Late Night Hunger Pangs – Light Bites To Eat

Late Night Hunger Pangs

Usually the most romantic part of the day – night time – can bring out the best of our thoughts. The silence in the night can also heighten our senses and it is one of the best times to indulge in some food for pleasure. As the clock ticks into the night, we can’t help but naturally succumb to our hunger pangs. Often, our options are fairly limited, and we usually end up eating the first thing that we see in the fridge, perhaps a bowl of leftovers – a massive mistake! Instead, it’s a great time to let the creative thoughts of the night flow out in the kitchen and treat ourselves to some late night gastronomic experiments that the city has to offer.

Cook

Close up of fried English breakfast

Late night cooking at home can usually be divided into two categories. Firstly to satisfy our  immediate hunger pangs or secondly, to experiment with new recipes. The majority of insomniac foodies see the second option as their favourite hobby. If you have all of the ingredients necessary, it can also be great fun! Post-dinner menus can be anything from regular comfort food to exotic experimental dishes. It’s the effort factor which always needs to be minimal, simply because effort and late night don’t go hand in hand. So what are your options? You could create a fancy Spanish omelette or alternatively go for a meat option and bake it with some delicious barbecue sauce. For a lighter option, prepare a nice salad or opt for a simple sandwich. If you find that you are close to dawn, then you could choose to cook a traditional English breakfast.

Late Night Restaurants

Mexican Food

If you don’t want to get your kitchen or your hands dirty, you could also go out and experience the late night food scene of London. The city has various culinary delights lined up for those late night hungry souls. Many of these places are located in the busy and active streets of London. The choices are endless; you can follow the neon lights to end up in a grand restaurant or alternatively opt for a more a low-key food place.

  • The Delaunay, near the Royal Opera, offers classic renditions of European dishes. The ambiance and elegance are also on the plate to enjoy.
  • Balthazar is one fantastic restaurant near Covent Garden and serves authentic fresh cuisine. They serve until quite late and it is a charming place to reinvent your appetite.
  • There are other food havens like the comfort food paradise Duck & Waffle, the Uber-exotic Hakkasan Mayfair and the famous La Bodega Negra.

Takeaway

chinese take out in boxes

But if you’d rather stay at home then a takeaway is probably the best road to take. With a takeaway you can also find the joy of home deliveries. Additionally sites such as Hungry House also offer you the convenience of being able to order a takeaway online. There’s no need to have to compromise on the variety of food available as there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from, as well as a wide-range of cuisine to explore. Takeaway food is a great option if you prefer to enjoy the London food scene from the comfort of your own four walls.

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Guide to cooking the perfect steak | with Barbecoa

I don’t know about you, but I do love a good steak. Medium rare for me, please. The thing is, I can never manage to cook one to perfection. I’m probably not managing to go to the right restaurants either as I haven’t found a steak I really love yet. How about you? Luckily for us, Steve Pooley, Chef Director at Jamie Oliver Barbecoa, has put together this beautiful guide to cooking the perfect steak. I’m definitely going to follow the guide next time we have steak for dinner – fingers crossed for a perfect one!

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Coconut coffee triple layer cake | Recipe

Coconut coffee triple layer cake

You may remember a few weeks ago that I reviewed a steam combi oven from Panasonic. I cooked so many things in it – including (but not limited to) chips, fish, chicken, bacon, beans; but the thing I was most excited to try in it, was baking a cake! Obviously, you could also make this in a normal oven. I was so impressed that I could actually bake a cake in the combi oven though!

One of my favourite cakes is coffee cake. I love coffee. I love cake. Put them together – I’m in heaven! I also had some coconut flavour Beanies coffee to review so I thought I would do a twist on the classic coffee cake. I do love coconut in a cake too. In fact, I just love any cake. Instead of two layers, I decided to go for a triple layer cake. The middle layer of frosting uses coconut oil, so it is kind of healthy…
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Bakewell tart with lemon pastry | Recipe

Bakewell tart with lemon pastry

As soon as I heard what the challenges were going to be for pastry week of GBBO, I was drooling. Danish pastries? Yes please! I was really tempted to try to make them but then I watched the show and, well… My mind was swiftly changed, ha! I think I’ll stick with ready bake ones, thanks… Anyway, I didn’t fancy fiddling about with filo either so I decided I would go with the technical (again!) of a bakewell tart. I made mini bakewell tarts a couple of months ago for my Macmillan Summer Lights fundraiser, but I’ve never made a big one before. It couldn’t be that hard, right?

I wanted to make it with a traditional almond topping rather than icing and feathering, like on the show. Rather than the usual plain pastry, I made flavoured pastry that I saw in one of my Lorraine Pascale cookbooks. Lemon and almond flavour, the perfect match for a bakewell tart. I was a bit dubious as this recipe used egg yolks, and the one and only time I have used egg yolks in pastry, it was really wet. But I thought I would give it another go. I also decided that I would make my own jam, for the first time ever! I think the frangipane was the easiest part…
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Apple crumble sweet Yorkshire puddings | Recipe

Apple crumble sweet Yorkshire puddings

I must admit I was quite excited when I heard there was going to be a newly introduced batter week in the GBBO; even more so when I saw what the challenges were going to be! I did actually consider doing them all, believe it or not. In the end though I just went with the signature as churros were pointless because we don’t own a deep fat fryer, and the pancakes just looked too technical for me to bother with.

I wanted to be a bit different though, so I went for sweet Yorkshire puddings. It’s getting to autumn now and it’s such a great season for crumbles for pudding! So I went with a lovely sweet apple & blackberry filling with a sprinkle of crumble topping for a bit of crunch. They are absolutely delicious served with a drizzle of custard! (Though admittedly, I didn’t make my own, it was Bird’s!).
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August Degustabox | Subscription Box Review

I am absolutely loving receiving a Degustabox through my letterbox every month. Well, obviously not through my letterbox, because it wouldn’t actually fit. So yeah, my door actually. I love the element of surprise, though I do hope that I will like everything that’s in it because, well, I adore food. Who doesn’t?

In the Degustabox:

  • Enjoy 10 to 15 surprise products, many are completely new to the market!
  • Receive your Degustabox every month filled with goodies.
  • All for much less than you would pay in the shops!

So, what was inside the August Degustabox?

August Degustbox contents

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Chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath | Recipe

Chocolate, cherry & almond wreath recipe

Bread week. I may have mentioned before, but I hate bread week. Me and bread making just do not mix. Nevertheless, I joined in anyway as I want to try and do every week this year! During the show on Wednesday, I decided I must be crazy as I was actually considering doing the technical for the third week in a row. But then chocolate bread won me over so I went with the signature.

I’ve never really made bread from my own recipe so I went searching my old friend Mr Google and came across Paul Hollywood’s chocolate and cherry loaf. I was just going to do this exact recipe, but then I was struck with the idea of adding almonds, and making the loaf into a shape instead. So it’s kind of a showstopper too I suppose, though it doesn’t really look like a showstopper! Here is my chocolate, cherry & almond heart wreath.
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Chocolate & salted caramel whirls | Recipe

Chocolate & salted caramel whirls - NSIWE

After reading what each of the challenges would be for biscuit week of The Great British Bake Off, I was still umm-ing and ahh-ing about which one I would do. I ruled out the showstopper immediately though, I couldn’t be bothered with the fuss of a biscuit story construction! After last week’s bake though, I’m surprised I was still considering doing another technical.

After watching the show, I did decide on the technical again – I must be mad! I’ve never made Viennese whirls before so this one was yet another new challenge for me. Once again I used Mary’s Berry’s recipe, but as a guideline this time as I went for a twist on them with these chocolate and salted caramel whirls.
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Mary Berry’s Jaffa cakes | #GBBOBloggers2016 Week 1

GBBOBloggers2016 Week 1 - Mary Berry's Jaffa Cakes

It’s that time of the year again – yes, Great British Bake Off is back! Albeit a little later than usual (sad face). I am of course joining with the #GBBOBloggers2016 bake along again, and I’ll try to join in as many weeks as possible! I have decided I am going to attempt a few more technical challenges this year, and also be a bit more organised.

It started off well with baking on Monday before the show even aired, then I watched it and decided I would attempt the technical instead (so my original bake will be in a future post!). I love jaffa cakes; I could easily eat a whole pack in one sitting. To be fair, I think they looked quite easy. My famous last words, it seems… Read more

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A Costcutter summer | Review

A Costcutter summer review

Who doesn’t love a summer of picnics and barbecues? Well, when we have a warm summer, that is! I know we do, and now we have a garden it’s great to just get the barbecue out and be able to eat outside. The boys & I love having a garden picnic too and we have a beautiful view for it now to appreciate it more.

Our household was lucky to be chosen to receive a hamper of Costcutter own brand food & drink items to enjoy for a Costcutter summer of eating! We haven’t really had chance to go on many picnics this summer but we have had a couple of barbecues, and we have been enjoying the food selection in different instances over the last few weeks. Read more

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