With all the new restaurants popping up around Kings Cross since the redevelopment, Elldrew had previously had a lovely meal at Camino Spanish restaurant, so we were looking for somewhere to dine in the area again when we came across Karpo. Actually located on Euston Road opposite the station, away from all the new restaurants, we’re not sure how old the restaurant is, but reading great reviews we simply had to try it.
Following on from our jaunt at Bishopstrow House, Elldrew recently had the pleasure of another country weekend, this time at the Four Seasons in Hampshire (courtesy of a special friend who was celebrating a special birthday; both the friend’s name and age shall be withheld to preserve ones modesty). Unlike Bishopstrow where it was the two of us, this trip saw 20 friends converge on the New Forest for a fun filled weekend away!
It might be a little bit sad but aspiring to be Master Bakers, Santa brought Elldrew a shiny new K-Mix electric mixer and ever since then we have been itching to really put it to the test (but a post-Christmas diet has somewhat stifled our baking desires). With that in the back of our mind we stumbled across this recipe which was intriguing enough to make us want to break our diet and try it. Magic Custard Cake? What on earth was the fuss about?
Without sounding like a line from an episode of Nigella Bites, there’s nothing better than getting cozy on the sofa, on a wintery evening, with a bowl of hearty one-pot stew, a chunk of crusty rye bread and an optional glass of full-bodied red. Remote control in reaching distance. Cue chill-out time.
Regular readers will know that Elldrew like to escape the London rat race, so with the Christmas madness behind us and Ell’s birthday ahead we booked a weekend at Bishopstrow House in Wiltshire. Having done several country house weekends in the UK our favourite, by far, was a few years back when we stayed at Cowley Manor (pre-blog setup, before you go searching). Since then we’ve tried to find a good reason to go back, but being amongst the top in its class it also carries a certain premium price tag. For this trip we wanted somewhere that wouldn’t break the bank, a 3-night long weekend not too far from London.
Elldrew don’t want their readers to think that the only thing’s we cook are bread based breakfast bakes, so to add a little variety, and as it is the season of giving, Ellldrew’s early Christmas present to you all is Mama Elldrew’s amazing “Merci Beau-Soup”. A long standing family favourite perfected over the years by Mamma Elldrew, this creamy mustard and onion soup is an easy and warming treat for a wintery night.
After such an exquisite meal at the soft launch we thought Ballarò would be the perfect place to take an Australian visitor so they could experience beautiful and fresh Sicilian food, without having to make a detour via Italy, and with an extra mouth we could taste more dishes on the menu (see our first review here).
For awhile now we had been wondering what would become of the old Haverstock Arms pub, on Haverstock Hill (its claim to fame is that its landlord was the on-screen barmen in the 90’s hit talk show “TFI Friday” and it’s where producer Danny Baker and then radio DJ Chris Evans came up with the show concept, and, of course, not forgetting its history as a local watering hole to the non and famous NW3 set)! One becomes complacent when the hoarding has been erected for so long, and although we were secretly hoping for a new local gastro pub or even better still a nice wine bar, we were at first a little deflated to hear the premises would be occupied by a new restaurant – wasn’t there enough in the local area already?
Those of you that read our breakfast bread blog will know that every now and again Elldrew love a hearty home-made weekend breakfast, and never more so than when a friend comes and visits from overseas and we’ve been up chatting into the early hours. On these occasions we like to wake our guests up with the smell of Elldrew’s famous Bacon Twisties (courtesy of Lorraine Pascale) wafting through the house. Having done just that last weekend, and with the festive season soon upon us, we thought we’d share the recipe to inspire other readers entertaining visitors.