The avocado: not that green after all

Green, soft and filling… the avocado is delicious. Smashed, crushed on toast or sliced on eggs, the green fruit makes a great companion to your meals. The fruit is so popular that last year, a pop-up restaurant opened in London serving only avocado dishes. Another London restaurant, Firedog, has banned the avocado from its menu…

Avocado five ways: eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert

Avocado is a true powerhouse. Whether you like it crushed, in small pieces or mixed with chocolate, the possibilities are infinite. Here are a few quick ideas to make avocado your new favourite fruit. An avocado vinaigrette will be the superstar of your salad. Tasty and filling, it is a change from the usual vinaigrette…

To eat or not to eat exotic meats

Close your eyes and think about kangaroos, crocodiles and pythons. You probably picture them in a zoo or in the wild, not on your dinner plate. Exotic meat consumption has been on the rise for the past 20 years in the UK. Either ready-to-eat from the supermarket, delivered at home or served in a restaurant,…

Quite an experience: check out-of-the-ordinary London restaurants

Eating in the company of naked people became a big attraction when Bunyadi, London’s first “dine in the nude”-restaurant, opened last year with a whopping waiting list of more than 46,000 people last summer. Many other restaurants in London also offer out-of-the-ordinary eating experiences. Bunga Bunga, an eclectic Italian-themed restaurant in Battersea, with drinks served…

Grow your own goji-ous berries

Praised for their many health benefits, goji berries don’t come cheap on the high-street. To save money, why not grow the little red berries yourself? A surprisingly easy challenge, as the shrubs sprout well in the British climate. Although the plants make more berries when exposed to full sunlight, they can also be grown in…

Top Brunch Places in London: how to cure a hangover

It began as a calm night out, but transformed into a rage party. This morning, my head screams “food”, while my stomach gently reminds me that I should take it easy. A delicious brunch will be the perfect cure. I am spoilt for choice. A number of restaurants in London offer tasty menus, perfect for…

Almond: the dangerously delicious nut

People are nuts about nuts. They are a delicious, healthy snack, as well as a baking ingredient and a supplement to different salads, yogurts or other courses. All varieties of nuts contain vitamins A, E and B, as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Nuts are also rich in valuable proteins, supply the unsaturated…

Quirky London desserts that will sweeten up your capital experience

London’s dessert scene offers plenty of quirky experiences, with a variety of cafés, markets and restaurants that offer some of the best tasting puddings you will ever taste. I visited some of these places over the course of three days. By the end of the weekend, I was in a food-coma. It had nothing to…

Don’t puff my cake up

The word matcha means ‘powdered tea’. It is made from a green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and national cuisine. It has a strong grass- or spinach-like taste, familiar to anyone who has tried sencha. Now it has spread beyond Japanese gastronomy. London cafes offer matcha milkshakes and latte, granola, puddings, soups and…

The manuka honey buzz

When your throat feels like you are swallowing pins and needles, how many times have you desperately reached out for your bottle of £2 squeezy honey, gobbled up a spoonful and experienced a soothing wave of relief? Or maybe you are like Winnie the Pooh, a honey aficionado, who simply enjoys its sweet taste? From…

Turmeric: the spice of life

“Golden milk” has nothing to do with gold, but it might be just as prized. Cafés across London are spicing up their regular selections by adding turmeric latte, or “golden milk”, to their menus. The latest healthy food trend is nothing but new. Turmeric is the root of an herbaceous perennial plant and has been…