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The Joys of Dining at Home

No Elldrew are not writing about the joys of eating at home on a regular basis…actually on that subject, do you all find that you never sit at the dining table unless you have guests around? We do…it’s sofa eating most nights for us, but when it comes to dinner parties (and that is the topic of this blog), when you’re the host, it’s not really just about the meal is it?

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Ikura Japanese Restaurant, NW3

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Elldrew adopted this Japanese restaurant as our local after the Hi-Sushi in Hampstead changed it’s menu and went a bit wacky…yes, even we frown at ourselves for sometimes eating the same food every time we go to a local favourite. But, in all fairness, we do tend to try most dishes on a menu then work out which dishes we liked the best, ordering a selection of these each visit, depending on our mood. Elldrew are more into sampling a variety of dishes vs one main meal so Spanish Tapas, Japanese, etc are the restaurants we will frequent most.

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Salted Caramel Crunch Brownies (the cheat’s way)

Summer holidays are over, which means the diet’s also over and Elldrew can get back to Sunday afternoon baking (although our new policy is to share the goods with our colleagues and thereby minimise the impact on our personal waistlines!). This week’s treat was Donna Hay’s decadent Caramel Crunch Brownies but with an added Elldrew twist to make them a more grown-up affair, and we took a sneaky shortcut to speed up the process. Read on for the recipe, and our tips (including a nifty trick for rescuing a split ganache).

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Restaurant Ca’n BoQueta, Soller, Mallorca

When you need a break from all the traditional Tapas on offer at the various bars and restaurants served in Mallorca, and indeed throughout Spain, and if you are in the mood for a mouth watering menu that will not fail to deliver, and of course you are in the quaint town of Soller, then you must stop by and sample all that Ca’n BoQueta has to offer. Ca’n BoQueta is one of those rare finds that have decided not to necessarily cater for the masses, but instead concentrate on cooking food, very well we might add, under the guise of a set ‘tasting menu’ that changes weekly. The menu is designed and developed only around seasonal products.

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The Chiltern Firehouse Restaurant. Smouldering?

So Elldrew joined the celebrity set recently to dine at what has been labelled ‘London’s hottest celebrity hangout restaurant’; the Chiltern Firehouse.

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Easy Chicken Stir Fry

After a busy day at work one of Elldrew’s favourite meals is this quick and easy chicken, cashew nut and spring onion stir fry. Not based on any celebrity chef’s recipe, requiring only very basic prep and using ingredients usually in our larder, it’s a good standby meal for hungry tummies (that need feeding quickly).

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An English High Tea, Fit for a Princess

Here at Planet Elldrew we never need much of an excuse to throw a party, so Mama Elldrew’s spring birthday was in fact the perfect excuse.

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With a rather cold and grey winter behind us and spring having sprung in a typically English “sprung a leak” rainy kind of a way, we wanted to make a tea party that was bright, cheery and also reflected Elldrew’s style and taste (centred around the birthday girl of course!).

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The Hummingbird Bakery’s Lemon and Thyme Drizzle Cake

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A lazy Sunday with a few leftover ingredients in the fridge and Elldrew turn to their favourite cookery books to pass the time. On this week’s menu was the Hummingbird Bakery’s amazing Lemon and Thyme Drizzle (or Loaf) cake. It’s so delicious and so easy to make that we whipped one up for Ell’s office whilst we were finishing our morning coffee, and a second one for Drew’s office whilst we were digesting lunch (it’s not fair to favour either office, and if we hadn’t made two the rest of the lemon thyme and sour cream from our previous weeks tea party (blog on that to follow) would have been wasted)!

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Delicious Ducasse – or was it?

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A 3rd wedding anniversary might only be the “leather” anniversary but for Elldrew it was the opportunity to join friends and splash out at one of London’s swankiest and most highly acclaimed restaurants – the 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. We were just in time to enjoy head chef Jocelyn Herland’s new 2014 Spring menu and had the choice of going a la carte or opting for the 7 course tasting menu. Whilst we enjoy eating out regularly it is an exceptionally rare treat for us to enjoy somewhere with 3 Michelin stars, and whilst not being big lovers of seafood, we decided to be brave and indulge in the mostly seafood tasting menu, we were happy to have our taste buds awakened.

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R is for Rainbow Cake

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Ever since we first heard about these surprising, tricky and colourful cakes Elldrew have been itching to try their hand at the much fabled Rainbow Cake; so an invitation to an English Easter tea party was the perfect excuse. Our hosts are renowned as excellent cooks and so not wanting to leave anything to chance Elldrew scoured the internet for tips on ensuring the perfect cake. We’re glad we did, but we’re also glad that we used our experience and instinct to add a little Elldrew magic – being the selfless souls that we are we thought we’d save you all that googling and instead provide Elldrew’s guide to baking the perfect Rainbow Cake (with thanks also to Kerry Cooks from whom we took a lot of our inspiration).

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