In search of BAErritos [day #2]

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

MEXICO DAY 2

Coyoacán is the West Egg of Mexico City. There’s just no question. This delightful borough is a never ending horcrux for adventures, fabulous street food, and wondrous works of art. Día dos was most definitely one for trying new things. Armed with my new phrases ‘no queso, por favor’ and ‘soy vegetarian’, I threw myself into Coyoacán’s seemingly endless street stalls. Today’s highlights include one vegan sope (dope thick tortilla, topped with beans lettuce & chilli), esquites (a Mexican corn snack), and a glorious ‘tlayuda chica sin carne‘ (thin toasted tortilla, topped with black beans, tomato, lettuce and avocado). I also found some glorious, and rather decadent artisan chocolates, from a very sweet Mexican woman who kept plying me with various treats from her shop. What a bae. Another highlight was finally visiting ‘Café El Jarocho’, a Mexican coffee house, which has never been without a queue snaking out the door. Those Coyoacán locals know what’s up. As I waltzed around with my El Jarocho Americano in hand, sunlight streaming onto the path in front of me, I had to remind myself that this was actually December. Mexico, you’re spoiling me. This break up is going to be real tough when I head back home, but for now, I’m basking in the idyll that is Mexico City.

MEXICO DAY 2

MEXICO DAY 2

MEXICO DAY 2

MEXICO DAY 2

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London Calling

¡Hola, my darlings!

PIX TAPAS

Just last week, I had the absolute delight of visiting Pix Pintxo tapas bar in Covent Garden, London. This fabulous haunt is tucked away on the delightful Neal Street, snuggled in the midst of seemingly endless cobbled streets and nostalgic West End charm. Forget Covent’s other eateries, Pix is the place to be. Inspired by the pintxo bars of Barcelona and San Sebastian, Pix offers a dizzying array of decadent tapas treats. Their charming menu is all encompassing, with a fantastic spread of vegetarian and vegan options, which was such a glorious surprise to find in a tapas bar. As a life-long vegetarian, I’d mistakenly blacklisted tapas a long time ago. ¡Oh how young and foolish I was back then! Ultimately, Pix’s timeless appeal comes from the refreshing way in which their tapas magically appears. Their bar is a wondrous feasting ground for eagle-eyed foodies. Keep your mitts poised, because once their joyous spread hits front of house, it doesn’t stay there for long. Fear not though, one minute you’ll be ogling the marinated figs and goats cheese, and next minute, artichoke with shaved manchengo will somehow have arrived onto your plate. The churros were a particular spectacle, transporting me back to breakfast feastin’ in the heart of beautiful Madrid.  The constant rotation of dishes at Pix is what feeds into their good vibe and uncompromising energy. It’s the kind of place where you can throw yourself into the buzz of one of London’s most exciting areas, and at the same time, nest away in a cutesy alcove with a couple of bottles from their animated and diverse wine menu. If London is the city that never sleeps, then Pix is the place that feeds it.

Stay fre$h.

PIX TAPAS
All that fabulous tapas ❤
One glorious Americano & marinated olives.
One glorious Americano & marinated olives.
Tomato Gazpacho with Crudités & Artichoke with Shaved Manchego
Tomato Gazpacho with Crudités & Artichoke with Shaved Manchego
Artichoke on crusty bread with ricotta
Artichoke on crusty bread with ricotta
Marinated Fig & Goats Cheese on toasted croute
Marinated Fig & Goats Cheese on toasted croute
Glorious Churros with chocolate sauce
Glorious Churros with chocolate sauce
Churros!
Churros!

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Les petits légumes farcis!

Salut again!

It’s got to that point in the week where it’s definitely time for another one of Rachel Khoo’s ‘My Little French Kitchen’  recipes. I’ve already attempted her artisan Tian Provençal & sassy Spicy Aubergine Fries, but I’ve absolutely saved the best ’til last. You’re all in for a bloody good treat!

FRENCH KITCHEN

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius & grab some lovely fresh veggies to get cracking with. I opted for peppers, beef tomatoes and courgettes. You’ll also want red onion, black olives, capers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, raisins (optional), herbs (of your choice) and the all important red rice. [full recipe down below!]

Begin by cooking your vibrant red rice according to packet instructions. Whilst your rice is cooking, flesh out your veggies so that you’re left with some wonderful hollow shapes & place on a lined baking tray (see above!). Meanwhile, fry one large red onion and mushrooms before adding your cooked + drained rice. Complete your gorgeous filling by adding black olives, chopped capers, chopped cherry tomatoes and some juicy chopped raisins! The raisins are optional, but I think that they add a lovely fruity twist.

FRENCH KITCHEN

Load up the veggies with the glorious rice mix & you’re just about ready to pop these fabulous creations in the oven to bake for 30 minutes until the veggies are soft. Make sure to have a cheeky sample and season to your taste. I sprinkled some kosher salt, peppercorns & thyme over mine before serving. I also whipped up some chunky sweet potato wedges to serve on the side. Enjoy!

~ Before & After ~

FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH KITCHEN

FRENCH KITCHEN

RECIPE (serves 3-4 as a main):

150g red rice (be generous with this!) / 3 beef tomatoes / 5 peppers / 2 large courgettes / 1 red onion / 5 chestnut mushrooms / 10 cherry tomatoes / handful of black olives / 40g raisins (soaked in warm water for 5 mins) / herbs

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Spicy Aubergine Fries!

Hello you delightful things.

AUBERGIENE

After enticing y’all with my Tian Provençal last week, I’m back again with another glorious Rachel Khoo recipe, from her book, ‘My Little French Kitchen’. For this charming dish, you will need some gorgeous aubergines (obvo), garlic, tomato paste/purée, oodles of olive oil, pepper & salt. I also prepared a complimentary cous-cous dish, but that’s so easy peasy that you’ll only need some a spritz of lemon & oil – when you’re done doing your thang.

AUBERGIENE

Take your juicy eggplants and slice into 2cm slices (see below). Rachel Khoo recommends using 2 aubergines for this dish, but that’s absolutely nuttin (I’m convinced that her dinner guests are mice). I used 3 but could have quite easily used 4 or 5. You’ll want to leave most of the spongey core, but fear not, I’ve saved dem bits for yet another round of ratatouille from my kitchen. (YES, I do like a good ratatouille).

AUBERGIENE

After this, you’ll want to prepare your marinade. This is the part where the y’all get an excuse to dig out your pestle & mortar. Pound two cloves of garlic and a pinch of salt into a paste, and then add 2 tbsps of tomato purée with a lil’ pepper and 2 tbsps of oil. I also added a dash of tabasco sauce to my marinade for that extra kick. You’ll want to layer a couple of baking trays with baking parchment or greaseproof paper & lightly brush your eggplant fries with the freshly made marinade. It’s as easy as that!

AUBERGIENE

Bake in the oven @ 180 degrees for 30 minutes and you’re done. In the penultimate 5 minutes of baking, I also made a very sneaky cous-cous dish. Simply pour your cous-cous into a bowl with boiling water, leave for 5 minutes & lightly fluff with a fork and a little oil once all the water has absorbed. I also added some gorgeous sweet peppers to my mix. Et voilà!

AUBERGIENE

AUBERGIENE

How do you like them aubergines?!

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