Winter warming apple crumble :)

I’m not sure about you but I am definitely feeling the cold! Dark mornings and frosty streets tells me that winter is upon us. I don’t mind the winter, as long as I am wrapped up at home with a blanket and a good book šŸ˜‰

Something else I like during this cold seasonĀ is a warm comforting dessert on a Sunday evening. Dessert after Sunday dinner is good for the soul, that’s what I think anyway.

Why not try a really simple dessert of apple crumble? Its something that can be whipped up in no time, or something that is good to get the kids involved with. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really use a recipe for this apple crumble because I only wanted to make enough for 3 people.

So all I did was chop up 3 small apples (with the skin left on) and put them in a pan with a knob of butter, a tablespoon of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon and ginger powder. Put the pan on a low heat and stew the apples for a few minutes, not too long though or you will have apple mush. You can add any flavour you want to your fruit, so be creative! I added raisins to mine (doesn’t sound very creative but it tasted lovely). Place the apples in a oven proof dish and place aside.

Then all you need to do is make the crumble mix. You can find lots of recipes online or use equal quantities of flour, sugar and oats, and half the amount of butter. For example, I used 40g of flour, sugar and oats and 20g of butter. Rub all the ingredients together until you have a breadcrumb like consistency and scatter over the fruit mixture. And there you have it! Place the crumble in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180 degrees C.

Serve with either custard or vanilla ice cream. Ooh its yummy! What other combinations do you like?

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Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

I went to Brixton yesterday and found myself in a small converted shipping container called ‘Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen’. A tiny restaurant with a big personality! Brixton is full of great pop up places to eat, from jerk chicken to fresh ramen, you are spoilt for choice.

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is run by, guess who…Zoe! She cooks the most amazing Ghanian food like I have never tasted before. I tried the most succulent lamb chops marinated in a number of spices and served with a peanut sauce. Next, traditional fried chicken – Ghana style! The chicken was the crispiest chicken I have ever had with a wonderful blend of spices, including nutmeg. Delicious!

If this hadn’t filled me up already, I tried some plantain chips. Soft, sweet and flavourful served with some beans. A local ingredient that I’ve tried before, plantain can be baked, fried or made into chips. Its so yummy and very comforting. Lastly, Zoe made some Yam balls, she mashed the yams and mixed them with garlic and spices and then deep fried them. All served hot with a spicy dip and salsa.

I love this place, it is quirky, stylish and very welcoming. Ā I can honestly say I will go back there for some more traditional home cooked food, or better yet I might go to Ghana! But I think a trip to Brixton might be cheaper.

Check it out!Ā http://zoesghanakitchen.co.uk/restaurant/

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Camden Market’s Street Food

My husband and I went to the street food stalls in Camden Market last week and it was amazing! There was so much choice, from American bacon and cheese burgers to Jerk chicken to homemade pasta and more. Wow. We were so confused! We didn’t know where to begin and what to try. Although going to all the stalls and having a small taster helped.

The place was so packed we could barely move. But what was amazing about this was to see the passion and love for real food. Nothing was processed or out of a packet, or at least I hope it wasn’t. It was all honest food served by people who loved doing what they were doing. It was also great to see so many people enjoying eating this type of fresh food, whether it was healthy or not!

A man running a stall did say to us that there is a chance the market will be closed down and turned into flats. Whether this is true or not, I hope it doesn’t happen. It would be such a shame to lose such an exciting market with different cuisinesĀ from all around the world. Go and visit it yourself! Just be warned…go with an empty belly and elastic trousers. Oh and a napkin to wipe your face after stuffing it with pork sticky buns and pancakes. Enjoy!

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London…is it the land of opportunity?

I love London. I went there this weekend and I came back with a greater love for the hustle and bustle lifestyle of London. Granted my small legs are not made for the never ending steps in the underground, but other than that it’s great! I came across people who were friendly and would happily agree to have their picture taken.

But the one thing I loved more than anything in London was the food. Oh the food. I felt like I was in a different country! Chicken burgers with turkey bacon that was revealed from under a glass dome of heavenly oak wood smoke, served with rustic skin on fries and washed down with a salted caramel milkshake. Enough calories? I think so.

We also went to Spitalfield market where we found fresh pastries, cupcakes, jerk chicken and more (but not altogether).

When sitting down in a restaurant for brunch, I couldn’t help but notice the great atmosphere. People eating amazingĀ food, laughing and reminiscing whilst drinking colourful cocktails. So I seized the opportunity and asked these people if I could take pictures of them and they happily agreed.

There’s something about food that brings people together, don’t you agree?Ā Follow my blog to see the progress in my project about food culture and appreciating the love of food!

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