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My Coconut and Jam Bites

So after last weeks fracas of coming up empty in finding new great restaurants locally, it looks as though this dry spell is continuing for a bit so I am enjoying recapturing and making some of the food I love to eat from New Zealand. This week we have a truck load of relatives coming to stay for a few weeks from New Zealand and Florida. I thought I would rustle these up as a sort of welcoming treat. It's an adapted slice recipe that my mum used to make all the time when I was a kid growing up in New Zealand. 
They were my favourite thing to eat. As a kid I wasn't really that interested in food (that has changed). My uncle used to call me 'sticks' because I was mostly skin & bone (that has changed too!) and spent most my time running around outside with the rest of the neighbourhood kids during the warm summer evenings.  It was the 80's and life was safe in our little corner of the globe.
Even now its still a treat to eat and one of the most easiest things to …

Taking matters into your own hands - New Zealand Mussel Fritters

I've been here and there and everywhere the last week or so looking for middle range eats in Twickenham town centre, that I haven't found already, and I've come up empty handed. I've tried Reuben's Bakehouse - good pizza but filthy glasses & pitiful starters, Blue Smokehouse - had decent smoked ribs, great service but their other food was dreadful, oxidised vege and poorly executed hot dogs that were re-heated and almost cold - the cheese hadn't even melted.

I know all the restaurants in Church street are fairly good but they're just that, good - not awesome! One reprieve however is what I call the 'York Street crew' - Ben Than, Chicago Rib House & Atithi but we've all been there a load of times before and yeah there pretty good but not awesome! So with all this deflating of awesomeness, juxtaposed with the fabulous weather we're having, I figured I'll damn well do something myself, something that I like. So I reminisced about w…

Petersham Hotel | Restaurant Review | Richmond

The Petersham Hotel Restaurant Richmond
Things are looking up for Petersham Hotel, they have a new Head Chef Adebola Adeshina who seems to be proving a winner for the restaurant, and I was to discover why. 
Adebola is a popular chap (fanboy's in my twitter stream confessing their love), he is most certainly friendly, has oodles of experience to match and it is understandable why, he is an all round nice guy. Adebola worked at a number of top London eateries, starting out at Gordon Ramsay's first restaurant, Aubergine before moving on to Gordon's 3 Michelin star restaurant on Hospital Road. He's also worked with Marcus Wareing at Petrus, Philip Howard at the Square, ...I mean, what more could you possibly want?
I was lucky enough to score an invitation to discover the new chefs cuisine, and as usual I always like to have full disclosure that this was a sponsored visit. I have however dined before and found the standard excellent enough to recommend Petersham as one of …

Jamie Oliver Trattoria, Richmond, London

Jamies Trattoria, Richmond, London
This post is my re-visit to Jamie's now that the med-styled tapas have been replaced by a more traditional starters option. Sometime's when I visit Jamie's it can be quite busy, so rather than wait we opt to sit at the bar and eat. Sometimes I like this more informal style of eating, and its a more social way of dining. Plus its a chance to get a spot away from the front - it can get cold there so try to wrangle yourself a seat down the back of the restaurant - they also have a lovely patio area.
I do wonder at times why folk on TA aren't rating Jamie's as well as they should, at the end of the day it is a good casual styled eatery with a modern twist on fresh Italian food. Its priced well and the service is great - consistently. Oversized, cheese and cream filled stodgy pasta dishes won't be found here (this is where I think the disappointment comes in) the flavours are cleaner and pasta is lighter so if you're looking f…