How moving home helped me declutter my life

We’ve just moved house after nine years in our last place and I didn’t realise how emotional it would be. Apart from the house I grew up in, it’s the longest I’ve ever lived anywhere and it was really home. So many memories (good and bad) are wrapped up in that flat… it’s where my aunt called to say that my dad had had a stroke, It’s the last place my sister and her family stayed before they moved to Canada, it’s where my husband proposed (in the kitchen) and we got married whilst living there. I was prepared for…

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Contemporary Italian lunch at Osteria

As an avid foodie, I subscribe to Foodism’s newsletter as I love to be kept up to date with new restaurant openings as well as reading reviews and articles. Whilst reading one of their latest emails, I spotted an article about Osteria in the Barbican centre. If you’re a regular reader of my blog,  you’ll know how often we eat Italian food as my husband is Italian so naturally I booked it for lunch. Osteria is a new restaurant by chef Anthony Demetre, who is the Chef Patron of both Arbutus in Soho and Wild Honey in Mayfair. Oddly enough, we had been…

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Paying it forward with Le Pain Quotidien

I remember watching Pay it Forward at the cinema, way back in 2000. It’s about a school teacher, played by Kevin Spacey, who gives his class an assignment to come up with – and put into action – a plan that will change the world for the better. Trevor, played by Haley Joel Osment, comes up with a plan that’s almost like a Pyramid Scheme of good deeds. How it works is that the recipient of a favour must do favours for three other people, rather than returning the favour, and Trevor calls this plan ‘Paying it forward’. Paying it Forward…

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Tasty Thai at Banana Tree

I was invited to go along to my local Banana Tree in West Hampstead on Friday night to taste their Thai dishes in celebration of Thai New Year, or Songkran. New Year in April, you say? It’s certainly different! There is a perfectly sensible explanation though, which you can read over on their blog. Head chef and founder William Chow opened his first restaurant in 1991 and 25 years later they now have eight restaurants. Banana Tree showcases food from Indochina so you’ll find dishes from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore on their menu. They also have a fairly…

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Lunchtime cooking class from L’atelier des Chefs and Tefal

Last week I was baking up a storm at Le Pain Quotidien and this week I was cooking my heart out at a food bloggers’ event with the popular cooking school L’atelier des Chefs and Tefal. We were invited to learn how to cook two dishes in just 30 minutes each, using the Ingenio range from Tefal. At this rate, I could audition for the next Masterchef! L’atelier des Chefs runs around 200 classes a month and they range from 30 minute classes that can be done in your lunch break to four hour masterclasses. After a glass of prosecco, we were introduced…

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