Morning you lovely bunch! I’ve had the best bank holiday weekend ever! Saturday my Mum and I went out for breakfast at a place in Sheffield called the Depot bakery. It was incredible and a really nice atmosphere and setting. I went for the sourdough toast with poached eggs, avocado and smoked salmon! Aka the best smoked salmon I’ve ever ever ever had and my Mum went for the brioche french toast with blackberries and figs. As we were leaving breakfast, the heavens opened at it absolutely chucked it down, my floaty trousers were no longer floaty and more legging like.. and we had mud splatters all over our feet. We got into the car and laughed it out and then headed to town, as originally planned and wondered round John Lewis to dry off. After that the sun came out and we went to have a wonder round the Sheffield food festival. I picked up some Almighty foods nut butters – caramel and choc and also three of their beautiful chocolate bars. I also treat myself to a frozen coconut ice cream in a coconut half, topped with a hobnob like peanut butter biscuit, raspberries and coconut! Ummmummm. I also (being the foodie I am) picked up some vegetables that I’d never tried before. These things excite me ok.. I got some morel mushrooms which intrigued me by the look. I also got some wild asparagus for the same reason. It looked more like green lavender with it’s thin stalk and delicate top. After a lot of retail therapy, we headed home and had a lovely Indonesian dish from my new favourite cookbook, 26 grains and watched hacksaw ridge! Sooo good! Then Sunday I made my Mum and I, buttered garlic morel mushrooms on sourdough with poached eggs and parmesan (see Instagram) so good! They looked like pine cones on the outside and had a hollow interior. I bet they’d be perfect in a creamy sauce with various other mushrooms and stirred through pasta. I then made my Mum and I a little picnic and we headed off to lady bower for the most lovely walk in the sun. Then we went back home and enjoyed the rest of the sun, had sundaes and chilled on our bargain sun loungers. To end the lovely day, I made my Mum and I a lovely trout and fennel risotto and we watched Harry Potter with coconut milk hot chocolates. Perfect! On Monday I was up early and off to London with my paps for the day. We started off in Covent Garden. I bought myself some new note pads as that’s where I write all of my recipe ideas and also a new floral phone case. We then walked to planet organic to get my friend her birthday present and also my self a few/rather a lot of treats. We wondered back to Covent Garden to try the 26 grains cafe in Neal’s Yard. It was rammed but we managed to grab a seat pretty quickly. I had a chai latte and my Dad had a berry smoothie (tastes like a milkshake) I went for the Nordic spiced porridge as I had a savoury breakfast and fancied something sweet. Plus I felt as though I had to try what originally made the cafe what it is today. It was incredible! Soooo creamy, so comforting and warming, Topped with pear, cacao crumble, yoghurt and honey. So so so so good! My Dad went for the salmon, broccoli, wild rice and spelt bread. He said it was incredible and that we need to go back. I agreed. We then had a wonder round the shops before walking to Selfridges, looking in shops on the way and then went to have a drink in the Hemsley cafe and a look round the food hall. I also saw Jasmine Hemsley and regret not saying anything but hey ho! After getting up early and walking round all day. So we got the tube to Bank to the Ned Hotel. A new swanky hotel in London. It’s safe to say it’s the most luxury hotel I’ve ever been in. It was so grand, posh and well, incredible. We happily sat chatting for two hours in one of the 10 restaurants. I enjoyed a green juice and my Dad a cocktail. We couldn’t get over how special the hotel made us feel. Just so so luxury and well done out. The service was on another level too. We had booked a table in the Malibu Kitchen so we headed there after our drinks and got stuck in to the simple yet out of this world menu. It was a sharing concept. So whenever and whatever dish was ready first, they’d just bring it and so on. But we had the dishes we ordered anyway! I went for the avocado dip with raw spring vegetables to start and my Dad had padron peppers. Then for main I had the most incredible raw pizza! It tasted just like pizza! So authentic and fresh. A raw courgette and almond base topped with cashew cheese, tomatoes, olives, basil and oregano. Honestly crazy good! My Dad had the juiciest chicken I’ve ever tried ever with spicy basil yoghurt, tomatoes and grapes. Everything was presented so beautifully (see my Instagram) and tasted 10x better! We were both so full but I had my eye on the raw chocolate cake so we decided to share. Oh my I’m so glad we did! Raw fudgey chocolate with just the right balance of sweet and dark with a nutty base, raspberry sauce and whole raspberries. It was a fight for who got the most! I’m definitely going to try and recreate. We then left full and happy and very grateful and headed back home on a late and very tiring train. This week I’ve been developing my summer chocolate box. My peanut butter praline boxes are now available on my website and my summer box will be coming your way within the next few weeks. So far theres a chocolate chip cookie dough, lemon drizzle, salted caramel, peanut maca fudge and a cardamom orange truffle. Just one more to develop and I’m thinking raspberry! Be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram for when they become available. I’m also now stocked in the Porter Brook Deli, on Sharrowvale road in Sheffield. A limited number of my Spring boxes are available so snap them before they are gone!
Today I’m sharing one of my early morning train breakfast ideas. When I’m up and off early to London, I always prep myself something for breakfast, to eat on the train as I know they’ll be nothing I can/want to eat. This would be great for an early morning at work/school or just as a fresh and unique summer morning breakfast.
Ingredients – Serves one
50g buckwheat – soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
12g almonds, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
60g vanilla coconut yoghurt
10ml cashew milk
0.5 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp almond butter – I used a blend of coconut and almond
1 piece raw chocolate, chopped
1 tsp dessicated coconut
10 tiny mint leaves, finely chopped
The night before –
Soak the buckwheat and almonds in a bowl of water overnight.
In the morning –
Drain the buckheat and almonds, rinse well.
Pour into a bowl with the blueberries, yoghurt, passion fruit, milk and honey and mix well to combine.
Pour into a bowl or jar if you want it to look pretty.
Dollop on the almond butter and scatter over the bluebrries, chopped chocolate and mint leaves.
Sprinkle with coconut and dig in.