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Summer in Provence at Aubaine

Last Monday, I was lucky enough to travel all the way to sunny Provence (through the medium of food and drink) for ‘a celebration of Summer in Provence’ at French restaurant, patisserie and boulangerie Aubaine. I was invited by fellow food blogger and Indian food extraordinaire Binny, of Binny’s Kitchen. One of my favourite Indian inspagrammers (inspirational instagrammer!), her website has recipes for the most delicious, homecooked Indian dishes you’ve ever seen. We only met recently at a Find Your Feet charity event, where I picked her brains about her own food blogging and supper club experience. I love meeting like-minded foodies at foodie events, over conversations about food – it’s a topic I will never be bored of! We were introduced to loads of different little tasters that bursted with the flavours of summer. From brioche buns filled with mushroom duxelles (like a creamy mushroom pate), steak and chips on skewers, chicken terrine wrapped in ham and plenty of fine French wines. Below are some of my personal favourites from the night, and some ideas I will definitely be taking home …

Cooking with matcha

I have recently rekindled my love of green tea after discovering matcha – a powdered green tea made from specially selected green tea plants, which are shade grown for a few weeks before being ground up. The result is a clean, smooth-tasting tea that doesn’t have that horribly bitter after taste that first put me off regular green. It’s really easy to drink and has helped me through many a starvation lull on one of my fast days, as i’m currently trialing out the intermittent fasting (or the fast diet) in an attempt to (pun-alert) have my cake and eat it too (sorry.) But I’m more interested in matcha being used as an ingredient in cooking. The first time I tasted matcha was in a life changing dessert at So Japanese, Soho. This place was recommended to me by an ex colleague for its unbeatable sushi (and at a reasonable price for sushi) but I would also highly recommend the Japanese desserts. The Matcha & White Chocolate Cake with Black Sesame Ice Cream & Fruit Mousse   This was ordered …

Baconnaise, with Sweet Potato Fries

The first time I had baconnaise was at GBK; what a revelation. I know it has become the trend in recent years to add bacon to everything (just type Bacon into Buzzfeed and you’ll find bacon jam, bacon sushi, bacon wrapped pizzas, chocolate bacon… i’m going to be sick!) Where most of these sound pretty gruesome to me, baconnaise – mayonnaise flavoured with smokey bacon, with crispy bits – is divine, especially with sweet potato fries. I couldn’t find a good recipe anywhere (and GBK don’t post their ingredients online…damn cheeky) so i’ve been trying to replicate it myself. And i’ve gone and cracked it!   Serves 2 Ingredients   2 large sweet potatoes 3 good quality smoked streaky bacon rashers 250ml mayonnaise 2 egg whites light olive oil 3 tbsp flour 2 tsp smoked paprika ½  tsp garlic powder a pinch of celery salt black pepper Add the bacon rashers to the cold griddle pan, turn the heat on high and cook until really crispy on both sides. Remove the bacon and leave on a …

Homemade Flatbread with Sticky Chicken Thighs & Curryslaw

This is one of my favourite summer time evening meals. I used to buy flatbreads until I realized how blimmin’ easy they are to make at home, and how much tastier they are too! Indian coleslaw is a revelation, and goes PERFECTLY with sticky tender chicken thighs and fluffy flatbreads. Watch the video for this recipe here: Ingredients (serves 4) For the Sticky Chicken 4 chicken thighs, skin and bone removed 1 tbsp curry powder ½ tsp garlic powder ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp mustard powder 2 tbsp honey 1 tsp black and white sesame seeds olive oil salt and pepper For the flatbread 160g self raising flour 140g full fat greek yoghurt 1 tsp sesame seeds 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds salt and pepper For the Curryslaw 1 small red onion ½ red cabbage 2 carrot 4 spring onions small bunch coriander 1 lime 1 pomegranate 100g mayonnaise 50g creme fraiche 1 tsp garam masala ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp nigella seeds salt and pepper For the coleslaw, peel …

Avocado Carbonara with Lemon, Pine Nuts & Olive Oil

Ok, so I just moon walked into the kitchen to cook myself something tragic with the leftovers in my fridge, and just so happened to cook a pretty damn tasty dish that was ready to eat in the time it takes to cook the pasta. I use a couple of tricks to make this dish extra special. Avocado’s make a healthier substitute for cream in pasta sauce, using starchy pasta water helps the sauce to stick to the pasta and a cheeky yolk thickens the sauce when it is mixed in, just like in a Carbonara. Serves two 1 small leek 1 small red onion 1 clove of garlic 1 lemon 1 ripe avocado a few glugs of olive oil a handful of pinenuts a handful of grated cheddar 1 egg yolk So… fill a saucepan with water, bring to the boil then add the pasta. Cook for around 15 mins until al dente (and keep 3 tbsp of the cooking water) Roughly chop the leek and red onion, and crush the garlic clove with …