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Recipe: Lactofree Strawberry & Cream Cheesecake

Recipe: Lactofree Strawberry & Cream Cheesecake

Since starting Fashercise, I’ve been very committed to eating healthier, and one of the main changes I’ve made is cutting lactose from my diet whenever possible. A few years ago, I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant, but never really did much about it – it didn’t make me feel great, but not really sick either. However, I noticed that cutting down drastically has made me feel so much better, so when the lovely folks at Lactofree approached me to work with them on […]

June 27, 2014 × 0 comments

Food

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Brioche

Recipe: Creamy Mushroom Brioche

Oh brioche, you sweet, soft, beautiful, naughty thing. Fluffy like freshly baked bread, sweet like cake – the brioche can be used in so many different ways. It’s really an amazing food to experiment with in the kitchen: from French toast to bread and butter pudding to the perfect bread for grilled cheese. So, the other day I bought a loaf on a whim. Over the next few days, I ate some of it just plain (delicious), some toast with […]

November 22, 2013 × 3 comments

Food, London

Restaurant Review: Hutong Shard

Restaurant Review: Hutong Shard

A couple of weeks ago, I finally managed to get myself a table at Hutong Shard, the Northern Chinese counterpart of Aqua Shard, which is situated two floors lower in the iconic London landmark. When I reviewed Aqua Shard a few months ago, I was so in awe and wrote such a glowing review certain friends and family members even asked me whether I had been paid to write that review – I can assure you I was not, I […]

September 30, 2013 × 0 comments

Food

Roast Tomato and Courgette Quinoa Bake

Roast Tomato and Courgette Quinoa Bake

Can we talk about quinoa for a minute? Quinoa is still a pretty new ingredient for me, and I’m obsessed. Growing up in Belgium, this supergrain wasn’t something I’d ever heard of, let alone cooked with. Over the past couple of years I’ve slowly been discovering it (alongside things like sweet potato, bulgar wheat, etc…) and finding different ways to use it into dishes. Quinoa is so versatile and full of protein, it makes a great alternative to other grains […]

August 6, 2013 × 0 comments

Events, Food

#BadoitExpress Pop Up Picnic Restaurant

#BadoitExpress Pop Up Picnic Restaurant

Organising a picnic in London in summer doesn’t come without risk. For a minute there, I thought it would rain all over the world’s first pop up picnic restaurant hosted by sparkling water brand Badoit, but the weather gods were kind and spared us from a soggy meal – and what a meal it was. Following the success of last year’s Badoit Express in Paris – where Michelin starred chef Thierry Marx turned a commuter train into a free fine […]

June 21, 2013 × 0 comments

Food, London

7 Things I Learned at Ping’s Pizza Masterclass

7 Things I Learned at Ping’s Pizza Masterclass

7 THINGS I LEARNED AT PING’S PIZZA MASTERCLASS 1: Pizza dough is no laughing matter – it’s a science. An exact science. 2: Consequently, Ping’s chef Bruno is a basically a scientist – probably a mad scientist. For months, he has worked on creating the perfect recipe for dough in his science lab his kitchen, and it’s amazing. I’ll never look at pizza the same way. 3: Ping’s Pizza is some of the best you’ll ever have. Seriously. 4: Making […]

June 11, 2013 × 3 comments

Food

Recipe: Chorizo Sweet Potato Hash Browns

Recipe: Chorizo Sweet Potato Hash Browns

I’ve been cooking up a storm lately, trying to come up with original, delicious but healthy recipes. This particular one came about after a lovely brunch at Riding House Café, where they serve a delicious Chorizo Hash Brown with eggs and mushroom on top. I went home afterwards and kept thinking of ways to turn that brunch dish into more of a healthy(ish) dinner meal, so I came up with this recipe using sweet potatoes instead of normal ones. I’ve […]

May 7, 2013 × 2 comments

Fashion, Food

The Great River Bake Off

The Great River Bake Off

I consider myself to be pretty capable in the kitchen, but I never bake. I’m not a huge fan of all things sweet (except for chocolate!), so there’s really no point for me to spend hours trying out recipes I simply won’t eat. So when River Island asked me if I wanted to participate in their version of the Great British Bake Off, I surprised myself by agreeing to do it. Myself and some amazing other bloggers and magazines were […]

April 12, 2013 × 2 comments

Food

Floral Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

Floral Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych

To celebrate the arrival of spring (well, technically), One Aldwych has revamped its afternoon tea with a floral theme, so I decided to test it out – it’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it, right? I took my friend as a little birthday surprise, and we ate and drank tea until we could no more. I can only say it is an absolute treat (birthday or not)! Executive Chef Dominique Teague has  given the classic afternoon tea […]

March 18, 2013 × 7 comments

Food, London

Restaurant Review: Portal, Clerkenwell

Restaurant Review: Portal, Clerkenwell

I must have walked past Portal on St. John Street in Clerkenwell over a thousand times in the past few years without ever knowing what was behind the unassuming outside. When having a peek through the window, it just looks like a smart little bar/cafe, so you can imagine my surprise when discovering that hidden behind this front bit is a beautiful restaurant, an airy green oasis, an absolute treat and retreat from the hustle and bustle of the busy […]

March 1, 2013 × 1 comment

Food

A Valentine’s Day Treat from Aubaine

A Valentine’s Day Treat from Aubaine

This is my first Valentine’s Day as a single girl in a while and I’ve kind of been avoiding the whole thing. I’m definitely a bit of a romantic – not that I cared about V-Day that much about it when I wasn’t single, but it’s definitely not that fun when you are. So this year I decided to just ignore it – no Valentine’s Day gift guides, no nothing. I’m not expecting flowers and chocolates from secret admirers to […]

February 12, 2013 × 5 comments

Food

#SundayBrunch: Oeufs en Cocotte

#SundayBrunch: Oeufs en Cocotte

A couple of years ago I went to Bicester Village and went a little overboard in the Le Creuset shop. I’ve always loved the heavy casseroles and started imagining myself as a kitchen princess casually whipping up incredibly sophisticated dinners. I ended up settling for the cocottes – the miniature versions – exclaiming loudly: “I’ll use these AAAAALLL the time! You’ll see!” I haven’t.  My 6 cocottes have been taking pride of place on top of my extractor hood. I […]

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February 3, 2013 × 4 comments