As my inability to post reliably continues, this piece is being completed AFTER I have finished working in London. I’d pretend now I’ll have more time to write things, but I’m going away for a while, so this poor site will once again be neglected (pats site gently on head).
But enough of my failings, onto the violet treats!
I imagine most UK peeps have had a parma violet sweet at one time or another. Opinion is divided between “euch, perfume” and “mmm, floral nectar”.
Naturally I am of the latter camp. However while rose crops up in quite a few cuisines, violet is scarce indeed. France is the violet powerhouse, and there is even a violet festival in Tourrettes-sur-Loup I half-heartedly keep meaning to go to. Over here, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to enjoy this delicate flavour in a format other than the aforementioned sweets or chocolate violet creams.
Ah well, my advice is to consume violet while you can, and lobby parliament in the meantime…
Continue reading London Violet →
Following my foray into rose non-alcoholic drinks, it seems only logical to follow up with some boozy options.
I occasionally experiment with rose cocktails at home, either using Lanique or rose syrup. I even denuded one of my rose bushes of pink petals to try making my own rose liqueur (tasted fine but looked brownish – milk-washing and filtering turned it a light yellow…).
I’ve had goals to try so many of the below and as of yet have failed miserably. No doubt menus will change, but I am hoping rose will continue to feature in imaginative and delicious drinks.
Continue reading Soho Rose Part 2: Cocktails →
Not so long ago, I wouldn’t have thought the shape or size of a glass would make much difference to the contents.
When I started frequenting fancy bars, I noticed that their glasses were often smaller and more delicate than those sold in high street homewares shops, and there was a much greater range of shapes.
Continue reading The Importance of Good Glassware →
Aperitivo (pre-dinner drinks and snacks to prepare the appetite) sounds great in theory but torpedoed our plans a few times.
Continue reading Sicilian Food Exploration: Aperitivo →
We ate out quite a lot in London last year. London is wonderful for food, and there are brilliant new restaurants opening all the time.
Below is a whistle-stop tour of some we visited – enjoy!
Continue reading London Restaurants 2016 →