Wednesday 30 June 2021


There are some recipes that are a true labour of love and this outstanding aubergine parmigiana will end up taking you a good part of a whole day to prepare (or a lot of day ahead prep) but WOW the end result is so, so special that you won't mind any extra minute spent on it.

On paper this veggie main doesn't exactly scream culinary revelation. Sliced aubergine, cheese and tomato sauce, layered and baked in the oven not exactly anything out of the ordinary but here every step in making it elevates the final result into something very special.

The tomato sauce is slow cooked in the oven for 2 hours before it gets blended to fuse all the flavours that have simmered together to create a sauce that is a world a way from one out of a jar.

The sliced aubergines first get salted and weighed down for a good hour to extract excess water, giving the final baked aubergine an almost custardy texture, before being coated in a panko, parmesan crust and pan fried in batches for extra crispiness.

The aubergine, homemade tomato sauce and a shredded mozzarella and herb mix then get layered and baked in the oven for a good hour before fresh slices of mozzarella get added to the top for the most wonderful oozy finish.

This is the opposite of fast food but it is food for the soul and hands down the best aubergine dish that has ever crossed my lips.

Make the time investment for this aubergine parmigiana, you will NOT regret it.

Serves 4


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 head of garlic, cloves crushed
  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 3 oil-packed anchovy fillets 
  • ½ teaspoon crushed chilli flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato puree
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cans whole peeled tomatoes
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • Salt

  • 4 medium aubergines, sliced 
  • Salt
  • 3 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs - I get men at Waitrose)
  • 1½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups finely grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 1⅓ cups olive oil
  • ½ cup finely chopped basil and parsley, plus basil leaves for serving
  • 180g grated mozzarella 
  • 220g fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced

  • Preheat oven to 180 celsius. 
  • Heat oil in a large heavy ovenproof pot over medium. 
  • Cook garlic, stirring often, until golden, about 4 minutes. 
  • Add onion, anchovies, and chilli flakes and cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. 
  • Stir in tomato puree and cook, stirring often, until slightly darkened, about 2 minutes. 
  • Add wine, bring to a boil, and cook until almost completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes, breaking up with your hands, and their juices; add basil and oregano and stir to combine. 
  • Swirl 1½ cups water into one tomato can, then the other, to rinse, and add to pot; season with salt. 
  • Transfer pot to oven; roast sauce, stirring halfway through, until thick and tomatoes are browned on top and around edges of pot, 2–2½ hours.
  • Let sauce cool slightly. 
  • Blend in a food processor until mostly smooth. 
  • Taste and season with salt.
  • Do Ahead: Sauce can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.


  • Lightly season aubergine slices all over with salt; place in a single layer on several layers of paper towels inside a rimmed baking tray. 
  • Top with another layer of paper towels and more slices; repeat as needed. 
  • Top with a final layer of paper towels, then another rimmed baking tray; weigh down with a heavy pot or a few metal cans. 
  • Let aubergine sit until it has released excess liquid, 45–60 minutes. 
  • This step gives the aubergine a creamy texture when baked.
  • Meanwhile, pulse panko, oregano, pepper, and ¾ cup Parmesan in a food processor until very finely ground. 
  • Transfer to a shallow bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 200 celsius. 
  • Place flour in another shallow bowl and eggs in a third shallow bowl. 
  • Working one at a time, dredge eggplant slices in flour, then dip in egg, allowing excess to drip off. 
  • Coat in breadcrumbs, packing all around, then shaking off excess. 
  • Place on wire racks.
  • Heat ⅔ cup oil in a large frying pan over medium-high.
  •  Cook as many aubergine slices as will comfortably fit in pan, turning once, until deep golden, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to paper towels and immediately press with more paper towel to absorb oil. 
  • Working in batches, repeat with remaining slices, adding remaining ⅔ cup oil and wiping out skillet as needed. 
  • Let cool. 
  • Taste and season with more salt if needed.
  • Toss chopped herbs, grated mozzarella, and remaining ¾ cup Parmesan in a medium bowl. 
  • Spread 1 cup sauce over the bottom of a 13x9" baking tray; top with a layer of aubergine slices (trim as needed). 
  • Drizzle 1 cup sauce over and sprinkle with one-third of cheese mixture. 
  • Add another layer of aubergine, followed by 1 cup sauce and half of remaining cheese mixture. 
  • Repeat layers with remaining slices, sauce, and cheese mixture. 
  • Cover with foil and bake on a rimmed baking sheet until eggplant is custardy, 45–60 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and arrange fresh mozzarella over eggplant. 
  • Increase oven temperature to 220 celsius and bake, uncovered, until cheese is bubbling and browned in spots, 15–20 minutes longer. 
  • Let rest 30 minutes. 
  • Top with basil leaves just before slicing.

Thursday 24 June 2021


After chargrilling some corn on the cob for my summer gnocchi the other week I suddenly remembered how great corn can work in main courses! 

Indeed, for this super fresh and light pasta dish I caramelised the corn before adding some turmeric and fresh asparagus and served it all up with some whipped ricotta and of course spaghetti, the sort of dish that looks super fancy and sophisticated but actually is whipped up in less than 20 minutes.

Full of flavour, seasonal and even, in terms of prep time, suitable as midweek supper, what is not to love!



  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 ears of corn, husked500g spaghetti, linguine or any shaped pasta¼ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling 
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 200g green asparagus, trimmed and thinly sliced on an angle 
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup white wine
  • 250g ricotta, seasoned to taste with salt and whipped a little in a bowl using a spoon

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high. 
  • Meanwhile, prepare the corn: Slice the corn kernels off the cobs, and add the cobs to the pot of water. (This lends a hint of sweetness.)
  • Once the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook over medium-high, according to package instructions, until tender but toothsome, just shy of al dente.
  • In a large frying pan heat the oil over medium-high. 
  • Add the corn kernels and sugar, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to caramelize, about 6 minutes. 
  • Stir in the asparagus, shallot and 1 teaspoon turmeric, and cook, stirring frequently, until just softened and corn is caramelized, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Transfer to a bowl.
  • Once the pasta is just short of al dente, reserve 1 1/2 cups pasta water, then drain the pasta, and discard the corn cobs.
  • Add the butter, garlic and remaining turmeric to the large skillet and cook over medium until butter melts and starts to foam, about 3 minutes. 
  • Whisk in the wine to deglaze, and cook 1 to 2 minutes, then whisk in 1 cup pasta water.
  • Add the pasta, and toss with tongs over medium heat until thoroughly coated and al dente, 1 to 2 minutes, adding pasta water as needed. 
  • Remove from heat, stir in half the corn mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Divide pasta among plates. 
  • Dollop with ricotta and top with remaining corn mixture. 
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • ENJOY!

Tuesday 22 June 2021


I did warn you al that last week's heat wave was going to be rather short lived and, faced with a weekend of rain, rain and more rain with some chilly temperatures thrown in for extra fun, I suddenly found myself craving a good old bowl of soup. 

Not some watery tomato crap with no texture mind you! No, something a little more extra and this pretty luxury seafood soup with a fragrant saffron broth and a real Scandi touch is just that! 

It takes a little time to prep and simmer along but the end result is worthy of a weekend main course, especially when served with some fresh sourdough bread croutons on top and a chilled glass of white wine on the side!

A most wonderful and tasty way to make the most of a very meh British summer!



  • 30g butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 leek, quartered lengthways and finely sliced
  • 1 stick celery, finely diced
  • 1 small bulb fennel, finely diced
  • 1/8 tsp saffron strands
  • 650ml hot fish stock, made with 1 stock cube
  • 3 slices sourdough bread, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml white wine
  • 500g new potatoes, quartered
  • 260g salmon, skinned and cut into 2cm pieces
  • 250g large cold water prawns, defrosted
  • 75ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill
  • 3 tbsp sour cream, to serve

  • Heat the oven to 200°C.
  • Heat the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. 
  • Add the onion, leek, celery and fennel and cook over a medium/low heat for 15 minutes, until they are completely soft.
  •  Meanwhile, leave the saffron to infuse in the hot fish stock.
  • Place the pieces of bread on a baking sheet and mix with the oil and seasoning. 
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown all over.
  • Add the garlic, tomatoes and tomato purée to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, then add the wine and saffron-infused fish stock with seasoning. 
  • Add the potatoes and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until just cooked, then add the salmon and prawns and cook for a further 5 minutes, until just cooked. Stir through the cream and dill.
  • Divide the soup between bowls, then top with the croutons, dill and a dollop of sour cream.

Thursday 17 June 2021


WOW, OH WOW. This dish is literally summer on a plate. 

Yes, it takes a little time to make (roasting the tomatoes, making the pesto and poaching the egg) but the end result is truly stunning, the kind of main course meat eaters would be envious of even with the biggest steak in front of them and one that works a treat for a dinner party where you want to impress a little without risking a kitchen disaster.

The poached egg is optional - it does add an oozy element with the yolk that kind of blends everything together, but I do know they are a bit of hassle to make so don't worry if you don't fancy the stress. I always make mine using this method and it have never failed! 

Don't bother making the gnocchi - go to your Italian deli of trust and safe yourself the effort, it will taste just as good and then pour yourself a chilled glass of rosé and enjoy this stunner of a dish.



350g cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
Salt + pepper
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
2/3 cup toasted pine nuts
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
500g potato gnocchi (I got mine from Eataly)
1 courgette, peeled into ribbons
2 ears grilled corn kernels removed from the cob (I grilled the cobs briefly on a griddle pan)
1 cup fresh basil roughly torn
150g feta cheese, cubed 
2 poached eggs

  • Preheat the oven to 220 degrees celsius.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, the garlic and a generous sprinkle of salt and pepper to a baking dish. 
  • Toss well, making sure the tomatoes are coated in olive oil. 
  • Roast for 10-15 minutes or until the tomatoes collapse. 
  • Remove, and allow the tomatoes to cool slightly.
  • Add half of the tomatoes (reserving the remaining tomatoes for tossing with the gnocchi) and both cloves of garlic to a food processor along with the remaining 1/3 cup olive oil and the toasted pine nuts. 
  • Pulse until mostly smooth. 
  • Add the lemon zest, crushed red pepper and parmesan, pulse to combine. 
  • Taste and add more salt if needed.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
  • Boil the gnocchi according to package directions. 
  • Before you drain the gnocchi scoop out about 1/2 cup pasta water, drain the gnocchi well, and then add it back to the hot pot. 
  • To the gnocchi, add the zucchini and give it a good toss.
  • Next add about half of the tomato pesto and toss, adding more pesto if desired (you may not use all of the pesto). 
  • Stir in the reserved roasted tomatoes, grilled corn, feta and basil. 
  • Divide the hot gnocchi among plates and top with fa poached egg each. 
  • ENJOY!

Tuesday 15 June 2021


Oh summer, how good does it feel to have you finally here (even though knowing England it may only be for a hot second).

Blessed with a sudden heatwave in London I am feeling all Mediterranean in my cooking. After all if I can't have a trip to Capri this year I can still attempt to get a little feeling of "dolce vita" in the kitchen, even if it means sipping spritz's on my balcony rather than on a fabulous beach.

This super easy to make, super fresh and flavourful pasta with monkfish, served in a fresh tomato and chilli sauce, is exactly the kind of dish I would envision myself eating on a chequered table cloth in a fabulous piazza and thankfully it tasted like the real Italian deal. 

Monkfish also always feels a little special, the lobster of the fish world (though it is surprisingly easy to get your hands on being available at Waitrose and most big supermarkets with a fish counter), making this whole dish quite the impressive summer supper - not too heavy yet still with the magic of wonderful bowl of pasta a and a perfect example of summer holiday food, even on an East London balcony.


  • 450g paccheri, calamarata, or other large tubular pasta
  • coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • Teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 400g monkfish fillets, cut into large chunks
  • 250g cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/2 can crushed tinned cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup fish stock (a stock cube will do nicely)
  • 1/4 dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley plus extra for garnish

  • Combine the oil and garlic in a medium frying pan over medium heat and gently sauté until the garlic softens and turns lightly golden.
  • Add the monkfish to the pan and sauté for about 1 1/2 minutes, tossing occasionally. 
  • Add the wine and bring to a boil. 
  • Lower the heat slightly and simmer until the wine reduces by half. 
  • Add the two types of tomatoes, fish stock, chilli flakes flakes, and a little salt to the pan and toss occasionally until the tomatoes break down and release their juices and the meat is opaque and cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes. 
  • Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to a boil. 
  • Salt the water and drop in the pasta. 
  • Cook until just under al dente, tender but firm to the bite, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. 
  • Drain the pasta , reserving 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) of the pasta cooking water.
  • Add the pasta, parsley, and a small ladleful of the pasta cooking water to the pan and toss until the pasta is well coated with the sauce, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately garnished with minced parsley.

Thursday 10 June 2021


Courgette flowers are beautiful and intricate little things that for me have usually been a rare delight to sample in restaurants, not really an ingredient one usually is able to get their hands on for home cooking.

A very memorable courgette flower dining experience was no doubt Barrafina's take -  the flower delicately stuffed with goats cheese and drizzled with honey, not only looking pretty stunning but tasting it too.

I had always been keen to cook with courgette flowers at home, based on their pretty looks on the plate alone, but until last weekend hadn't ever spotted them at any supermarket or greengrocers. 

Well, lucky then that the pandemic has transformed me into somewhat of a market lover and of late I have made it into a habit to head down to Borough Market early on a Saturday morning for some weekend ingredient shopping.

Whilst spending about £20 on white asparagus, I spotted, individually wrapped to be extra extra, some very pretty courgette flowers at Turnips, not cheap at £3 a pop but also a real centre piece of a main course that will still cost you a lot less than a piece of Wagyu beef.

I grabbed myself two and searched the world wide web for a fabulous recipe to use them as part of and couldn't help but fall this fresh and flavourful risotto in which the flowers are tempura battered and deep fried to achieve a wonderful end result.

A main course to wow a crowd!

Serves 2


  • 50g Butter
  • 300g Risotto Rice
  • 100g petit pois
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 200g broad beans
  • 300g asparagus, sliced
  • 1 shallot, peeled and diced
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • 500ml veg stock
  • 50g mascarpone
  • 100ml white wine
  • 25g Parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated

For the deep-fried courgette flowers:
  • 4 courgette flowers
  • 2 egg whites
  • 25g cornflour
  • A splash of water
  • 500ml vegetable oil

  • Place a pan over a medium heat and add the butter. 
  • When the butter has melted add the garlic, shallot, rice, stir and cook for a couple of minutes so the ingredients are coated in butter, then add the wine and ¾ of the stock.
  • Bring this to the boil and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes until it thickens a little while stirring continuously, adding more stock if needed.
  • To finish the risotto, add the peas, broad beans, asparagus, mascarpone and Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative), adding more stock if the risotto gets too thick
  • For the deep-fried courgette flowers, heat the oil in a saucepan, checking if it's hot enough by dropping a little batter into the pan. If it fizzes the oil is hot enough.
  • Mix the egg, flour and water together to form a batter. 
  • Dip the flowers into the batter and deep fry for about a minute then drain.

  • To serve your spring risotto with Deep-Fried Courgette Flowers spoon the risotto into bowls top with the deep-fried courgette flowers and ENJOY!

Tuesday 8 June 2021


Miso paste has become my favourite slightly unusual addition to sweet dishes. 

I mean let's all take a moment to appreciate Crème London's insanely good miso and white chocolate cookies which I re-created in lockdown 1.0 and which were probably the best cookie I ever managed to rustle up in the kitchen. Since then I have been left curious into which other sweet dishes I could incorporate Miso paste, moving it away from its more standard use in savoury Asian cooking. 

Being a big bun fan anyways (especially Swedish style cardamon and cinnamon buns) I couldn't help but be more than intrigued when I came across this recipe for blueberry and miso buns. 

I usually do not really dig / have the patience for the whole working with yeast and waiting for it to rise thing but I found these buns super fun to make - though be warned the dough does take a little time. 

I would say make them the day before you want to eat them (ideally starting in the morning or afternoon) to give the dough and the final buns plenty of time to rise and to make them as light and fluffy as possible. 

I finished off the oozy buns (blueberries work so well as a filling here, combined with miso, sugar and softened butter) with the most amazing browned butter sugar glace. A standard sugar and water glaze could have also done the job but BOY the browned butter takes this to an indulgent next level.

These buns are SO worth the effort -  a pretty special pastry that is perfect as breakfast, dessert or as general good for the soul food!


  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10g dried yeast
  • 500g strong white flour
  • 1 tsp salt

  • 75g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 2-3 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g blueberries

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter1-1/2 cups icing sugar
  • Pinch kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk


  • Melt the butter in a small pan, then add the milk and heat until lukewarm. 
  • Remove from the heat and whisk in the sugar, vanilla and yeast, and set aside for five minutes for the yeast to spring into action.
  • Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl, then pour in the milk mixture: you might not need all of it, so just keep adding it until the dough is soft and slightly sticky – if too dry, it’ll be tough and difficult to knead. 
  • Knead the dough for 10 minutes, until springy and smooth, then put in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and put in a warmish spot to rise.
  • Meanwhile, for the filling, beat the butter with the sugar until smooth and fluffy. 
  • Add miso to taste: you might prefer just a hint of that saltiness, or maybe (like me) you’ll prefer a more full-on savoury kick. 
  • Stir in the vanilla and set aside.
  • After 90 minutes or so, the dough should have more or less doubled in size (if not, leave it for a further 30 minutes). 
  • Roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a roughly 50 x 60cm rectangle. 
  • Spread with the filling, then evenly scatter over the blueberries. 
  • Roll the dough tightly from long edge to long edge, creating a swirled log. 
  • Trim off the ends, then divide into 12 equal portions using a large, sharp knife.
  • Line a 20 x 30cm roasting tin with baking paper, then arrange the buns cut side up in the tin, spacing them evenly. 
  • Cover with clingfilm and leave to rise for 45-60 minutes; heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
  • Once the buns are puffy and risen, put in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. 
  • They’re ready when they’re golden brown on top, mottled with splashes of bubbling blueberry juice and springy to the touch. 

  • Cut butter into tablespoon-sized pieces and melt over medium heat in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan. When foaming subsides, continue cooking, swirling the pan frequently, until the milk solids are golden brown and the butter has a nutty aroma. (Watch it closely! It can burn quickly.)
  • Immediately pour brown butter into a bowl, leaving behind as much of the dark solids in the pan as possible. 
  • Set aside to cool just slightly while you sift and measure your powdered sugar.
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar to the brown butter, whisking to combine. 
  • Whisk in vanilla extract and enough milk or half and half to thin the glaze to your desired consistency for dipping, drizzling, or pouring.

Brush or drizzle this over the tops of the hot buns, then leave to cool and then ENJOY!

Tuesday 1 June 2021


This was my second time visiting Margate for the day, a lovely seaside town about an hour and 40 minutes away from King’s cross by train, and though the weather turned out to be not quite as hot and sunny as last time (my first trip was on the hottest day of 2020 and resulted in quite the sunburn), it provided me with a much needed escape from London and a real feeling of being on holiday, even if just for a few hours.

Below a few tips and tricks if you are planning a trip down to Margate. I for sure will return, it on this overcast Bank Holiday Sunday warm but not quite warm enough for a dip in the sea.


It really couldn’t be easier if you live East (Kings Cross departure station) or West (Victoria departure ) with tickets a pretty decent £29 for a return off peak ticket.

Major tip if you are going on a sunny day (along with the rest of London escaping the city): get to your chosen station at least 20 minutes before your train departs. 

Your prepaid tickets will have to be collected from one of only a few machines dotted around in the station and I have nearly missed my train / had a near anxiety attack, stuck in the back of a queue of 20 people, trying to collect my ticket.

Be better safe than sorry and not loose precious seaside time!



There is a HUGE Morrisons a 5 minute walk from the station which is perfect if you want to stock up on crisps, fizz and all other sorts of picnic food as there are really no smaller supermarkets by the seafront.


Last time I made it to Margate I somehow managed to skip a look around the vintage stores (or maybe they were closed because of Covid - the different stages and exact timings of Corona closures gone by escape me these days).

This time however I stumbled across a wonderful street full of well curated and affordable vintage shops, a short walk from the seafront (you can't really miss them), and managed to pick up a rather fabulous pair of 70s pink statement sunglasses from Madame Popoff's vintage for a tenner that are going to become absolute summer staple!

Make sure to take your time browsing the boutiques, there are lots of treasures to be found.


Dory’s is the no reservations, seafood focused, seafront located, sister restaurant of Michelin recognised Angela’s, which is tucked away a little more towards the old town.

The food menu at Dory’s read like it could be at a culinary hot spot in Copenhagen or East London, but without an ounce of pretentiousness and executed flawlessly.

As there are no bookings and also a no “put your name down kinda waiting list” you either get a table when you get there or you don’t. Or you do as I did and get there just before they open at 12pm. Sure it’s an early lunch but me and around 20 others got seated immediately and got served by the most lovely and attentive team, whether sat outside, overlooking the beach or in the minimal dining room.

The menu is seasonal but regardless reads outstandingly well, I could have easily ordered the entire small plates selection had I not been by myself. Instead I ordered some incredible sourdough with seaweed butter, smoked prawns with an out of this world good aioli and Lastly British asparagus with a wonderful almond sauce.

They recommend 2 small plates per person, so come here and share everything - fresh oysters, cured trout, Burrata, it’ll be amazing I sure about it.

It’s the kind of food cooked with real passion and skill, using exquisitely sourced ingredients you’d be hard to come by for a home-cooked meal and my lunch thar turned out to be one of the best meals out I’ve had in a very long time.

The wine selection is equally clued up, no glass over £6 - skin contacts, local English wines and a few others, a well curated, confident and short list because that is all you will need and want.

I got to say I fell a little bit in love with Dory’s and will be going back (next time with company to try more dishes) and will be there at 11:50am for an early lunch, a dining experience that is SO worth every bit of tactical queuing!


So this was a second time fail for me. 

Last Margate trip the Turner Contemporary gallery was closed altogether (once again, thanks Covid) and this time I had naively assumed I was just going to be able to queue, as with most things these days, and get in at some point.

Well I was wrong! You have to pre-book your (free) tickets in advance and probably a few weeks in advance during the summer months so bear this in mind when it comes to planning your trip.

Oh well, another reason for me to come back another time! 


After you’ve been to the Turner gallery, or after you failed to get in like me, continue to walk that way by the coast line for some undisturbed beachy scenery.

I didn’t have a route, just kind of heading in one direction for 45 minutes, taking in the fresh sea air and not spending one second looking at my phone, then turning around and walking back to Margate when I felt like it. 

A little escape from it all I can’t recommend enough.


Sometimes you try a dish that you simply cannot forget, a culinary memory you have to recreate and you dream about once in a while.

The local crab and yuzu Mayo loaded fries I had at the Bouy & Oyster on my first visit were just that.

Fusion and fresh seafood done to perfection and even better when eaten out of a cardboard box on the beach.

Of course I had to return there this time and it was lovely to see that the make shift takeaway window had been transformed into the Beach Buoys takeaway, clearly reacting to a demand in the market for above average on the beach fodder even with their actual restaurant was able to open again.

And boy were those fries were as good as I remembered! Washed down with some wonderful English wine (out of very classy paper cup), taking the last bit of seaside magic before jumping onto the train back to London.

This is my first blog post on dining out and leaving London since I think late August 2020 and it feels so great to share experiences with you again that don’t just centre around my kitchen adventures.

Let’s hope the summer brings more of this. Indeed, One thing I have learnt is that a sense of holiday doesn’t have to require a trip abroad, when a train ride away has a magic of its own.

See you soon again my love Margate.