Kale seems to be the trendy green these days. So obviously I jumped on that bandwagon. But not only because it’s cool and good for you, it’s also actually really tasty! Kale can seem a bit chewy and though as a salad but if you ‘massage’ the leaves then it becomes a lot more delicious and tender. Here is one of my favourite salads using this healthy green, my kale salad with pomegranate, raisins and toasted flaked almonds!
I recently discovered a fab new cafe in Notting Hill. The funny thing is that I used to live just around the corner from Chepstow Road and in this slightly odd looking purple building (just up the road from The Prince Bonaparte) used to be a Thai restaurant that wasn’t quite on my faves list. So I didn’t pay much attention the spot. Silly me it proves, because little did I realise that in November 2013 the Thai left the site and it turned into the ‘The Wildflower Cafe’ which is a wonderful cafe / flower shop!
The Wildflower Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and they are committed to using seasonal, fresh produce and creating beautiful meals from scratch. The lilac exterior of the building seems to have remained but now the outside is adorned with lovely flowers and plants that draw you into the cosy cafe / bistro. Oh, and if you happen to spot their delicious home baked cakes in the window then you are totally doomed – you will won’t be able to resist walking past the Wildflower Cafe!
Avocados. I just adore them. They are delicious simply sliced on toast with a heavy sprinkling of salt, mashed up as guaca-mole-mole for dipping nachos or veggies into, cubed in a refreshing salad (like my favourite Mango Avo & Macadamia Salad) or made into smashed chilli avocado (recipe) served with perfectly poached eggs! Yumm.
Anyway, in this recipe I used my beloved avocado for making a delicious pasta sauce. The sauce is rich and super creamy but still totally healthy! Just simple and fresh ingredients like avocado, garlic, basil and lemon juice whizzed all together and you’ve got yourself a green and creamy but oh so good for you pasta sauce. I served mine with zucchini pasta but feel free to have it with regular pasta; because you are saving loads of calories already with this healthy creamy avocado pasta sauce because you’re not using any butter or cream!
When it comes to cooking, I really don’t have a shortage of inspiration for new recipes. On top the of many cookbooks I own, there are all the food blogs I follow, plus my trusted Pinterest boards. This means I should really have plenty of recipe inspirational sources, but, then I can’t help myself sometimes with buying even more cookbooks! Here are three cookbooks I purchased recently and surprise surprise they are all on the healthy cooking front – maybe something to do with the little fact that summer is on it’s way?!
This Apple and Olive Oil Cake is probably one of the first cakes I ever made from Ottolenghi’s ‘The Cookbook’. It’s a total winner of a recipe. I’ve made it several times now and people always love this moist Apple and Olive Oil Cake and don’t even get me started on that out-of-this-world-delicious maple icing! Who would have thought that maple syrup would go so well with cream cheese.
Today is my last day at my current job at a Venture Capital firm based in Kings Cross. There seem to be quite a few people that are not big fans of the Kings Cross area because it’s still known to be a bit dodgy and not very city or classy, but I actually have a bit of a soft spot for Kings Cross in London. I’ve worked in this area twice over the last 5 years and it has changed so much! Especially the area around the regents canal is amazing and there are fantastic markets and restaurants popping up all over the place like Honest Burger, Dishoom and Caravan, which is one of my favourite brunch places.
When it comes to food though, there is one place in Kings Cross that I will miss very much, and that is Niven’s Fine Food. I am a bit of a routine person, and basically getting lunch from Niven’s was my (almost) daily routine for the last 6 months. Not only do they serve incredibly delicious, fresh and healthy food; Niven and the staff have become my friends. So let me show you round this little gem in Kings Cross, based on 157 King’s Cross Road.
I made these (incredible) White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies over Easter and thought I better share the recipe with you all. I stole kindly got the recipe myself from our lovely chalet hosts while skiing in France in March. They were brilliant bakers let me tell you that (you can find another recipe for a GF Carrot Cake by them here)! These White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies are super easy to make and they are so moreish. Chewy but crunchy at the same time and the mix of the sweet white chocolate and tart raspberries is amazing. I’d never used sweetened condensed milk before in a cookie dough but it works wonders.