The London Diaries: The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club, Soho

While I was back, I tried to plan my catch-ups with various London-based friends around mealtimes. The problem with this plan, however, is that I inevitably ended up eating out A LOT. Continue reading

The London Diaries: Wahaca


While in between jobs, I decided to pop back to the UK to eat my way around London over the Bank holiday weekend. I was also back to visit friends and family, but I find that doing that generally involves food consumption in some format, so I harnessed the opportunity and explored a few new spots. Continue reading

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue pie. A glorious dessert. Or breakfast treat if you’re on my wavelength. My mum and I tried to make one last summer and had real difficulty get the filling to set. You see, pork gelatine isn’t readily available in the UAE. I had heard whispers from various sources that Spinneys was once THE place to go, but I have never been able to find it anywhere. We tried vegetable gelatine, but it was unsuccessful. The filling failed to set. With no intention of giving up at this point, we eventually settled for agar agar, a japanese gelatin alternative made from seaweed. Perfect, right? Wrong. The only variety we could find was red. So our lemon filling ended up being pink! The pie tasted amazing, and the filling set beautifully. It just didn’t look quite right! Needless to say, Mum picked a up a box of pork gelatin in preparation when she was in the UK a few weeks later. Continue reading

Pomegranate Love

Pomegranate Salad

I remember eating pomegranate as a child. My mum would give myself and my siblings half a pomegranate each along with a cocktail stick. We thought it was great fun. I later came to realise that it was a genius way of keeping the kids busy for an hour or so, allowing her to steal some time for herself. Very clever. To all you parents out there – you’re welcome! Continue reading