Eat In: Hummingbird Bakery Mini Cupcakes

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I love cupcakes. I mean, who doesn’t? Cupcakes can put a smile on anyone’s face… Unless they’re on a diet, maybe. But I do have one, little problem with the average cupcake, when serving them as a dessert: they’re just too big! When I eat a cupcake, a bite or two is enough. I just want the sensation of soft, buttery icing and a light, fluffy sponge, but – even with my seriously sweet tooth – a whole cupcake is often a challenge.  Continue reading

Eat Out: Ginger and White, Hampstead

Eating breakfast out is one of those little luxuries that I rarely afford myself. Back when I lived in Rome last year, it was an almost daily occurrence. Every morning, I’d walk down my apartment building’s three flights of stairs, out into the busy piazza and straight to my favourite cafe, about 10 metres away from my front door. There, at the bar, I’d order ‘un cappuccio e un cornetto,’  a cappuccino and a filled croissant; sometimes with crema, sometimes with marmellatta, but most often with Nutella.

Standing at the bar, stirring and sipping my frothy coffee, I would watch the Italians go about their busy mornings, and attempt to understand what on earth they were saying. This little ritual of mine is probably one of the things I miss the most about my time in Rome…

Breakfast at Ginger & White

Breakfast at Ginger & White

… which is why, on Tuesday morning, I decided to treat myself. Continue reading

Eat In: Nigella’s London Cheesecake

You know that Friends episode, where Rachel and Chandler find, steal, and then fight over a cheesecake? The cheesecake, from the so-called Mamma’s Little Bakery, was said to be so good that it had to be kept a secret from all of their other friends. So good that, at the end of the episode, they shamelessly ate it off their hallway floor.

I’ve always wondered how that cheesecake would have tasted, and I’m now pretty sure I’ve found the answer. Cue Nigella Lawson.

Nigella's London Cheesecake

Nigella’s London Cheesecake

It’s smooth, it’s creamy, it’s tangy and it’s sweet. It’s incredibly decadent, yet it took some serious willpower to not eat it all in one go. Even my little brother, who is usually pained by the idea of complimenting me, confessed that it’s the best cheesecake he’s ever had. Continue reading