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Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist: Food For The People By The People #9


Aug
20

Wow, it’s been a while since I got round to making another entry, eh? Or even doing much cooking. Well, never fear, another entry is here and as we reach the end of the month let me just remind you of the details of the competition. You have eleven days left to submit a recipe to me, so get reading, get thinking and get emailing!

This entry is brought to us by the ever-so-seductive Johnathan. Now I need to preface this by saying that when I received Johnathan’s entry I was at work on my lunch break and laughed so hard I started crying. It was like reading food-themed soft porn. As a result I will present you with the directions exactly the way I received them. It was just too funny.

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Nobu Berkeley St., Mayfair


Aug
14

Crispy Pork Belly with Spicy Miso, originally uploaded by jaxies.

As I write this post I’m currently sat in the most luxuriously hot bath on the wettest, windiest and most miserable Summer’s day in London. Summer, for me, should be full of sunshine. It should wake me up every morning with a song in my heart, and send me to bed every evening with a smile on my face.

Summer in London does not do that. It wakes me up with the cruel, grey, rainy light of day, and it sends me to bed dark, cold and miserable. At least this summer it has.

Having said that, Brother’s birthday is in the summer and we usually celebrate it in Spain, but this year, with all of us working hard, we found ourselves stranded in London, and so, to escape the lack-of-summer-blues, Momma Lee and I took him to Nobu Berekely St. for a very special celebration dinner and to relax… if only it had lived up to the hype, it may have actually worked.

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Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist: Food For The People By The People #8


Jul
20

It’s entry #8 in my Foodie Competition, innit blud. BOOYAH. If you’re new here and you’re wondering, ‘foodie comp? What foodie comp?!’ then you should familiarise yourself with this page and get submitting! And if you’re a regular round these here parts then you should still re-read the rules and get submitting. Boom-diddly-boom.

So actually, before I give you this entry, I’d like to use this opportunity to give myself a little self-promotion. Unheard of, I know. When I went down to Soho to interview the Mooli’s boys last month, I took a few interior shots. The other day the lovely Mathew sent me an urgent request asking if I could send them those shots as they are being featured in the Metro, a nation-wide free publication, tomorrow. That means that my photos (along with, hopefully, my credit) are being featured in a nation-wide publication tomorrow. Can I get a ‘booyah beeatch’? So anyway, if you’re in London you should definitely pick a copy of the Metro tomorrow (Wednesday 21st). I’m actually going to be in Nottingham getting my Grad-u-a-ti-on (read that outloud, spelling it out; oh yeaaaah) but the boyfriend has promised me he’ll pick up a couple of copies. YOU SHOULD PICK UP COPIES TOO :D Okay, enough of that, now onto the meat (ha) of this post…

This particular entry is brought to us by Spammed over at Kudocities and is a lovely little summer-time dinner recipe. It’s also incredibly easy, requiring minimal effort with maximum flavour results. What is it? Easy Cajun chicken.

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Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist: Food For The People By The People #6


Jul
17

Hello hello! Entry #6 is here! Deets can be found here so get reading and submitting!

This entry was actually submitted to me a while ago by the awesome My_Left_Foot over at Kudocities but because I don’t have a barbecue in the flat I couldn’t make it… that is until I realised that the boyfriend has one at his place! And hey, it aint really a BBQ if there isn’t a manly-man to burn… er, I mean cook the meat on the fire for you.

For some reason men love barbecues. I think it’s part of the primal instinct. Y’know. Man make fire, man cook meat, woman bring beer and make salad, grr, arr. In our case it was more like woman bring rather pleasant sweet red German wine for man to sip at delicately whilst making fire cook meat, and then tell man that man should’ve made salad since woman brought ingredients, but hey, who’s counting.

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Bobby Shafto’s Gone To Sea


Jun
15

Is there actually anything better in the summertime than a lovely piece of fish? I think not. Fresh fish is just so awesome. I mean, I’m a big seafood fan anyway, but something about summer just screams, “EAT FISH”. Don’tcha think?

My bestie Jun, of the Great Brownie Disaster as it shall forever be known, came over to hang out on Sunday so we spent the day cooking and baking, perfecting my muffin recipe (pretty good but needs something extra, I shall experiment further), making butterfly cupcakes (to come soon) and this lovely fishy dish for lunch.

I did my usual wander around the supermarket creating a recipe in my head for this one. I actually wanted to get some scallops, thanks to the ever wonderful Dan’s recipe over at IslandEAT (darn you for creating these currently unsatisfiable cravings!), but the scallops in the supermarket were pretty sad looking and expensive to boot, so I turned my nose up at them and found these lovely pieces of Cornish lemon sole instead.

Lemon sole is a beautiful fish – well, in taste, at least. In actuality they’re pretty ugly.


Photo courtesy of the BBC

Argh! Ugly fishy face!
Sorry. Anyway.

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Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist: Food For The People By The People #2


Jun
13

Entry #2 in my new foodie project! Details can be found here and if you want to get involved drop me a comment or email me!

Over at Kudocities, the lovely cfalconer submitted her favourite summer pudding recipe which is both delicious and easy – no cooking required and can be prepared up to 36 hours in advance. Just the kind of recipe to bust out for a party – it both looks beautiful and tastes wonderfully rich, balanced out by the tartness of the fruit, and the crunchiness of the demerara sugar. I would recommend sprinkling a little more demerara before you serve, just to get that real crunch that can be a little lost in the cream/yoghurt overnight.

And, for a special extra twist, add a wee glug of an alcohol such as kirsch to your fruit before adding the cream/yoghurt. I used Rachel’s Organic honey yoghurt which gave it a really lovely extra sweetness, but you can use any yoghurt you like. Plain yoghurt is probably best, but I can’t pass up Rachel’s honey yoghurt when I see it in the shops!

Thanks CF for the recipe! It was divine!

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Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist: Food For The People, By The People #1


Jun
11

This is entry #1 in my new project, details of which may be found here. If you want to get involved please email me!

The ever-lovely CravenMaven over at Kudocities submitted this recipe for me to try. She claims to be a terrible cook (with a certain pink-curry incident in her culinary past) but guaranteed that this recipe was a doozy.

I love salmon, I think it’s awesomely tasty, it’s low in saturated fats and calories, and a fantastic source of Omega-3. Add to that a handful of B-vitamins, phosphorus and magnesium and you’ve got yourself one heck of a super fish. Also, I love that they spend their lives swimming upstream. Jus’ sayin’.

Anyway, the recipe that CM gave me tied together a whole bunch of ingredients that I like (tomatoes, basil – super combo, by the way, you can’t go wrong – salmon, spinach and pasta), all served alongside a nice bit of crusty bread. Ideal summer supper, or, in a smaller portion, summer lunch. I added a little extra seasoning (sea salt & black pepper and chilli flakes, mhmmm), substituted spaghetti for pappardelle (I do love my pappardelle), fancied it up with some basil olive oil and served it alongside some lovely sundried tomato crusty bread, and there we had it!

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Blog Announcement: Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist


Jun
11

C’est Moi, originally uploaded by jaxies.

So, as you may have noticed, I’ve cleaned up the functionality and given the blog a bit of a long overdue facelift. Along with the new and improved look I’ve decided to start my new project which I’ve been mulling over for about a week.

I’ve been thinking about starting up a little interactive food-related feature on this here blog which I’ve named, Releasing My Inner Communist: Food For The People, By The People. I kind of tested it by rolling it out on Kudocities, formerly known as London By London, a place where fellow Londoners could get together to share knowledge about the city we live in, and mostly love to hate. Hey, we’re British: moaning is what we do. Anyway, the response was pretty good and so I’ve decided to roll it out for realsies.

The idea is that you send me a recipe of yours that you really want to see photographed, featured on this blog, and, more importantly, shared with the world, and I make it. I know. Simples. And, as a further added incentive, I will select one recipe at the end of a certain period of time (it depends on how many entrants I get for this) and that person will receive a personalised gift basket from moi, containing various London food-related goodies! Now does that sound good or what?

So, to leave this one open enough that you guys can submit recipes to me (and that I have time to make them), I’m going to give you the whole summer, up until the end of August to submit recipes to me. The only stipulation is that they must be Summer-themed.

Please feel free to submit anything you like, but bear in mind that I currently do not own a BBQ in my flat (guess why) so any recipes that require BBQs will either have to wait to be tested until I can commandeer a friend’s BBQ kit, or suffer some form of indoor cooking!

Interested in taking part? Email me already or drop a comment! I look forward to eating your tasties. Until next time, peace and love.

Jax x

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