Honey and
a food journal

Saturday, 14 January 2017

5 Things & 3 More

5 happy things from the last 5 days:

2. Cycling to work. 
3. Deep pink and orange morning sunrise skies.
4. Morning matcha.
5. B's lentil soup.

3 things to read this weekend:

1. This isn't a new article, but I still feel the issue of resting is one which is too often overlooked.
2. Beautiful images and beautiful words as always from Mimi. If I need to escape, this blog is where I go.
3. Tarajia spent her summer in Paris, the city I dream of returning to every single day. Her list of where to eat is as perfect as can be expected from this amazing woman.

Have a beautiful weekend. Stay warm!


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Holborn Grind

Back in the good old days of East London life, lunch at Shoreditch Grind was a regular occurrence. Sitting in the sun-drenched windows on the Old Street roundabout with a plate piled high with salads, a strong coffee on the side, and a magazine to flick through made for a good Wednesday lunch break. Since then, I have moved on to the other side of the pond, and Shoreditch Grind has spread all over London. Lucky London.

On our very, very brief visit to London town during our most recent trip back home, we had an hour to pass in Holborn, so obviously Holborn Grind was our first stop. Coffees for everyone and a couple of pastéis de nata to share. Because nobody can look at those custardy, flaky, sweet tarts and not resist having a few bites. It made for a perfect start to an in-between Christmas and New Year morning. Strong, beautiful coffee, sweet bursts of sugar, a perky playlist, and nothing to do but wait for our next coffee meeting. As all London mornings should be spent.

Holborn Grind, 199 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BC

Saturday, 7 January 2017

5 Things & 3 More

5 happy things from the last 5 days:

1. Finishing reading one book, and making progress with a next one.
3. Meeting the uber-talented, totally-inspiring Cynthia Erivo.
4. B cooking dinner, every single night.
5. Snowy mornings.

3 things to read this weekend:

1. Resolved to incorporate mindfulness into your life in 2017? Here are some tips.
2. This snowman affogato is so adorable.
3. Maman & Papa gave me the Classic German Baking book for Christmas, and I can't wait to dive in. These 11 questions with the author have got me even more excited to discover this world of my sweet-toothed heritage.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Tarte Tatin at Great Queen Street

Happy New Year! I hope you all managed to find some time for peace and laughter over the holidays. 

The silence around here is a result of being back in old Blighty for the Christmas week. Any spare moments where the internet was functioning were spent working, and not blogging. But now we are back in wet and cold Brooklyn, and normal life will resume. So now, before the crazy January period begins, I wanted to share a totally non-resolution-focused, totally undetoxing treat we ate the one day we were in London last week.

We nipped into London to celebrate Grandma's 80th birthday with lunch at Great Queen Street. I've written about this Covent Garden gem before, so won't repeat the details, but last time we didn't discover this tarte tatin. But don't worry, almost two years later we now have. And I encourage you to go and eat it sooner than 2019.

The tarte is made for two, and before it's bought to the table, a serving spoon and serrated steak knife are set down between you and your pudding partner. This is a promising sign. What follows is tarte tatin perfection. Layers of buttery puff pastry topped with soft apples, which still just hold their shape, and a deep, dark, grown-up caramel. A melting scoop of calvados ice cream perches on top, to add a boozy, chilling contrast to the sweet, warm, winter-perfect tarte underneath. Forget those New Year's resolutions, head to Great Queen Street, and order tarte tatin. You're worth it.

Great Queen Street, 32 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA
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