Thursday, 20 December 2012

Stanley's Under The Tree Again

This year we decided to put our Christmas tree on a table in the hope that Stanley wouldn't continually crawl straight up to the tree and pull the whole thing down.

Unfortunately he now has a new favourite spot - right under the Christmas tree table. Oops!

I love our tree this year. Maybe it's because it's Stanley's first Christmas, or maybe it's just because I can drink Baileys and mulled wine in excess unlike last year when I was pregnant, but I'm extra excited about the holidays.

We decorated this year's tree in all our favourite baubles and added thin tinsel, (I've only ever seen this in America), which I love, as it picks up all the lights on the tree and adds an extra shimmery glow to the scene.

 Merry Christmas everybody xxx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Weekend in Paris

My lovely, long weekend in Paris as told in photos. I even got a night out with friends and a whole four hours shopping on my own thanks to a doting grand-pere.

Café crème in the Marais:

Mont Blanc at Carette, Place des Vosges:

Window shopping:
Le Petit Dejeuner:

Steak Frites:

Merry Christmas:

Happy New Year:

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

A Very British Breakfast: Jordans

Two great things happened this morning:

1) I fired up a pot of Peet’s coffee that my Mom brought back from San Francisco.

2) I sampled a bowl of a new Jordan’s cereal - Super Berry Country Crisp

The new cereal is a blend of blueberries, cranberries and blackcurrants mixed with clusters of baked oats. It was sweet and delicious although I still felt like I was having a relatively healthy breckie and when I eat oats I always feel like I’m getting a good source of energy from them – setting me up for the day.

True to the packet’s claim the baked oat clusters stayed ‘crunchy to the last bite’ and the mix of fruit has left me feeling – dare I say it – a little festive. Still maybe that’s just my mood anyway.

Jordan's: A Very British Snack Bar

Later I tried one of Jordan’s new Luxury Absolute Nut Bars – a mix of almonds, hazelnuts and pecans together with sweet wholegrain oats. Again, I felt a good energy surge from this gained from the mix of oats and large pieces of nuts. This is definitely something I’d buy for when I’m out on the run and haven’t had a chance to have breakfast which is often the case having a small baby at home.

Here’s Some More Great Things About Jordans:

·      *They care about British countryside – all cereals they use come from farmers who manage at least 10% of their land so the birds and the bees can thrive

·      *They support the Prince’s Countryside Fund – working towards a sustainable future for British farmers

·      *All their cereals are wholegrain and processing is kept to a 

·      *Jordan’s is free from all artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives

·      *They’re a 100% British brand

Visit the Jordan’s website:

Anyone else tucked into a good breakfast recently? What’s for your breakfast tomorrow?

*Foodie Mom in London was sent complimentary samples of these new Jordan’s products

Monday, 10 December 2012

HKK – 15 Course Chinese Banqueting Menu? Oh, Go On Then

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the brand new HKK restaurant with my blogger bezzy @HungryBecs (seen on the left with some crunchy jellyfish).

The flash Chinese restaurant that offers just one daily-changing 15 course banqueting menu is the latest from Hakkasan group. We paired our Cantonese feast created by Michelin-starred head chef Tong Chee Hwee (formerly at Hakkasan Hanway Place) with wine, tea and cocktails.

I won’t witter on about each course in detail but I do want to tell you a bit about the highlights:

HKK: Lychee Wood Roasted Peking Duck

Any restaurant that uses an entire Peking duck, roasted in a special wood oven and then carved in the centre of the restaurant for each diner, is clearly trying to impress and impress they did.

We were initially a bit alarmed at the potential waste of decent duck but the manager assured us although not used anywhere else on the menu, that the rest of the duck did indeed go to a good home…basically the staff eat well at Hakkasan Group.

To simply call this a mere duck pancake would be an injustice. A ready rolled duck wrap came served on a plate, (at £95 a head it would be rude to make us roll our own), alongside what can only be described as a little slice of heaven. It was served alongside a crisp square of fatty duck skin and a dipping sauce of rich hoisin and herby sugar. Wow!

HKK: Osmanthus Flower Jelly, Water Chestnut Cake Served With Da-Hong-Po

Designed as a mid-meal palate cleanser we agreed that this fried water chestnut cake was not unlike a donut – a damn tasty one though. This was served with a softly scented jelly and a fabulous Da-Hong-Pao tea.

HKK: Dim Sum Triology

Purely for aesthetic reasons, this was my third favourite dish. HKK has really gone to town on its crockery. Beautiful white, black, grey and marbled, round, square and oblong dishes kept arriving with each course but the dim sum won hands down as it came with its own paintbrush for you to paint on your own soy sauce! As I am allergic to squid and prawns, the kitchen made me a special vegetarian medley version.

What also topped this dish was that it was paired with a mini fluorescent coloured cocktail – Bitter Fortune (Tanqueray 10, rhubarb liqueur aperol and grapefruit).

Best of luck to you HKK.

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