Round 8, Don’t Be Late!


Who’d have thunk it: 8 rounds later and still standing. I’m keeping this one short and simple today because I’ve subjected you all far too much to my ramblings. Please vote for me, help me get through to round 9. When I started this I said, “I’m just as curious as you are to see how far this ride can go” – I’m still curious. Have I got what it takes to be a finalist? Let’s find out.

To vote: sign-up/sign in to Foodbuzz.com, click the link below, click the heart above my entry to vote for me. Simples.


And whilst we’re talking competitions, a small reminder: if you’re in the UK today is the last day to submit your entry for the Tesco Real Food Christmas Cupcake Decorating Competition! The two winners will get to spend an afternoon with a super secret celebrity chef at The Make Lounge, and ten runners up will each receive a Cupcake Decorating Kit from Tesco’s, which is pretty darn badass. So get submitting! I look forward to seeing your entries.

Until next time then, peace and love.

Jax x

Project Food Blog Entry 8: A Piece Of Cake – Bippity-Boppity-NOM


I’m back again for round 8 of Project Food Blog, hosted by Foodbuzz.com and I’m so grateful. Thank you all so much for your support and lovely comments. As the sole representative for the UK/Europe I must say that one is rather chuffed (Edit: Apparently although I’m alone in the UK I’m not alone in Europe! Hi Cristina!). This round we were asked to create a baked good including a seasonal ingredient: pumpkin.

Baking and I am not the best of friends. This is more due to my laziness than anything else – I enjoy it, but I’m always the one with the “rustic” biscuits, and it’s because I don’t like to weigh ingredients. Well, not this time. This time I decided I was going to get out the scales, be precise and measure everything, because that’s what baking’s all about: precision. Well, and a bit of magic. And that’s really where the idea for this came from – one of my favourite fairy tales: a pumpkin cake (with a twist), shaped like a pumpkin, and some little choux pastry mice. And what’s more magic than my very own fairy tale: The Tale of Feeder Lady & The Baking Banquet.


Spotlight On Nat Davies: Not Fish & Chips


Photography by Nat Davies; Food & Styling by Jackie Lee

About three weeks ago I found myself sitting in a beautiful studio apartment, smelling like moussaka (which I’d been cooking since 12am that morning), and sharing a cup of tea with a very nice chap called Nat, who just happens to be a professional food photographer.

This sounds a lot more random than it actually was. Thanks to my catering job the powers-that-be had put Nat and I in touch, and so after one of said jobs we got together for a chat about food, photography and life; during the course of which, and to my absolute delight, Nat offered to do some work with me, teach me a little more about how to style food and how a professional food photographer works. Of course I said yes, then practically skipped all the way home (in fact, I think I did skip down Turnham Green Terrace, which elicited quite a few strange looks).

We arranged to get together the following week to shoot a slightly special dish of mine, one that I’ve been developing for some time and thus needed an extra special touch: Pan-Fried Scallops on a Polenta Disc, Topped with a Crispy Strip of Pancetta and Pea Shoots, Served with Pureed Minted Pea & Tomato Chutney; or it’s slightly shorter name: Not Fish & Chips.


Have You Got What It Takes? Tesco Real Food Christmas Cupcake Competition


The other day I came home to find a big box waiting for me. There is literally nothing more exciting than coming home to a parcel, especially when you’ve been eagerly anticipating its contents for a few days/weeks/months, and the anticipation was killing me. I took my big box upstairs and tore it open, to find that inside was an equally large red box, tied with a big silver bow (squeee!), and a little card from the Tesco Real Food team.

You see, in the spirit of Christmas, Tesco decided to hold a nationwide cupcake decorating competition, the prize for which is two lucky winners getting to cook alongside a celebrity chef for an afternoon, and ten runners-up receiving a very special Tesco Cupcake Kit. Pretty good, right? So what’s my involvement in all of this? Well, Tesco asked me to be one of their ten London food bloggers to help judge this competition, create my own cupcake and attend the chef day along with the winners. Cupcakes? Christmas? Cooking with a professional chef in a professional kitchen?! How could I refuse?


The Grand Opening – Quantus, Devonshire Road


The plight of the food blogger as restaurant critic is a strange one. I very rarely confess to the venue I’m reviewing that I am a food blogger (although, at times, the picture-taking does somewhat give it away), and it’s because reviews should be authentic; you should receive no more special treatment, should not put any more pressure on the staff than is already on them. That’s how I like to operate, how most critics do, I imagine, and I will never expect anything more, because I am nobody, really. Just another food blogger eating my way around town.

At the end of the road where my day job is situated there had been some buzz over the past few weeks about a new restaurant opening. The word was that it was French/Italian, they had a really good chef in, there were some problems which had delayed the opening, but it was finally going to open its doors on Tuesday night. Great, I thought, I’ll pop along after work and try it out. Opening night, even better, and then I called Momma Lee & Brother to join me.


7 Is The Magic Number


Maybe you haven’t heard that version of the song before…? ;)

So guess what? Round 7 of voting for Project Food Blog is finally open! I bet you were wondering what was going on, eh? We had two weeks to complete the challenge, then there was some confusion over the use of copyrighted music so Foodbuzz.com gave all contestants an extra week, and now here we are! I’m sure if you’re a regular round these here parts you’ll have already seen my video, but hey, that was three weeks ago! Go remind yourself already and hey, whilst you’re there, vote for me! 48 are getting cut down to 24 this round, so I would really appreciate your votes!

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you how to vote by now, but the gist is this: sign in/up to Foodbuzz, find my video, click the little heart above my entry! Thank you!

And now a bonus video, aka. that what did not make the final cut. Enjoy.


Uno Mas Por Favor – B@1, Spitalfields


I don’t come from one of those families that has a million and one relatives and cousins. I remember when I was growing up there was a girl I was pretty good friends with who had her cousins over all the time, always different cousins, always visiting from one country or another, always getting in the way of us hanging out. Mostly I remember being jealous that she had other people her age to hang out with, to be close with, to be sisterly with.

Then my baby cousins Lorraine & Justine were born. This was particularly exciting for me, as since I only have the one older brother the concept of having two baby sisters was amazing: I could teach them the ways of the world; I could dress them up and teach them about make-up; it would be like having two living dolls. The only flaw in this plan was the fact that they lived halfway across the world in LA, and I was in London. However, the seed of an idea was planted, and the first time they visited us in London I distinctly remember dressing both girls up in flouncy party dresses and plastering play make-up all over their faces, then parading them in front of my (slightly amused) aunt and uncle, and my (completely horrified) parents.

Said baby cousins are now 20 and 19 (although in my mind they will be forever 6 and 5, asking Brother and I to tuck them into bed and kiss them goodnight), both at college (sob), and the eldest studying for the semester in Paris. She popped over for the weekend to see us in London, and I knew that finally I would be able to take her out to a bar or two and continue my older cousin/big sister duties. There was one place and one place only that I had to take her to: B@1, Spitalfields Market.


Go Get Some Snacks – Yuforia, Beak Street


Yikes, this post has been a long time coming. What with Project Food Blog taking over my blogging life in the past month and a bit, my poor little blog has been sorely neglected with regular postings. And there is so. Much. To catch up on. 

I feel particularly bad about this one, because the absolutely lovely Raphael & Lovie at Yuforia, Beak Street were incredibly charming, friendly and helpful, really generally awesome, I promised them a blog write-up and then what did I do? I only went and left it two months. So I am so sorry guys – I owe you both a massive apology. And y’know what’s even worse? Yuforia is definitely a place you have to check out, because it is, in a word: fantasmorgasmic. Yes, I know that’s not a real word, but it should be, because that’s how fab they are.