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I had some extra red lentils leftover from when I made my Red Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Soup, so I decided to make another dish featuring these much-loved legumes. Prior to this recent lentil kick, I didn’t realize how high in protein lentils are. In fact, they contain 26 grams of protein per 100 grams and are also low in fat and a good source of fiber. All the more reason to enjoy lentils more often. Anyway, this is a delightfully tasty recipe for curried lentils topped with grilled eggplant. The lentils are cooked in turmeric and tamarind paste and then finished off with a healthy dose of curry powder, onions, garlic and ginger. The result is a sweet and sour taste with plenty of kick. The lentils are good on their own, but adding some grilled eggplant slices on top makes it a nice light meal. Enjoy!! Read More…

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With a fashionable location on Sloane Street in Knightsbridge and a quintessentially English ambience, The Cadogan seemed like an obvious choice to enjoy a *real* afternoon tea. Since my disappointing experience at The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea, I have been on a mission to find a proper tea in the heart of London. Read More…


Post image for Red Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Soup

Here is a lovely recipe for a healthy Red Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Soup. This soup is full of warm, spicy flavors and quite simple to make. I always like to cook a few healthy dinners during the week to balance out some indulgent ones frequently consumed on the weekends (see here and here), and this fit the bill perfectly. The only (fairly) time consuming part is the shredding of the carrots, however, if you have a food processor with a grating attachment, the process is very quick! (Purchasing a high quality food processor is a life-changing addition to any kitchen as many of you know!) This soup doesn’t contain any butter, milk, or cream, Read More…


Pub Crawling Oxford

October 2, 2013

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I took a day trip to Oxford last weekend and had a lovely time pub crawling and sightseeing this historic university town. Oxford is a quick and easy 1 hour train ride from London’s Paddington Station. During this time, many of the students were just returning to university, so it was fun to see a bit of the action. Per usual, we couldn’t wait to hit some of the local pubs and sample some traditional British pub food. Here are 2 we visited.

The Eagle and Child is a landmark pub on St. Giles frequented by locals, students and tourists. Full of character and with Read More…


Secret Chicken Noodle Soup

September 30, 2013

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There is nothing more comforting and warming than a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup. I have a secret recipe that will change how you make chicken soup forever (promise!). The ingredient list may seem ordinary and pretty straightforward, but it’s the method that will create the most richly colored and full flavored soup. The key is to Read More…


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Last week I took an icing masterclass at Biscuiteers‘ adorable Notting Hill biscuit boutique. Biscuiteers biscuits are truly a work of art and their collections include everything from biscuit tins full of royal baby-inspired rattles and silver spoons to biscuit-adorned thank you cards. (Just a note to my American readers – here in the UK, cookies are called “biscuits” so you’ll notice me referring to cookies as biscuits in this post – it takes some getting used to!) Read More…


La Petite Maison

September 26, 2013

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I first went to La Petite Maison while on holiday in London a couple years ago and I remembered it as one of my favorite meals of the trip. Now that I am living in London, I had to make it back to see if it was as good as I remembered. La Petite Maison is a buzzy upscale bistro located off a quiet Mayfair mews, specializing in Southern French cooking. It’s a franchise of the original restaurant in Nice, and there is no mistaking the Côte d’Azur influences in the ambience, service and food.

The simple, but elegant, decor complements a well-dressed, European crowd. There is nothing new or innovative about La Petite Maison, but it’s a classic spot that I could easily picture myself becoming a regular at. Read More…


Favorite Fall Recipes

September 25, 2013

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Autumn has officially arrived and if you are like me, that means it’s time to get going on some warm and comforting fall recipes. There is nothing better than a hearty soup, succulent roast, or delectable spiced pumpkin cake this time of year, so I thought I’d round up some of my favorite fall recipes from the chic brûlée to share with you all. Just click on the picture for the full recipe. Be sure to give one a try!

Low Fat Fudgy Ghost Cupcakes Pumpkin Spice Bars Mini Blueberry Almond Crisps Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies Apple Flognarde Fall Roasted Chicken with Apples & Sage Cinnamon Applesauce Healthy Multigrain Pumpkin Muffins Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple Soup


Chicken Saltimbocca

September 23, 2013

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Chicken Saltimbocca is an old-school Italian dish with a ton of flavor and pizazz. Saltimbocca translates to “jump in the mouth” and it’s easy to understand how this meal got its name once you take your first bite. You may think Chicken Saltimbocca is only something to enjoy at your favorite Italian restaurant, but my at-home recipe is easy and makes for one delicious meal.

The essential elements of Chicken Saltimbocca include prosciutto, fresh sage leaves and a white wine sauce. It can be made using Read More…


Hummingbird Bakery, London

September 20, 2013

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I finally made it over to my local cupcake bakery, Hummingbird, in London’s Notting Hill. Hummingbird is London’s answer to Magnolia bakery in NYC, who was essentially a pioneer in the cupcake craze many years back. I heard great things about Hummingbird so I was super excited to check it out. Read More…