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8 Feb

Check out Remi, one of our Lady Wot Brunch’s review of the popular Nigerian spot 805!

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If you are Nigerian reading this blog and you have never heard of 805, to be quite frank, you should be ashamed of yourself! 805 is pretty much in a league of its own in delivering good quality Nigerian cuisine. Tucked away on the Old Kent Road, south London, this place is a sought after restaurant for some good food. The annoying thing about 805 is that it likes to revel in it’s own pomp in being the most popular Nigerian joint in London. This can be seen by the questionable customer service by the waiter (experiences of haughty waitresses who take their time to attend to your needs), to the questionable pricing structure – you actually get charged a bit more for the same dish if you decide to eat it within the Executive room which to be honest is not that much of an upgrade to the ‘regular’…

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Dinner Party Daaarling!

25 Jan

One of the things I love most about my culinary journey is attending dinner parties: the meals are prepared with love and the company is fantastic.

A few weeks ago, I attended a wonderfully intimate dinner party, which blew my socks off.  The host, Tori, went all out and prepared a three course meal with precision, perfection and some full on sass!

It was delicious!  Big shout out to Tori, who is most certainly the hostess with the mostest!

Starter
Baked prawns and portobello mushroom with a sweet chilli dressing

Main
Creamy Cava Chicken with bacon and leeks served with rosemary and garlic roast potatoes

Dessert
Caramelised apples topped with whipped cream and meringue pieces. Served with homemade shortbread

Finished with a round of yummy teas!

Tori, your boyf is one lucky fella! 😉

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The Mrs Club! …and Wedding Cake

1 Jan

Firstly I’d like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!  Welcome to 2012!

Wedding fever is well and truly on the way to achieving world domination!

This post is inspired by one of our very own Ladies Wot Brunch, who recently got engaged.  It’s funny because we have conversations about proposals, engagement parties, wedding days and the success behind marriage, swapping  knowledge and war stories.  So when she announced she got engaged it was absolutely amazing!  Not only was everything we’d spoken about actually happening for her, we’d all be there each step of the way to support and of course pick up handy tips!

I won’t give the game away as she’ll probably blog about it herself later (details to follow), but the proposal was absolutely stunning – romantic and personal to them.  Awww!

What struck me about this recently engaged couple, was not the amount of love and respect between them (of which there is PLENTY!  You merely need to see the HUGE smile on her face whenever she talks about him) or even the fabulous wedding they’re bound to have (I can’t wait!).  The thing which I thought was pretty spectacular about the engagement was the beaming-bride-to-be’s acute level of organisation.  As you’d expect, the proposal took place during the evening, which was then followed by several phone calls, text and instant messages to share the good news with family and close friends. Given the fact that she was travelling the following day and would not have time to recount the story to her wider group of friends and well-wishers, the bride-to-be…. typed out the engagement story!  And emailed it to those who asked for the scoop.  How organised is that?!?!  Amazing!

She has of course promised us a verbatim account of what happened, which will no doubt be the topic of conversation at our upcoming meeting.

Congratulations DJ and DA! Mwah!!!

Talking of weddings, each month, I welcome news of newly engaged couples, scream down the phone with girlfriends and start planning what I’m going to wear.  And as crazy as it sounds, a few days to the event, I always cast a thought towards the wedding cake – will it be traditional fruit, or avant garde marble cake?  Will it be fresh and moist or will the couple and bakery have concluded to cut corners, lower costs and make the cake a few days in advance ensuring it tastes dry and sticks to the roof of my mouth?  Am I going to be able to eat this cake like a lady, or will it crumble to pieces as soon as I pick it up?  Will it be butter cream or icing sugar *retches*?  My brain works in weird and wonderful ways!

You see, I am a cake fiend.  I love the stuff.  I have cake at least once a week and wedding cakes will generally tip the balance on my overall verdict.

I recently watched an episode of Don’t Tell the Bride, a show in which the groom has to put together a wedding on a £12,000 budget in two weeks and on this occasion, the groom went for an Extra Terrestrial Space Age theme (?!#*?!).  Each to their own and I guess it’s good for men to express themselves and leave their stamp on a day which is traditionally organised by women.  HOWEVER, in line with the space age theme, the groom chose… a space ship wedding cake!!!  Mess with my cake and you mess with me!  I dread to think about the amount of colours and preservatives used to bring that multi-coloured mass of cake mix to life!  Blueeergh!

Image courtesy of BBC Three

No doubt I’m set to see some amazing looking, delicious tasting cakes this year.  What kind of wedding cake will you go for?

The Ultimate Dinner Party – Christmas Day!

26 Dec

Yesterday was Christmas Day!  Hoorah!  Or as I like to call it, the ultimate Dinner Party of the year!

Families and friends across the globe gathered together to stuff their faces with delicious meals, followed by a vigorous round of competitive games on the Wii OR a very savoury snooze…  You know which category you fell into(!)

As lil’ foodies, amongst the group there was a whole host of food cooked up – from traditional Nigerian dishes such as jellof and fried rice, to western roast turkey, roast lamb, sprouts and potatoes.  The more adventurous members had delicious menus comprised of tempura and  prawn balls, roast duck, crab gratin in shell and succulent marinated chicken…  YUMMY!

Here are some of the breakfast, lunch and dinner spreads we had on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.  We luuurve our food!  I guarantee your mouth will be watering by the end!

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And from all the Ladies Wot Brunch, we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to come!

Crème Brûlée: Je t’aime!

8 Dec

Being a suitcase kid means that I travel quite a bit.  Over the last few months I have been up to Edinburgh and usually opt to stay at the Dakota Hotel, founded by Formula 1 race driver David Coulthard.

The hotel itself is amazing: a little piece of modern heaven on earth with its plush decor and ridiculously cool vibe.  The best thing about the hotel (apart from room service!) is the restaurant, which has won several awards.

Unless there is something SERIOUSLY wrong with me, whenever I’m in the Dakota, I MUST order a crème brûlée just because it is oh so special.  Now, I’ve had many a crème brûlée in my time – from Drambuie infused to sultana spiked.  But I am yet to find one which touches my soul as much as the Dakota special does (YES!  It is THAT deep!)

The top layer of caramelised sugar tastes like what I imagine a sugar coated ice rink would be like.  And I turn into a giggly little girl when I attack and puncture the top coat.  What lies beneath is an oozing concoction of crème custard and a series of secret spices.  Thinking about it now makes me want to risk adverse weather conditions, travel up North and gobble one all up!

If you’re ever in the area, you MUST TRY IT OUT!

Taste of Christmas 2011

6 Dec

Saturday 3rd December was the crisp afternoon on which the Ladies Wot Brunch embarked on their first day trip – Yippee!  Over the past few months we have met for Brunch and a few weeks ago, we even threw in a dinner date for good measure.  So when the opportunity arose to get together and eat as usual, but do so in a totally new way, we jumped at it.

Taste of Christmas saw some of London’s best restaurants, bar services and entertainment come together under one roof to offer the public samples of their award winning cuisines and beverages with a Christmassy twist.  There were several celebrity appearances including Jamie Oliver, Rachel Allen, Mary Berry and Gary Rhodes ready to sign cook books and give master classes and tips to thousands of visitors helping fine tune festive menus in preparation for the dinner party of the year.

There were also several local businesses showing off and selling their produce, giving avid foodies even more Christmas gift options.

The Brunch Club highlights were –

  • Feature in a Jelly Belly promotional video:  Yes!  We were that energetic and enthusiastic about the product that the salesman asked to record us!  Look out for our cameo appearance coming soon…
  • Gary Rhodes: I don’t know what it is about the Ladies Wot Brunch, but we seem to give off good vibes any and everywhere we go!  During a very busy book signing event, I simply raised my camera (bearing in mind I was standing about 6 feet away) and the Michelin chef actually stopped what he was doing, paused the eager foodie who was next in line for a photo opportunity and boldly and candidly posed for my camera and then sealed the deal with a cheeky grin and wink.  Ha!  The fact that the lemon tart with chocolate and mandarin sauce (the best thing in the expo), came from his Rhodes W1 kitchen, makes the experience even sweeter!

We had a delicious afternoon, sampling the free food, drinks and cocktails and spending our crowns (Taste of Christmas currency) on the more exquisite mini meals on offer.  We’ll definitely be going back next year, but perhaps with looser fitting trousers as the tasting opportunities are NOT to be missed!

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Brunching Abroad

14 Oct

I recently went on holiday to Dubai and Bangkok and what an experience it was!

I had an amazing time with my Mummy, exploring the best of what the Middle and Far East had to offer.

What struck me in Dubai, aside from the plush luxury provided in all table services and the vast amounts of money which have been ploughed into the amazing Emirate, was the similarity in fast food choices with both the UK and USA.  Chains such as Nandos, PF Changs and Popeye’s Chicken were in abundance, ensuring the large expat community would never feel too far from home.

In Bangkok, food itself was an entirely different experience.  Despite the crazy chaos which engulfs the capital, food was a stable and respected fix to be found everywhere.  Street vendors were rife, providing a bevvy of fresh, fried, boiled and baked fruit, vegetables, pulses and meats.  The choices were numerous, and despite my reservations at the beginning, I was persuaded to try some of it…  Two chicken drumsticks, bespoke special fried rice and a cup of pineapple later, I was hooked!  

In short (though it wasn’t strictly brunch 😛 ) eating abroad, trying both the local and more familiar foods went hand in hand with my amazing oriental fortnight.

YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!

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