quickly after

Passion fruit drink

Maracuya Caipirinha

Recently, I worked in collaboration with Fruit Ground, creating content about Maracuya, one of the fruits they import and sell in UK. Maracuya is a  extra-large type of passion fruit, with yellow skin when ripe and encases an exceptionally juicy yellow-orange pulp and many petite brown seeds. The flavour has an amazing tropical twist, very fruity and fresh with floral notes, the perfect balance between sweet and acid. Among the

Java U Café – Aldgate East

The first coffee shop I visited in London was Java U, which is very close to Aldgate Tube Station. After walking all day long, I could not resist enjoying a warm cup of coffee at Java U.    The place is spacious, clean and cosy with long tables, comfortable sofas, counters, lots of seats and excellent lighting. They have wi-fi which is great to work or sit down for a little, sipping