Deliveroo – The food you love, delivered to your door!

Now, I absolutely love cooking and most nights I will prepare myself a nice and healthy home-cooked meal….but sometimes there are those nights where I just can’t be bothered. For example it’s been a long and busy week and all I want is just to plonk myself on the couch and have dinner magically appear at my door. Now of course there are your standard takeaway and delivery options like chinese, kebabs, thai and pizza etc. but (as a bit of a food snob) I prefer my food fresh, healthy and of high quality. So when I found out about Deliveroo I was super excited.

Deliveroo is a new food delivery service that allows you to enter your location and order dishes from a list of your local restaurants, including restaurants that don’t usually offer a takeaway service! Some of the well-known restaurants part of Deliveroo service for example are places such as; Brindisa, Busaba Eathai, Chotto Matte, Ping Pong, Bubbledogs, Tsunami, Pizza East,  Cay Tre, Crazy Homies, Lucky 7, Banana Tree, Pho and many more!

Last Friday was one of those nights. I was super tired and all I wanted was to have a Friday night in on the sofa with a movie so I decided to give Deliveroo a try! It’s super simple to use; all you do is go to www.deliveroo.co.uk, enter your postcode and they will tell you which restaurants they can deliver from. Select your restaurant of choice and selects the items you want from their menu and click submit.

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Easy right? You will also get your food super fast as the average order only takes 32 minutes to be delivered. And even better, you can schedule orders for up to one day in advance and choose your desired time of day for delivery! Delivery is a fixed fee of £2.50 per delivery, which is peanuts really for this level of super speedy service.

I decided to order my dinner from Amoul’s, which is a small restaurant in Maida Vale that offers fresh homemade Middle Eastern food. I’ve been meaning to try this restaurant for quite a while so when I spotted it on Deliveroo I was pretty excited. All things on the menu are pretty healthy and sounded delicious but in the end I went for the Baba Ghanouj (Chard Aubergine, tahina & lemon, served with Lebanese flat bread), a Fattoush salad (Lettuce, tomato, baby cucumber, sumac & spring onions seasoned with lemon & oil) and the Poussin (a marinated whole baby chicken with spices & herbs & roasted served with garlic sauce)

Delivery came right on time (had it pre-ordered for 7.30pm) and was hot and packed into containers. I assembled the dishes onto a plate and TADA a healthy and delicious dinner was ready to be enjoyed on the comfort of my couch.

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I absolutely loved the Deliveroo experience and will definitely use it again! Just imagine what you could get delivered to your office for lunch, yumm. Are you curious yet? Check out www.deliveroo.co.uk now to see what restaurants are available in your area.


  
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White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Only 7 sleeps until Christmas! Are you ready for it? One important thing to note is that these white chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies really are a must-add to your Christmas baking list this year. With splashes of red, white and green, it makes them the perfect cookies for the Christmas festive season but more importantly, they are just super delicious.

These, easy to make, white chocolate cranberry pistachio cookies are buttery, scrumptiously chewy and the mix of the white chocolate and sweet cranberries with the slightly salty pistachios nuts works so well. What are you waiting for, quickly check what you have in your pantry and bake these cookies now! I made them this weekend for my annual Girls Christmas Feast and they seriously all disappeared in seconds.

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Christmas White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Ingredients:
Makes about 24 cookies

115 grams (½ cup) butter, softened
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup white chocolate chips
½ cup chopped shelled pistachio nuts
1 cup dried cranberries (or dried cherries)
(Note: if using unsalted nuts, add ¼ teaspoon salt to the flour)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 190 C/ 375 F. Grease a cookie sheet or cover your baking tray with a silicone mat or slightly greased baking paper. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until fluffy and pale in colour for about 3-5 minutes. This step is important for ensuring soft, chewy cookies. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Using a wooden spoon, carefully stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture, just until combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and pistachio nuts.

Drop heaping spoonfuls of the batter onto the greased cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they just begin to turn golden around the edges. Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. These cookies taste delicious fresh from the oven but also amazing still 1-5 days later when kept in a tin/container.

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Oh and don’t they also make a lovely present? Just wrap some ribbon around them or place them in a little bag or tin and you’re bound to make someones day. Merry Christmas everyone :)


  
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Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Hello everyone, it’s time again for my quick quote of the week post! “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” I love this quote because really there is no such thing as failure. We learn and grow each time we try something new and yes, it may not always be the success we had hoped for but you can bet you learned a lot on the way.

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As Steve Jobs wisely said; it’s a matter of looking back and connecting the dots.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, even if at first it may not be immediately clear! Happy Hump Day everyone :)


  
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Brunch at New Tom’s, Notting Hill

On a gorgeous sunny autumn day a few weeks ago I met up with one of my close friends for brunch in my old hood, Notting Hill. When on Westbourne Grove I can never resist snapping pictures of Wild at Heart – one of the most stunning flower shops in London. I mean how can you not want to capture of all this floral loveliness?

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Also on Westbourne Grove, just by Wild at Heart, was our meeting place for brunch, New Tom’s. In this same spot used to be the well known Tom’s Deli (which I adored) but that sadly closed down last year after 24 years of operating! Anyway, luckily Tom Conran has now reopened in this great Notting Hill location with New Tom’s which is going to be a 12 month pop-up restaurant serving ‘avant-garde modern cuisine’.

He’s brought in chef Tom Straker (who trained with Heston Blumenthal at Dinner) to serve up unique and interesting dishes using only the freshest ingredients all from Chef Tom’s family farm in Herefordshire. The interior has also had a bit of a revamp giving it a lighter and more contemporary look but I like that he’s kept the traditional British sweet shop at the entrance as a homage to the old Tom’s Deli.

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Food wise the breakfast menu offers dishes like; Slow cooked duck egg mushroom duxelle, parmesan, bacon & onion brioche // Toms Eggs Benedict // Brioche french toast, summer berries, mascarpone & fresh fruit syrup // Pinhead oatmeal, rhubarb & crème fraiche // Delicious pastries plus good coffee and a good selection of healthy freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. We both however decided on the Poached hens eggs, avocado, sweet onions & sourdough toast + home smoked salmon.

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The poached eggs were slightly overcooked for my liking, but then again I love mine very runny. The sweet red onions and an avocado/mayo like mouse were an interesting – but nice – addition. I probably have to admit that I preferred the original concept of Tom’s Deli a bit more but I do like the more modern menu of the pop-up. It’s also a little bit on the pricier side for brunch but maybe that comes with the fancier menu and top chef. I think the New Tom’s pop-up is open until April 2015 so do check it out before it closes  (they take bookings – hooray!) and I am very curious to know what Tom Conran will open in this spot after that..

New Tom’s
226 Westbourne Grove

London, W11 2RH
www.newtoms.co.uk


  
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Neville Hair and Beauty

Have I ever told you that I suffer from a weird phobia of getting my hair cut? Well basically I dread going to get my hair cut or trimmed because I am worried they will just put the scissors in it and I will lose a huge chunk of length. My hair actually grows soooooo slooooow and that’s why I just never want to cut too much off. Silly I know, because trimming your hair regularly keeps it healthier and probably will make it grow longer (as dead ends won’t keep snapping off). Anyway, recently I decided to face the facts that I really did need a haircut as my ends were looking awful.

I was recommended to visit the Neville Hair and Beauty salon in Belgravia/Knightsbridge so I booked myself in for an appointment to see Reece for a cut and blow-dry. And oh boy, am I glad that I did. The salon is well established and seems to be very popular amongst models and celebs in London. Hey what’s good enough for them, is good enough for me!

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The interior is clean and modern and service is effecient and offered with a smile. You can order a range of drinks and even anything to eat from breakfast through to afternoon tea.  Also you can immediately tell that the stylist that work here know what they are talking about. Reece and I discussed my fear of haircuts and he quickly made me feel at ease and offered some suggestions, after I showed him some photos of a more layered hairstyle. He said I would actually suit a more straight cut at the back (that way keeping my length) and for a change, as this doesn’t happen often, I felt I could trust him and he would make my hair look great – without losing too much of my precious long hair! After cutting my hair he blow dried it into gorgeous wavy bouncy curls. The did this with a round brush – a technique I’d never seen before and I loved the result. Insert quick mirror selfie ;)

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I would definitely go back to Neville Hair & Beauty to get my hair cut or get it styled for a special event. Reece was great and we even talked about our joint love for a textured long bob (also called the ‘lob’) hairstyle but don’t think I am that brave just yet – baby steps, baby steps ;)

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White low V Neck Jumper from H&M (link) // Plaid scarf from ZARA (similar HERE) // Wool with leather trim jacket from ZARA // Gorgeous wavy curls by Neville Hair and Beauty Salon // CatEye Sunglasses by Bailey Nelson London (link)

A week later and I am still loving my haircut, it feels less heavy and looks so much healthier. Do you ever get scared of cutting your hair like me or am I the only weirdo that feels that way? ;)

Neville Hair and Beauty
5 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Phone: 020 7235 3654
www.nevillehairandbeauty.net


  
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