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Wednesday
Dec132017

St Lucia's Crown

This recipe is part of a 3 part series currently featuring on the Borough Market website focusing on a few religious festivals celebrated in December, other than Christmas, and the foods associated with them. 

St Lucia’s Crown is a plaited saffron bread that is baked for St Lucia Day celebrations in Sweden on 13th December. The dough can also be used to make lussekatter (saffron buns), a treat widely consumed on the day.

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Wednesday
Nov012017

Short & Sweet: Frenchie

Style: Modern French with a focus on seasonal produce.

Budget: Expensive, though the lunch menu is quite reasonable (£26 for 2 courses, £29 for 3 courses) and taken straight from the a la carte menu.

Venue and atmosphere: Classy and elegant like the food. Ask for a seat at the back of the restaurant near the windows.

Service: A bit too eager and then not eager enough; trying to hurry us at the beginning, but then nowhere to be found when we actually wanted something and not disguising the fact that they found us a pain. Admittedly, we were being quite demanding, but we also ordered everything on the menu (really) so… be nice to us. 

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Saturday
Oct142017

Short & Sweet: Westerns Laundry

Style: Modern European

Budget: Mid-range.

Venue and atmosphere: All the usual minimalist features (exposed brick, bulbs and concrete floor), softened by loads of natural light, beautiful flower arrangements and a stylish bar overlooking the open kitchen.

Service: Casual and friendly, but efficient. Good knowledge of the menu and wine list, which translates into great recommendations. (This is crucial with a menu like this, as you’ll want to order everything.)

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Saturday
Sep302017

Short & Sweet: Brawn

Style: Modern European

Budget: Mid-range, though if, like me, you try every wine by the glass and almost every item on the menu, it soon adds up…

Venue and atmosphere: Cosy neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant.

Service: Casual, friendly and knowledgeable. Often Australian. It can sometimes be hard to get their attention when they are busy, but otherwise on point.

Food: Most of their produce is sourced from Natoora, which imports the most flavourful varieties of fruit and vegetables from Europe and the UK, along with some other top of the range products like charcuterie, cheese and Lolin anchovies.

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Friday
Sep012017

Buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce

Sometime, about a year ago, I discovered quite how easy my favourite chicken wings are to make. 3 litres of Frank’s Hot Sauce and an artery busting amount of butter later and I'm not sure if that's a blessing or a curse. Yep, that’s right. Buffalo sauce contains just two simple ingredients: Frank’s Hot Sauce and melted butter.

The blue cheese dip that inevitably accompanies them is another fantastically simple and calorific concoction – shop-bought mayonnaise and creamy blue cheese. No wonder America is the world’s most obese nation. This discovery has certainly added a few inches to my waistline.

I'm going to go with blessing in any case because sitting down to a plate of buffalo chicken, inhaling the saucy meat then sucking each bone dry before proceeding to run my finger (and sometimes tongue) around the plate to lick up every last speck of sauce is the true definition of finger lickin’ good.

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