Sunday, February 27, 2011

Munchies at Mrs Marengo's

My BFF Rachel made a one-day pit stop in London on her way back to Montreal from her lovely week-long trip in Paris. J'adore that she came to visit, even if it was for just one day! We walked all over London town and (window) shopped til we almost dropped. Wearing heels on our day out together was a bad idea, to rest our sore soles, we stopped into Mrs. Marengo's in Soho for coffee and cake at tea time - it was delicious! Rachel had a fruity nut cake, which to Joli appeared far too healthy for a tea time choice, so opted for the lemon and pistachio slice - yum yum! Be sure to stop by when you're next in the neighborhood, click HERE for more info.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Blueberries & Bacon

Mmmmmm this what I want to eat for brunch tomorrow more than anything in the world!! For any ambitious weekend cooks out there, you can get the full recipe from Girlichef by clicking HERE! x

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Home Work

... can it always look this good? I hope one day I will have a beautiful little area like this in my own home to work from - situated next to my floor to ceiling french doors. Love.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Monday Roast

A nice roast doesn't always have to be reserved for the weekend. On most nights, I find that all of my time is taken up in the kitchen - cutting, chopping, preparing and cooking - from the moment I step through the door, until I sit down to eat. On Monday, I decided I wanted to make something comforting and delicious but that could essentially just be shoved into the oven while I tidied my room (which had recently been hit by the London Fashion Week clothing tornado) - So I made Lemon Roast Chicken with Spiced Roast Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Carrots and Steamed Asparagus. It was delicious. Here's how to make your own:

Step 1: Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

Step 2: Arrange chicken breasts and legs in an oven dish, drizzle with olive oil and the juice of two lemons. Cut the lemons into quarters and arrange in dish, then season with a pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper and some herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano, etc.).

Step 3: Dice two large potatoes. Place in a large bowl, drizzle with olive oil then add fresh ground pepper and a mix of chilli peppers, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and turmeric powders. I never measure these out properly - just do it by eye and smell. If you are unsure, put in 1/2 a teaspoon of each and then add more as you see fit. Toss until evenly covered and spread onto a baking tray.

Step 4: Cut carrots and garlic. Arrange both on a baking tray, drizzle with a bit of olive oil, toss lightly and add freshly ground pepper.

Step 5: Shove everything into the oven. Walk away for approx 20 mins. Return to toss and check that nothing is on fire. If okay, leave for another 20 minutes. Please note, that if you prefer a crunchier carrot, put your carrots in half way through cooking the chicken.

Step 6: About 5 minutes before dinner in the oven is done, add a bit of water to a heated pan and add the asparagus. Cover with a lid and leave for 3-5 minutes.

If the juices of the chicken run clear when you cut through and you can easily push a fork through the potatoes - it's ready to go! Serve up with a side salad and enjoy. x

Friday, February 18, 2011

Steam Dreams

Hooray!! I almost ripped an Evening Standard out of the hands of an old lady sitting across from me on the train last night - NOT because I'm a horrible person that doesn't respect the elderly, but because I was so excited to see my friend Ben and his little colourful baby steamers in a huge feature! I first met Ben at the last London Fashion Week and he very kindly gifted the ELLE fashion team with one of his aqua steamers. Before our very own Fridja steamer, we were stuck with huge, mal-functioning steamers form the 70s that were HELL to use on a daily basis, let along take on shoots. Now, thanks to his kind gift and incredible invention, we pack our little baby up and take it on shoots far and wide! Thank you Ben Fridja! And congrats on this amazing feature, you deserve it! Read the full article by clicking HERE!

Ps. Fridja steamers retail for a mere £99! So if you, like me, have always dreamt of owning your own steamer, well you should click HERE to buy one from the Fridja website, like, right now!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Cool LDN Flats 101

There was an instant mutual agreement between Joli and friends upon arriving at Daniel's flat the other week - he lives in the coolest flat in London, hands down. The three-story space is literally connected to Spitalfields Market (see the windows above Daniel's head? Yup, those look out over the market. WHAT!? I know...) and comes complete with exposed brick walls and fantastic interior decor. Sometimes when at home, Joli closes her eyes and pretends her flat is as awesome as his. Joli still loves her flat, but wouldn't say no to an exchange one day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

416 Snack Bar

"Hey Look! Snacks + Booze!"

Hallelujah! The bar of my dreams is finally open, and it's been opened by one of my friends! Snacks and booze from 5pm-2am on the daily? I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be moving into that joint this summer! TO darling, Adrian Ravinsky, opened up 416 Snack Bar this week, situated just north of Queen on Bathurst, with business partner David Stewart. Three years ago, Adrian aka "Age" launched 416 Snack Bar - the blog - which documented is quest to find culinary perfection. After working at top TO restaurants including Ferro, Brassaii, Buca and Gilead, I'm so happy to hear that Adrian has opened up his own snack spot - set to become one of the city's faves in no time, no doubt. Good luck boys! Can't wait to come by and try it out. For those of you in the city now, well, whatcha waiting for!? Click HERE for more info.

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Shelf of Chanel

Jen Brill's Chanel-filled bathroom shelves. Joli will have to do some serious tidying up before her bathroom shelves look anywhere near as pretty!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Lebanese Lunch In London

A couple of days ago mum and I met up for lunch and I took her to Comptoir Libanais, just behind Selfridges. My boss introduced me to this wonderful little cafe for the first time just before the holidays - the food was good and the interior was beyond cute, clearly Joli loved! Mum also gave it her seal of approval on Tuesday afternoon - I highly recommend the grilled chicken wrap with salad, mint tea and baklava to finish - delish! They have a few different locations around London, check out which is nearest you by clicking HERE.